10 | April 12, 2018 | The frankfort station news frankfortstation.com Ruth Colby brings vast experience to Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Board Submitted by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Colby, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital, to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Board of Directors. Colby will bring to the Board of Directors a wealth of professional experience, a history of community involvement, proven leadership, and a deep commitment to protecting children from sexual abuse. State’s Attorney Glasgow, who chairs the board, established the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 as a not-for-profit agency to improve investigations into cases involving child sexual abuse. When children make an outcry of sexual abuse, they are brought to the center, where trained and compassionate forensic interviewers obtain an accurate statement in a neutral, non-suggestive, and child-friendly environment. Interviews recorded at the center have been used to successfully prosecute thousands of predators. In addition, the center’s experienced staff provides children and families with advocacy, counseling, and social services that enable the healing process to begin. Colby, who was named President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital in 2017, has a long history of working with organizations that provide services to children. She served for two decades on the Board of Directors for the Heartland Alliance, which has developed programs that provide support services, shelter, and placements for children who were the victims of human trafficking. And over the years, she has developed strong relationships with local youth-based organizations, including the Forest Park Community Center, the Harvey Brooks Center, and the Warren-Sharpe Community Center. In additional to playing a pivotal role over the years in the expansion of the Silver Cross campus and the hospital’s clinical programs, Colby has been actively involved with many community health organizations, including the Will County Health Department’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships Collaborative Council, the University of Chicago Medicine Cancer Research Women’s Board, and the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. At Silver Cross Hospital, Colby succeeded longtime President and CEO Paul Pawlak, who donated an office suite on the Silver Cross Hospital campus for the Center when it was newly established by State’s Attorney Glasgow back in 1995. “Ruth brings to the table her tremendous experience and a great passion for protecting vulnerable children,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “Silver Cross Hospital has been there from the start for the Children’s Advocacy Center, and Ruth’s service on the board is a continuation of that valued relationship. I am honored that she is putting her skills to work for this vital agency.” The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center also is a proud partner of United Way of Will County. For information about the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, call (815) 774-4565 or visit www.willcountycac. org. Ruth Colby, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital, was recently appointed to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Board of Directors. Photo submitted ‘Every 21 Seconds’ to make public debut T.J. Kremer III Contributing Editor On Friday, April 13, “Every 21 Seconds,” the film based on Mokena native Brian Sweeney’s struggle with traumatic brain injury, will debut at Emagine Theatre in Frankfort. The film previously had been screened by a private audience in January. Bob Spychalski BROKER •CustomizedMarketingCampaign •Freeprofessional&dronephotography •Strongonline&socialmediaexposure •5starZillowagent •FrankfortResident 630.728.8490 BOB SPYCHALSKI ILC 8509 0318 Mokena resident Brian Sweeney (left), who wrote the book “Every 21 Seconds,” based on his struggles with a traumatic brain injury, poses with Shannon Brown, who plays Sweeney in the movie with the same title. The film opens for to the public Friday, April 13, at Emagine in Frankfort. 22nd Century Media file photo “Every 21 Seconds” follows Sweeney’s life after he was viciously attacked outside of a bar in Wisconsin in 1992. The attack left Sweeney with a traumatic brain injury. Since then, Sweeney has been on a mission to share his story in the hopes that it will raise awareness and spur action for the approximately 2 million people per year who are diagnosed with and suffer from a TBI. “I spent the first five years trying to convince people that there was nothing wrong with me, and every day since trying to get people to understand what the challenges are for folks who go through this, what some of the deficits might be,” Sweeney said in an interview with The Messenger back in January. “But, also, what you can do, not what you can’t do. I always say focus on the capabilities, not the disabilities. “I wanted to be the voice that gave these people a voice.” The movie is based on Sweeney’s book of the same name. The film was recently nominated for several awards — including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Ensemble — by Festigious, a monthly online film festival.
