Youth briefs April 24, 2013

Youth briefs April 24, 2013

Ruth Sussman, an eighth-grader at Campus Middle School in Urbana, is one of 12 students being recognized by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center on May 5.

The contest recognizes students for their original artwork, poetry, short stories and musical compositions submitted to the 2013 Leo and Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Arts and Writing Contest.

The biennial contest offers middle and high school students throughout Illinois the opportunity to consider the impact of the Holocaust and modern genocide in their lives.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is in Skokie.


Brittany Archibald, a senior and elementary education major at Illinois State University in Normal, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association as its 2013 Student of the Year.

"Archibald is a wonderful example of someone who is dedicated to students and to the teaching profession," said IEA President Cinda Klickna. "Her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for professional education are qualities that make her an outstanding student. She will be a great teacher."

Archibald has been active in the IEA throughout her college career. She was a founding member and chairwoman of the Parkland College Student Association before transferring to ISU. She then served the ISU chapter as chairwoman, heading the organization when it was selected as a national award winner.

She has been active in several initiatives for teacher quality, political action and community outreach.

Arhicbald is a graduate of St. Joseph-Ogden High School. She is the daughter of Terry and Kathy Archibald of Rantoul and Lisa and Steve Pfeiffer of St. Joseph.


Rontez McClure has been named the 2013 Don Moyer Youth of the Year. He's a member of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club of Champaign-Urbana.

He met state Sen. Chapin Rose April 17 at the Illinois State Capitol.

McClure was chosen as youth of the year because of his small-business initiative, which allows schools to sell candles for fundraisers.


Kaitlyn Tibben of Danville was named a collegiate contest winner at the Nebraska Educational Technology Association's annual conference. Tibben is a senior at Concordia University, Nebraska, in Seward, Neb.

Tibben won the association's conference logo design contest, which was based on the theme, "Ignite Learning."

The conference is the largest educational conference held annually in Nebraska.


Dalton James, a student at Heritage High School, has been selected to represent Illinois as a national youth delegate to the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

He'll join a group of 250 students from across the country to participate in a weeklong leadership study in environmental science and conservation.

James was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. The summit is scheduled for June 23-28.


The Exchange Club of Urbana has named Urbana High School student Bess Pierson as its Youth of the Year. Pierson won a $200 cash award.

Pierson was one of six students who had been recognized as the club's Youth of the Month. Other UHS students who received that honor were Corbin Rosset, Eleanor Beverly, Lauren Gabra, Kayla Estes and Mary Hummel.

The Exchange Club also hosted graduating senior members of the Urbana High School National Honor Society at its April 18 meeting, and all members received certificates of achievement.

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