16 | March 21, 2019 | the mokena messenger news mokenamessenger.com FREE Admission FREE Parking FREE Tote Bag* *to first 500 attendees SAVE THE DATE 9am - 1pm SATURDAY Apr. 27, 2019 Tinley Park Convention Center 18451 Convention Center Drive Vendor opportunities available! Deadline is April 10 SPONSORS This women-focused event will offer: • More than 100 vendor booths • FREE 30-minute workout sessions! • Speaker sessions • Cooking demo stage • Vitalant Blood Drive AND MORE TO COME! MORE INFO: (708) 326-9170 ext. 16 22ndCenturyMedia.com/lady Mokena Junior High School students prep for a taping of a mock board meeting at Mokena Village Hall March 13. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media Village Hall home to annual Student Government Day T.J. Kremer III, Editor More than 60 students from four schools participated in Student Government Day March 13, hosted by the Village of Mokena. The tradition started more than 30 years ago and is used as a way to give young people handson experience of what it is, exactly, that local governments do for their towns. The morning started with a welcome from Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer, followed by an NEW LENOX RANCH TOWNHOME Call Gary Durish (815) 474-4447 www.garydurishrealty.com OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE! • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths • 2 Car Attached Garage $219,900 overview of local government processes, which included a Q&A session with Village staff and students. Later that evening, Mokena Junior High School students met at Village Hall to rehearse and tape a mock board meeting, with students playing the roles of various staff, trustees and even the mayor. Samya Walker, an eighth-grader at MJH, portrayed the role of development director. She said she has an interest in getting involved in politics at some point in the future. “Yeah, I do, but probably a higher up role,” Walker said. “I just picked any role for now, just to see how the government works, in general.” Fleischer said that the day was an opportunity for the children to become ambassadors for the Village. “They’re going to go home after the meeting [and tell] their parents what they learned today,” Fleischer said. “And, if they learned what happens in our community — what our public works department does, what our finance department does, what our police department does — they understand a little better what they’re paying taxes for. They learned a lot today.” To view the mock board meeting, visit mokena. municipalcms.com/pview. aspx?id=20855.
mokenamessenger.com news the mokena messenger | March 21, 2019 | 17 MJH student to compete for state GeoBee title Submitted by Mokena School District 159 Addison Jensen has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Illinois State Competition. The contest is scheduled to be held at Heartland Community College in Normal March 29. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourththrough eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the topscoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees. This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22. Students who come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively. Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2019, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll; second place will receive at $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 in cash each. Visit natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee. Follow the National competition at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 19-22 at natgeoed. org/experiences. Mokena Junior High School seventh-grader is slated to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Illinois State Competition March 29. 22nd Century Media file photo Dollars for dogs (and cats) Mokena Womens Club donates $1,000 to NAWS Humane Society shelter RIGHT: Members of Mokena Womens Club, NAWS animal shelter and Mokena Chamber of Commerce pose with a check for $1,000 donated to NAWS — much to the delight of Otis the dog — by Mokena Womens Club at Mokena Community Public Library after the monthly Mokena Chamber of Commerce meeting March 12. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media