Tough ACT to follow

After earning a perfect score on his ACT in March, Mahomet-Seymour High School junior Griffin Megeff decided to take the same exam again in April, mostly because he'd already paid for it. When he got the results a few weeks later, Megeff was shocked to see another 36 at the top of the page.

Few legislators stick around to hear from UI officials

SPRINGFIELD — Top University of Illinois officials and alumni came to the Capitol on Thursday to lobby on behalf of funding for the university.

But by the time they got to the Statehouse at around 2 p.m., many lawmakers already had left town for a long weekend.

Go figure: May 8, 2015

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Coming this November to a book seller near you: "Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom," by STEVEN SALAITA.

Faces of '15: 'I just wanted to change my life'

FACES OF '15: Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to area natives who have achieved big things on their road to commencement.

CHAMPAIGN — By day, she's a full-time student closing in on her bachelor's degree in anthropology at Illinois State.

By night, she's a full-time assistant team leader at Lincoln's Challenge Academy, a quasi-military school in Rantoul.

Making the rounds

There's more to being a school nurse these days than slapping on Band-Aids and handing out ice packs.

Incumbent picked as Villa Grove school board president

VILLA GROVE — Newcomers Kerry Cheely and Charlie Mitsdarfer took their first oath of office as school board members.

Incumbent Jim Clark, who has served four years, was elected its new president. Jim Kestner (six years) was voted in as vice president.

Carol Ezell will remain secretary.

Aiming to save a sport

DANVILLE — For Meredith Black, few things have compared to being named the top female archer at the state tournament this spring.

The Schlarman Academy junior is excited to compete in the national archery tournament in Louisville, Ky., today. But the feeling is tinged with the sadness of knowing she and her teammates may never compete again.

Schluter elected Gifford board president

GIFFORD — The Gifford school board elected Michael Schluter to a two-year term as its president.

The board also elected Jill Duden vice president and Angela Crawford secretary.

Schluter, Crawford and Brandi Hedrick were tapped by voters to four-year terms in the April 7 consolidated election and were sworn in and seated.

Henricks keeps Cerro Gordo school board presidency

CERRO GORDO — Todd Henricks was re-elected president of the Cerro Gordo school board.

Barry Cripe will serve as vice president, a role that Todd Runyen had taken on for the last year. Runyen will instead be the new board treasurer, replacing the retiring Brenda Gaitros.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Celebrating a 50th anniversary

MONTICELLO — The Monticello Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at a meeting and banquet at the Monticello Community Center. About 60 club members and guests took part.