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Local school briefs: Lincoln-Way Central student wins full tuition scholarship

NEW LENOX — A Lincoln-Way Central student entered and won an essay contest which earned her full tuition at Central Michigan University.

Kayla Szymanski applied to Central Michigan after visiting the campus in the fall of 2017 and began looking for scholarship opportunities, according to a press release. She discovered the Centralis Scholarship Competition for CMU's prestigious Honors Scholar Program.

To apply, high school seniors must have a minimum 3.7 GPA, have scored a 27 on their ACT and have already been accepted into CMU.

The essay question asked her to write about two people of historical significance — dead or alive — whom she would invite to dinner. She decided to take a risk and chose herself at age 7 and at age 40, but it ended up paying off for her in the end in December when she got the letter of good news.

"I had kind of forgotten about it because I was unsure if I was going to be given that prestigious opportunity," Szymanski said. "But I opened it in the kitchen with my family and was just so excited."

Joliet students win top honors at IDEA Regional Drafting Competition

Several Joliet Township High School District 204 students participated and brought home some medals at this year's Illinois Design Educators Association (IDEA) Regional Drafting Competition at Joliet Junior College last Friday.

Eight students from Joliet Central High School and three from Joliet West High School earned medals according to a press release. Nine students will advance to the state competition at Illinois State University on April 14. Joliet Central was also named this year's regional champion for having the most students earn medals in competition.

Here are the winners from Central:

Sebastian Mejia, 3rd place in Introductory Computer Aided Drafting division (CAD), Lucas Schreiner, 3rd place in Introductory CAD division, Giovanni Mora, 2nd place in Introductory CAD division, Marivel Garcia, 2nd place in Architectural Board division, Sam Goin, 2nd place in the Assembly Modeling division, Hannah Rausch, 1st place in Introductory to Board division, Monica Cherrington, 1st place in Architectural CAD (2D) division, and Jack Lewis, 1st place in Architectural CAD (3D) division.

And from West:

Isaac Boeringa, 2nd place in Introductory to Board division, Josy Garcia, 2nd place in 3D Modeling division, and Connor Goron, 2nd place in Architectural CAD 2D division.

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