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Ice dancers Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, 20, of Oak Park, and his partner, Mauri Gustafson, 17, of St. Louis, will represent the United States at the International Skating Union-sanctioned Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 15-18. They were chosen as members of Team USA based on the results of the 2005 Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships in August, where they earned a fifth in compulsory, fourth in original and second in free dance events.

Giulietti-Schmitt is a three-time Junior Olympic competitor and holds multiple regional titles and medals in singles, pairs and dance. He partnered with Paige Winkels of Oak Park and Caitlin Morocco of River Forest before teaming up with Gustafson in June of 2004. They presently train and attend school in Plano, Texas, and have a website at www.ice-dance.com/mauri-logan/

Glad grads

Michael J. Hampton of Oak Park earned a bachelor's degree from Denison University. He majored in history and received the William Meredith Scholarship and the Carnahan-Jackson Scholarship.

Arin D. Hill, a 1998 graduate of OPRF, received a master's in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Matthew M. Misztal of Oak Park was the only Illinois graduate from Saint Vincent College in LaTrobe, Penn. Misztal received a bachelor of science in chemistry.

Annalynn Skipper of Oak Park received a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Three Oak Park students have received degrees from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.: Rebecca Light graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies. She's the daughter of Hollis and Terry Light. Julia Lippitt, daughter of Alex and Elizabeth Lippitt, earned a bachelor of arts in history and French/Francophone studies; and Cameron Watkins received a bachelor of arts in English. His parents are Clyde and Cheryl Watkins.

John A. Ziegler, son of James and Mary Ziegler of Oak Park, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree with a major in political science from Kenyon College in Ohio. He earned membership in Kenyon's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. In July, Ziegler began work as a paralegal with the antitrust division of the U.S. Justice
Department in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Morgan Rinder of Oak Park graduated cum laude from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., with a bachelor of arts in English literature. He also received the Gertrude and G.D. Crain Foundation Award, given to students who make the most efficient use of the facilities provided by DePauw's Eugene S. Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. Rinder, the son of Mary Rinder, is an OPRF graduate.

Sarah Spira of Oak Park received college and departmental honors when she graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. She majored in sociology and anthropology and presented a research paper, "From Birdseed to Binoculars: Birdwatchers Observed" at the Midwest Student Sociology Conference at Earlham. She is the daughter of Neal and Deborah Spira.

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