Local residents attend Belmont
Several Naperville residents are studying at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
Enrolled students include: Courtney Balinski, Grace Blosser, Bria Broaders, Olivia Brothers, Morgan Bulger, David Doubek, Gabriel Drechsler, Mackenzie Fey, Nicholas Green, Hunter McNeeley, Alayna Mihalakakos, Nathan Miles, Korgan Robb, Taylor Ruscitti, Scott Schreader, Abby Stevenson, Emma Stuart and Sean Swanson.
Coakley part of White Coat Ceremony
Naperville resident Liam Coakley, a nursing student at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., received a white lab coat in a Sept. 23 ceremony, a rite of passage signaling the transition to the education's clinical portion.
Fasana named Officer of the Year
Naperville police Officer Kevin Fasana has received the inaugural Edward-Elmhurst Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.
The honor was bestowed on Sept. 19, recognizing the 14-year veteran's service as a patrol officer, crisis negotiator and leader with the department's Crisis Intervention Team, which helps individuals with mental illness.
In 2016, Fasana led the initiative to bring back the Crisis Intervention Team and helped launch mental health training to teach officers how to recognize and handle individuals with mental illness at the scene.
Gardeners earn state honors
The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of DuPage County, which includes several Naperville residents, received state honors during the 2017 Illinois Master Gardener Conference Sept. 8 in Bloomington.
Honored Master Gardeners from Naperville include team leader Logan Wasson and team members Gail Blessing, Patricia Carmichael, Kathy Cressman, Bob Elvert, Laurie Hogrewe and Paula Loret de Mola.
Local Master Gardener volunteers won a Teamwork Award for the Cantigny Veterans' Garden project, which repurposed an old research plot into 280 square feet of plantings..
They also taught weekly classroom-style lessons and donated more than 200 pounds of produce to local pantries.
Lee named Mission Maker
Angelina Lee, a student at Naperville Central High School, was recognized Sept. 18 as a Mission Maker by School District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges.
Lee was nominated by Kim Schatz, a Lincoln Junior High social studies teacher and LIFE (Leading and Inspiring Female Empowerment) group sponsor.
Lee, a former Lincoln student who was a member of the original 8th-grade LIFE group, helped bring the group to Naperville Central. Each school year, she invites incoming freshmen from Lincoln to be a part of the group.
Near receives scholarship
Naperville resident Emily Near received the AIA Iowa/AIA National Scholarship at Iowa State University's Department of Architecture's annual celebration, Architecture Premiere.
Prestifilippo makes cross country roster
Naperville resident Sydney Prestifilippo, a graduate of Naperville North High School, will compete for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's cross country team.
Prestifilippo, a sophomore, is majoring in journalism.
University of Iowa incoming class
Several Naperville residents are members of the University of Iowa's class of 2021.