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The College of Lake County announced that Nathaniel Leichty, a CLC Honors Scholar, was one of 171 community college students in the United States selected to participate in the 2018 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars on-site experience, to be held Feb. 13-16 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. (Photo courtesy of College of Lake County)

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Lake County Partners tabs Korengold as new board chair

The Lake County Partners Board of Governors recently appointed Richard Korengold, Senior Manager at Mesirow Wealth Advisors, as its new chairman. Korengold, a member of the board since 2013, has served on the Executive Committee since 2015 and served as vice chair in 2017. He replaces Joseph Luna, who served as board chairman from 2015-17. Under Luna’s leadership, Lake County Partners established the groundbreaking Workforce Ecosystem partnership and implemented significant components of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). For more information, call (847) 597-1220 or visit

CLC scholar Leichty earns slot in special NASA program

The College of Lake County announced that Nathaniel Leichty, a CLC Honors Scholar, was one of 171 community college students in the United States selected to participate in the 2018 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars on-site experience, to be held Feb. 13-16 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Leichty, a 2016 graduate of Wauconda High School, qualified for the event by completing an online application and finishing a five-week course that culminated in three essay questions covering NASA’s plans to send humans to explore Mars and safely return to Earth. During the on-site experience, Leichty and his peers will meet with NASA engineers and others to learn more about careers in science and engineering. Additionally, students will form teams and establish fictitious companies interested in Mars exploration. The on-site experience also includes briefings by NASA subject matter experts, information on how to apply for internships and a tour of NASA facilities. For more information, call (847) 543-2000 or visit

North Chicago

City nets national award for emergency water project

The city announced that North Chicago recently received the Project of the Year Award for Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Lake Branch. The award recognized the city’s project for a raw-water valve emergency placement at the city’s water treatment plant. The award-winning project has since been forwarded to APWA’s Chicago Metro Chapter for further consideration, including an award at the national level. This marks the second consecutive year that North Chicago has received an APWA award. For more information, call (847) 596-8610 or visit

Buffalo Grove

BGHS cheerleading coach Siegal nets national award

Buffalo Grove High School (BGHS) announced that competitive cheerleading coach Jeff Siegal is one of 23 high school coaches throughout the country selected as a 2017 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School (NFHS) Coaches Association. Siegal, coach of the Buffalo Grove competitive cheerleading team since 2011, led the Bison to IHSA (Illinois High School Association) state championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016, a second-place finish in 2014 and a third-place finish in 2017. He previously led Elk Grove High School’s cheerleading squad to five consecutive state titles, beginning with the sport’s inaugural state finals in 2006. The NFHS has annually recognized high school coaches through its awards program since 1982. The latest awards program recognizes coaches for the 2016-17 school year. For more information, call (847) 718-4000 or visit   

Round Lake Beach

Park Dist. offers Buckaroo Ball: Daddy-Daughter Dance

The Round Lake Area Park District will host Buckaroo Ball: Daddy-Daughter Dance from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way. The event, intended for fathers and daughters (ages 2-13), features Western-themed (cowboys and cowgirls) food, music, dancing and crafts, as well as a digital keepsake photograph and a goody bag for all participating daughters. The fee is $35 (dads), $25 (daughters) and $20 (second child). Registration is required for each dad and child. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 546-8558 or visit


Mundelein High yearbook nabs awards in state contest

Mundelein High School announced that the 2017 edition of its yearbook, Obelisk, recently won three awards during the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s (IJEA) 2017 Yearbook Contest. The Obelisk staff earned a third-place finish in the Copy Writing category, and also received honorable mention status in the Coverage of the School Year and Photography categories. A total of 60 school competed in the IJEA event, administered by Dr. Sally Renaud, IJEA executive director and journalism professor at Eastern Illinois University. Judges were drawn from the ranks of experienced journalists, teachers and advisers. For more information, call (847) 949-2200 or visit


Fundraiser for Midwest Young Artists Conservatory on tap

Celebrate Highwood will host the 2nd Annual Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails, a fundraising event to benefit the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC), from 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, 878 Lyster Road. The event includes an open bar, appetizers, dinner, desserts, a silent auction, live musical performances by MYAC students throughout the evening and an opportunity to tour MYAC’s rehearsal facility. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $10,000 to benefit MYAC. Tickets are $75 per person. To register, and for more information, contact Celebrate Highwood at (847) 668-1213 or via email at — or visit


Library to host program with author of Al Capone book

The Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road, will host Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair, a special program for adults, from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 14. Presented by William Hazelgrove, author of the 2017 book, “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago,” the program will explore the darkest days of the Great Depression when Chicago was desperate to rid the city of organized crime, including Al Capone, who rose to infamy as the leader of the Chicago Outfit during the era of Prohibition. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. To register, and for more information, call (847) 945-3311 or visit


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