Recent Hersey High School graduate Julia Niklewicz was named recipient of the P.E.O. Star Scholarship, which recognizes excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success. Niklewicz, who will pursue a special education degree at Bradley University in the fall, was recommended for the scholarship by the Arlington Heights Chapter FW of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes educational opportunities for women.
• Palatine native Julia Savich, a 2016 Illinois Wesleyan University graduate, was awarded a $5,000 fellowship for graduate study by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Fellowships are presented based on applicants' academics, service and leadership activities, graduate prospects, personal statement and letters of recommendation. Savich, who will enter the master's program in engineering design innovation at Northwestern University this fall, also received the Phi Kappa Phi Award, recognizing an outstanding senior student member with exceptional promise for graduate or professional study.
• Jill Sisler of Buffalo Grove joined Yellowbrick, a provider of psychiatric health care for emerging young adults and their families, as director of Campus Competence, Yellowbrick's new residential facility in Evanston. Sisler holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Denver and a master's degree in social work from Loyola University. She has 30 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including Allendale Association, Jewish Children's Bureau, Old Orchard Hospital, Lawrence Hall Youth Services, North Shore University Health System and Timberline Knolls.
• Harrison Bretz, a Bartlett Aquatic Center lifeguard, was awarded the International Golden Guard Safety Award in a recent unannounced aquatic safety audit. This achievement is reserved for lifeguards observed performing their normal job duties while exhibiting behaviors that surpass the expectations off all safety standards in the areas such as swimmer surveillance, professionalism and vigilance. Only 1 percent of all lifeguards evaluated at Ellis & Associates client facilities receive this honor annually.
• Palatine Township Elementary District 15 announced four principal appointments for 2016-17 school year. Erika Johansen, Carl Sandburg Junior High's principal for the past two years, will serve as Gray M. Sanborn School's new principal; Douglas Harter, Carl Sandburg's assistant principal for the past six years, will become Sandburg's new principal; Kristine Seifert, Hunting Ridge School's principal for the past two years, will become Virginia Lake School's new principal; and Christine Ortlund, Hunting Ridge School's assistant principal for the past three and a half years, has been named Hunting Ridge's new principal.
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