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Special recreation association names executive director

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    Stan Zoller


• Rolling Meadows High School journalism teacher Stan Zoller, of Buffalo Grove, was named one of four Distinguished Advisers in the Dow Jones News Fund's National Journalism Teacher of the Year competition.

Zoller, who is the adviser for the award-winning Rolling Meadows High School student newspaper, The Pacer, will be recognized for his outstanding achievement at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association convention in Minneapolis, Minn. in November.

Tracey Crawford joined the Northwest Special Recreation Association as executive director.

Crawford, who previously served as the assistant director at Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, is a leader in the field of therapeutic recreation with over 20 years of experience.

She is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, the Great Lakes Regional Council and the National Recreation and Park Association. Holding a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Iowa, Crawford is also a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and a Certified Park and Recreation Professional.

NWSRA is an extension of 17 park districts in the Northwest suburbs, established in 1973, providing recreational opportunities to children and adults with disabilities.

Bruce Jefferson was appointed by the Palatine Public Library District board of library trustees to fill a vacancy on the board.

Jefferson is currently the General Counsel for Thresholds, a community-based, nonprofit, mental health provider in the Chicago area. His community political experience includes service as deputy director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

• The Prospect High School Marching Knights took first place honors among a field of 25 Midwest bands at the 33rd Annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition at Lake Park High School in Roselle, on Saturday, Sept. 9. The Marching Knights placed first among 10 finalists, receiving the overall highest score.

Prospect also was honored with all three of the competition's "Outstanding" awards: General Effect, Music and Visual. In the preliminaries competition, the Knights also placed first for its class (AAA), and received all five honors for outstanding achievement: in Music Performance, Visual Performance, General Effect, Percussion and Auxiliary. This year's show is titled Leonardo's Dream and features music from Eric Whitacre and Malcolm Arnold.