Way to go Dawgs!

October 29, 2015

'Guardian of the Shield' Students of the Month

A shield provides protection to the one who bears it. Aquin Schools strive to provide each student with a shield of Responsibility, Respect, Faith, Leadership, Service, Knowledge and Character. Each month from October through April, Aquin is recognizing three students who display the month’s quality of the shield. Students are nominated by staff and faculty at both campuses and then selected by Administration.


Knowledge is October’s shield and Aquin Schools are proud to announce their ‘Students of the Month’ for October: Senior High--Tom Fellers, Junior High--Kamryn Steil, Elementary--Hannah James. They will all be awarded with a Free Jean Day!


If you are interested in learning more about Aquin’s new ‘Guardian of the Shield’ sponsor program, or want to learn more about joining the Aquin family, please contact Laura at 815-235-3154 x 226.

DAR and SAR Scholarship Recognition

Josie Ehlbeck and Colby Smith have been recognized respectively as the Aquin DAR and SAR recipients. These individuals possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Josie is now eligible to write an essay and enter the DAR Scholarship Contest. Good luck, Josie!

Freeport Community Foundation Recognition

On Thursday night, October 22, the Freeport Community Foundation Grants Reception was held. Drew Broge and Carter Budenz were present and coordinator Barb Lessman discussed how reliable and dedicated these two were. These Aquin Juniors are members of YAC.


The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a special project of the Freeport Community Foundation. The YAC is made up of 20 students (ages 14-20) who live in Freeport and the surrounding areas. Students may attend area high schools, Highland Community College or home school programs.


YAC members learn about philanthropy and leadership by attending monthly meetings that focus on the grant process- from the components of a good grant to reviewing and making recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors on the distribution of grant awards to projects for youth. YAC members also learn how to raise funds for YAC and public relations skills.


Youth Advisory Council Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations that serve youth. All projects/programs awarded by this group must serve youth.


(Thanks to Kim Beggin for providing photos and information about this. As she states, "I was so proud to be an Aquin alumni/parent hearing about them! They truly represented the school well that night!")

Aquin Students in HCC Choral Program

Friday night, October 23, was the Highland Community College Music on Broadway Performance. Representing Aquin were Riley Bach, Delaney Munda, Nora Ogden, Regan Curry and Grace Beggin.


(Again, thanks to Kim Beggin for providing photos of these 5 girls who "sang their hearts out and truly demonstrated the love of music! Again, so proud to see their dedication and hard work pay off!")