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  • Glen Ellyn pageant teen finds beauty in music Aug 15, 2013 5:32 AM
    Don't tell Isabelle “Izzy” Hanson that she participates in beauty pageants. Yes, the 17-year-old from Glen Ellyn won the title of Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen in June, and now is in Florida competing in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen. But those are not beauty pageants, she says. “What I gain from the pageants is growing within myself,” she said. “

     
  • Des Plaines teen perfects ACT, SAT, tries everything else Aug 8, 2013 5:47 AM
    Ben Brissette has perfect ACT and SAT scores, but he doesn't stop there. On a cross country trail, in the pool, onstage or in the science lab, the active Des Plaines teen prefers to be on the move. “You're so much less inclined to waste time when you know how many things you have to do,” the recent Maine West grad said. “The busier I am, the easier it is to cope with it all.”

     
  • Young St. Charles gymnast loves what he can do Aug 1, 2013 3:19 PM
    Twelve-year-old Austin Jones says there's something really cool about being able to do things that most people can't even fathom. That's why he's loved gymnastics from the first time he tried it, when he was just 4. “I wanted to keep with that because it's really fun in the air, and not a lot of people could do it," said the St. Charles boy. In the eight years since, Austin's hard work has propelled him to become one of the top young gymnasts in the country.

     
  • Elk Grove Village dancer already in elite company Jul 25, 2013 5:28 AM
    Three years ago, Joey Massarelli didn't know a plie from a pirouette. Today, the Elk Grove Village teen is in London training at the School of the Royal Ballet. "Once I stood at that (ballet) bar, it really started to click and I really started to enjoy it,” said Joey, who'll be a senior at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. “It's kind of cliché, but I feel free. I'm able to really just be myself.”

     
  • Suburban kids love rockin’ the stage Jul 18, 2013 5:30 AM
    Its members may only be 8 and 10 years old, but LiveWire already is winning praise from the music industry. The band, whose members hail from Geneva, St. Charles and North Aurora, already have performed at several well-known venues and festivals, including Hard Rock Cafes in Chicago and Memphis, The National Underground in Nashville, and the North by Northeast music festival in Toronto.

     
  • Schaumburg native making waves on the DJ scene Jul 11, 2013 5:31 AM
    Give Sahaj Shah a turntable, laptop and some headphones and watch as he transforms into DJ Mr. Shaw. The 21-year-old Columbia College student from Schaumburg last month won the Boom DJ Battle, part of the B96 Summer Bash festivities at Toyota Park. “When he was a baby, he'd use my kitchen utensils like drumsticks and make dents and bumps all over my pots,” she said. “... I never imagined it would lead to this.”

     
  • Perfection comes with hard work for Lisle teen Jun 27, 2013 3:24 PM
    Aseem Jha may have earned perfect scores on both his ACT and SAT college entrance exam - a feat accomplished by just a miniscule portion of test takers each year - but there's a lot more to the 17-year-old from Lisle than just academics.

     
  • Mt. Prospect teen dedicated to U.S. Jun 20, 2013 7:25 AM
    Though barely old enough to vote, Jonathan Ehret has managed to revolve his life around activities and leadership opportunities that reflect his patriotism. The Mount Prospect teen, just graduated from a French-speaking school, is an Eagle Scout who broke his 82-year-old troop's record for the most merit badges and hopes to serve as a U.S. Army officer. “I've always known I wanted to serve my country somehow,” Jonathan, 18, said.

     
  • Wauconda teen among nation’s elite ski jumpers Jun 7, 2013 4:39 PM
    Imagine sliding down a ramp at 55 mph then being propelled forward high into the air, everything going quiet as your body almost weightlessly sails along until landing with a thud, your limbs heavy, your body solid again. That’s what ski jumping feels like, said 16-year-old Kevin Bickner of Wauconda, who after thousands of leaps since he was 9 years old is now one of the best young ski jumpers in the nation.

     
  • Sibling rivalry propels young Palatine filmmakers May 23, 2013 3:09 PM
    Two young filmmakers from Palatine are making a name for themselves in the visual arts world and racking up some incredible experiences along the way. Richard, an eighth-grader, is the graphic artist, and Ben, a high school sophomore, is the writer and director. "I'm really proud of Richard, but there's boiling hatred there, too," Ben, 16, jokes. "We both operate in the visual arts, but luckily in very different areas."

