Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Academic honors

— Two area students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Olivet Nazarene University were awarded NURSE Corps Scholarships: Bethany's Margaret Luckenbill and Champaign's Kendra Vansant.

— Caleb Rice, Philo, is the 2015 recipient of the Peter V. Vitucci Memorial Scholarship at Illinois State University. The Vitucci Scholarship was created by family and friends of Peter V. Vitucci, a 1991 criminal justice sciences graduate who worked as a police officer with the Wood Dale Police Department. Vitucci died in an automobile accident in 1992.

Rice, the 23rd student to receive the scholarship, is a criminal justice sciences major with a 4.0 GPA. In addition to connecting with and helping current students as a teaching assistant, Rice also mentors incoming transfer students to help them acclimate to Illinois State. He has helped coach youth baseball and volunteers at Empty Tomb in Champaign.

— Sarang Lim, graduate candidate in school counseling at Eastern Illinois University, was selected to receive a Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grant for her research titled, "Text Anxiety, Interventions for Children and Adolescents: Deep Breathing, Gum Chewing, and Relaxation Strategies." This award recognizes excellence in graduate research and successful collaboration with a research partner. Lim's research partner was St. John's Lutheran School, and her faculty mentor was Heidi Larson, associate professor of Counseling and Student Development. Lim is from Urbana, and is the daughter of Yongsuband Kyungyi Lim.

— Makenzie Frank, a senior at McPherson (Kan.) College, was named Outstanding Business Student for the academic year. Frank is a native of Urbana.

— Illinois Wesleyan graduates include: Alexandra Bidner, Cecilia Boyd, Ethan Gelke and Timothy Reardanz of Champaign; Chloe Morris and Kayla Hanes of Clinton; Emma Peck and Meghan Henwood of Danville; Kimberly Wenger Diller of Fairbury; Hannah Bowen of Farmer City; Jordan Riddle and Nicole Bialeschki of LeRoy; Bailee Dunlap of Mahomet; Nathaniel Douglas of Monticello; Brandon Heyen and Dylan Overstreet of Paxton; Samuel Savignac of Urbana; and Jordan Bradford of Watseka.

— Adrianne Bishop was among 244 graduating seniors at Northwestern College's commencement ceremonies May 9. Bishop majored in athletic training at Northwestern College. She is the daughter of Paul and Paula Bishop of Gifford.

— Anne McNamara of Champaign was recently inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society. The honor, which is presented by the Psychology Department at Wheaton College, was announced at Wheaton College's Honors Convocation.

— Local residents recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, included Jolyn Silver of Rossville (Ball State University) and Hope Webb of Mahomet (Bradley University).

Doll honored

John Doll was named as the CU Sunrise Rotary Club's Outstanding Citizen Award 2014 winner. A University of Illinois graduate, Doll spent more than 30 years as a soil scientist for the Natural Resources Conservation District. His volunteering award is based on his work with Empty Tomb and the Appalachian Service Projects over the last 18 years. Doll has volunteered 12 to 15 hours a week and helped repair over 100 homes for families in the Champaign-Urbana area. He also has donated his time for home repair and mentoring with mission trips in Appalachia through the local First Methodist Church. He has also helped with mission trips in Bolivia.

CU Sunrise Rotary Club donated $500 to Empty Tomb in Doll's name as part of his recognition.

Triathlete excels

On May 3, Michelle Mehnert, formerly of Champaign, placed 17th at the 2015 Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. The top finishers from this race are invited to represent their country in the Pan Am Games.

He knows the rules

The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) announced the first four winners of its spring Bicycle Safety Quiz Challenge, including Danville resident Robert Hoskins.

Intern program

Champaign native Brandon Hudspeth completed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Hudspeth, a CHCI-Walmart intern who studies at the University of Illinois, was one of 18 interns chosen out of hundreds of applicants to work for 12 weeks.

Good neighbor

Molina Healthcare of Illinois recently celebrated the good deeds of six local heroes for their outstanding work in the community. Each winner was given $1,000 grant to gift to the non-profit of his/her choice.

Mary Karten, an advocate for the elderly in Champaign County, was recognized. She works to provide seniors with companionship, transportation and other forms of aid to keep them happy and healthy. Karten is dedicated to supporting the programs offered by Faith in Action of Champaign County to improve the quality of life for all seniors.

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