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Achievers recognized for sports, academic efforts

PAW PAW – Elementary students in sixth and seventh grade took part Feb. 13 in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser during physical education class. Participants raised $2,288.48 for the American Heart Association.

In other Paw Paw school news:

■ John Hoelzer, a Paw Paw High School sophomore, competed March 13 in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition at Northern Illinois University. He received a third-place medal in English for Division 300.

■ Senior Night was Feb. 15, with prize drawings for a number of items as a fundraiser for the senior Class of 2013. Erv Safranek won the Mega Cash top prize of $519, while Cash Reichling won $223 for the second prize. Kathy Mangan received a Paw Paw Bulldogs quilt made by Betty Seidelman, grandmother of senior, Austin Safranek. Nina Castaldo Mitchell won a $50 gift card from Sherman’s, an appliance and electronics store in Peru.

■ Junior high and high school athletes were recognized March 13 during the winter sports award ceremony. Those honored were:


Junior high: Ola Soto, eighth grade, Best Base Award; LeeAnn Smith, seventh grade, Most Vocal Award; Joslyn Hopkins, seventh grade, Cheerleader of the Year; and Brieanna Bevans, seventh grade, Most Spirit Award.

High school: Morgan McCannon, Most Spirited, and Nick Ekstrom, Outstanding Dedication.


Eighth-grade boys: Robbie Hill, Best Defensive Player; Brandon Heiman, Best Offensive Player; and Antonio Solis, Coaches Award.

Seventh-grade boys: Brandon Heiman, Best Offensive Player; Robbie Hill, Best Defensive Player; and Trystan Sheridan, Coaches Award.

Boys varsity: Nicholas Siemers, Justin Wiley, and Zach Lilja, Most Valuable Players; Justen Penman and Wesley Kaiser, Co-Most Improved Player; and Jonathan Jenkins, Defensive-Hustle Award.

Boys junior varsity: Trevor Oros, Patrick Wiley, and Jason Kidd, Most Valuable Player; and Fred Randazzo, Defensive-Hustle Award.

Eighth-grade girls: Deona Collins, Best Offensive Player; Brieanna Bevans, Best Defensive Player; and Haley Oros, Coaches Award.

Seventh-grade girls: Joslyn Hopkins, Best offensive Player; LeeAnn Smith, Best Defensive Player; and Haley Oros, Coaches Award.

Girls varsity: Kasie Crawford, Heart Award; Danyelle Levan, Most Improved Player; Katelynn Lampson, Coaches Award; Josie Morgan, Offensive Award; and Jasmine Glenn, Defensive Award.


High school: Lindy Oates, Coaches Award; Heather Becker, Most Spirited Award; and Emily Wagner, Most Improved Award.

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