Top of the morning, Dec. 30, 2013

Something to get you going today, courtesy executive editor Jim Rossow.

Memory Lane

On Mondays, we'll make use of our extensive photo archives both in this space and on our News-Gazette Facebook page (where we'd love for you to weigh in).

Today: Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Illinois' last Rose Bowl win, 17-7 against Washington. Before the game, Illinois quarterback Mike Taliaferro and coach Pete Elliott huddled with the competition in the monkey cage at Disneyland on Dec. 23, 1963.

Congratulations to ...

... highly decorated Illinois Professor John Rogers, who made the cover of December's Smithsonian Magazine (right). Rogers is a 2013 American Ingenuity Award winner in physical sciences. The awards, wrote Smithsonian editor-in-chief Michael Caruso, "recognize nine shining achievements from the past year or so that are having a revolutionary effect on how we perceive the world and how we live."

... University Laboratory High School for its brains and brawn. Former Illinek Jonathan Kuck on Friday qualified for his second Winter Olympics in speedskating. Earlier this month, Uni High produced an area-best 52 State Scholars as chosen by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The program honors high school seniors for their outstanding academic achievement. Rounding out the top five from the area: Mahomet-Seymour (49), Champaign Central (43), Urbana (37) and Centennial (35).

Here's a list of the area's 2014-15 State Scholar winners:

Arcola High School

Climaco, Maria Isabel
Gentry, Max
Karmazinas, Klairyn
Reece, Samantha

Armstrong Township High School

Sprague, Kimberly
Vinson, Meghan

Arthur-Lovington Junior-Senior High School

Bicknell, Natalie
Lambdin, Cassandra
McDaniel, Paige
Miller, Blake
Walbright, Christopher

Atwood-Hammond High School

Bonham, Chantell
Crist, Samantha
Miller, Alexandria
Schlabach, Gayle
Webb, Austin

Bismarck-Henning High School

Bass, Mary
Bott, Andrew
Getts, Austin
Smith, Mollie

Catlin High School

Hughes, Jacob
Parezo, Ashleigh
Pickett, Haley
Richardson, Danielle
Sanford, Cole
Schifo, Samuel

Cerro-Gordo High School

Blickensderfer, Colton
Blunt, Jessica
Farison, Kylie
Forbes, Emily
Hayes, Stephen

Champaign Centennial High School

Alqadi, Kareem
Berner, Rachel
Beyler, Krista
Brown, Kathryn
Butler, Paul
Butler, Peter
Cao, Anleen
Chung, Ruth
Comet, Artemis
Curtis, Rachel
Davis, Ruth
Gerlt, Allison
Gregg, Christian
Hall, Alexis
Hornsey, Benjamin
Hubbard, Yedidia
Jin, David
Jones, Zackry
Kammerling, Meret
Klindworth, Lauren
Lam, Michael
Mansury, Naif
Pan, Wendy
Park, Sookyung
Parks, Zachary
Piper, Christopher
Regan, Sara
Roh, Yonhee
Roley, Alexandria
Ryniec, Sara
Sanford, Trenton
Schaefer, Fernanda
Schaefer, Mariah
Sullivan, Kathleen
Wachala, Sierra

Champaign Central High School

Akins, Natalie
Andsager, Irene
Aten, Austin
Baker, Catlyn
Bancroft, Brittany
Billimack, Austin
Bina, Natalie
Brown, Cameron
Camp, Tabitha
Caruso, Dante
Engelbrecht-Wiggans, Emily
Garrison, Haley
Gunderson, Kathryn
Hooker, Rachel
Imlay, Elijah
Jain, Priya
Jain, Sahana
Jordan, Lia
Karaganis, Jerome
Kelly, Frank
Kramer, Devin
Lange, Micah
Lin, Anna
Manaster, Abigail
Maxey, Bailey
McDermott, Evan
Miller, Evan
Mitchell, Paul-Gabriel
Moon, Brian
OBrien, Niallan
Plattner, Haley
Reynen, Olivia
Rossi, John
Sanders, Sabrina
Slifer, Erin
Sola, Jennifer
Stanhope, Clarissa
Sunderland, Sara
Thompson, Riley
Welch, Robert
Wilcoski, Elias
Wright, Hannah
Yim, Patrick

Charleston High School

Armstrong, Jonathan
Daniels, Amy
Easter, Adam
Fisher, Madison
Garrett, Taylor
Gubbins, Maxwell
Handley, Amber
Hiser, Jenna
Hoover, Lauren
Jenkins, Christina
Morgan, Sydney
Olson, Stephen
Pedigo, Breanne
Phillips, Christopher
Reuter, Mitchel
Sanders, Zach
Sledge, Peyton
Starkey, Arielle
Storm, Evan
Stowell, Samuel
Switzer, Isaac
Thomas, Alexander
Wavering, Zoe

