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  • Athletes, from left, Olivia Jakubicek of Cary-Grove High School, Meri Bennett-Swanson of Vernon Hills High School, and Ashley McConnell of Fremd High School pose for pictures during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

    Top moments in high school sportsApr 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    High school athletes across the suburbs face off on basketball courts, football fields and baseball diamonds; they size each other up in tennis matches, around golf tees and across wrestling mats. The give it their all for their schools, their teams, their classmates and their coaches. The Daily Herald put together a video to honor athletes at our suburban high schools. Watch this feature to see some of the top moments in high school sports.

  • BBB says Boston attack can bring out charity scams Apr 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Better Business Bureau is warning that phony charity solicitors are already at work in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.Steve Bernas is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. He says people are vulnerable to scammers in the wake of tragedies because they want to do something to help.

  •  Ozzie visits Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford as the the hospital kicks off its Loving Tails animal therapy program that Ozzie and his owner, Karen Stephenson, in which they will participate.

    Rockford hospital offers pet therapy Feb 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you see a canine helper comforting a patient at Rockford Memorial Hospital, think of Mellany McDuffa.McDuffa worked at the hospital for 25 years before she passed away in September. She was passionate about dogs, especially her Westie named Jack who visited her at the hospital during her treatment for ovarian cancer.At the time, hospital officials behind the scenes had been preparing to start a pet therapy program. Millicent Christopher, McDuffa’s sister and a fellow hospital employee, said contributing funds to the program was the perfect way to honor McDuffa’s memory.

  • Sam Yagan, 35, is a 1995 graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora and CEO of CEO: 'You have to be willing to fail' Feb 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    The man who co-founded the online dating site OKCupid and now serves as CEO of got his start at a high school better known for turning out scientists and mathematicians than experts in finding love connections. Sam Yagan, a 1995 graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Chicago.

  •  Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday,

    Chicago district disappointed in ex-congressman Feb 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Residents in this swath of sprawling Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs have brimmed with loyalty to Jesse Jackson Jr. over the past 17 years, giving him an enthusiastic majority each election — even after questionable links to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, reports of an extramarital affair and a bizarre five-month medical leave.

  •  James Tao

    Hoffman Estates student ranks first at international math tournament Feb 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    James Tao, a high school junior from Hoffman Estates, recently took first place in a Harvard-MIT mathematics tournament. Tao, a student at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, placed first out of 1,000 top high school math students in the U.S. and China.

  •  IMSA students Summer Wu of Lake Forest, Zi-Ning Choo of Naperville, Mary Do of Carpentersville and Grace Li of Schaumburg received the highest ranking in the 15th annual international High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

    IMSA math team scores highest ranking in contest Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    One team from IMSA received the highest ranking possible in the 15th annual international High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). Their performance placed IMSA among the top eight schools in the world in this year’s competition. The IMSA team of Summer Wu of Lake Forest, Mary Do of Carpentersville, Zi-Ning Choo of Naperville and Grace Li of Schaumburg received the rank of “National Outstanding.”

  • A co-founder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public has been found dead, authorities confirmed Saturday, prompting an outpouring of grief from prominent voices on the intersection of free speech and the Web. Aaron Swartz, 26, was a Highland Park native.

    Family of Reddit co-founder blame prosecutors for suicideJan 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    The family of a Reddit co-founder is blaming prosecutors for his suicide just weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles. Aaron Swartz, a native of Highland Park, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment Friday night, his family and authorities said. The 26-year-old had fought to make online content free to the public and as a teenager helped create RSS, a family of Web feed formats used to gather updates from blogs, news headlines, audio and video for users.

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    Lake Leadership Team honorable mentionsDec 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    2012 -2013 Lake County Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • Austin D. Anderson

    Fox Valley Leadership honorable mentionsDec 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    2012-2013 Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • Victoria Bilello

    Northwest Suburban honorable mentions Dec 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    2012-2013 Northwest Suburban Leadership Team honorable mentions

  •  Meet the Fox Valley Leadership Team. Sitting, from left: Matthew Switzer of Marmion Academy; Ethan Gordon, Illinois Math and Science Academy; Julia Hoyda, Rosary High School and Katie Kull, St. Charles East High School. Standing, from left: Annalise Marie Gaston, Larkin High School; Vito Maglio, Elgin Academy; Siyona Ravi, Elgin Academy; Diana Castillo, Larkin; Kristen Kummen, Marian Central Catholic High School and Amy Arvayo, Rosary.

