At the two-day Oak Park International Film Festival, hosted by Stan West at the Oak Park Public Library, Sept. 22-23, the second day was devoted to "Women in Cinema Discuss Povery and Privilege." Artist Pat B. Allen and John T. Allen screened The Fool, a look at how an artist struggles with a creative block and finds her unlikely guide in the time-honored figure of the fool. Joy Jones, a recent OPRF High School graduate and now a freshman at Columbia College with a Bill Gates Scholarship which pays her entire college tuition, directed and screened The Blood that Cried Murder. After an introduction by Yasmin Ranney, former District 200 school board member, acclaimed Indian-Norwegian actress-filmmaker Sophia Kaushal moderated a panel discussion with women filmmakers.
Four Oak Park and River Forest High School students received top placement in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The semifinalists are among the 1,600 academically talented seniors named nationally in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship-sponsored program. More than 140,000 high school juniors nationally earned consideration when they took the 2006 qualifying exam.The OPRF students named are: Uche Anigbogu, Kelsey L. Middleton, Jean-Luc T. Mosley, and Alexander Pergams.
Of 41 Illinois schools participating in the program, OPRF tied with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in having the fourth highest number of semifinalists in the state.
Earlier this month, the National Merit Scholarship Program announced that 21 OPRF students had attained National Merit semifinalist ranking.
Ptacks on honors track
Oak Parkers Michael Ptack Jr. and Kenneth Ptack made the Elmhurst College dean's list for spring 2007. Mike is a Chemistry/Secondary Education major. Ken is majoring in Physical Education/Secondary Education.
Researching international coffee
Dr. David Johnson of Oak Park, assistant professor of history at Elmhurst College, has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant to develop a case study of the International Coffee Agreement and its impact on the production of coffee in Guatemala from 1962 to 1989.
A 'Star of Science'
Dr. Patrick Tolan of River Forest recently received the "Star of Science Award" from the Children's Brain Research Foundation. Dr. Tolan's research on the risk for disruptive behavior disorders, delinquency and violence in youth has earned him international attention.