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Wilmington Region


EACH OF THE FOUR fifth-grade classrooms at Stevens Intermediate School received two dozen eggs to hatch during a science unit on embryology. The unit was made possible through grant funding obtained by teacher Katie Long from the District 209-U Foundation for Excellence in Education. Pictured with the chicks hatched in their classroom are the members of Team Long, including (front from left) Lilliana, Erica, Alfredo and Alex. In the middle row are Cheyenne, Nicole, Ryan, Alaina, Cole, Lia and Long. Gabriel, Lucas, Aidan, Amanda, Hunter, Drew, Alee and Ryan are in the back row.
05/22/2018 - 6:54pm
    “All I ever wanted is to hatch. Then it started,” wrote Nikki, a fifth grade student at Stevens Intermediate School. “... Fresh air peeped through. I needed it. It was the best smell ever! It is better than slimy goo.”     The fifth grade...

Coal City Region


COALER GRADUATE ASHLEY Medina received a graduation day surprise when her big brother, Alexander, arranged a short leave from the United States Marine Corps to fly home to be a part of her special day. Medina was unaware her brother was in the crowd until she stepped forward to accept her diploma. Courtesy photo
05/22/2018 - 7:50pm
Coal City High School graduate Ashley Medina didn’t see her big brother sitting in the stands as she walked into the school’s gymnasium on Sunday afternoon, but then again, she wasn’t looking for him. Ashley and her family weren’t expecting...

Braidwood Region


TOP OF THE CLASS — Valedictorian Emily Wolf gives her commencement address to her fellow Class of 2018 graduates during this year’s graduation ceremony on May 20, telling her fellow graduates to embrace the future without fear of the unknown.
05/22/2018 - 6:11pm
RCHS graduates Emily Wolf and Cory McGregor were seated at the head of the class in 2018. Cory took home the honor of this year’s Salutatorian, while Emily is the Class of 2018 Valedictorian. During graduation, the pair spoke to their fellow...

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