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Frassati students take home blue ribbon

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  • Frassati students win a total of 15 Blue Ribbon Awards: from left to right, Megan Basco, Sydney Herchenbach, and Mary Margaret Galuska.

      Frassati students win a total of 15 Blue Ribbon Awards: from left to right, Megan Basco, Sydney Herchenbach, and Mary Margaret Galuska.
    Jean Simpson

Jean Simpson

When students returned to school this year at Frassati Catholic Academy, they discovered that three classmates earned multiple blue ribbon awards at the Lake County Fair this summer. Eighth graders Megan Basco and Sydney Herchenbach and seventh grader Mary Margaret Galuska earned a total of 15 blue ribbon awards. Basco went on to represent Lake County at the State Fair in Springfield, earning a purple ribbon award for a Superior project. According to Frassati Principal, Dr. Diane Vida, "this is another example of Frassati students representing our school with leadership and making us proud."

Galuska and Herchenbach won blue ribbon awards for artwork created during Frassati art class. Herchenbach displayed her Fish Plate and Galuska displayed Floating Boxes. "The Fish Plate (pictured above) was inspired by the work of Swiss artist Paul Klee," according to art teacher Kris Crotty, "and the media was fluorescent crayons and metallic pencils." Galuska's piece involved "drawing ten different sized rectangles, then using a center "vanishing point" she turned each rectangle into a 3-dimensional drawing."

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Both Galuska and Herchenbach are alum of St. Mary of the Annunciation School in Mundelein and members of the Lucky Ducks 4 H Club. They received a total of 11 blue ribbon awards between them, including several in the grand category. Mary Margaret Galuska was thrilled to be elected President of the Lucky Ducks for the coming year.

Megan Basco received four blue ribbon awards at the Lake County Fair, including one for her leadership skills. Basco advanced to the Illinois State Fair in the Leadership category, which required her to orally present her leadership activities to a judge. Some of Megan's leadership activities include her experiences as a camp counselor at Spotlight Theater Camp, her involvement in Girl Scouts, and her activities at Frassati. According to Megan, the judges were particularly interested in the PJ and Book Drive that she has been coordinating with a friend since second grade at Transfiguration Elementary School. Over the past five years, the drive has collected 3962 books and pajamas.

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