Good news


Community Consolidated Elementary District 181’s Eric Morong was recently selected to receive the 2021 Quinlan & Fabish Chicagoland Music Educators Award.

Morong was recognized at a June 17 celebration at the Quinlan & Fabish Burr Ridge location. He teaches band at Prospect School and Clarendon Hills Middle School and is entering his fourth year teaching in the district.

“This is quite an amazing feat,” CHMS Principal Levi Brown said. “We are both proud and excited for Eric with this wonderful accomplishment.”

District 181 Superintendent Hector Garcia said Morong has done an outstanding job working with students and collaborating with stakeholders.

“Due to his immense talent, he has been able to contribute to an already remarkable music program at D181,” Garcia said. “I’m glad that his peers have formally recognized his talents as a music teacher and I’m thrilled that more of the D181 community will hear about his terrific work as an educator.

Since 1989, the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Awards have been presented to individuals who excel in the profession. Each year, teachers nominate colleagues, mentors and friends for this honor. The nominations are then selected by a panel of previous winners.

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Stephanie Dolehide of Hinsdale has been named a brigade student athlete advisory committee officer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

She is among several cadets from the Class of 2022 selected to led the Corps of Cadets during the 2021-22 academic year.

“These cadet-leaders have been challenged, tested and assessed throughout their time at the academy and have consistently prevailed, demonstrating excellence across all four pillars,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Quander, commandant of cadets. “They are leaders of character who have planned, coordinated and led a rigorous and effective summer training cycle for the Corps of Cadets. It is abundantly clear that these leaders embody the values of duty, honor and country and have committed themselves to serving a higher cause.


Two Hinsdale students are among 130 at the University of Iowa who were named to the 2021 spring academic All-Big 10 team.

They are sophomore golfer Mac McClear of Hinsdale, who is studying finance; and senior tennis player Danielle Burich, who earned her degree in enterprise leadership.