Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults
The 2013-14 Danville North Ridge Middle School Scholastic Bowl Team has been selected as the inaugural winner of the IESA's "One Team" award program, as voted on by the IESA Official's Committee. The award, which is open to any IESA member school team, is designed to recognize the generosity and selflessness that is commonly on display by so many within the association.
"Each year, IESA member school teams sacrifice their time to make a difference off the field and this award is a way to showcase and recognize those efforts," IESA executive director Steve Endsley said.
The Danville North Ridge Scholastic Bowl Team was involved in a community service project designed to increase water safety education following the drownings of two Danville children in 2013. The school program, entitled the "Liquid Lifesaver Project," has helped to provide CPR training and certification for those in District 118. Several IESA and IHSA coaches have become CPR certified through the free classes offered by the program.
Initially created by 15 North Ridge students, the program was developed after researching the causes of drowning, studying the local population and environment, and compiling data into a project which could be financed and implemented by students at the school. Four members of the Scholastic Bowl Team were members of the initial project. The passion of these students in helping to reduce the risk of drowning in the community is what encouraged the entire Scholastic Bowl team to contribute and take the program to the next level.
"The 'Liquid Lifesaver Project' is a program that will have a significantly positive impact on our community," Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said.
Team members are: eighth-graders Mariam Abdur Rahim, Peyton Blodgett, Taylor Heald, Christina Jackson, Neil Patel and Bradlee Sexton; and seventh-graders Kaleb Medina, Sourin Paturi, Suvan Paturi and Erica Sadler.
North Ridge plans an assembly at 3 p.m. Friday to honor the team.
The American History Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-8. This year's contest, which honors the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island, is "A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island."
The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest is open to students in grades 9-12. The title for this year's essay is "Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World."
Essays should be submitted by Nov. 20 to Miriam Bauers of Alliance Chapter, 404 N. Willis Ave., Champaign, IL 61821. For more information, call 359-4640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.