West Suburban Medical Center Pharmacist Henry “Hank” Gould, was recently awarded the prestigious Illinois Pharmacists Associations’ (IPhA) Pharmacist of the Year Award. The oldest continuing honor presented by the IPhA, this award recognizes an Illinois pharmacist who has made outstanding contributions to pharmacy practice, the profession and the IPhA. The irony is that Hank Gould actually qualified for this award in 1954-the year he received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. In 1957, he received his M.S. in Pharmacology.

For the past 17 years, Hank Gould has been a pharmacist in West Suburban Medical Center’s inpatient pharmacy. During that time, he authored the initial sets for chemotherapy administration, standardized the administration guidelines and worked on the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) 90 regulations and the Pharmacy Technician Training Act, which were adopted by the State of Illinois. Most recently, Mr. Gould has served as the lead pharmacist for the medical center on a number of investigational studies.

Local kids in ‘The Nutcracker’

A number of children from the Oak Park area are appearing in Joffrey Ballet’s celebrated production of The Nutcracker, Dec. 8-27 at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Hundreds of children from Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana auditioned for the production in September.

Oak Park kids: Alexandra Bacula, 9, 1st year, Tree Angel, Juliette Bacula, 9, 1st year, Doll, Hanaan Bing-Canar, 12, 2nd year, Polichinelle, Kristen Cabacungan, 10, 1st year, Party Scene, Lian Dick, 11, 1st year, Soldier, Emma Elsmo, 9, 1st year, Doll, Ella Gill, 10, 3rd Year, Party Scene, Lucy Gill, 12, 4th Year, Polichinelle, Chritiana Ho, 12, 1st Year, Polichinelle, Noelani Holz, Xenia Mansour, 11, 2nd Year, Party Scene, Antonio Montalvo, 12, 5th Year, Polichinelle

Declaiming victory

Saturday, Dec. 9 was the 11th Annual Tournament of HUGS at Proviso East High School and OPRF has attended all 11 years. The OPRF Huskies’ Speech Team brought home the Third Place Team Trophy out of 23 teams (even with missing 2 entries in Dramatic Duet Acting and Oratorical Declamation).

1st place: Joe Muriello, Prose Reading, qualifying for SCOTIE Tournament of Champions

2nd place: Lakshmi Sundaresan, Extemporaneous; Ariana Tuckey, Oratorical Declamation

3rd place: Keri Garlick & Vlada Gaysina, Dramatic Duet Acting; Joe Muriello, Special Occasion Speaking; Claire Saxe, Dramatic Interpretation; Jessica Smith, Verse Reading; Lakshmi Sundaresan, Impromptu Speaking; Graham Tunnicliff, Prose Reading

4th place: Steve Selwa & Evan Bremer, Humorous Duet Acting; Emily Smith, Original Comedy; Dan Turcza, Original Oratory; Hannah Zeller, Prose Reading

5th place: Mike Augustyn, Radio Speaking; Keri Garlick, Dramatic Interpretation; Steve Selwa, Original Comedy; Jessica Smith, Radio Speaking; Dan Turcza, Impromptu Speaking

6th place: Vlada Gaysina, Original Oratory; Rachel Wilson, Prose Reading

7th place: Shannon Egan, Verse Reading; Nick Beebe, Humorous Interpretation

On Dec. 2, the Huskies competed at Elk Grove Village High School and ranked 9 out of 25 schools. It was a tough tournament and we were missing a number of students to college testing and visits.

2nd place: Jessica Smith, Verse Reading

5th place: Joe Muriello, Prose Reading

6th place: Ariana Tuckey, Oratorical Declamation

7th place: Kaitie Saxe, Prose Reading

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