Student athletes, science scholars and newly tenured teachers were honored at Monday’s Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education meeting.
A capacity audience was on hand as board members paid tribute to Parker Junior High volleyball players and Science Olympiad team members. Later in the meeting, the school board approved tenure for six teachers in the district.
Both the seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams at Parker qualified for last month’s Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament.
The eighth grade team, coached by Darryl Thompson, took third place in the state tournament and finished the season with a record of 20 wins and two losses. Team members are Allison Faoro, Skylar Hayes, Tai Shonkwiler, Destiny Johnson, Maya Nash, Lia Sidberry, Eleanor McBride, Lilly Donkel, Maya Harrell, Corina Carbajal, and Kaitlyn Linde.
The seventh grade team, coached by Brianna Turke, finished the season with a record of 13 wins and three losses. Team members are Jane Bachus, Jaidynn Bentley, Nylah Everett, Raven Falls, Jackie Klupchak, Faith Lee, Alexis Mackey, Jazzlyn Marks, Kate Nelson, Alexia Pugh, Peyton Reich and managers Mykia Clemons and Zora Shannon.
Science Olympiad team members participated in the March 19 regional competition at Oakton Community College. Team coaches are Karen Roorda, Lisa Morrow, Scott Olson, Eric Youngquist, Meaghan Hummel, Emily Nicotra and Cyndi Grasso.
Varsity team members who won medals are: Eric Piros and Olivia Fortman, third place for Invasive Species; and Anna Wootton and Zach Moore, third place for Reach for the Stars.
Junior Varsity team members who won medals are Samuel Ayodiran and Umar Muhammad, third place for Bio Process Lab, and also third place for Road Scholar; Winston Doss, third place for Elastic Launched Glider; and Janell Speaks and Jada Washington, second place for Picture This.
Other Varsity team members recognized Monday are Nicholas Amuh, Thomas Cademcian, Kelvin Clark, Serena Determan, Liam Hughes, Nala King, Charles Mathewson, Noelle Oh, Calvin Uecker and Taylor Washington. Other Junior Varsity Science Olympiad members are Grace Ahouissoussi, Jania Beeks, Brenda Bern, Karsyn Bordeaux and Tyrone Williams.
Newly tenured teachers in District 161 also received a round of applause at the meeting. They are Andrea Beaty, a fifth grade teacher at Serena Hills School; Joseph Cristofanelli, a fourth grade teacher at Western Avenue School; Christiana Frimpong, a special education teacher at Parker; Caitlin Tobin, a third grade teacher at Western Avenue; Elizabeth Vugteveen, a first grade teacher at Heather Hill School; and Elaine Wengert, an English Language Learner teacher at Flossmoor Hills School.