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Wauconda’s Future Business Leaders Return Triumphant
On April 13th, Wauconda’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter took top awards at the annual FBLA State Competition in Springfield, IL., The event was attended by over 1,400 students from 68 Illinois high schools. Of the 89 Wauconda students that competed in 54 events, 39 Wauconda students received top 10 awards and 20 students qualified to attend the National competition in Anaheim, California this June.
An individual award was presented to Wendy Mills, the FBLA Adviser at Wauconda High School. Mrs. Mills received the Mary E. Webb Award, which recognizes a top Illinois FBLA adviser each year in honor of the woman who started FBLA in Illinois. Wendy has been an FBLA adviser at three different schools for a total of 12 years. In her three years at Wauconda, the FBLA chapter’s membership has gone from 48 to 230 student participants.
Additionally, Wauconda’s FBLA Chapter received the 1st place “Outstanding Chapter Award”, which recognizes a chapter’s participation in a variety of projects and activities. The program encourages local chapters to plan projects and activities to enrich the experiences of members at the local, district/regional, state and national levels, which in turn helps to increase local chapter membership. Activities are designed around membership and chapter management projects with special emphasis on the three areas represented on the FBLA crest: Service, Education and Progress.
The Wauconda FBLA also received awards for being the 2nd largest FBLA Chapter in Illinois, 2nd largest Professional Division, and was presented with the Gold Seal Award. Congratulations to these students who will now represent the state of Illinois at the National Competition!
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By Andy Gehron
February 20, 2013
Drug Awareness Initiative
In a recent analysis of drug related deaths in Lake County, it was determined that Wauconda has experienced four deaths from heroin overdose in 2012. In response to a concern for its youth, the Mayor has commissioned a panel consisting of the school community, hospital, police, faith community, and service clubs to create an awareness initiative of this very real danger. This initiative will focus on both parents and youth to acquaint each with the dangers associated with experimental or first-time use.
This is the first in a series of articles intended to alert parents to the very real potential for a child to use, become addicted to, or die from heroin use. The first step in keeping your kids safe from drugs is to begin talking to them about the risks of drugs and alcohol. In order to be prepared, visit help sites such as the Partnership for a Drug Free America’s TimeToTalk™. The tips below are adapted, in part, from that site. Educating yourself and maintaining open communication with your children is the best way to keep them safe:
- Make sure your child knows that you are there for them and they can talk to you about anything.
- Emphasize the importance of staying healthy in all they do.
- Talk about ways they can slow down, relieve stress and blow off steam in healthy ways.
- Be very clear about the consequences of drinking, drunk driving and drug use.
- Explain how addiction can wreak havoc on a person’s life.
- Discuss and role play how to turn down drugs from friends.
- Practicing is crucial to standing up to peer pressure.
- Be prepared to answer the question “Did you do drugs?”
- As a parent, continue to educate yourself about the drug scene in order to know what to look for and continue to keep your kids safe.
By working together – elected officials, law enforcement personnel, school and community leaders, and parents – we can reduce and even eliminate the tide of heroin abuse in our county.
Wauconda Snowmobile Club feeds more than urge to ride
It was a search six years ago for the perfect snowmobile club what led Bob and Michelle Denbow to find and join the Wauconda Snowmobile Club, one of the oldest in Illinois, now celebrating its 45th year.”We wanted to get into a club that was small enough where we wouldn’t be just a number,” Bob Denbow said.
Today, Bob, the club’s trail coordinator, and his wife, enjoy spending time with the little more than 20 club members at monthly club meetings, held October through March, and at events such as this past Sunday’s annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride & Show, where unique vintage sleds, as well as major brand snowmobiles were on display to the public. Click here to learn more about the Wauconda Snowmobile Club.
Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners Named Finalists in 2013 International Blues Challenge
In June 2012, local band Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners won the 2012 Chicago Blues Challenge sponsored by the Windy City Blues Society. This accomplishment earned the popular local musicians a chance to represent Chicago blues in the 2013 International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis, Tennessee.
The 2013 Blues Challenge hosted 119 bands from around the world and, on February 2nd, Wauconda’s Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners was named as one of nine finalists slated to perform at the historic and majestic Orpheum Theater for the final challenge.
Congratulations to these talented musicians for this high-profile blues recognition. Watch for Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners when they perform in Wauconda and join the band on Sunday, June 9th at the Chicago Blues Festival!
