Youth news: DACC hosts competition

Youth news: DACC hosts competition

Danville Area Community College hosted the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering regional competition, a Test of Engineering Aptitudes in Mathematics and Science, on Feb. 5.

Students were tested in seven different academic areas which included mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, English, engineering graphics and computer science.

Twelve high school and 172 students participated.

Teams that have placed second or first, as well as all individuals earning a first or second place in their division, will compete in sectional competition on March 7 at Eastern Illinois University.

Schlarman Academy won first place in the small schools' division. Armstrong Township High School won second place, and Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School, third place.

For middle-size schools, Oakwood High School won first place, followed by Westville High School in second and Hoopeston Area High School in third place.

Danville High School won first place in the division for schools with more than 1,500 students.

Josh Aponte, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, won first place in math. In that category, second place went to Sonya Kumpuckal, Schlarman Academy, and third place to Chayce Wagner, Armstrong Township; Reed Smith, Georgetown-Ridge Farm; Alexis Ovall, Georgetown-Ridge Farm; and Damon Hays, Catlin High School.

Megan McGee, Catlin, won first place in English. Sarah Larson, Schlarman Academy, won second place, and Jessica Muehlher, Jamaica, won third.

James Cornett, Oakwood, won first place in chemistry. Luke Robinson, Danville, won second place and Tristan Cox, Oakwood, third place.

In physics, Emerson Grey, Armstrong, won first place, Jordan Marganski, Schlarman Academy, won second, and Taylor Kirby, Jamaica, won third.

In biology, Amy Shah, Danville, won first place, Kaleb Smith, Westville, won second place and Brandon Wittig, Oakwood, and MacKenzie Scroggins, Chrisman, won third place.

In engineering graphics, Wyatt Showalter, Armstrong, won first place. Second-place winners were Samantha Wilken, Milford, Caleb Hess, Chrisman, and Jordyn Basler, Milford. Third-place winners were Muehlher of Jamaica, James Dutton, Catlin, and Ross Dable, Catlin.

In computer science, Trevor Price, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, took first place, followed by Chance Potter, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, in second and Hess of Chrisman in third place.

This year, Danville Area Community College awarded a scholarship to the highest ranking seniors competing in Academic Challenge. This year's winners were Grey of Armstrong and McGee of Catlin.

Scholarship applications accepted.

The Ford County Historical Society is now accepting applications for its scholarship.

It's a memorial to Dr. Wilbur W. Sauer, organizer of the Ford County Historical Society in 1968. The annual $500 scholarship was established in 1998 by the society for excellence and interest in the study of history.

Applicants must live in Ford County and be a senior in high school (they may attend a school outside of Ford County, though). They must have completed two years of history classes after 3 years in high school and submit a high school transcript through first semester of the senior year, plus scores from ACT or SAT.

Applicants should also include a letter of recommendation from the history teacher and a letter of recommendation from someone in the community who is not involved in the school. They should also include a list of extra-curricular activities, honors received and other significant accomplishments.

They should also include an essay that's one page and double-spaced discussing their goals in life.

The application deadline is April 5. Applications should be sent to Marilyn Ames, Scholarship Chairman, 1617A Patton Drive, Mahomet, IL 61853.

Applicants will be judged on academic achievement, participation in school and community activities, citizenship, leadership and a desire for higher education. For more details and an application, seniors should seek help from their guidance counselors.

Leal class wins award in Rube Goldberg competition.

A team of students from Carol Smith's fifth-grade class at Leal Elementary in Urbana was awarded first place in the 4th annual Rube Goldberg competition Feb. 23. Students from Leal, Robeson Elementary, Champaign, and Holy Cross School, Champaign, competed in the local contest sponsored by Engineers in the Classroom. Local engineers and University of Illinois engineering students volunteered their time and expertise to help the students in the conception and building of their machines. This year's theme was "Plant this Seed." The object of each machine was to get a seed and bury it in dirt, in at least five steps or more.

Leal's Plants vs. Zombie machine will proceed to the regional finals at the University of Illinois' Engineering Open House.

