Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

The write stuff

Nine Campus Middle School for Girls students were state semi-finalists in The Letters About Literature national contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. In this reading and writing contest, students write letters to an author of a book that has affected them personally. Out of the over 6,000 Illinois entries this year, the following girls' letters were recognized for the content as well as the writing: seventh-graders Angelynn Huang, Ava Darter-Krantz, Anna Kinderman and Stav Kramer; sixth-graders Emma Chambley, Nancy Loyet, Saba Manetti-Tesfaye, Margaret (Molly) Prom and Bianca Rubel.

4-H food fun

Champaign County 4-H had 18 members who presented food demonstrations at Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village, 101 West Windsor Road, U, on June 6. Members who participated ranged in age from 8 to 12. Top presenters were: Isabella Taylor of Champaign (Champaign Shamrocks 4-H Club), Averhy Sanborn of Savoy (Sadorus 4-H All-Stars) and Maggi Booth-Hodges of Urbana (Bunny Treats).

Scholarship winners

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year was presented to Emma Atkinson, a senior at Champaign Central High School, at the high school's Honors Day program. Emma will attend DePaul University in Chicago, where she plans to study journalism, beginning this fall.

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. P.E.O. is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased educational opportunities for women.

The Champaign-Urbana Noon Kiwanis Club has awarded the 2015 Vic Shaul Scholarships to five local high school graduates. The $500 scholarships are awarded in memory of Verrollton C. Shaul, longtime Kiwanis leader and director of music for the Champaign Unit 4 schools.

The scholarship winners are: Jack Reeder, Champaign Centennial; Quyen Nguyen, Urbana University High; Mary Edgington, Judah Christian; Michael Rodriquez, Urbana; and Ali Miller, Champaign Central.

AAU districts

The Danville Windrunners Track and Field Club competed in the AAU Central District Qualifier Meet on June 13-14 at Auburn High School in Rockford.

Capria Brown, competing in the girls age 13 division, won the pentathlon, 200 hurdles and shot put.

Chian Scott was second in both the 1,500 and 3,000 in the girls age 13 event.

Brianna Dixon (10 year olds) had two top-five finishes (fourth, 100, and fourth, 200). She was also seventh in the long jump.

Omarion Jones (11 year old boys) was third in the 100 and javelin, and fourth in the 200.

Chris Brown had two third-place finishes (long jump, javelin) and was eighth in the 100.

Other Windrunner results include Olivia Turner (12th, 100), Micah McGuire (second, shot put; seventh, 200; 12th, 400), Nayanah Dickey (21st, 100; fifth, shot put), Osahar Wilson (13th, 100; 20th, 200; 12th, 400; and 15th, long jump).

NSA state champs

Premier Fastpitch 14U '01 won the National Softball Associations 2015 Illinois A State Tournament on Sunday.

In the championship game, Premier defeated OTBO Explosion in a decisive 6-0 win in the weather-shortened tournament at EastSide Center in East Peoria.

Kia Hanner pitched a no-hitter, striking out four with one walk in seven innings. Zoie Bowman had two hits. Makenzie Reedy of Monticello, Jaden Corley, Macey McElravy, Hanner and Peyton Melton each had hits.

PF '01 is coached by Tip Reedy and Bill Corley and will travel to Normal for the BNGSA Meatheads Firecracker Tournament this weekend.

Premier competes at ASA Hall of Fame

Taking a fifth-place finish — out of 20 teams — at the prestigious Amateur Softball Association's Hall of Fame Tournament in Oklahoma City, the Premier Fastpitch 18-and-Under Gold team qualified for ASA's 18U National Tournament in Spartanburg, S.C.

The PF 18U Gold went 2-2 in the tournament playing some of the best competition in the country.

Based in Mattoon, Premier Fastpitch began as one team in the fall of 2011. The organization now fields two 18U teams, a 16U and two 14Us. The 18U Gold Players are from Carmi, Casey, Clinton, Oblong and Teutopolis. The teams travel around the nation to compete at the highest levels possible.

Kohl's cares awards

Four area youths — Kara Floriant 12, of Watseka, Dominic Herrmann, 9, of Bismarck, Ellis Nicholson, 18, of Oakwood, and Allison Sussman, 15, of Mahomet — were awarded $50 Kohl's cards for their efforts in volunteering in their communities.

Students between the ages of 6 and 18, and not yet graduates of high school can be nominated based on their volunteer actions. Winners are chosen on the benefits and outcomes of their volunteer service.

Local winners receive a $50 gift card, regional winner receive $1,000 scholarship and national winners receive a $10,000 scholarship.

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