By Deborah Pankey
Middleton’s on Main Lands on Best of 2012 List!
Small is the new big, as in small plates and small spaces. Bigger is also the new big, as in bigger steaks and bigger selections. In a world full of dichotomy and diversity, it should be no surprise that these ideas coexist, at least when it comes to restaurants. During 2012, Daily Herald restaurant critics fanned out across the suburbs exploring neighborhood tapas bars and family-run falafel houses, hip gastro pubs and swank steak houses. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…
REVIEW: Middleton’s On Main
110 S. Main St., Wauconda, (847) 526-6433, middletonsonmain.com. Entrees: $10.95 to $27.95. Hours: Kitchen open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (bar open until midnight); 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (bar open til 2 a.m.)
“Food is surprisingly good at the newest restaurant to occupy this historic building dating from 1847 that has housed many short-lived restaurants. Billed as a gastro pub, Middleton’s serves some outstanding dishes, including day boat scallops on roasted garlic mashed potatoes with gremolata and green basil oil and smoked salmon, goat cheese and avocado quesadillas with mango masala salsa.”
— Carolyn Walkup
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Lake Leadership Team Honorable Mentions
December 21, 2012
Lake Leadership Team Honorable Mentions
The Daily Herald released their picks for this year’s leadership teams and Wauconda High School student Jack Weber received an Honorable Mention for the Lake County Leadership Team. Jack is the President of Wauconda’s FBLA group among other things. If you ‘d like to read the article, please click on this link: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20121221/news/712219926/.
Village of Wauconda Names Zaida Torres as Village Administrator
Village of Wauconda Names Zaida Torres as Village Administrator
Village of Wauconda Mayor Mark Knigge has announced that Village Treasurer and Finance Director, Zaida Torres, has been appointed to the role of Village Administrator. Ms. Torres was officially appointed to the position by the Village Board on Tuesday, November 27th, but has been acting in the Village’s lead role on an interim basis since early October.
Ms. Torres graduated with distinction from the University of DeVry, Keller Graduate School of Management, with a Master’s degree in Financial and Accounting Management. She has over fifteen years of senior management experience in the fields of public administration, finance and human resources and has been employed by the Village since 2004. During her tenure in Wauconda, Zaida has earned increasingly responsible roles and responsibilities reaching her position as the Village of Wauconda’s Treasurer and Director of Finance, Human Resources, Risk Management and Information Technology. Ms. Torres will continue to serve in her financial capacities while serving as Village Administrator.
Mayor Mark F. Knigge stated, “Zaida was a logical choice to appoint in this position because of her past involvement with all aspects of Village operations. With the strong staff that we have in place, we are in a great position to carry on with the ongoing work of the Village towards completing the goals outlined in the current strategic plan. The Village is extremely fortunate to have so many talented and motivated employees with the capabilities to accept expanded responsibilities. I look forward to collaborating closely with Zaida and all the Village Department Heads on all of our ongoing projects, including bringing Lake Michigan Water to the Village and to support the tremendous energy we have been seeing in our business community and volunteer groups.”
Wauconda High student earns top ACT score
Wauconda High School senior Josh Zuchniarz recorded a top score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam, school officials have announced. Zuchniarz is the second Wauconda High student to earn a 36 on the test since the state mandated all juniors take the test in 2002. He earned the score by taking the test this past spring, officials said. The state average on the test was 20.9. The national average was 21.1.
Synergy Flavors Inc. moving into new Wauconda location
By Jennifer Earl
WAUCONDA – Synergy Flavors Inc. in Wauconda will make the move down the street to its new 145,000-square-foot expanded facility later this week. Plans have been under way awhile to expand Synergy, an international food and beverage flavor company, to accommodate the growing business.
Synergy CEO Rod Sowders said that since the company bought additional artificial flavoring companies’ Sethness Greenleaf and Sensus last year, they needed a larger space. “It’s accommodating our growth,” he said. “We added a lot of positions, and a big part of it is development.” The new facility, located at 1260 Henri Drive, will include a demonstration kitchen, flavor and applications development labs and sensory testing labs.
Sowders said the additional space will allow customers to work with a product development team, where they can taste-test the products. “A big part of it is for development in-house with customers, to get them into a space that works for them and us,” Sowders said.
