The North Avenue Business Association (NABA) is pleased to announce the presentation of its first scholarship award recipient, Domonique Miller, a high school senior from Steinmetz Academic Centre. The $500 scholarship was presented to Ms. Miller at NABA’s Annual Meeting, held on April 24 at Café LaGuardia West in Chicago. Ms. Miller’s parents and Steinmetz Guidance Department Chair Tamara Jabour, were on hand for the ceremony.

The North Avenue Business Association Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior continuing their education as a business major. Eligible students must complete an application and essay and live in the City of Chicago neighborhoods of Galewood and parts of Austin or in the villages of Oak Park or River Forest.

“The business association is a well-established network of business and property owners in this geographic area,” said Laurie Freeman, Minuteman Press of Oak Park and current president of NABA. “Creating the scholarship program provides an opportunity for members to reach beyond business concerns, into the community at large.”

The mission of the North Avenue Business Association is to enhance the overall commercial district’s image and promote the long-term viability of the business district on North Avenue, located currently between but not limited to Harlem Avenue and Austin Boulevard.

For more information about the North Avenue Business Association and its Scholarship Fund Program, please contact liaison Lori Malinski, at 708/383-3838 or visit the NABA website at www.naba-networks.org.

OPRF Debate Team makes history

The OPRF Huskies Debate Team had a historic season. Senior Mary Gregg and junior Jonathan Libgober will attend the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky, the premier competition for top teams in the nation based on year-long performance. Also, Sylwia Borowska and Vince Bauer finished 3rd overall at the ISTA JV State Championships, where five of the top 20 debaters were from OPRF. Freshman John Hazinski was named top individual debater at the Evanston tournament and finished 3rd at the Dowling Catholic Invitational. Finally, three students have advanced to the National Forensic League National Tournament this June in Wichita. Mary Gregg and Vincent Bauer were one of three Illini District teams to qualify for the National Tournament, and Lakshmi Sundaresan advanced in U.S. Extemporaneous.

During its 2006-07 season, the OPRF Individual Events Speech Team achieved a 3.54 cumulative GPA, qualifying for the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award. Also, team members Daniel Turcza, Mary Gregg, Joseph Muriello and Claire Saxe are being honored by the National Forensic League Honor Society with an Academic All-American Award.

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