Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, 19, of Oak Park, competed in the United States Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 9 to 16 in Portland, Ore. Guilietti-Schmitt and his partner of six months, Mauri Gustafson, 16, skated in the Junior Dance competition, finishing 10th. Leading up to the national championships, the pair captured the Junior Dance bronze medal at Pacific Coast Sectionals in San Diego, Calif., and are now ranked among the top 12 junior teams in the country. Guilietti-Schmitt, an Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate and award-winning skater in singles, pairs and dance, is a member of the DuPage Figure Skating Club's Team Elite Gold. He and Gustafson train and attend school in Plano, Texas.
Douglas Dirk Swanson of Oak Park presented a paper, "Tight Subdesigns of the Higman-Sims Design," at a meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. A senior at Valparaiso University in Indiana, Swanson is pursuing degrees in mathematics and Spanish. His parents are Arden and Sandra Swanson of Oak Park.
Eugene H. Winkler is the new interim minister at First United Methodist Church in Oak Park, following the departure of Ken Crooks, who served as pastor for five years. Crooks has decided to go on a six-month sabbatical of prayer and study, after which he'll be reassigned to a different position. Winkler, who was retired from his position as senior pastor of the Chicago Temple First United Methodist Church in downtown Chicago, agreed to step in until a permanent replacement is found. He was a key player in a suit by the ACLU against the Boy Scouts to halt discrimination based on religious belief and sexual orientation.
First United Methodist Church recently received a $525,000 grant for the restoration of its E.M. Skinner organ and has launched an $850,000 capital campaign to restore the church sanctuary.
Recorder records victory
Laura Osterlund of Oak Park is a winner in the 2005 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, conducted Jan. 2 and 9 by Midwest Young Artists. Playing a recorder, she won in two categories, "early music" and "other instruments" (other than strings, piano), in the open, senior-level division. Osterlund played the Allegro movement from Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in C for Sopranino Recorder, the same piece that won her the Oak Park and River Forest High School Concerto Competition last September. For the Walgreens competition, Osterlund was accompanied by Oak Parker Barbara Ekholm. As a winner, Osterlund will receive in-kind tuition awards to attend Midwest Young Artists-sponsored activities, and will have the opportunity to play at a winners recital and at the 2005 Bach Week Festival in Evanston this spring.