The first-place win allows Team Leal to take their Plants vs. Zombie-themed machine to the regional finals held during Engineering Open House.

Mock election brings award for Jefferson.

Jefferson Middle School was recently named honorable mention recipient of the National Association of Secondary School Principals Award.

The award came as a part of the school's participation in the My Voice National student mock election.

With a focus on media literacy, Jefferson Middle School students examined political news and advertising. They learned how civic responsibility requires solid research and questioning skills.


Gabriella Fisher, a senior at Centennial High School, has been named a 2013 Trustee Scholar at Illinois College. The award, which includes a full-tuition scholarship, is the highest honor the liberal arts college in Jacksonville offers incoming students.

Fisher, a Champaign resident, is one of six prospective Illinois College students to be selected for the scholarship.

Gavin Cender of Mahomet is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.

Junior members of the association 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 more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.

Crosspoint Human Services Domestic Violence and Transitional Shelter Services program has announced the winners of the first Vermilion County Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention PSA Video Contest.

Vermilion County teen students were invited to submit an original piece such as a public service video, commercial or original music video. The goal was educate teens about the problem of abuse in teen relationships.

Oneisha Williams, Deneisha Garbutt, Britney Strickland, Aleisha Garbutt, Quiana Strickland and Dakarr'I Fisher won first place. They are members of Big Brother Big Sisters' Young Women Aware Program.

Brandon Alex Hatcher, Lauren Kiser, Jessica McKemson, Isabella Huffman and Kyle Coughlin won second place. They are all members of Erik Cisney's class at Bismarck-Henning High School.

Maranda Witty of Bismarck, a senior at Bismarck-Henning High School, was named the Presidential Scholar for the fall of 2013 at MacMurray College in Jacksonville.

The four-year scholarship, the college's top award, provides full tuition and fees at MacMurray. To win the Presidential Scholarship, Witty participated in the college's scholarship competition in February, which was by invitation to the top students who applied. The competition included writing an essay on an assigned topic and an interview with students, faculty and alumni of MacMurray.

Witty, who plans to study nursing, is the daughter of Phil and Liz Benjamin of Bismarck and Cliff Witty of Danville.

Jessica Elliott of Urbana placed 18th in the national Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy, out of 54 students from all states and from around the world.

She received a $2,000 scholarship in addition to the $3,300 prize she won by winning her post, district and state.

She competed during an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. from March 2-6, and will attend a leadership conference this summer with all students who competed nationally.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW's premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Elliott is the daughter of Ray Elliott and Vanessa Faurie of Urbana.

The Exchange Club of Urbana has named Urbana High School student Laura Gabra as its February Youth of the Month.

The club recognizes a student each month during the school year, from whom a Youth of the Year will be named. The objective of the awards is to give public recognition to students who display superior leadership, scholarship, athletic ability and industry.

Exchange Club is a national service organization with an emphasis on child abuse prevention.

Sean Noa, a 17-year-old senior at Central High School in Champaign, has received an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He is the son of Shannon DeLaMar and Ernest Noa.

Noa received a congressional nomination from now-former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson.

While he is undecided on a major at this time, Now is interested in the academy's Naval Architecture program, as well its history and political science programs.

Six students from local schools are state winners in the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizens contest.

The Governor Thomas Ford Chapter, NSDAR, sponsors the Junior American Citizens program. State winners were selected in different categories from each grade level using the theme "Invest in America's Future."

State winners from TriPoint are Victoria Smith, sixth-grade poster; Rebekah Carter, seventh-grade poster; Madyson Followell, eighth-grade poster; and Jakob Crowley, eighth-grade stamp design. State winners from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley are Cullen Neal, fifth-grade stamp design, and Karson Davis, fifth-grade photo essay.

GCMS students who had winning chapter entries submitted to state competition are Aaron Spears, fourth-grade stamp design; Summer Roesch, fifth-grade poster; Lauren Leonard, fifth-grade poem; and Spencer Hazen, fifth-grade short story. A fourth-grade student from Tri-Point, Hannah Wahls, was also a chapter winner for her poster.