Christine Curry and Stephen Cliff are pleased to announce their marriage. The double-ring ceremony was held at Ascension Church in Oak Park on Nov. 13, 2004. The bride's parents are Edward and Kathleen Curry of McHenry. The groom's parents are Kenneth and Kathleen Cliff of Oak Park. Christine graduated from North Central College in Naperville and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and received a graduate degree from Benedictine University in Lisle in 2003. She works as a registered dietitian at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton. A 1988 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Stephen holds degrees from Concordia University in River Forest and Aurora University. He is a third grade teacher at Hillside School in Hillside.
Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at the Morton Arboretum. The couple is at home in Naperville.
Best of the class
Kate Augustyn of Oak Park, daughter of Donald and Linda Augustyn and a 2004 graduate of Fenwick High School, has been elected to Lawrence University's chapter of Lambda Sigma, a national honor society that fosters leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service.
Benjamin R. Bahl of Oak Park received the Albert T. Mills Prize for outstanding history student at Millikin University in Decatur.
Emily Barlow of Oak Park was awarded a $10,000 Rath Distinguished Merit Scholarship from the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges. Barlow, a sophomore music education major at Lawrence University, is the daughter of Marcia Lucey and Charles Barlow.
Charles Creed of Oak Park, a student at Illinois State University, received a $1,000 Civilian Marksmanship Program Reserve Officer Training Corps college scholarship for the 2005-2006 school year. The scholarship goes to Army, Navy and Marine Corps applicants who excel academically, have strong leadership qualifications and have the potential to be officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Elizabeth Carroll of Oak Park, a graduate of Trinity High School, participated in the Richter Scholar Program at Lake Forest College. As part of the program, she collaborated with professor Ron Miller of the religion department this summer on a research project called "The Apostle Paul."
Timothy Clute of Oak Park was awarded an academic merit scholarship to attend the College of Engineering at Valparaiso University in Indiana. The son of Thomas and Irene Clute, he graduated from OPRF, where he was a member of the Leadership Lab and the Sci-Fi Club.
Bridget Gallogly of Oak Park, daughter of Robert and Catherine Gallogly and a 2005 OPRF graduate, received the Gold National Scholarship from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She entered the university's College of Liberal Arts this fall.
Peter Huck of Oak Park, the son of Bruce and Carol Huck, has been awarded a $7,500 Lawrence University Presidential Scholarship and a $2,000 Legacy Scholarship, awarded to relatives of Lawrence graduates. He's a 2005 graduate of OPRF.
Maggie Koller of Oak Park, a junior at Beloit College, was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor society that picks its members based on their scholarly achievements, broad cultural interests and good character.
Allison A. Nosek of Oak Park accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a national academic honors organization. A student at DePaul University in Chicago, she'll be honored during a ceremony this fall.
Bramhall competes for Miss Jr. Teen
Deelee Bramhall of River Forest competed in the National Miss Jr. Teen Chicago Pageant on Sept. 10. She was accepted into the competition based on her application and an interview. A former Wednesday Journal carrier, Deelee, 14, is a freshman at Oak Park and River Forest High School. She is aiming for a career in modeling or acting.
Washington for wellness,
Young for teens
The West Cook YMCA in Oak Park has appointed Cortes Washington as its new health and wellness director. He has more than eight years of experience in fitness management and personal training, holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Southern Illinois University, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a performance enhancement specialist and by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer. Washington will be in charge of the new Family Activity Center, as well as fitness and wellness programs for all age groups.
The Y has also appointed Andre Young as sport teen and education director. Young, who has been with the organization in various capacities for a long time, is in charge of the computer learning center and all teen activities, including sports and the Teen Leaders Club.
In other Y news, the day camp program has received accreditation from the American Camping Association and the Adventure Guides program for children ages 5 to 9 and their parents is being restarted with a kickoff on Oct. 1.