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Hollywood, movies, dreams.
For some people, being involved in movies and the entertainment industry is a dream desired but never obtained. Mokena’s own Dave Dilling has been able to live that dream for real, in his own way.

Will O'Brien

The Providence Catholic High School varsity Celtic cheerleadering squad that took third place in the Large Team division at the 2013 Illinois High School Association State Cheerleading meet included four Mokena residents.

Skylar Evans (a senior captain), Meghan Marth (a senior captain), Abby Golebiowski (a senior) and Cara Cox (a freshman) were among the team that scored a 93.94 at Feb. 8 event at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

The team was honored with an all-school assembly two days later.

Technology is an integral part of the way my game company, Lunar Giant, operates. There are some obvious reasons: creating video games relies directly on our ability to utilize both hardware and software to develop games. It’s also integral for people who are consuming our games on their gaming PCs and consoles.

But that’s not all we use technology for. In fact, I’d estimate that our reliance on technology goes well beyond that, and is actually something that many other small businesses in Mokena could learn from.

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?
I need a sharp pencil and a quiet room. If it’s too noisy I can’t concentrate.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?
I like to read “Magic Tree House” books and play with my friends. I like to have fun time with my dad.

What is your dream job and why?
My dream job is to be an artist because I love to draw.

Will O'Brien

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students are improving on the ACT exam past the expected average, according to information compiled by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Tim Reilly.
He reviewed the increases for the board at its Thursday, Feb. 27, meeting and has been tracking the results of the EPAS system — which encompasses the Explore, Plan and ACT tests — since 2005.
“That is probably the best report card that we have,” Reilly said. “It shows how well our kids progress from the day they walk in.”

Will O'Brien

Beginning Wednesday, June 11, the Lincoln-Way North-based Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will take its talent to Homewood. 

More specifically, the ensemble will perform a four-concert program of chamber music and jazz at the Ravisloe Country Club, which features Gilded Age Mission-style architecture. 

Additional shows will be Wednesday, July 2; Wednesday, July 23; and Wednesday, Aug. 13. 

Each show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 or $100 for four. 

Rebecca Susmarski

John Paul Conover, Noonan Elementary Academy fourth-grader

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

I must have a study guide to help me study for tests.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?

I like to play games with my brothers and sisters when we are not at school.

What is your dream job and why?

Will O'Brien

The loudest applause of the night didn’t come after a public comment Thursday, Feb. 27, during the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education meeting.
This time, the standing ovation was for the school board.
A new option reducing the district’s four Air Force Junior ROTC programs to two — at Central and North — was approved by the board of education. Freshmen will be allowed to enroll in the program again, as well.

Will O'Brien

The Lincoln-Way North badminton team has struggled for wins this season, but the Phoenix’s 1-10 record as of April 10 doesn’t accurately reflect the group’s dedication and competitive spirit, said coach Alison Jozsa.

“[Our] overall record does not show how we play,” she said. 

The Phoenix, a relatively young squad with just five seniors, found some success early on, capturing second place at the March 29 Thornton Fractional North invite but have had to deal with a few injuries and changes to the lineup, Jozsa said.

Community, special needs, youth and seniors.

Those are the four groups the Frankfort Kiwanis strives to serve in whatever way it can, according to director Dr. A. Paul Balducci. The Kiwanis have held to that mantra since 1977, when the club was founded by its charter crew — among them, Balducci, who is the last active original member.