Local officials were able to get a sneak peek of the facility two weeks ago with a private tour guided by Sowders. Mayor Mark Knigge, who attended the tour, said the expanded facility is one of the biggest acquisitions the village has seen. “It’s just a huge positive investment in the future of Wauconda,” he said. “The facility is a magnificent investment.”
Linda Krajniak, director of economic and community development, who also went on the tour, said she was surprised to find out how many food products require additional flavoring. “It was really interesting — you know, even bread needs flavoring to make it more tasty,” she said.
Officials think the new facility will help boost the village’s economic growth by increasing foot traffic and job opportunities. Synergy employs more than 100 people, but with the acquired businesses, Sowders expects to add up to 40 jobs by the end of 2013. By the end of the year, Synergy will consolidate Sethness, a Chicago-based production facility, into the new location in Wauconda.
“There’s a lot of pieces and parts that we’re undertaking,” Sowders said. “We’re excited to make the move.”
Wauconda students win national business awards
By Jennifer Earl
WAUCONDA - A community-wide effort helped some members of a Wauconda High School business club to finish in the top 10 of a national competition that featured 8,000 students.
The Future Business Leaders of America Club (FBLA Club), which ended 41 years ago at Wauconda High, was reactivated just two years ago, officials said. This past year, the club had 148 members, with 23 qualifying for nationals in Texas this month — nearly six times the number who competed the previous year.
Teacher Wendy Mills, who founded the club, attributed the success to local business owners and village officials, like Mayor Mark Knigge, who gave lectures and volunteered to be mock judges for the students. Mills said the local judges helped prepare students for the big competitions where they are marked down for even the smallest detail.
“It really helps kids with self confidence, helps them understand in the business world there are business ethics,” she said. “Don’t dress a certain way, dock points — that’s the real world.” Senior Chris Becker took second at nationals in the business law category, which included a one-hour, 100-question test. Originally encouraged to join the club for his economics knowledge, Becker said he had to study for a month to prepare for the business test.
In addition to participating in 15 service projects throughout the school year, a group of three students decided to make their own project. Their American Enterprise Project placed third at nationals. Alex Schorr, Mandy Rodio and Andrea Lichterman created what they called a financial literacy project. They worked with local banks to creatively teach fifth and eighth graders how to manage their money.
“Some of these things have never been taught to them before. We don’t want them to make the same mistakes everyone makes today,” Rodio said. The students said the project was such a success, the schools decided to add it into their curriculums next year. Lichtman, 17, said she plans to further develop the project for the FBLA Club in the coming school year and hopes to add more schools and more business involvement.
Wauconda seeks Bangs Lake management plan
By Jennifer Earl
WAUCONDA – A mild winter and an unusually hot summer have caused problems for Bangs Lake in Wauconda this year, leading village officials to seek some outside help.
A large increase in nonnative, invasive plant species has prompted the village to solicit consultants to develop a multiyear lake management plan that could cost the village up to $10,000. Ed Lochmayer, co-chairman of the Bangs Lake Advisory Committee, said five firms have filed proposals he will review this week with a committee of three others. Lochmayer did not release the names of the consulting firms. “We’re going to need a plan to curb invasive weeds, manage fish stocking and other things,” he said. “We’ll look over proposals and go forward from there.”
Village Administrator David Geary said this will be the village’s first long-term lake management plan. “If we don’t do this, we restrict ourselves to managing the lake’s weed problem through purely mechanical means,” Geary said.
The weed growth is currently controlled by an aquatic harvester run by Bob Garrod, a member of the Wauconda Public Works department. Garrod’s work on the lake has grown, from four to five days because of the recent increase in weeds, particularly the curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian water milfoil.
Bangs Lake has seen a lot of changes within the past few months as part of village efforts to restore and preserve the lake. In May, the Bangs Lake Advisory Committee updated fishing regulations to reduce the number, type, and size of fish anglers can take out of Bangs Lake and other bodies of water in the village. Ordinances also are in place to prevent aquatic hitchhikers — weeds attached to boats brought to the lake — that could upset the ecology.
“The lake is the crown jewel of Wauconda,” Geary said. “We all want to have a partnership in how we treat the lake.”
Lochmayer said the committee will review the firms’ qualifications this week and study costs in the next few weeks. Once a consultant is chosen and the plan is made, it will be submitted to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Village hires firm to create new marketing strategy
By CASSANDRA DOWELL
LAKE COUNTY JOURNAL
WAUCONDA – For Wauconda business owner Robert Manfredini, Wauconda’s small-town feel, locals’ friendliness, recreational opportunities and quality programming set the village apart from the rest. “Here, people say ‘Hello’ to you,” Manfredini said. “It’s a nice, warm community.”
