Drive For Life Bill
A new law taking effect this year hits close to home for a local family. HB1805 is the “Drive for Life Bill”, and allows Illinois residents 16 or older to join the organ donation registry. The bill’s signing was attended by Naperville’s Zuleg family, who has a personal connection to this issue: their 16-year-old son Kyle was killed by a falling tree limb in 2010, and became an organ donor, giving the gift of life to five others. Before this new law was passed, you had to be 18 or older to sign up for the organ donor registration list.
T-Shirts To Inspire
A local family-run business is empowering young girls to wear something with meaning. Jenny and Cindy Tank of Naperville founded Clever Belle in 2015, an online-only store selling t-shirts featuring inspirational women and images, from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland. Clever Belle has partnered with several nonprofits. Starting in 2018, Clever Belle will partner with Eden Projects, a deforestation group, and for every tree tee that is sold Clever Belle will plant a tree.
Sports Achievements in 2017
Our local high school athletes had a phenomenal 2017: let’s take a moment to recognize some of the top achievements of the year.
In the spring, Metea Valley’s Courtney Morgan capped off an incredible career, taking home first at state in the shot put and second in the discus. Morgan won three shot put state titles in four years.
Staying on the track, Benet Academy’s Ali Munson moved up to class 3A but still won her second straight pole vault state title, clearing the bar at 12 feet and three inches.
Back indoors for badminton as the DVC dominated with Neuqua Valley finishing second at state and Naperville North third. The Huskies’ Emma Lin was second individually in singles while the Wildcats duo of Joyce Chen and Shrinithi Venkatesan won the doubles state championship.
Staying in the spring season Naperville Central had a historic tennis year capping an undefeated regular season with its first state title in program history: the Benet boys were third in class 1A.
And finally onto the fall sports season which saw a second consecutive year of Huskie domination. The Naperville North Boys soccer and girls cross country teams both won their second straight state titles. The soccer team broke a school record for wins and didn’t allow a single goal in the playoffs. Meanwhile the girls cross-country team followed up its state win with a runner up finish at nationals.
With so many talented teams and athletes, we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.
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