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Naperville Now 11-01-18

Local Schools Among Top In State:

19 local schools are among the top 10 percent in our state. That’s according to rankings released Tuesday by the Illinois State Board of Education in their 2018 report card. Thirteen schools from District 203 and six from Indian Prairie District 204 made the grade in the state’s new school rating system, earning an exemplary status for the high number of students at those schools whose standardized test scores have improved from year to year. You can see how your school measured up at

Laughing Lincoln Cornerstone:

Yesterday the cornerstone foundation upon which the Century Walk life-size Laughing Lincoln sculpture will sit started taking shape in Central Park. The cornerstone represents the first courthouse in DuPage County constructed when Joe Naper and Abraham Lincoln voted to carve DuPage County out of Cook County in 1839. The stone itself originated in the Naperville quarry, now known as the Paddleboat Quarry, and was donated by Herb Nadelhoffer. The Laughing Lincoln sculpture will be dedicated on Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m., right before the Century Walk’s Illinois Bicentennial Bash at Wentz Concert Hall.

Hobson Oak Guitar:

If you walk by Anderson’s Bookshop in Downtown Naperville, peek in to catch a glimpse of a treasured piece of history that’s become instrumental. This guitar was carved out of the beloved Hobson Oak, using wood from the nearly 250-year-old tree, which was cut down in November 2016. This musical piece of preservation known as the DeMont Verb was built by Nate Demont and his employees at DeMont Guitars in Oswego, and took a year and a half to create. After surviving a fire in the studio last year, the guitar is now complete and is up for sale in an online auction for the 360 Youth Services Champions for Youth Gala on Friday night. You can place your bid for it and other items that hail from the Hobson Oak on the event’s website.

Spook-tastic Halloween House:

As trick-or-treaters cruised Naperville neighborhoods for candy last night, they might have come across a spooky sight like this haunted house in Brookdale. Owner Greg Wyland went all-out this year with tons of different elements including a bone-fire, a projector in the window, and some amazing smoke bubbles. The decorations had everyone leaving with both a treat, and a smile.

Benet Takes Sectional Final:

Girls Volleyball ramped up their post-season play with just two area schools left competing in the Sectional Final at Plainfield North last night. The 34-5 Benet Academy Redwings, and the sectionals top seed, faced off against the #2 seed Naperville North. Momentum was tough to grab, but Benet’s Hattie Monson would not let the ball fall on defense and Allison Van Eekeren and Linnea Dale teamed up on offense to put the game away. North’s Sarah Kushner and Kayla Griesbach did all they could do to help the Huskies hoist a sectional plaque for the first time since 2004, but Benet would just be too much. The Redwings would grab two competitive straight sets 25-21, 26-24 and move on to play Bloomington in Normal on Friday night in a super sectional showdown.



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