Wauconda officials hired a private firm in May to design and carry out a marketing strategy for the village to further promote its unique qualities. The new marketing plan is part of the village’s strategic goals for the 2011-12 year, said Linda Krajniak, director of economic and community development for the village of Wauconda. “One of our goals is to improve communications and our communication tools,” Krajniak said. “We want to position our community better against all of the other competition. We want to identify why people should move to Wauconda or locate their business here.”
The village hired Chicago-based firm Robin Malpass and Associates, which is developing a marketing strategy for the village in two phases. The first involves research. The second phase will involve developing a logo and brand to reflect the village’s strengths as identified in phase one. The third phase, yet to be approved by the board, would be implementation of the new logo and brand, Krajniak said. “Right now we are ‘The village of a view,” Krajniak said of the village’s current slogan. “We want to see what [Robin Malpass] comes up with based on the research.”
A variety of community members including residents, business owners and more have been selected to participate in ongoing meetings to assist with that research. The Branding Stakeholder Committee first met June 5.
Robin Malpass, principal and founder of Robin Malpass and Associates, said committee members have been carefully selected to best represent the entire community. “We have small and large business owners, residents that have been here 20 years, some one year,” Malpass said. “We have members of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce, the Wauconda Park District … . These are the people on the front lines.” During the meetings, members discuss the village’s strengths and weaknesses, she said. “We’re identifying the target audience,” she said. “We looking for a brand that will support the whole community. We need to develop the core strengths and those will be used to create a brand promise.”
Manfredini, who has owned a naprapathic and wellness practice in Wauconda since 2004, is a member of the Branding Stakeholder Committee. “We’ve got the boats, the restaurants, a great park district, and then you throw in all the fun festivals,” Manfredini said. As a business owner, he said working in a village with a cohesive and successful marketing plan highlights those qualities to those outside of the community, which positively impacts business. “By building a strong community you build a community where people want to shop local,” he said. “For me, the more happy the community is the better chances I have of staying in business.”
Wauconda business owner Pattie Taylor agrees. “I think [the re-branding] will help the community grow in general,” Taylor said. Taylor is executive vice president RE/MAX Plaza in Wauconda. “When I’m working with a client and that client is making a decision on where to live, it reinforces why this is a good place to live,” Taylor said. “There’s the lake, a great park district and schools. One can confidently say this is a community where all the factions work together for the success of the community.”
Manfredini said during stakeholder meetings members discuss potential weaknesses as well, which puts everyone on the same page. “We find out that some of our strengths are our weaknesses,” Manfredini said. “For example, Bangs Lake. You’ve got this gorgeous lake, great fishing – it’s an attraction. Yet, there’s limited access. It can be tough to get to at times. And while there’s a beach, it’s not a huge beach. The lake also has features few know about, such as a disability-friendly and wheelchair accessible pier, he said. “It’s a weakness if people don’t know it’s there,” he said. “How do we get the word out? We’re talking about how to make these strengths.”
The re-branding project is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Phase one and two cost the village $24,500, which was budgeted from the village’s general fund, Krajniak said. “We know the economy is down,” Krajniak said. “[With the marketing strategy], when the economy improves we’ll have more streamlined services. We’re committed to making sure our reputation is always improving.”
Wauconda storeowners use Adirondack chair art project as downtown fundraiser
By Jennifer Earl
The weekly trips down Main Street by Amy Bulmash and Sara Carlson to take their daughters to ballet class inspired them to create a fashion boutique in Wauconda. Nine months later, while walking along Main Street to their shop, Aspire Boutique, 118 S. Main St., they were inspired again — to create something that would make the street pop.
To add a splash of color to downtown Wauconda, 15 Adirondack chairs painted by local artists sit outside shops and businesses as a fundraiser for Main Street Attraction, a local group that helps raise funds to beautify Main Street. Carlson said the chairs are a spoof of the painted cows in downtown Chicago. “We just really love to celebrate the arts,” she said. “Wauconda has Bangs Lake and when you think of the lake, you think of relaxing. We thought Adirondack chairs, lake, relaxing — we got the idea and ran with it.”
