• Buffalo Grove High School senior Emma Bueso of Arlington Heights earned the National Forensic League's degree of Premier Distinction, the highest student rank in the honor society. A degree of Premier Distinction reflects sustained excellence in speech and debate activities, competition rounds and service projects.
Bueso has participated on the Buffalo Grove High School speech team since her freshman year. She has attended NFL Nationals in both her sophomore and junior years and was a state finalist in the category of Humorous Interpretation in her junior year, earning seventh place. Bueso was an event session leader in her junior year and now serves as Speech team captain.
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The National Forensic League is a nonprofit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student's essential life skills and values.
• Anna Yackle was named as the new manager of Adult Services at Indian Trails Public Library, in Wheeling, effective Monday, Aug. 22.
In addition to her recent part-time work at Indian Trails, Yackle served as director of the Fossil Ridge Public Library in Braidwood. She also has experience as a reference librarian in the Park Ridge and Western Springs libraries and has worked as a community liaison for the North Suburban Library System, where she created and implemented new programs for member libraries.
• The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium scholarship committee awarded Michael Adamczyk of Hoffman Estates its 2011 GAAS scholarship, funded by a grant from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.
GAAS scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000 were awarded to 107 students in 2011. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full-time in a college-level program or an ASE/National Automotive Technician Education Foundation-certified automotive technical program.
Adamczyk attends Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
• The Bartlett Park District welcomed Peter Pope as the new superintendent of Villa Olivia; Nick Mostardo as the assistant aquatics manager; and Matt Benning as the park and athletic fields manager.
Pope, who recently served as the executive director at the Tri County Special Recreation Association, holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin. He has a wide variety of experience in park districts including Bolingbrook and Glenview, overseeing golf course operations.
Mostardo has worked for the Bartlett Park District for many years in the aquatics and business services departments. He has also worked as an auditor for Jeff Ellis and Associates International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants. He holds an undergraduate degree from Benedictine University and a master's degree from the University of South Carolina.
Benning earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Northern Illinois University. He previously worked with the Streamwood Park District as a park supervisor for fields.