Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities
Caleb Crede of Urbana and Emily Eisenmenger of Tolono won multiple medals with Team Illinois at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.
Crede, competing in aquatics, earned a gold medal in the 100 relay, silver in the 25-yard breaststroke, a bronze n the 100 freestyle and finished fourth in the 50 backstroke.
Eisenmenger, who competed in athletics, ran a leg of the winning 400 relay and won a silver medal in the running long jump, a bronze in the 1,500 and finished fourth in the 800.
Making the grade
— The following students were named to the MacMurray College dean's list for the spring semester: Shayla Boen of Potomac; Brittany Latham of Allerton; Jessie Ligocki of Catlin; and Brittany Spicer of Danville. To qualify, a student must have a 3.5 grade-point average and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.
— The following local students earned a position on the University of Evansville dean's list for academic achievements during the spring semester: Madison Hendricks of Paxton, Christopher Nguyen of Champaign and Trevor Schrock of Arthur.
— Heidi Hoess of Danville and Mitchell Rose of Watseka were named to Belmont University dean's list for the spring semester.
— Claire Drone-Silvers of Champaign and Sarah Lamkin of Savoy were named to the dean's list at Truman State University. Amelia Adams of Monticello was named to Truman's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs List.
— The following local students were named to the spring dean's list at Beloit College: Amalia Dolan of Urbana, Kathryne Metcalf of Savoy and Zachary Paquin of Urbana.
— Two area students were named to the St. Olaf College dean's list for the spring semester: Ariana Kamberelis of Urbana and Warren Skoza of Champaign. Both students graduated from Urbana University High School.
— The following area students were included on Eureka College's dean's list: Kasey Sedberry of Bellflower, Katie Wickline of Clinton, Bradley Lawson of Hoopeston, Emily Phillips of Philo and Lindsey Bertrand of Piper City.
— John William Tabb of Champaign was named to the president's list (4.0 grade-point average; all A's) at Clemson University for the spring semester.
— The following local residents were among 731 students from Butler University to make the dean's list for the spring semester: Alexandra Foster of Watseka, Taylor Gillenwater of Allerton, Riley Hill-Kartel of Champaign, Kylie Holland of Ogden, Rachel Houska of Monticello, Erica Johnston of Champaign and Lisa LeCleir of Danville.
— Lakeview College of Nursing announced its dean's list recipients for the spring semester: Ryan Armetta of Mahomet; Hannah Blaney of Urbana; Lyndey Braddock of Hoopeston; Ashlee Bruens of Catlin; Michaela Bryant of Danville; Jacob Cord of Catlin; Jace Corray of Broadlands; Kyera Darnell of Danville; Abigayl Frields of St. Jospeh; Dyana Gadeken of Champaign; Kayla Haggart of Gibson City; Nina Hoskins of Georgetown; Brenda Kammin of Sidney; Shelley Krumwiede of Paxton; Eryn Lane of Bismarck; Sarah Lindstrom of LeRoy; Timothy Nelson of Urbana; Nilap Patel of Danville; April Simpson of Hoopeston; Andrea Stark of Potomac; Allison Thomas of Villa Grove; Macall Veenhuis of Danville; LaKeisha Ward of Danville; Taylor Wright of Champaign; and William Yokley of DeLand.
Four Champaign County Master Gardeners received recognition for their volunteer efforts at the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Gathering in Champaign.
Tom Seals and Joan Price, both from Urbana, received the 2014 State Outstanding Master Gardener Awards (best of Illinois Master Gardeners).
Aporn Surintramont of Champaign and Kathryn Fletcher of White Heath received the 2014 State Sustained Excellence.
Hall of Famers
Westville High School inducted three new members to its Hall of Fame: Carl L. Vacketta, Edmund J. Bednar and the late James M. Sneyd Jr.
Vacketta, a 1959 graduate, received his bachelor's and law degree from the University of Illinois. He later served as a captain in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. After his military service, he worked in Washington, D.C. as an attorney, rising to a senior partner with DLA Piper LLP.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the University of Illinois Foundation, the Capital Area Food Bank and Foggy Bottom West End Village.
Bednar, a member of the Westville Class of 1956, joined the Naval Reserve during his senior year of high school. In 1969, Bednar earned an MBA from Michigan, and earned the rank of commander in 1976.
He served for 35 years in a variety of capacities including deputy commander, Naval Data Automation Command, and commanding officer, Navy International Logistics Command. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Bednar joined C-CUBED Corp., rising to president and chief executive officer in just five years.
Sneyd, Class of 1942, also was in the Navy, serving with distinction in the submarine service. After World War II, Sneyd earned bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois. His next stop was the Northrup Aircraft Corp., where he ultimately became involved in stealth technology, decades before the production of stealth aircraft. Continuing his career in the aerospace industry, Sneyd worked on the Redstone Missle project for the Chrysler Corp. Missile Division. Sneyd ended his working days as a professor at Lawrence Technical University.
Sneyd died in 1990.
Two Champaign Jefferson Middle School science teachers — Jaqueline Baxter and Jennifer White — were awarded the Illinois Science Teacher Association and ExxonMobil Outstanding Teacher of Science Award and $1,000 each. Baxter and White are two of 11 teachers in the state of Illinois to receive this honor.
Urbana native Leah Malkovich spent two months this summer interning for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, working behind the scenes in the senator's Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin's Washington, D.C., office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington.
Malkovich is a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is majoring in political science.
"This internship has given me a great foundation, and I can't wait to expand on it when I return to school," Malkovich said.