The chairs, which cost $250 each and are sponsored by 22 local businesses, will be auctioned off on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the farmers market in Wauconda. One chair, designed by Andrea Perez, owner of DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio, 119 S. Main St., features handmade fiber paper, colored with maroon and gold cream that featured a design of flowers. “It took a lot of thought and brainstorming,” Perez said. “I really love the patterns and colors of Nepal and how they make designs, so I searched for the perfect pattern to make a peaceful, relaxing chair.”
Other businesses were also able to express themselves through their chair’s artwork. Some community favorites include a Blues Brothers chair featuring images of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, a bull dog chair with the face of a bull dog wearing a spiked collar, “the meat seat” chair with various meats and vegetables painted on it, and other landscape paintings.
Will Tremont, owner of Tremonte’s Barber Shop, 113 S. Main St., said the dark brown mustache-covered chair outside his shop has generated a lot of chatter. “I like the idea that they’re semi-practical,” he said. “I’ve had people come in the shop and ask me ‘what’s going on with the chairs’?”
Carlson said the chairs have been out for about a week and are already getting the attention she sought. Looking out her store’s window, she said, she can see people walking by looking at the various chairs’ patterns and designs. “(People) love it, they love the vibe it gives,” Carlson said. “It gives Main Street the creativeness, gives it a buzz.”
Wauconda Middle School Principal Honored
Wauconda Middle School Principal, Mr. Cameron Willis has been awarded the Lake County 2012 Middle School Principal of the year award from the Illinois Principals Association. With 45 school districts in Lake County, there were four recipients in the following categories: Assistant School Principal, Elementary School Principal, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal.
Wauconda’s Mayor and Board congratulate Mr. Willis for successfully representing the community and School District #118. This high honor is indicative of one who has achieved significant success in the field of leadership and who personifies the highest standards of service and character.
Wauconda Awarded Best of Best
The Village of Wauconda is the proud recipient of the Daily Herald’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for “Best City/Town to Live” in.
This year, Wauconda joins St. Charles, Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village as one of the top vote getters in this category! We would like to recognize all Wauconda businesses, events, and organizations that won the Readers’ Choice “Best of the Best”:
Private marketing firm to be hired to help rebrand Wauconda
By Mitchell Armentrout
In an effort to attract new residents and businesses, Wauconda officials say they will hire a private firm to design and implement a new marketing strategy.
Contract negotiations are under way for Wauconda to bring in Robin Malpass & Associates, a Chicago-based marketing agency, to develop a new brand for the village.
“We wanted an outside professional to come in and look at our situation with a fresh eye,” Village Administrator David Geary said.
The new marketing plan is part of Wauconda’s set of strategic goals for 2011-12. Director of Economic and Community Development Linda Krajniak said village officials want to differentiate Wauconda from neighboring municipalities.
“It’s important for us to showcase Wauconda’s advantages,” Krajniak said. “When the economy was really suffering, we wanted to position the community to be a destination for when things turn around.”
The village board is expected to approve a contract by early May.
Representatives from Malpass & Associates have already presented a two-part action plan to board members. The firm will start by conducting a research analysis of the village’s current marketing initiatives to look at how Wauconda is perceived as a residential and commercial destination.
After presenting their findings to the board, the company will begin working on a new advertising campaign for Wauconda that will include new logos, taglines and brand colors. In addition, the firm will rethink the village’s print and social media strategies.
Village officials began seeking proposals from marketing companies last fall. They ultimately chose Malpass & Associates for their proximity in Chicago and past experience working with nearby communities such as Antioch, Long Grove and Gurnee.
“We heard great things from officials in other towns,” Krajniak said.
The re-branding project is expected to take around three months to complete and will cost the village $21,000 to $25,000, depending on final contract figures.
“Our village has a lot to offer and we want to spread the word more effectively,” Geary said.
SPOTLIGHT: 50 years of Wauconda barbershop stories
WAUCONDA, Ill. (WTW) — Tony Castelluccio has owned Tony’s Barber Shop in Wauconda since 1964. He will be retiring later this year after nearly 50 years of being a barber. “No complaints with barbering, it’s been very good to me,” he said. Tony started barbering with his uncle in 1963, when they opened the shop in its present location in November of 1964.
