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10 | February 16, 2017 | The frankfort station School School news Carthage College Frankfort students study abroad Gina Sipka and Thomas Gaertig of Frankfort spent weeks abroad while studying at Carthage College. Sipka was immersed in the French Caribbean culture of Guadeloupe, and Gaertig studied music and mythology in Japan. Sipka’s “Experiencing the Franco-Caribbean Culture of the Guadeloupe” study tour aimed to immerse students in the culture of Guadeloupe and to learn about its art and history. Before leaving for the trip, she learned how to live and get around in Guadeloupe, along with basic greetings in French and Creole. While there, she observed the daily way of life, including greetings, table manners, shopping, family behavior and friendship. She also learned about the area’s history as it explains the development of various places, institutions, venues and monuments. While in Japan, Gaertig, a member of the Carthage Wind Orchestra, discussed the use of mythological figures and storytelling within the history of ancient Japan. His twoweek course looked at centers of Japanese culture, such as Kyoto, Miyajima and Nara, along with more modern centers of historic importance such as Osaka and Hiroshima. The orchestra was in residence at the Sakuyo University in Kurashiki. Illinois State University Two residents earn degrees Two area residents earned bachelor’s degrees from Illinois State University after the fall semester. Pat Evans and Bridget Eileen Tamme both earned their bachelor of science. Six Frankfort residents named to dean’s list Six residents were honored by Illinois State University for their academic achievement. Ashley Chandler, Carly Feldmeier, Sarah Foote, Conor Hughes, Kaitlin Mc- Watters and Lauren Pedraza were named to the fall 2016 dean’s list. University of Minnesota - Crookston Pearson graduates with bachelor’s degree Stephanie Pearson of Frankfort graduated with her bachelor’s degree after the fall semester. Pearson received her bachelor of science in accounting and finance at the state university, which enrolls 1,800 fulltime students. School News is compiled by Editor Kirsten Onsgard, Voting Open February 2-28 Vote: We want to know your favorite local businesses! Tell us your favorites in categories such as: Beauty ★ Health ★ Dining ★ Education ★ Fitness & Recreation Pets Services ★ Shopping ★ Vehicles Honor your favorite local businesses by voting for them in the Southwest Choice Awards presented by 22nd Century Media. Look for the ballot in the center of this newspaper or vote online at starting Feb. 2. Complete at least 50 categories and be eligible for 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Choice Awards prize—one three-night trip for two (2) adults to Riu Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of Apple Vacations. THE FRANKFORT STATION THE LOCKPORT LEGEND THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT THE HOMER HORIZON THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE THE TINLEY JUNCTION THE MOKENA MESSENGER The frankfort station’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank Jake Simpson, Lincoln-Way East senior Simpson was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for his academic excellence. What is one essential you must have when studying? Red Bull. I’m in a lot of activities so usually when I study, it’s late at night, so I need something so I can stay awake. What do you like to do when not in school or studying? I like hanging out with my friends and going to their sporting events and cheering them on. Also, I play lacrosse, so I practice for that often. What is your dream job and why? A physician’s assistant. I’ve always wanted a job in the medical field because I wanted a job where I could help someone. And this was the most practical option. What is one thing people don’t know about you? I moved to Illinois from Maryland in eighth grade. Whom do you look up to and why? My grandpa, because he served in Vietnam and then came back and got his college degree. He has been through a lot but he doesn’t show it. He’s determined and humble. Who is your favorite teacher and why? This year, Mr. Thompson. He is probably the funniest teacher I’ve ever had. Also, he loves fishing and talking about sports, so I can relate to him about that. What is your favorite class and why? My favorite class I’ve ever taken was AP Government junior year with Ms. Graham. She was so passionate about what she was teaching and politics have always interested me. So that combination sealed the deal. Photo submitted What is one thing that stands out about your school? Coming over from North this year, I was happily surprised that we united together so quickly. I believe it was mainly due to uniting around our football team and rooting for them Friday nights. If you could change one thing about school, what would it be? To be able to go out to eat during lunch or advisory. With all these restaurants around, it would be awesome to be able to go to Culver’s or Buffalo Wild Wings during lunch. What is your favorite thing to eat in the cafeteria? Mac n’ cheese bites or mozzarella sticks. Mrs. Vieni makes those, and I feel like they taste better every time I eat them. What is your best memory from school? Being a super fan for football games this year [by] painting myself and then running around with a flag after we scored a touchdown, and getting the crowd excited so we can help our team gain momentum. Standout Student is weekly feature in The Station. Nominations come from Frankfort schools. News the frankfort station | February 16, 2017 | 11 Burning love Frankfort Boy Scouts and Rotary Club close Winter on the Green series with hot chocolate and treats for Valentine's Day event (Left to right) Paul Lyons from the Rotary Club serves fondue for Frankfort residents Judy Singer and Lee Redemske Saturday, Feb. 12, at Breidert Green during Winter on the Green's Valentine's Weekend. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media ABOVE: Frankfort Boy Scout Troop 270 members (left to right) Ben Malcolm and Michael Mysliwiec serve cobbler. RIGHT: Boy Scout Reese Bell checks on the hot cobbler cooking in a dutch oven. The event included hot chocolate, cobbler and fondue, in addition to a blood drive. Village Board Frankfort celebrates Mokena fire department’s 100th anniversary Kirsten Onsgard, Editor The Village of Frankfort celebrated the Mokena Fire Protection District’s century-long history during the board’s regular meeting Feb. 6. Frankfort Village Board approved a ceremonial proclamation acknowledging the 100-year anniversary of the Mokena Fire Protection District, which also serves areas of Frankfort, Orland Park and Homer Glen. Fire Chief Howard Stephens — who has served as chief for five years and has been a member of the MFPD for 26 years — was presented with a plaque by Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland. “We enjoy a great working relationship with the Village of Frankfort, and we look forward to continuing that relationship, as well as continuing our relationship with the residents of the Village of Frankfort,” Stephens said. The Mokena Fire Department started in 1917 with 30 members, Holland said, and 25 members joined the first volunteer fire department in 1932. In 1933, a used, 1929 Model A Ford frame previously used as a coal truck was purchased for $75. The truck is still driven today during Mokena’s Fourth of July parade. The fire district was established in 1962, and today covers 17,500 people over 12 square miles in Cook and Will County. Mokena Fire Protection District will celebrate its 100th anniversary during its annual Fourth of July parade, Stephens said. Wastewater treatment project spending approved Round it up A brief recap of action and discussion from the Monday, Feb. 6 meeting of the Frankfort Village Board • Deputy Police Chief Kevin Keegan and Village Administrator Jerry Ducay warned about IRS and police scams targeting area residents. • The Annual Homeowners and Townhome Association meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Frankfort Administrative Building. Frankfort has about 50 homeowners associations, which “speak with a unified voice” on neighborhood issues, Holland said. • Several Village officials offered their condolences to the family of Terri Rossi, who died Feb. 4. Rossi was a longtime Lincoln-Way employee and the wife of former mayor Ray Rossi. The board approved $1.9 million in construction and engineering work on the Village’s wastewater treatment project. Trustee Cindy Heath said the Village has spent $7.3 million so far on the 20-year, $54 million project to consolidate the north, west and regional wastewater treatment plants into the regional facility. Payments approved Monday included $1.2 million in work on the west and north pumping stations, $500,000 on the laboratory and $200,000 in design engineering costs. Broker - Management Team “10” VISIT US ONLINE AT FRANKFORTSTATION.COM