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Mokena Junior High School students will officially be moving on to high school after graduating Thursday, June 4, at Lincoln-Way East High School.

Danny Ciamprone

Ethan Klosak and the Lincoln-Way North boys volleyball team could have potential for big things this season. But matching up with Sandburg is a tall order.

With three regulars at 6-foot-5 or taller, the host Eagles (8-3) overcame an 11-kill effort by Klosak to defeat the Phoenix 25-20, 25-22 Thursday, April 16, in Orland Park.

“I think our ball control was definitely better than in previous matches,” Sandburg senior Paul Chmura said. “Our blocking played a huge factor and our energy level. We got excited after every single point.

Danny Ciamprone

Ryan Hesslau was sitting in a Starbucks months back when he started dreaming up some theme ideas for this year’s foreverU 5K fun run and walk.

Scribbled in a notebook, the Mokena resident and Lincoln-Way East graduate originally had written, “What are you running for?”

Rebecca Susmarski

Rick Astley’s classic “Never gonna give you up” resounds in the background of Room C107 at Mokena Junior High School as a group of enthusiastic students take part in their last chess club practice before heading to the Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament for the first time.

“Right now we’re walking before we’re crawling because this year we’re doing the state tournament and then next year hopefully we’ll be able to play against some schools,” said Cheryl Baltzer, a seventh-grade teacher at MJHS and sponsor of the chess team.

Rebecca Susmarski

From the iconic ruby red slippers and classic characters, to the scenery leading to the all-powerful wizard himself, the students at Noonan Elementary Academy are gearing up for a trip of their own down the yellow brick road to the Merry Old Land of Oz.

“That was my favorite movie growing up,” said Allisa Milla, 13, who is playing Dorothy in the double cast production of “The Wizard of Oz.” “I loved how they would always sing and dance.” 

Danny Ciamprone

Patrick Shea of Mokena plants a kiss on his son Thomas’ head as the 13-year-old recognizes his dad during a homecoming ceremony for the eighth-grade members of the Mokena Junior Griffins at Main Park. Photo by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

Jean Lachat is a Mokena photographer. Her blog can be found at

Rebecca Susmarski

Following one cancelled board meeting because of failure to post notice and two board members’ resignations, the Thursday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education had a full house. 

Similar to past meetings, many who spoke during public comment criticized the board for its actions during a time of financial turmoil in the district.

Danny Ciamprone
Many people enjoy getting their hair cut and styled by a professional. But then at home, clients are unable to recreate the style given to them by their beautician.
Amanda Jarzynski

Upon entering Dancing Marlin, one’s senses are stimulated in the same way their taste buds are when trying one of the complex dishes on the menu.

From the vibrant art on the walls to the eclectic background music — which ranges from Frank Sinatra to Justin Timberlake hits — the restaurant’s environment proves simultaneously invigorating and comforting. The 10-month-old Frankfort eatery uses modern elements,such as only serving environmentally sustainable seafood choices, to complete one goal — to have diners literally share a meal together.

Rebecca Susmarski