Looking around Tony’s shop you notice all kinds of mementos, pictures and souvenirs from a lifetime at the same job in the same location. A stock certificate issued by his beloved Green Bay Packers hangs prominently. A rickety stereo system sits in a corner featuring an old reel-to-reel tape deck, used for years because Tony got tired of listening to commercials on the radio all day long. And now, a seemingly out-of-place iPod loaded with 10,000 songs, mostly oldies, sits on top of the stereo.
In another part of the shop, framed next to a crack in the wall, is Barber Shop License Number One, issued in 1969 by the village of Wauconda “It cost two dollars for one year,” Castelluccio said. “Two dollars because we had two barber chairs in here. Only one year because the village said it cost more to print the license than the two bucks, so they kind of gave up on it.”
The customers are vintage as well. Milan Pokorny claims he’s been getting his hair cut there since 1963, first by Tony’s uncle, then by Tony himself. Even Milan’s wife would sometimes get her hair cut by Tony. Another longtime customer, Art Billen, says, “I can’t remember when I started coming here, my father-in-law brought me here, probably 1964.” As Art settles into a chair he waits for those three magic words Tony has probably asked a million times. “Same as usual?”
“Hard to believe that I’m working on, in some cases, four generations of families. I’ve done grandfathers, I mean, I go all the way back to some great-grandfathers, unbelievable,” Castelluccio said. “I never thought I’d still be here at 65 years old. That’s what happens when you’re in the same spot for almost 48 years. I think I’m gonna sign another lease just to go to 50!”
Wauconda High FBLA members teach money management in Dist. 118 schools
A group of Future Business Leaders of America from Wauconda High School visited all District 118 schools within the last two weeks delivering practical lessons about personal finance, budgeting, and saving.
“We believe that budget, overall, can solve so many of our financial problems that we have today, so why not practice smart spending young?” said Alex Schorr, a senior at WHS who worked with team members Senior Mandy Rodio and Junior Andrea Lichterman. “Emphasizing the need to manage money with the young will hopefully help to prevent their own future financial crises.”
Members of FBLA’s American Enterprise Team sought to show the younger students smart money management through saving money and spending wisely. Fifth-graders at Cotton Creek, Robert Crown, and Wauconda Grade School were taught the difference between wants and needs, how to spend their allowance wisely, the importance of saving, and different methods to save. Eighth-graders from Wauconda and Matthews Middle School were prepared for financial obstacles they would incur in high school as well as educated on spending and saving skills at a more experienced level.
“This project not only helped the students we taught, but helped to reinforce our own money management habits,” Schorr stated.
“I definitely look at the way I spend money differently now,” explained Rodio. “Before I went through and taught these concepts, I had to make sure I was actually abiding by what I was teaching. We taught kids several methods of saving including the importance of paying yourself first and always setting aside a percentage of income for saving. I began to divvy any money that came my way and found that as soon as I stored away a portion of my income and stopped buying pointless things, I was able to save a substantial amount.”
The team received support from all District 118 schools, as well as area banks including Wauconda Community, Harris, PNC, and Fifth Third.
“Everyone we talked to was so willing to get involved,” Lichterman stated. “The banks we talked to were relieved to see a group such as ours addressing what has become an important issue for younger students and teenagers today. The schools and teachers were also very receptive to the idea and more than willing to have us involved in their classrooms.” FBLA hopes to continue this involvement in years to come.
“We know that emphasizing the need to manage money, save, and spend wisely while kids are young will be beneficial in the years to come,” Schorr said. “Numerous students and adults alike are in the midst of financial crises. We believe that if we can get kids rooted in sensible money financing now, they will be better prepared to handle the future and properly resolve their own financial issues.”
Wauconda CUSD 118 Earns Bright Red Apple Award
1) academic performance; 2) pupil/teacher ratio; 3) expenditure per pupil; 4) educational level of teachers; 5) and average teacher salary
The Bright Red Apple Award is sponsored by SchoolSearch. Only 73 school districts out of 868 in the state of Illinois earned this recognition.
Other Lake County school districts earning the award were:
Elementary School Districts Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 Bannockburn District 106 Deerfield District 109 Hawthorn District 73 Kildeer Countryside District 96 Lake Bluff District 65 Lake Forest District 67 Lincolnshire-Prairieview District 103 North Shore District 112 Oak Grove District 68 Rondout District 72
High School Districts Adlai Stevenson District 125 Grayslake District 127 Highland Park/Deerfield District 113 Lake Forest District 115 Libertyville/Vernon Hills District 128
Unit School Districts Lake Zurich Unit School District 95