frankfortstation.com School the frankfort station | April 12, 2018 | 11 Student reporter The Chelsea playgrounds Darren Hill Chelsea Intermediate School third-grader At Chelsea Intermediate School there are two playgrounds. They are called the north playground and the south playground. The south playground is bigger than the north playground. The south playground has a very big track. Sometimes we go on the playgrounds for P.E. or physical education. If you unfortunately do not have a friend to play with there is a bench called the buddy bench. If you sit at the buddy bench it shows that you don’t have a friend to play with. Usually someone will see you and come play with you. The north playground has a very big blacktop. It is very fun to play on the swings. There is a small field that you can play football on. Also, on the south playground, there is a sand pit at the track. It is most commonly used as a long jump. In the middle of the track, there is a basketball court with newly installed benches. Also, there are small exercise bicycles that overlook the track. They are a great way to get some exercise. Some people bring small notepads to draw on during their recess time. Usually, a large group of people play football. Different classes go to different playgrounds. There are usually six classes in a recess. When we line up, we are expected to do so quietly. Then we go into the building to eat lunch or go back to class. Chelsea recess is fun and anyone else would enjoy it too. Four Lincoln-Way students named National Merit Scholar Finalists Submitted by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Lincoln-Way East student Lucas Nienhouse was one of four Lincoln-Way students to be named a National Merit Scholar finalist. Photos submitted In mid-January, Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 recognized 35 total students in a special ceremony for outstanding academic performance based on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) requirements. Of the 35 students, 31 earned Commended status and four earned Semifinalist status. After celebrating their Semifinalist status in January, students Alexandria Krupske (Lincoln-Way West), Taylor Lenburg (Lincoln- Way Central), Lucas Nienhouse (Lincoln-Way East) and Karnap Patel (Lincoln-Way East), each submitted an application for Finalist status. Despite the competitiveness of the NMSC program, all four advanced as Finalists. “This is the equivalent to be named an academic All American,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Tim Reilly. “These students should be incredibly proud of their achievement.” According to the NMSC website, of the 1.6 million entrants, approximately 50,000 test takers with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. More than two-thirds of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. One-third of the 50,000 high scorers are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. From there, after submitting additional qualifications and an essay response to a writing prompt, approximately 15,000 Finalists are chosen. “It’s always exciting because of all the scholarships that can come along with it, so it opened up opportunities for colleges that I may not have looked at if I didn’t win this,” Alexandria Krupske said of earning Finalist status. In her essay application for NMSC, Krupske wrote about her job as a math tutor and how she unexpectedly enjoyed it. Her involvement in various clubs and activities has kept her busy at Lincoln-Way West. Krupske is a part of National Honor Society, Math Honors Society, Scholastic Bowl, Mathletes and Bowling. She is also president of Key Club. She applied to 20 total colleges, writing a different essay for each application. “I’m deciding between Northeastern University, University of Southern California and UCLA,” she says. “I want to study finance, and some schools will offer the opportunity to merge entrepreneurship with finance, so that would be my preference.” When senior Taylor Lenburg of Lincoln-Way Central was first called down to the office to notify her of her Finalist status, she says she slightly panicked. “I’ve never been called down to the office before,” Lenburg said. “So I was actually scared; I thought I was in trouble ... Then it kind of occurred to me that maybe it was about the National Merit recognition.” When Principal Steve Provis presented her with her certificate of achievement, Lenburg’s fears disappeared. While at Lincoln- Way Central, she has kept busy by Karnap Patel, a senior at Lincoln- Way East, was also selected as a National Merit Scholar finalist. participating in Mathletes, Guitar Studio Ensemble, Tri-M Honor Society, National Honor Society and AFJROTC. While she’s excited for college, she’s still trying to decide which one she’d like to attend. “I’m choosing between Illinois Wesleyan and Knox College; I’m thinking I want to go pre-law,” she said. “If not, I’ll major in psychology and decide when I get there, but either way, I think graduate school is in my future.” Finalist Lucas Nienhouse of Lincoln-Way East was excited to reach Finalist status. For the essay portion of the NMSC application, he was asked to write about someone who has been inspirational in his life. Nienhouse chose his grandmother. “She’s got a plethora of medical conditions, and she still always acts not for herself, but for everyone else,” he said. When he heard letters were mailed notifying students of their status, he “bolted out” to his mailbox and opened the letter with his Finalist status. “I was like ‘Nice!’” he said. “I’m a twin, so having two kids going to college is a big monetary deal for my parents.” Nienhouse says, however, that his academic performance and Finalist status will help him secure scholarships. “By designating schools I’d like to attend on the National Merit website, I can get scholarship benefits for my Finalist status,” he said. Although some students will attempt to “lighten the load” of their classes and activities during their senior year, Nienhouse has kept himself incredibly busy and dedicated. He is part of Computer Club and Mathletes, and is also the current president of Gamers Club. Nienhouse is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Pi, and Science National Honor Society. His favorite class is Calculus BC, where he earned over 100 percent last semester and aims to do the same during his final semester of high school. Karnap Patel, who also earned a perfect score on his ACT, earned National Merit Finalist status as well. During his time at Lincoln- Way East, Patel has been a part of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honors Society, Mathletes, Computer Club, Gamers Club, and was also the co-captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. This year, he joined track and field to give shot put and discus a try. Patel wants to study aerospace engineering and is still waiting to hear back from a few of the six colleges to which he’s applied. “A lot of colleges have meritbased scholarships, so I’m sure it helps me there,” he said. “One of the colleges that I’m really interested in right now is University of Michigan; I know their aerospace engineering program is really good ... U of I is also another one I’m looking at; I was really impressed by their clubs that related to aerospace.” Patel says he was able to look at “some higher tiered colleges” due to his National Merit Finalist status, as well as his perfect ACT score. He looks forward to receiving responses over the next few weeks before making his final decision. “I have good options,” he said.