• Harper College debaters, sophomore Craig Nelson and freshman Elisa Galvan, both Schaumburg High School graduates, took home the top titles in Parliamentary debate from a recent national tournament, made up primarily of four-year schools, held in Kansas City, Mo.
Shauna Jungdahl, a sophomore, was a national runner-up in the Speech to Entertain category, beating out nearly 80 competitors.
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Overall, Harper's Speech and Debate Team finished in 14th place among 68 schools.
• Cheryl Firestone received a one-year movie pass and a pair of tickets to Brookfield Zoo as the winner of the Classic Cinemas' annual "Predict the Oscars" contest. She entered the contest at the Elk Grove Theatre, 1050 Arlington Heights Road.
Firestone, who frequents the Elk Grove Village theater, says, "I love the movies! I am very excited to win and am already thinking about what movies I want to see next!"
• Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka honored Monika Tietz with an award for being a "woman of distinction."
Topinka selected Arlington Heights businesswoman Tietz and three other women from Illinois for the honor. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon and Attorney General Lisa Madigan also picked four women apiece, recognizing their professional and community accomplishments, during a Women's History Month celebration at the James R. Thompson Center.
Comptroller Topinka recognized Tietz, a member of the Polish Initiative of Chicago, for her dedication to immigrant justice issues. Tietz works to educate the Polish community on immigrant rights and continues to fight for comprehensive immigrant reform at the federal level.
• M. Spencer Reed, information technology manager of the Des Plaines Park District, received the Dedicated to Excellence Award for the first quarter, at the Feb. 21 park board meeting by Don Miletic, superintendent of business and golf operations.
Reed was recognized for expert computer knowledge and his dedicated customer service skills.
He began his career at the Des Plaines Park District in 2010. His responsibilities include administering and maintaining the district's computer hardware, software and network infrastructure. He also supports the staff in all their IT needs.
Reed's most recent projects at the Des Plaines Park District include setting up a virtual server system, working with the maintenance department on a backup generator, and launching the new website.