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12 | February 16, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger mokena 14TH ANNUAL Frankfort Wellness Fair Education • Heart and Vascular Institute • EHAC: Early Heart Attack Care • Advanced Heart Failure Center • Comprehensive Cancer Institute • Cancer Support Center • Breast Health & Wellness Center • Franciscan Fitness Center • Franciscan Physician Network • Ask the Physician Nadia Siddiqui, MD, Internal Medicine • Center for Diabetes • Home Health/Durable Medical Equipment • Rehabilitation Services • Joint Program • Occupational, Physical and Sports Therapy • VITAS Hospice Care FREE Health Screenings • Blood Glucose (8-12 hrs. fasting optional) • Blood Oxygen • Blood Pressure • Body Mass Index • Bone Density (Osteoporosis) • Pulmonary (Spirometry) Wellness FREE 5-minute Chair Massages Raffle Prizes FREE Health Screenings Fair SATURDAY, FEB. 25 • 8:30 AM-12NOON Founders Center, 140 Oak St., Downtown Frankfort FREE Informational Seminars 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Primary Care Services Presented by Tonja Austin, MD, Family Medicine Learn how establishing a relationship with your primary care physician will promote wellness, prevent illness and better manage chronic conditions. 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Urgent Care or ER Presented by Torra Jones, MD, Franciscan ExpressCare Should you go to the Urgent Care Clinic or the Emergency Room? Learn how to select the correct treatment venue for your illness or injury. 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Lower Back Pain: Causes, Prevention, Self-Treatment Presented by Tim Coleman, PT, MS, OCS, METT Therapy Services Review the causes and common activities that contribute to back pain, as well as simple selfmanagement strategies to relieve and prevent pain. FREE Giveaways & Refreshments REGISTER TODAY! CALL 1-866-790-2229 or visit Sponsored by Village of Frankfort & Frankfort Park District. For further information visit or call (815) 469-2177 School the Mokena Messenger | February 16, 2017 | 13 The mokena messenger’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank Karina Rydecki, Mokena Junior High School eighth-grader Karina Rydecki was picked as this week’s Standout Student because of her academic performance. What is one essential you must have when studying? I must have music while I study. It keeps me focused on my work, and I’m able to tune out any distractions. What do you like to do when not in school or studying? I love music, and I incorporate band, choir and marching band into my day. I also am in the school musical, “The Music Man.” I am currently a member of the MJHS Poms squad. I also love horseback riding at Nova Quarter Horses. What is your dream job? My hope is to get a job in the music field, possibly teaching music. What is something people don’t know about you? A lot of people don’t know that I’ve been to four countries in Europe and that I hope to go to the University of Illinois. Whom do you look up to and why? I look up to my mom and my aunt. My mom inspires me by doing the difficult task of juggling work and raising me. My Aunt Stephanie motivates me to keep moving forward, even when it gets tough. Who is your favorite teacher and why? Photo submitted My favorite teacher is Mr. Shaughnessy because he helps me understand what I’m learning, and he does it in a fun, interesting way. What’s your favorite class and why? My favorite class is Spanish because it is a very interesting language, and I learn something new every day. What’s one thing that stands out about your school? One thing that stands out about our school is our great music program and all the extracurriculars students have the opportunity to participate in. If you could change one thing about school, what would it be? The only thing I would change is the length of the passing periods. Instead of three minutes, it would be four or five minutes so I wouldn’t have to rush. What is your best memory from school? The best memories from school I have include being selected as the drum major for the MJHS marching band, and also all the fun I had in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” last year. Standout Student is a weekly feature in The Mokena Messenger. Nominations come from Mokena area schools. School News Providence Catholic High School Providence names January students of the month John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, recently announced the school’s “Students of the Month” for January. Among those honored was junior Emily Sicinski, of Mokena, who earned the award for her work on fine arts. “We are very proud of these students who were recognized for achievements and/or improvement in school courses as well as other school-related activities,” Harper said. Every month, each academic department chairperson selects one student as its student of the month from a number of students nominated by faculty and staff. Students of the month receive a certificate of recognition, have their photos displayed in Providence Catholic High School’s main hallway for the following month and are invited as a group to have lunch with the principal and assistant principal, Janlyn Auld. Cornell College Cornell College names Mokena residents to dean’s list Cornell College recently named more than 200 students to its dean’s list for the Fall 2016 semester. Among those honored with dean’s list designation were Mokena natives Charlotte Imlach, who earned highest honors, and Joseph Sterchele, who earned honors. Honors signifies a semester grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79; high honors signifies an average of 3.8 to 3.99; and highest honors signifies a 4.0 grade point average. Illinois Sate University Mokena students earn dean’s list designation The Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing recently named students to its dean’s list. Among those honored for the fall semester were Maura Kenny and Mackenzie Widule, both of Mokena. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more graded hours during the semester. Illinois Wesleyan University Mokena native to perform solo at Wesleyan’s Concerto- Aria Mokena native and Illinois Wesleyan University student Kelsey Maka was recently selected as a soloist for the annual Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria Concert, which will be presented Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Concerto-Aria concert showcases Illinois Wesleyan students on their primary instruments. Maka auditioned in front of Illinois Wesleyan faculty members and before a panel of judges from outside of the School of Music. The vocal performance and International Studies double major said the first thing she did when she found out the results was call her parents. “I felt very happy that all the hours I spent practicing and preparing came through in my audition,” she said. “It really means a lot to be chosen as a Concerto Aria soloist because the level of talent at Illinois Wesleyan is exceptionally high.” Maka will be performing “Senza mamma” from Suor Angelica by Puccini. Maka is also involved in the Illinois Wesleyan Collegiate Choir and Opera program, as well as internationally oriented student organizations. “I would not have been able to experience the things I have experienced had I been at any other college,” said Maka. “I have performed in beautifully written operas, been challenged and encouraged by amazing professors and have traveled the world, all thanks to Illinois Wesleyan.” Illinois Wesleyan is a national liberal arts university that is exclusively undergraduate, enrolling approximately 1,770 students from 33 states and 22 countries. It is one of the few universities in the country where young musicians can combine rigorous training of an accredited school of music with a liberal arts education. Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Music recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and enjoys a national reputation for producing talented musicians, vocalists, composers and music educators. Illinois Wesleyan is located in the central Illinois community of Bloomington-Normal. University of Iowa Mokena natives graduate from Iowa The University of Iowa recently announced the students who completed degrees and participated in its Fall 2016 commencement. Among those who graduated were Mokena natives Matt Folgers, who received a MAC degree in accounting, and Andrew Napoli, who received a BBA degree in finance. Iowa announces Mokena natives named to dean’s list The University of Iowa recently announced the students who were named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2016 semester. Among those were Alexa Egan, Kathryn Garvey, Matthew Hayes, Jessica Hossa, Grant Leonard, Shane McDevitt and Andrew Napoli, all of Mokena. The University of Iowa is a public research university dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity and opportunity. Compiled by Editor Tim Carroll, tim@mokenamessenger. com. Voting Open February 2-28 Vote: vote and you can WIN A Vacation for 2 to CanCun! 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. Tell us your favorites in categories such as: Beauty ★ Health ★ Dining ★ Education ★ Fitness & Recreation ★ Pets Services ★ Shopping ★ Vehicles Look for the ballot in the center of this newspaper or vote online at starting Feb. 2.