Youth news: Champaign 4-H club gets state honor

The Champaign Shamrocks 4-H Club is a recipient of a 2012 State 4-H Club Award in Environment and Natural Resources.

The 4-H members picked a group project that focused on wildlife in Illinois. At each meeting, each family in the club was responsible for leading a learning session about the topic. They also learned how to make a plaster cast of animal tracks at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center.

Club members learned about how to handle a snake and how to recognize a bird by its wings and beak. The gained knowledge on how habitats and wildlife are suited for each other, the difference between predator and prey and migration of birds.

The Champaign Shamrocks will receive a certificate, a patch and a $75 award from the state 4-H office by completing their community service project goal.

Urbana residents earns Eagle rank

Urbana resident Julian Vesper M. A. Threlkeld has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was recognized Oct. 20 by Urbana Scout Troop 6 of Prairielands Council.

He has been a member of that troop since 2005, and is its 85th Eagle Scout since it was founded in 1922.

Threlkeld organized and led a service project that collected soccer equipment to send to Sierra Leone, through chapters of KidsGive at Urbana High School and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

Threlkeld is the son of Patricia Hswe and Brian Threlkeld, Urbana.

Judah students named to National Honor Society

Several students at Judah Christian School in Champaign were inducted into the National Honor Society in October.

They include seniors Colby Chatterton, Ryan Erhard, Alex Grady, Alec Henderson, Ben Peecher, Tim Widick and Daniel Yang; and juniors Leslee Chambers, Jenna Conway and Madeline Decker.

Bands take part in competition

Several area bands participated and placed in the Illini Marching Band Championships Oct. 13 at Memorial Stadium.

Monticello High School's marching band won first place in Class 2A, and also won best music and best visual.

In Class 3A, Mahomet-Seymour High School's band placed third.

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