     
  • Arlington Heights teen dances her way to championship May 9, 2013 8:33 AM
    Dressed in a surprisingly heavy wool costume adorned with Celtic patterns, her already curly hair tucked into an even fuller wig, Moira Kramp exudes joy when she takes her position on stage. The Arlington Heights teen's movements look impossibly intricate and yet also effortless, leaving no one to doubt how she won the U-14 title at the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships.

     
  • Aurora college student has knack for startups Apr 25, 2013 10:12 AM
    Wilbur You always had the kind of entrepreneurial drive that is almost impossible to rein in, and that almost landed him into trouble when he was just 10. By the time the Aurora resident was 21, he was on his third startup business, all while managing a full course load at Northern Illinois University. Wilbur, now 22, is the CEO and founder of Youtech & Associates, a creative ad in Naperville.

     
  • Budding Hoffman Estates scientist overcomes brain injury Apr 4, 2013 5:30 AM
    In the hours after experienced skier Matt Schuelke landed a jump headfirst on a rock — cracking his skull and driving bone into his brain — his parents stood by helplessly as their son lay in a coma. No one knew whether the Fremd High School junior's brain would swell, or what impairments the injury would leave. So it's nothing short of a miracle, they're sure, that Matt is now on the verge of not only graduating from the University of Illinois, but joining one of the nation's most prestigious combined MD/Ph.D. programs en route to becoming a physician scientist.

     
  • Buffalo Grove gymnast a lord of the rings for Illini, U.S. Mar 21, 2013 5:26 AM
    You know you're doing something right when former Olympians are wowed by a performance. That's been the case for Buffalo Grove native Mike Wilner, a University of Illinois gymnast who's ranked No. 1 nationally on still rings. The computer engineering major also will compete in this summer's 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. "I could see him being a national champion, even this year," said Illini head coach Justin Spring.

     
  • No limits: Teen refuses to “take my circumstances” Feb 28, 2013 6:53 AM
    Connor McHugh, an eighth-grader at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton, refuses to let the circumstances of his birth define him. Born with no arms and underdeveloped legs, Connor hasn't let it stop him from becoming a coach for his school's football team. In January, he received the Inspirational Athlete award at the 2013 Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards.

     
  • Buffalo Grove native trying for red, white and blue jersey Feb 21, 2013 9:43 AM
    Megan Bozek's natural ability and dedication have propelled her from a 19-month-old lacing up her first pair of skates to co-captain of the No. 1-ranked University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team — and a hopeful Olympian. She just broke the team record for career goals and points by a defenseman, and soon hopes to trade in her maroon and gold sweater for the red, white and blue. "It's incredible putting on that jersey with your country's colors," Megan said. "You're playing for more than yourself and your team."

     
  • 'Drive to be successful' leads Elgin High teen to Stanford Feb 14, 2013 5:58 AM
    The backpack Elgin High School senior Eduardo Perez carries around school isn't like that of most of his classmates. For starters, it's packed with 34 pounds of books and notes - all of them color coordinated by subject. It's that kind of organization and dedication that have made Eduardo a success at just about everything he's tried in high school, and earned him a full ride to Stanford University.

     
  • Legally blind, Palatine teen's vision for life is clear Jan 31, 2013 5:26 AM
    Being legally blind is no reason to sit on the sidelines altogether, Alex Taikwel says. Although becoming a traditional medical doctor, reading his short stories in public and taking the football field with the marching band may not be in the cards, the Palatine teen still volunteers in a hospital, writes and plays instruments. "Sometimes it's frustrating that I face limitations," Alex, a Fremd High School senior, says. "But I've come to terms with it."

     
  • South Elgin teen makes all-star football team Jan 24, 2013 5:28 AM
    Big hits, touchdown runs and long passes are the plays that usually dominate football commentary. But have you ever thought about what it takes to be a great long snapper? Fourteen-year-old John Davis Jr. has since he was a little boy, and it's that focus that's made him one of the best long snappers for his age group in the nation.

     
  • Long Grove Fulbright student takes on science of addiction Jan 29, 2013 1:06 PM
    Rachel Cliburn remembers combing through a scientific journal during her sophomore year at Baylor University, the authors page piquing her interest. "I thought, 'it's someone's job to actually do this, just to find stuff out?'" Rachel said. "'That could be me!'" The Long Grove native has since embraced life as a researcher, and last year she was named a Fulbright student. The 22-year-old now lives abroad in the Netherlands working toward a master's degree in neuroscience.

     
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