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February 1, 2002

Illinois State Board of Education Announces Winners of Statewide Elementary and Middle School Contests

Springfield - The Illinois State Board of Education has recently announced the winners of the two Career Development Month Contests geared towards elementary and middle school students. The contests are among the activities sponsored by ISBE to celebrate February as Career Development Month, as designated by Governor George H. Ryan.

Winners of the Illinois Elementary Hero Contest are Kaneland Elementary South in Sugar Grove, and Grant Middle School in Forest Park. The five regional winners of the Illinois Multi-Media Middle School contest are Nathan Hale Middle School in Crestwood, Percy Julian Junior High in Oak Park, Jewell Middle School in North Aurora, Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High in Paxton and Egyptian Middle School in Tamms.

An awards ceremony recognizing the winning schools will be held at the Illinois Statehouse at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 1, to kick off Career Development Month. Elementary contest winners will receive a "Classroom Career Library" with career-related resources and activities.

The middle school finalists will be selected to present at the Illinois Student Technology Conference (ISTC) on February 709 at the Hyatt Regency in Oakbrook. Regional winners will also advance to the final competition on March 1, at the Association of Illinois Middle School Conference in Glen Ellyn. Members of the top team and the faculty sponsor will each receive a wireless Palm Pilot.

For more information on Career Development Month, contact the Career Development and Preparation Division of ISBE at 217-782-4768. A list of students and employers participating in Job Shadow Day in Illinois can be found at "What's New."

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777