February 24, 2010 | 12:03 AM
Providence High School
PC students support Haiti
Providence Catholic High School art students have been hard at work creating miniature "Haiti Houses." In an effort to provide financial support for the people of Haiti, Mrs. Zlogar's Art Club and National Art Honor Society students have created a variety of unique hand-made houses. These houses, which can be used as pins or refrigerator magnets, are being sold for $5 each to members of the Providence Catholic community. All proceeds from this project will benefit the disaster relief efforts in Haiti.
"It is a great opportunity for the art students to use their talents to help a worthy cause. I hope it will increase global awareness in our local school community," Zlogar said.
The "Haiti Houses" project was created by Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, art teachers at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Illinois State University
Soukup named to Dean's List
Keri Soukup, daughter of Robert and Sharon Soukup of Homer Glen, has been named to the Dean's List at Illinois State University. This semester she is in Granada, Spain for a Study Abroad Program.
University of Missouri
Niemiec named to Dean's List
Homer Glen resident Margaret Niemiec was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2009 semester at the University of Missouri. Designated to acknowledge the academic accomplishments of students throughout the semester, the dean's list recognizes students who are committed to achieving scholastic success.
Niemiec is a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology at MU. The Missouri School of Journalism requires students to attain a 3.00 GPA for the term and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
A 2008 graduate of Lockport Township High School, Niemiec is the daughter of Daniel and Rosemary Niemiec. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and is a staff writer for The Maneater, MU's student newspaper.
St. Joseph School in Lockport
Sixteen students advance in science fair
On Monday, Feb. 1, St. Joseph School held its annual science fair. Of the 26 entries, 16 advanced to the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 11 Science Fair to be held March 5, at the University of St. Francis.
Competing in the project session are eighth-graders: Nina Pilon, Alvin Perez, Lauren Rasmussen, and Jennifer Lee; seventh-graders: Hayley Jankowski, Lauren Jordan, Emily Richter, and Eric Hennenfent. Advancing in the paper session are seventh-graders: Rachel Napoli, Jacob Thomas, Liam Cunnane, Patrick McCarthy, Ryan Gulden, Tom Cunnane, Sydney Bartecki, and Kayla Garritson. Science Fair sponsor is faculty member Mary Pragovich.
Oak Prairie Junior High
Oak Prairie to host dress exchange
Oak Prairie will host its first annual Dance Dress Exchange on Saturday, March 13, and organizers are in search of used dresses donations. Local high school students are asked to consider donating previously worn dresses of all styles and colors. To donate, contact Karen Sadler at (815) 836-2724.
Used dresses can be dropped off at Oak Prairie School, 15161 Gougar Road in Homer Glen.
The dress exchange is open to eighth grade girls and will be held from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Oak Prairie Jr. High. Girls can browse, try on, and take dresses home for no cost.
Noonan Elementary Academy in Mokena
Noonan students collect "spare change" for Haiti
During the week of Jan. 18, Noonan Academy students, including Homer Glen residents, learned first-hand the powerful feeling that comes from participating in a humanitarian effort. After hearing about the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the students and staff at Noonan Academy jumped into action and started to collect "spare change." Students emptied their piggy banks, parents emptied their purses and wallets, family members and staff members wrote checks. When all was said and done, the private school in Mokena raised $4,641.75 to aid those affected by Haiti's earthquake. Proceeds will go to Catholic Relief Services, the official humanitarian agency of the church.
Homer Junior High
Kindergarten registration approaching
On Friday, Feb. 26, parents can sign up new children for District 33-C's 2010-11 kindergarten. The sign-up will be held from 1- 7 p.m. at the Homer Junior High School cafeteria, located at 15711 Bell Road. Children must live in Homer Glen, have a county issued birth certificate, be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2010, and have both Category I and Category II proof of residency.
For more information, contact the distrct office at (708) 226-7600.
Everest Academy in Lemont
Open house planned for Feb. 28
Everest Academy will hold an open house from 1- 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, for parents interested in learning more about the Catholic elementary school located at 115550 Bell Road in Lemont. Formerly known as White Pines Academy, Everest Academy Lemont moved to its new building on September 8, 2009.
Currently students are attending Everest Academy from southwest suburban area communities. The communities include: Lemont, Homer Glen, Lockport, Naperville, New Lenox, Orland Park, Oak Brook, Lisle, Plainfield and Chicago. For more information about the Feb. 28 open house contact Sue Zabilka at (630) 243-1995 or visit www.everestadvantage.com.