Lockport Township High School students (clockwise, from top left) Kevin Reginetz, Aaron Galvan and Kevin Smith recently won the TeamWorks event in the Skills USA state competition. Not pictured is Charles Rose. | Supplied Photo
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:01AM
Here is a look at what’s going on in the Southland.
News from the SouthtownStar’s Central region includes Midlothian, Consolidated High School District 230, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Hills and Lockport.
Student wins handwriting event
Gillian Cate, a third-grader at St. Christopher School in Midlothian, recently was named the third-grade level winner of the 21st annual Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. The event promotes the benefit of legible handwriting.
Cate received an engraved medal for her efforts, and her teacher, Sue Ann Rosen, was presented with a pen. St. Christopher Principal Mike Johnson received a $200 school gift certificate.
Students take AP exams
Consolidated High School District 230 students recently took 2,585 advanced placement exams throughout the course of two weeks, which is an all-time record for the district.
“The AP curriculum and exams are one of the significant ways our schools are preparing students for the rigors of college,” said Supt. James M. Gay. “Our graduates regularly tell us how AP classes and exams prepared them for the expectations of their college professors.”
Traffic signals installed
Frankfort officials recently announced that a new traffic signal at Laraway Road and 80th Avenue has been installed and is operational.
The traffic signal, along with signals at Wolf and Laraway roads; Center and Laraway roads; and 116th Street and Laraway Road, are part of a comprehensive road improvement program funded and managed by Will County.
“Traffic along Laraway Road has increased over the years, and traffic signals, turn lanes and crosswalks are essential to the safety of our community,” said Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland.
Firefighters play for LWSRA
Firefighters from Mokena and New Lenox recently took part in two wheelchair basketball fundraisers to raise money for the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association’s adaptive sports program.
“We really want to thank all the firefighters for participating,” said Keith Wallace, assistant coach of the Rolling Falcons and superintendent of LWSRA. “We look forward to make these bigger and better next year.”
Information: (815) 464-2811 or www.lwsra.org.
CJB competes in Math Bowl
Students on the math team at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School in Orland Hills recently competed in the Providence High School Math Bowl.
The first-place calculator team included Colin Brankin, Jonathan Hoelzel, Tom Kelley and Michael Laird, all of Orland Park; Michael Tolan, of Tinley Park; and Nick O’Connell, of Homer Glen.
The second-place algebra team included Brankin, Hoelzel, O’Connell and Natalie Plys, of Tinley Park.
Brankin was the second- place overall winner in the eighth-grade individual competition, and Joe Wardell, of Palos Park, was the third place overall winner in the seventh-grade individual competition.
LTHS students have top skills
Lockport Township High School students Aaron Galvan, Kevin Reginetz, Charlie Rose and Kevin Smith recently placed first in the TeamWorks competition during the annual SkillsUSA state competition.
Students competed in 3D visualization and animation; architecture drafting, automotive refinishing technology, automotive service technology, carpentry, computer maintenance technology, electrical construction wiring, full service auto, TeamWorks and technical drafting.
Township opens new recycling site
The Orland Township Road District has opened a permanent electronics recycling site at 16125 Wolf Road, Orland Park. The site is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Accepted items include computers, cell phones, TVs, DVD players, microwave ovens, camcorders, telephones, answering machines, calculators and more.
Information: (708) 403-5148.