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Actor Josh Young (left) meets with students from Mother McAuley A Cappellchoir Monday promotional event for 'Amazing Grace' musical set

Actor Josh Young (left) meets with students from the Mother McAuley A Cappella choir Monday at a promotional event for "Amazing Grace," a musical set to open in October at the Bank of America Theatre. | Supplied photo courtesy of Amy Boyle Photography

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Updated: July 28, 2014 6:19AM



McAuley choir gets ‘Amazing’ gig

The Mother McAuley High School A Cappella choir on Monday performed at a promotional event for “Amazing Grace,” a new musical slated to open in October at the Bank of America Theatre, according to a release from the school.

The lunchtime event was sponsored by Broadway in Chicago. The students greeted guests to the event with the song “Amazing Grace,” then joined them for a luncheon and preview performances, the release said. Among the highlights was meeting lead cast members, including Tony-nominated actor Josh Young, and Erin Mackey, best known for her role as Glinda in the Chicago performance of “Wicked,” the release said.

Oak Lawn junior a Carson Scholar

The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. recently announced that Ciara Berry, a junior at Oak Lawn Community High School, is a Carson Scholar, according to a press release from Oak Lawn.

Berry recently was recognized at an awards ceremony, the release said. Carson Scholars stand out as future leaders and are recognized for their academic achievements and service to their communities, it said. Berry will receive a $1,000 scholarship award and also received a medal and certificate, according to the school.

Berry is an active member of the school’s Chamber Singers, drama club, junior class advisory board, student helpers, pep club and National Honor Society, the school said. She has a 4.3721 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and is ranked in the top 15 of her class, the school said.

Shepard holds JROTC awards ceremony

The U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC program at Shepard High School in Palos Heights recently concluded the school year with an awards ceremony honoring cadets who distinguished themselves, according to a release from the school.

Many national organizations presented awards to students for scholastic excellence, JROTC leadership and involvement, conduct and military bearing, it said.

Students named the top cadets in their academic classes were freshman Joseph Guzman, sophomore Diana Burke, junior Josh Reynolds, and senior Rebecca Bird, the school said.

Students who won national awards included Reynolds (Air Force Association Award for leadership and academic achievement in a non-senior cadet; American Legion AFJROTC General Military Excellence Award for cadets who best exemplify leadership, citizenship and character, and community service; Sons of the American Revolution Award for academic achievement, leadership, military bearing and excellence in AFJROTC; Military Officers Association of America award for military leadership, academic achievement and character; Veterans of Foreign Wars Award for military bearing and conduct, academic excellence and leadership; Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction Award for academic excellence, dependability, patriotism, and self-discipline); Jonathan Kalabich, Gabriella Ramirez, Michael Reddy and Steven Reddy (Aerospace Education Foundation Academic Badge for scholastic excellence); Christian Wallace, David Jones, Tyler Timmer, Kalabich, Ramirez and Reynolds (Kitty Hawk Air Society award for academic excellence, community service and leadership); Marquise Owens (Daughters of the American Revolution Award for dependability and good character, discipline and leadership); Susanna Guiterrez (National Sojourners Award for leadership and academic excellence; Air Force Sergeants Association Award for academic excellence, leadership and discipline); Timmer (Military Order of the Purple Heart Award for leadership, support of JROTC activities and academic achievement); Burke, Guzman and Jaretzi Salinas (Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Award for academic excellence and contributions to JROTC); Burke (Celebrate Freedom Foundation/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Award for positive attitude, judgment and outstanding academic achievement); and Kalabich (Air Commando Association Award for integrity, leadership, and self-discipline), the release said.

The Junior ROTC curriculum includes history, leadership, citizenship, physical fitness and military drill. Students who enroll in JROTC, which fulfills the district’s physical education requirement, do not have any obligation to enlist in the military after high school, the release said.

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