This morning over 1,000 backpacks lined Jefferson Lawn at North Central College to raise awareness and show the impact of suicide. As part of a national traveling exhibit, the backpacks represent the number of college students lost to suicide each year. SamaraCare and Linden Oaks helped bring the exhibit to town to connect students with mental health resources and inspire action for suicide prevention.
Last night Neuqua Valley held their final choral concert of the year, which was also the final concert ever for retiring Director Jay Kellner. Around 150 alumni from Neuqua and the other schools in which he taught surprised Kellner by coming back to perform one more song. Kellner taught for 34 years and founded the choral program at Neuqua.
Tomorrow you can enter your dog in the Naperville Park District’s Dog-Disc championship. Sponsored by the Midwest Disc Dog club, no experience is required for the event, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. For more information visit the Naperville Park District’s website.
Ottawa Sectional Meet
Four of our local girls track teams headed west to the banks of the Illinois River for the Ottawa Sectional Meet. Waubonsie picked up big points from thrower Brooklynne Wilson who finished 2nd in the shot put and first place in the discus, helping the Warriors finish 10th. Neuqua Valley finished 7th and qualified four runners for state, in addition to the 4 by 400 relay team, which won the sectional in dramatic fashion. Naperville Central finished in 2nd place as a team, thanks to first place finishes from sophomores Naomi Egharevba in the 200 and Rose Fritz in the pole vault. Naperville North continued its dominant run, winning the sectional by over 40 points. All four relay teams qualified for state, Claire Hamilton won the 1600, Halle Bieber won the 300 meter hurdles, and junior Sarah Wastek won the shot put. The state finals are next Saturday at Eastern Illinois University.
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