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School Briefs: West Aurora Homecoming parade

Updated: November 30, 2011 12:42AM


National Merit commendations: Eight Marmion Academy seniors have been honored with commended status in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Edward Catich of Yorkville, Joseph Glemkowski, Mitchell Heaton, Kyle Kozak, Zachary McNally, Thomas Pacer and Alexander Purcell, all of Batavia; and Jonathan Rios of North Aurora placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students participating. Although commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Visit

West Aurora Homecoming parade: The annual Homecoming Parade will take place at 2:50 p.m. Oct. 6. The parade grand marshals are four members of the Class of 1958 — Barb Hipp Fiore, Jean Alexander Goehlen, Nancy Sjostrand Jones and Donna Savage McDonald — who spearheaded their class’ campaign to commission a statue of Chief Black Hawk for West High. The parade begins at Garfield and Calumet avenues. It travels east on Garfield, south on Fordham, west on Kensington and north on Calumet.

Aurora Central student receives award: Junior Justine Clarke received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 National Scholastic Press Association Story of the Year Contest. Justine’s editorial column, entitled “Pushing It Too Far,” was about Abercrombie and Fitch’s marketing of adult clothing to children and pre-teens.

National Merit semifinalist: Kathleen Krawczyk of Aurora is among 10 semifinalists from Benet Academy in the 2011 Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists are chosen by their high scores on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualify Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. These students will have the opportunity to continue in competition for Merit Scholarship awards worth $34 million that will be offered next spring.

Fox Valley

WCC college night: Waubonsee Community College will host representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities at its annual college night from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 on the north side of the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. Presentations on college-related topics are also available. For a complete list of presentations and participating colleges, visit or call Waubonsee’s admissions department at 630-466-7900, ext. 5756.

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