Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Rotary scholarships

The Danville Rotary Club announced its Service Above Self 2014 Scholarship winners as part of the club's annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Program.

RYLA recipients for 2014 are: Shreeti Adhikari (Class of 2016); Caylin Smith (Class of 2015); and Shreja Patel (Class of 2016).

Students that have attended a RYLA Retreat are also eligible to apply for the Danville Rotary Service Above Self College Scholarship, which awards a cash prize of $1,000 in the spring of their senior year. The 2014 recipient of the Service Above Self College Scholarship is Emily Musgrove (Class of 2014).

Class drivers

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Operation Teen Safe Driving Team recently placed first in the Operation Teen Safe Driving program. Besides receiving a plaque, they were awarded $2,500 to continue their teen safe driving program. They also got to participate in the Ford Driving Skills for Life in Springfield, where professional drivers take the students through different driving courses that cover the four major areas of most fatal teen crashes.

The mission of Operation Teen Save Driving is to provide the initiative and resources required to challenge the creativity of Illinois teens to develop and implement community-based programs to reduce fatalities and injuries due to traffic crashes among their peers.

4-H fashion

Champaign County 4-H members enrolled in clothing and textiles projects displayed their skills July 8 at Savoy United Methodist Church. Members were judged on their sewing skills as well as the presentation of their garments. Results:

Sewing and Textiles Champions:

— Sewing and Textiles I: 1. Emma Murawski, Champaign, 2. Timothy Norcross, Champaign

— Sewing and Textiles II: 1. Natalie Stahl, Philo

— Sewing and Textiles III: 1. Lauren Schnitkey, Dewey

Sewing and Textiles Reserve Champions:

— Sewing and Textiles I: 1. Hannah Goebel, Champaign

— Sewing and Textiles II: 1. Amanda Norcross, Champaign

— Sewing and Textiles III: 1. Krisianna Bruce, Champaign

Clothing and Textiles State Fair Delegates: Lauren Schnitkey, Dewey; Natalie Stahl, Philo; Kristianna Bruce, Champaign

— Clothing and Textiles State Fair Alternates: Amanda Norcross, Champaign; Emma Hoskinson, Champaign

— Project Excellence Awards — Clothing Construction (A special ribbon awarded to members who exhibit state fair-quality work, but are too young to be a delegate): Emma Murawski, Champaign; Timothy Norcross, Champaign; Abba McNamara, Mahomet

Best of Show: Lauren Schnitkey, Dewey

Fashion Revue Judging:

— Fashion Revue Champions: Natalie Stahl, Philo

— Fashion Revue Reserve Champions: Abby McNamara, Mahomet

— Fashion Revue State Fair Delegates: Natalie Stahl, Lauren Schnitkey, Dewey

— Fashion Revue State Fair Alternate: Amanda Norcross, Champaign; Claire Washburn, Champaign

— Project Excellence Awards: Isabella Taylor, Champaign; Timothy Norcross, Champaign; Hannah Goebel, Champaign

Beefed up

Abbey Leischner of White Heath is a new junior member of the American Angus Association. Junior members are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association, and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events. The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members.

Tornado relief

Champaign based nonprofit Backpacks of Love is taking 25 backpacks filled with toys, coloring supplies and other items to the children affected by the June 16 tornadoes in Pilger, Neb. The backpacks will be dropped off at Wisner-Pilger Elementary/Middle School.

Show must go on

Alaric Fulton, 7, from Monticello has been recognized with a $1,000 scholarship toward higher education by the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program for making a positive impact in his community through volunteerism.

When Alaric heard his local drive-in movie theater — a place where he enjoyed spending summer nights — was in jeopardy of closing, he asked his friends to make donations to the theater in lieu of birthday gifts. Alaric raised $500 to donate to the theater in the hopes of keeping it open, and even recruited a local business to donate an additional $500.

What a rush

Moco Rush 18U's finished fourth at the NSA Class "B" state softball tournament in East Peoria.

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