Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The community college has been awarded $374,279 to introduce students to the field.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency responsible for enhancing the progress of science, has awarded Oakton Community College a $374,279 grant to introduce community college and high school students throughout the state to nanotechnology and potential careers in this emerging field. Oakton’s Board of Trustees approved the funding, channeled through NSF’s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program, on May 21. Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Increasingly common in the computer, energy, biotech, and transportation fields, nanotechnology can improve just about any process, tool, or piece of equipment by reducing size and increasing efficiency and by vastly…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Want to apply for the East Maine Elementary School District 63 board? One seat is open, as John Jekot, who was elected a Village of Niles trustee, is required to step down from the school board.
John Jekot, a 14-year member of the East Maine School District 63 board, is moving on. He won the April 9 election for village of Niles trustee, and was sworn in to the village's board last week. The Illinois Attorney General's office does not permit an individual to serve on a school board and a village board at the same time, he said. As his seat becomes vacant, the district is accepting applications from individuals interested in the position, and will appoint a board member at its June 3 special meeting. That person will serve until the April 2015 election. While Jekot said he's pleased he won election to the village board, he acknowledged it's not easy leaving a school district where he has served nearly a decade and a half. Like …
An arbitrator ruled that a fired Des Plaines Police officer be reinstated, but the city plans to go to court to reverse that decision.
An arbitrator ruled that fired Des Plaines police officer John Bueno should return to work, but the city is going to court to challenge that decision. Des Plaines police said that Bueno's June 3 reinstatement will be on hold pending the court action. Bueno was fired by Des Plaines for violating the city's use of force policy, failing to disclose use of force, and lying to internal investigators, a press release from the city states. "The arbitrator upheld every charge filed by the City against Bueno and agreed the City had just cause to discipline Bueno for violating these rules," the statement reads. "However, rather than upholding the termination of Bueno's employment, the arbitrator gave Bueno a 15 month suspension..." "We are extremely…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Athletes from Deerfield High School, Glenbrook South, New Trier, Highland Park, Niles West, Maine West, Maine South, Notre Dame of Niles, Niles North, Glenbrook North, Maine East and Loyola competed for berths at the State Meet at the Niles West Sectional
Athletes from 17 area schools competed for berths in the State Track Meet during the Niles West Sectional Thursday in Skokie. Take a look for your favorite athlete and see who is going to the State Meet Thursday through Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Patch gave you the story in words Friday and now we have it in pictures. Patch will have coverage of the State Meet and you check the results on the Illinois High Association website in real time starting with the first preliminary race Friday.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner, a Palatine High School senior, will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. capitol.
On Saturday, May 18, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth announced the winners of the 8th Congressional District Art Competition at a Reception in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The competition was open to all high school students living in the 8th congressional district, and students were made aware of the contest by their art teachers. The theme was to depict "nature in the modern world." "I was interested in showcasing how we can have both nature and progress-if we approach the two in a responsible way," Duckworth said during the presentation ceremony Saturday. The first place winner was Alyssa Froehling, a Palatine High School senior, with her submission of “Symbiosis”. Froehling's art work will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Glenbrook South, New Trier, Deerfield, Highland Park, Niles West, Maine West, Maine South, Notre Dame, Niles North and Loyola athletes will join Wildkits at State Meet.
Taking home the team trophy for the sixth straight year, the Evanston High School boys track team won the Niles West Sectional Thursday in Skokie sending five individuals and three relay teams to the State Meet May 24 and 25 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston The Wildkits compiled 85 points. Glenbrook South took home second place with 72 followed by Prospect in third with 70 and New Trier fourth with 58. Niles West accumulated 47 for fifth with Deerfield sixth, Main South seventh, Niles North eighth, Highland Park ninth place, Notre Dame of Niles tenth, Maine West 11th , Loyola Academy 12th, Maine East 13th\, Glenbrook North 14th and Von Steuben 15th. "Last year, a lot of guys, when they went downstate, were qualified just about…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The school's annual commencement program took place May 14.
Thursday, May 16
More than 660 students received degrees and certificates at Oakton Community College’s 42nd Annual Commencement, held May 14, at the College’s Des Plaines campus. After a welcome by Oakton Community College President Margaret B. Lee, Student Government Association Past President Alfred Raul Hegyes of Niles gave a farewell address. He served as co-president and president of Oakton’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter, and stepped into his SGA role in summer 2012. As SGA president, Hegyes was a tireless booster, spearheading efforts to increase student attendance at College basketball games. He plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The College conferred its Distinguished Alumna Award…
Michael Divincenzo faces eight misdemeanor charges related to reports of physical assaults at Maine West High School in Des Plaines in 2012, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
A former varsity boys soccer coach and teacher at Maine West High School faces multiple criminal charges related to reports of bullying and hazing, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez stated on Wednesday. Michael Divincenzo was charged with eight misdemeanor counts including three counts of battery, one count of hazing and four counts of failure to report abuse as mandated, in incidents on June 1, 2012, Aug. 31, 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, according to court documents. Divincenzo is accused of threatening freshmen students to have the varsity players stick their thumbs up their buttocks if they did not communicate properly during a soccer drill, according to the charges. Freshmen team players were held down by varsity players against …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A former Maine West High School soccer coach, Michael Divincenzo, faces multiple misdemeanor charges related to reports of hazing at the Des Plaines high school, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Michael Divincenzo, the former varsity boys soccer coach named in a bullying and hazing lawsuit filed by current and former students and their families, was charged on May 15 with multiple misdemeanor charges related to the reports of hazing incidents, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The criminal charges are separate from the civil lawsuit, which was filed by four current and former students. Antonio Romanucci, an attorney representing the students and their families, released the following statement in response to the criminal charges filed against Divincenzo: "The fact that Coach Divincenzo has been criminally charged brings no joy to the families whose children were brutally sexually abused while educators stood idly by allowing it to…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A roundup of the most-read stories from May 5 to May 11.