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Last updated 11/26/2019 at 4:25pm | View PDF


In conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Keith Bockwoldt, Hinsdale High School District 86’s chief information officer, was invited by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) to present at a conference and help lead a webinar about the issue of cybersecurity. The presentation, which was titled, “Prevention: Building a Security Program from Nothing,” was focused on how to build a security program by leveraging current resources and using stakeholder analysis and risk assessments to prioritize security tasks.

The webinar, which can be accessed at, was titled “Cybersecurity: Limiting Risks with a Robust Security Program.” Similar to the presentation, the webinar focused on how to build a security program using stakeholder analysis and risk assessments.


Six students who attend Hinsdale Central High School and the Hinsdale Adventist Academy received the Rotary Club of Hinsdale’s Youth Merit Award Nov. 8.

This award recognizes extraordinary high school and middle school students for services to their community and classmates, leadership qualities and academic achievements.

The Rotary Club of Hinsdale honors students from area public and private schools at award ceremonies several times each school year. The award winners attend a Rotary luncheon, address the club members about their activities and interests, and receive a certificate to commemorate the occasion. The honorees attend with their parents and invite an influential teacher.

The following students earned the award this month:

Jason Goliath, senior, Hinsdale Adventist Academy

Mikenna Healy, senior, Hinsdale Adventist Academy

Nathan Tessalee, eighth grade, Hinsdale Adventist Academy

Heiry Sierra, eighth grade, Hinsdale Adventist Academy

Sydney Thayer, senior, Hinsdale Central High School

Patrick Hsiao, senior, Hinsdale Central High School

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“The Black Cage: A Milo Rigg Mystery,” the latest novel of Hinsdale writer Jack Fredrickson, was released Oct. 31 in Europe and the United Kingdom.

The novel tells the story of Milo Riggs, who has exposed a botched murder investigation and found his reputation and career as a journalist in tatters. When a second case turns up months later with disturbing similarities, it presents Riggs the chance to right the wrongs of the past and uncover the identity of a ruthless serial killer.

Severn House has set a U.S. release date of Feb. 4, 2020.


Dr. Jeffrey Fitzer, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Elmhurst Clinic, has joined the Edward-Elmhurst Health Center in Hinsdale.

He also sees patients at his offices in Addison and North Elmhurst.


In recognition of and appreciation for the service and sacrifices of veterans, The Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center has created a Veterans Appreciation Program.

The program offers low-cost dog and cat vaccination and spay and neuter services for active duty service men and women.

Military veterans also receive 50 percent off adoption fees. To ensure all animals adopted have permanent homes, eligible veterans must not be active duty and must provide proof of honorable discharge from military service.

“There is a tremendous amount of research showing the benefits pets have on people suffering from depression and/or anxiety,” said Tom Van Winkle, the humane society’s executive director. “Some of the greatest roadblocks to getting a pet are the cost of adopting, training and caring for this important partner. That’s why we’re taking steps to create a win-win situation where we find a fantastic home for one of our pets in need and that pet provides an invaluable service to a person in need.”


Pieces by 24 Hinsdale Middle School art and digital media students were showcased Nov. 6 in the Chicagoland 4x5 Art Exhibition at Oswego High School.

HMS had seven students receive awards, more than any other middle school, and was the only school to have award winners in both the 2D traditional and digital media categories. The Chicagoland 4x5 features more than 2,000 student pieces from about 40 Chicagoland high and middle schools.

HMS students whose work was selected for the exhibit are award-winners Caroline Petersen (third place in traditional 2-D) and Lauren Terry (second place in digital media); honorable mention recipients Calista Chang, Eshan Doshi, Angela Lim, Maddie Miller and Ayla Mushtaq; and Sofia Antonelli, Abigail Auyeung, Lola Baca, Johann Balbach, Analise Burns, Calista Chang, Claire Chung, Eshan Doshi, Caitlin Haines, Tecoa Jankowski, Angela Lim, Maddie Miller, Beatrice Murphy, Ayla Mushtaq, Alasdair Wudtke, Catherine Yan and Bia Zeb.

“I am so proud of the amazing conceptual ideas and extraordinary skilled work the HMS kids produced,” said Theresa McGee, HMS art and digital media teacher.

The award winners will have their artwork shown at Water Street Studio Gallery in Batavia on Friday, Dec. 13, and the Illinois High School Art Exhibition in Chicago at the Zhou B Art Center on Sunday, March 8.

This is the first year the Chicagoland 4x5 was open to middle school students. More information on the exhibit can be found at https:///


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