Des Plaines Toastmasters honor woman with recognition

  • Aptakisic Junior High School students Abby Froyshteter and Jessica Velent

    Aptakisic Junior High School students Abby Froyshteter and Jessica Velent Courtesy of D102

  • Northbrook resident Jungsoo Kim.

    Northbrook resident Jungsoo Kim. Courtesy of Des Plaines Toastmasters club 1645

Posted9/14/2017 1:13 PM

Des Plaines Toastmasters Club 1645 awarded Northbrook resident Jungsoo Kim the Competent Communicator Award, at its Tuesday, Sept. 5, meeting at the Des Plaines Public Library. During the meeting, Kim presented her 10th speech, "Three Powerful Lessons on My Toastmasters Journey," covering three of the lessons she learned since joining the Toastmasters: Face your fear; embrace your imperfection; and your problems are your opportunities. Kim joined Des Plaines Toastmasters in November, 2016; her mentor is longtime member Romeo Gimeno of Des Plaines. After her speech, vice president of Education Ralph Dellar of Park Ridge presented Kim with a gift from the club; a Toastmasters International name-award badge along with a neck pouch holder to wear at Toastmasters functions. Toastmasters International will send her a Competent Communicator certificate plus two advanced manuals of her choice.

• Good luck to Aptakisic Junior High School students eighth-grader Abby Froyshteter and seventh-grader Jessica Velent, who are competing Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Illinois Elementary School Association State Golf Tournament at Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria. On Sept. 5, the pair qualified for the state tournament at the IESA Sectional Golf Tournament at Inwood Golf Course, in Joliet, where Froyshteter shot a 122 and Velent shot a 117.


• Kathleen McManus, Fremd High School, and Jennifer Lynn Sobkowiak, Palatine High School, were the recipients of a Palatine Historical Society scholarship. The society's scholarship program requires the completion of an application form, submission of grades and references, as well as an essay. Dozens of applications were received and after reviewing the essays, transcripts and reference letters, McManus and Sobkowiak were selected. Joe Petykowski, president of the Palatine Historical Society and Marilyn Huetson, museum coordinator, presented the awards during a general meeting of the Palatine Historical Society, which was held at the Palatine Library.

• The Schaumburg Library announced the winners of its recent Flash Fiction contest, in which entries had to be less than one thousand words. In the Adult category, first place is "Full Circle" by Barry Jones, second place goes to "The Threads that Bind" by Lawrence Frank and the third-place winner is "Perfect Day" by Kimberly Lewis. The first-place teen entry is tied with "Christmas Lights in June" and "A Casual Conversation," both by Sabine Oliveros. The second-place teen winner is "Zooming into the Year 2115" by Ella Saputra, while third place is "An Interesting Trip" by Harper Funkhouser. Congratulations to all the winners.

• The following East Leyden High School students were honored during the Exceptional Eagle Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 14: Sebastian Portillo, art; Daniel Serrano, bilingual/ELL; Tomasz Maczuga, business education; Taylor Clinton, English; Annalise Schildgen, family and consumer sciences; Michael Basave, individual achievement; Carlos Garcia, industrial technology; Justin Bedenkop, literacy; Aide Boyas, mathematics; Camilla Mastela, modern languages; Bryanna Robles, music; Elijah Romero, physical education; Uriel Martinez, science; Sunny Patel, science; Trinity Cardona, social studies; Brian Villagomez, tapestry; and Jessica Bernal, theater. The monthly breakfast is held to recognize students for their extraordinary effort, special achievements, and academic excellence.

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