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2005-2006 Daily Southtown Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, Mr. Maniatis!
Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame:

Our own Tom Cappel has been elected to the IHSA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame!

An Inspirational Teacher:

Fall of 2004: A Western Illinois University survey among freshmen names our own Ms. Nancy Newman among those teachers who are an inspiration to their students. This fall marks the 11th anniversary of this recognition.  Each of the 500 recognized teachers receives a certificate and letter congratulating them on being an inspiration to students and to assure them their commitment to educating youth is appreciated. A list of all recognized teachers can be viewed at www.wiu.edu/countrynewsCongratulations Ms. Newman!!

Coach Nominated:  

Coach Dave Braden  was nominated this fall by the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association as a Coach of the Year Nominee. The Coach of the Year will be awarded at the ITCCCA annual clinic and awards luncheon on January 9, 2005. Great job Coach Braden!!

Band Director Honors:

Keith Anderson, Hillcrest's Band Director has received several prestigious honors. He was elected by his peers to be President of the Illinois Educators Association (IMEA) for 2005.


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Hillcrest Grad Inspires Students



Sandra Cameron, a Hillcrest graduate of the class of 1991, and now a bilingual attorney, spoke recently to Hillcrest students about Law School programs at Northern Illinois University.  Students in Jim Curtin's AP American History class and Tom Cappel's Honors Psychology class responded very positively to her message. After graduation from Illinois State University, Cameron, worked as a claims adjuster for a few years before deciding to attend law school at Northern Illinois.  She now works for NIU's admissions office in the Minority Outreach Program to inspire students to consider the law profession as a career option.  There are few minorities in law (9%).  According to History teacher Jim Curtin, The classes not only enjoyed her presentation, but were also challenged by the description of the hard work involved in the pursuit of becoming a lawyer.  Cameron credited her former Hillcrest Spanish teacher, Art O’Connor, with inspiring her to be a bilingual lawyer. To wrap up her presentation, Cameron gave the students copies of the LSAT test, info on careers and prizes, including Johnnie Cochran's book and posters.




Chicago Sports Anchor



Corey McPherrin, '73 Hillcrest Graduate is a sports anchor for "Fox News at 9" on WFLD (Channel 32).  During the football season Mr. McPherrin hosts "Bears Sunday Live" on the same channel.




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