    2012-2013 Fox Valley Leadership Team Dec 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald's 2012-13 Fox Valley Leadership Team represents some of the most active and involved students in our communities. From volunteering at Girl Scout camp, to serving at soup kitchens and building homes for the needy, they touch the lives of many. Students are from Larkin, Rosary, St. Charles East and Marian Central Catholic high schools; and Marmion, Elgin and Illinois Math and Science academies.

  • Moriarty’s complete effort lifts Christian Liberty past IMSA Dec 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Jess Moriarty was the Class 1A 3-point shooting queen last March. She is a sophomore guard who hustles up and down the floor looking to make passes, shoot from the outside or drive to the basket. But after scoring 13 points to help lead Christian Liberty Academy to a 34-22 victory over Illinois Math and Science on Monday, guess what the 5-foot-5 native of Hoffman Estates was most excited about?

  •  Rhiana Gunn-Wright gives a commencement speech as she graduates with the class of 2007 from the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. Gunn-Wright was named a Rhode scholar in November and will begin studying comparative social policy next fall at the University of Oxford in England.

    IMSA grad scores Rhodes Scholarship to study poverty Nov 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    Illinois Math and Science Academy graduate Rhiana Gunn-Wright will be heading to the University of Oxford next fall to study comparative social policy thanks to a Rhodes Scholarship she secured by wowing professors with her research in poverty and welfare policy and a trait she’s had since high school. Gunn-Wright, 23, said she was voted “easiest to talk to” during her years at IMSA in Aurora, and her approachable nature may have helped her impress the selection committee who chose her to be among 32 Rhodes Scholars named Nov. 17.

  •  Rosary head coach Jessie Wilcox diagrams a play against IMSA Monday in Aurora. It was the first game for Wilcox, a Wisconsin native, with the Royals, and Rosary made it a good debut with a 58-23 victory.

    Rosary’s speed too much for IMSANov 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    Rosary gave its new basketball coach a nice present to open the season Monday night at home. Employing a suffocating defense the entire night against IMSA, Jessie Wilcox made her debut as the Royals' new girls basketball coach an unqualified success. In not allowing IMSA double digits in any of the four quarters, Rosary (1-0) scored the first 10 points and never looked back in posting a 58-23 victory over its neighborhood rival.

  • Feds back research to stop Great Lakes invasions Oct 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    Federal grants will support stepped-up research into ways to prevent invasions of the Great Lakes by foreign animal and plant species, with special emphasis on refining techniques that detect their DNA in the water, officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it was distributing $8 million among 21 universities and nonprofit organizations for invasive species research studies.

  • Achievement Scholarship semifinalists named Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    Suburban students are among the more than 1,600 black American high school seniors who have been designated semifinalists in the annual National Achievement Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. These scholastically talented young men and women now will continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million.

  • Glenbard East sophomore volleyball player Catherine McKinney returns a practice volley during a coed summer camp at the Lombard school. Catherine said the school does a good job of offering equal athletic opportunities for girls and boys.

    Title IX moves beyond sports to ‘new frontier’ of STEM Sep 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    No one can dispute the opportunities Title IX has created for girls seeking to play high school sports. Their number has increased tenfold since the law was signed in 1972. But there's a catch. Title IX prohibits all schools that receive federal funds from discriminating on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity -- not just sports. Experts say science, technology, engineering and math classes are the new frontier for enforcement of the 40-year-old civil rights law.

  • U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. attends ceremonies in May 2011 for Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. An aide to Jackson says the congressman is home in Washington after treatment for depression at Mayo Clinic.

    Aide: Rep. Jackson home after depression treatment Sep 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has returned to his home in Washington after treatment for depression at Mayo Clinic, Jackson's chief of staff in suburban Chicago said Friday. "He's at home in Washington convalescing with his wife and children," Jackson aide Rick Bryant said. "Let's hope he returns to work on Monday."

  • Eric Ordoñez of Aurora, left, and Webster Guan of Lisle, recent graduates of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, were co-captains of the school's quiz bowl team, which won the state championship in 2011 and 2012 and placed fourth at a national competition in June.

    What IMSA quiz bowl champions had to know Aug 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    It takes hours and hours of study, research, memorization and investigation to shine at quiz bowl, said Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy graduates Webster Guan, 18, of Lisle and Eric Ordonez, 17, of Aurora. They served as co-captains of IMSA's quiz bowl team, crowned state champion in 2011 and 2012 and placing fourth nationally. "We study-binged during the summer, especially," Webster said.

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