River Forest resident Hon. Lewis M. Nixon, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, has been elected and installed as second vice president of the Illinois Judges Association, an organization of current and retired Illinois judges. First appointed as a judge in November 2001 by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill a vacancy, Judge Nixon was subsequently elected to the position in November 2002. He currently serves in the Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien Section of Chancery. He has been an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University since 1989.
The Supported Education Association (SEA) of Oak Park-River Forest recently announced the 2008 SEAstar Award winners, which recognize positive contributions to the education of students with special needs in Districts 97 and 200: Cristin Carter (Longfellow School), Kathy Hayes (Lincoln School), Phyllis Jones (Lincoln School), Matthew Kuntz (Lincoln School), Denise Matthews (Julian Middle School), Andrea McGuin (Lincoln School), Cheryl Sullivan (Irving School), Karen Tokarz (Brooks Middle School), John Gann (OPRF Special Olympics Basketball head coach), Meghan Kennedy (OPRF CITE facilitator), Daphne LeCesne (OPRF school psychologist), and Joe Perenti (OPRF resource teacher).
Oak Park student Olivia Kelleher of St. Giles School won an award from the Abraham Lincoln Association during the annual Illinois History Expo held recently in Springfield for junior and senior high school students. Kelleher won an award and $500 for her project, “The Lincoln-Douglas Senatorial Debates of 1858.” Her teacher is Kate Morrisey-Galise.
Four Oak Park and River Forest High School students who belong to International Thespian Society Troupe #5405 were selected to participate in the Illinois High School Theatre Festival All-State Production of HairSpray to be presented at the January festival at the University of Illinois, Champaign: Asa Cain (Ensemble), Megan Cheney (Technical Crew), Colette Millard (Technical Crew) and Jazmine Reynolds (Little Inez). OPRF faculty member Patt Cheney is serving as the 2009 Illinois High School Theatre Festival Executive Director.