Clinton Community High School

Bridges, Elizabeth
Heusner, Hunter
Hickman, Mally
Lukach, Gregory
Lux, Lydia
Mathews, Denise
Miles, Hannah
Morrow, Tyler
Rush, Adam
Saulsbery, Mary

Danville High School

Albeanese, Angela
Andracki, Sara
Arthi, Krishna
Aziaka, Nornubari
Bailey, Colin
Brandon, Elyssa
Cline, Curtiss
Cullum, Jeannette
Heidle, Courtney
Hicks, Hunter
Hughes, Kayla
Koebrich, Katherine
Krishna, Arthi
Leverenz, John
Lewis, Rachael
Mallady, Jackson
McMillan, Marissa
Patel, Neha
Patel, Pooja
Shah, Amy
Shillo, Alli
Shore, Teresa
Shouse, Grayson

Fisher Junior-Senior High School

Babb, Lane
Gadel, Jaylin
Heffernan, Olivia
Hobbs, Jakob
Schwing, Cameron
Varner, Hannah

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School

Arends, Carson
Bean, David
Benningfield, Katelyn
Brucker, Cassidy
Doran, Axel
Drake, Laura
Hornstein, Austin
McNutt, Abby
Ricks, David
Rottman, Rylie
Tompkins, Holly
Young, Andrew

The High School of Saint Thomas More

Bollman, Chandler
Deedrich, Cameron
Dodds, Caroline
Fahey, Elizabeth
Gillette, Katie
Johnson, Trey
Le, Brenda
Lo, Zachary
Niccum, Ian
Plecki, Michael
Powers, Samuel
Schurter, Jacob
Seebauer, John
Smith, Danielle
Sofronis, Demetrios
Tabeling, Austin
Thomas, Meredith
Tressler, James
Walker, John
Wallace, Victoria
Wax, Courtney
Wilson, Christian

Heritage High School

Lannon, Jennifer
Stokes, Jake
Townsend, Austin

Hoopeston Area High School

Gossett, Chelsea
Huls, Lane
Jett, Mason
Villagomez, Monica

Judah Christian High School

Chambers, Leslee
Conway, Jenna
Decker, Madeline
Ibrahim, George
Lipps, Sarah
Rummery, Katie
Wilner, Samuel

Mahomet-Seymour High School

Appelquist, Kyle
Bidner, Nathaniel
Bletzinger, Christopher
Brandt, Daniel
Brown, Sydney
Butzin, Jazmin
Ciaccio, Madison
Clipp, Landon
Cockerill, Riley
Dehaan, Morgan
Earl, Cameron
Fortune, Hannah
Fulk, Natalie
Grant, Derek
Grinberg, Abigail
Hanson, Chloe
Hasken, Collin
Longfellow, Lauren
Lyons, Caleb
Maxstadt, Maggi
Megeff, Braidy
Murphy, Claire
Noecker, Paige
Oostdyk, Ryan
Penrose, Erika
Porter, Jessica
Raymond, Amanda
Renshaw, Nicole
Roberson, Daniel
Rolson, Victoria
Rosen, Valerie
Russell, Ethan
Sanders, Elizabeth
Schmidt, Maggie
Schuh, Danielle
Sheehy, Colleen
Smith, Andrew
Smith, Molly
Smoes, Forrest
Strzebonski, Pawel
Vakil, Dhairav
Vanwingerden, Sarah
Vekaria, Tanvi
Veldman, Victoria
Waibel, Seth
Wallace, Madison
Williams, James
Wonderlin, Katelyn
Young, Jack

Mattoon High School

Antonik, Andie
Barker, Shelby
Buck, Leah
Dole, Andrew
Drake, Victoria
Flexter, Joel
Foster, Sarah
Gentry, Kadie
Grant, Mikayla
Hutchinson, Ryan
Kittell, Travis
Lading, Haylie
Maninfior, Whitney
Patterson, Jaden
Perry, Jacob
Phipps, Riley
Pierce, Derek
Plummer, Lane
Rardin, Megan
Reid, Jennifer
Rich, Chase
Roberts, Brayley
Sanders, Zoe
Smith, Gabrielle
Taylor, Brock

Monticello High School

Biddle, Sawyer
Blaser, Matt
Bower, Saylor
Branch, Bailey
Brand, Evelyn
Brawn, Sullivan
Brubaker, Phillip
Brubaker, Riley
Finet, Shannon
Foley, Emily
Guerrero, Malena
Halton-Berns, John
Heebner, Abigail
Hoag, Ellis
Houska, Hannah
Huisinga, Claire
King, Rebecca
Love, Kate
Ness, Carter
Ruckman, John
Stone, Jakob
Toombs, Joseph
Wolter, Gabrielle

Oakland High School

Hoel, Zachary
Magee, Josephine

Oakwood High School

Bennett, Lane
Cornett, James
Cox, Tristan

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School

Bruens, Hannah S
Foss, Melanie M
Heyen, Brittany M
Hofer, Allison L
Hustedt, Jennifer L
Johnson, Paxton O
Kuester, Allison P
Penicook, Kent L
Snyder, Elise D
Urban, Janette R
Waterstradt, Garret L

Rantoul Township High School

Abner, John
Bishop, Arin
Carver, Allison
Dawdy, Eli
Graham, Amy Jo
Graybill, Kristyn
McCallister, Connor
Peck, Lea
Sydes, Joele
Thompson, Benjamin
Willis, Netanya

Schlarman High School

Bateman, Clayton
Marganski, Jordan

St. Joseph-Ogden High School

Arteaga, Jonathan
Ball, Trey
Carmichael, Zachary
Depratt, Brady
Dunn, Ella
Foreman, Sarah
Hatfield, Taylor
Helregel, Natalie
Hill, Michele
Hoveln, Leah
Knipfer, Nathan
Melchior, Sara
Meltzer, Matthew
Plocher, Sophia
Runck, Anna
Schluter, Brent

Tuscola High School

Jacobs, Jenna
Leonard, Marnie
Ohearn, Katherine
Pflum, Rachel
Rose, Devin
Snider, Mark
Timlin, Mark

Unity High School

Bliss, Jaquelyn
Clark, Madison
Eisenmenger, Ashley
Harvey, Alexandra
Maidens, Megan
Malmberg, Johnny
Martin, McKenzie
Reifsteck, Bailey
Seiler, Laura
Stoker, Katelyn
Walker, Devin
Walsten, Sonya
Wenzel, David
Wilson, Bailey

University Laboratory High School

Afnan, Tanisha
Ahmed, Samah
Althaus, Colin
Baraka, Taharka
Beauchamp, Nathan
Bergvelt, David
Booth-Hodges, Michiko
Campbell, Mary
Chapa, Roberto
Chu, Aileen
Dickerson, Mary
Dolan, Mara
Fitzpatrick, Isabelle
Geistlinger, Theodore
Givens, William
Gundersen, Diego
Gunter, George
Gurtler, Tristan
Ha, Gloria
Hornbaker, Randall
Hwu, Bryan
Ivanov, Peter
James, Megan
Joshi, Divya
Kahn, Ruth
Kanfer, Anna
Leroy, Samuel
Li, Zhaoyu
Lu, Xun
Lubienski, Ella
Makri, Valerie
Maniates-Selvin, Sierra
Metcalf, William
Nandakishore, Ananth
Nelson, Liam
Newman, Chas
Newmanjohnson, Lucas
Orlandic, Lara
Popetz, Katherine
Powell, Kathryn
Powers, Desmond
Pratt-Clarke, Emmanuel
Rietz, Alice
Robison, Arch
Rosenbaum, Alana
Shanbhag, Vinay
Slauch, Lea
Stelzer, Daniel
Vaidya, Kedar
Walch, Jilliana
Xu, Troy
Yockey, Jonathan

Urbana High School

Allen, Grant
Berti, Leah
Chen, Jiahong
Chen, Michael
Davis, Bryana
Downie, Saul
England, Eliot
Epstein, Aidan
Follmer, Sarah
Gehrmann, Sophia
Haber, Lewis
Harrison, Madison
Heinricher, Zachary
Henigman, Martha
Huart, Caine
Iranmanesh, Niknaz
Jones, Alyssa
King, Hannah
Lee, Chang-Hee
Lin, Athena
Messai, Sami
Mohr, Hannah
Mouschovias, Victor
Mueller-Brennan, Bridget
OBrien, Maeva
Patel, Riken
Perkins, Makayla
Peterson, Matthew
Rajic, Gabriela
Rogers, Grace
Ross, Benjamin
Seyler, Stuart
Sponsler, Akena
Srajek, Noah
Taylor, Margaret
Tong, Zikang
Xu, Jiajun

Villa Grove High School

Cler, Robyn
Greifenkamp, Michael
Henderson, John
Vandeventer, Lucas

Westville Township High School

Newman, Grace
Nourie, Donald
Smith, Kaleb
Zickmund, Aaron

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