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IVCC’s edible car contest set for Feb. 27

Illinois Valley Community College’s 14th annual Edible Car Contest will be at noon Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the cafeteria.

The contest, which celebrates National Engineering Week, was originally sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. with judging at 11:30 and racing at noon.

“Our purpose is to demonstrate that STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, can be creative and fun,” said computer-aided design instructor and organizer of the event Dorene Data.

In addition to IVCC students, faculty and staff, area high schools are also invited to compete. Participants work in teams to come up with creative and workable designs.

In 2016, the contest received its fourth nomination for a prestigious Bellwether Award, a national award recognizing outstanding and innovative community college projects. In 2012, the contest was one of ten finalists.

“Last year we had a record number 36 entries with 18 cars created by students from five local high schools. We’re excited to see this year’s designs,” Data said.

For information, contact Data at 815-224-0221, or visit

Peru Mall hosts inflatable carnival to benefit Cops 4 Cancer

Peru Mall is hosting an inflatable winter carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, to benefit Cops 4 Cancer, a nonprofit group with a mission to help residents in the Illinois Valley who are battling cancer.

M & K Parties, a family-owned inflatables business based in Farmington, will provide inflatables, games and Mike’s Little Train for the event, which will be set up near center court.

The cost is $10 per person for three hours of unlimited play. Admission is for children ages 12 or younger.

Made up of law enforcement officers and their families and friends, most of the founding members of Cops 4 Cancer have lost a loved one to cancer or have battled it themselves.

La Salle library hosts ‘Exploring the Continental Divide’

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. the La Salle Public Library will host environmental steward and naturalist instructor Emily Kenny, when she presents, “Exploring the Continental Divide.”

Last year, Kenny blazed a section of trail in Wyoming. In this presentation, learn about her trip in the Wind River Range and find out what she carried for a few weeks living in the wild. Kenny will show all her gear, talk about the significance of the continental divide and discuss the wilderness experience.

For more than 15 years, Kenny has taught people of all ages about the natural world and has organized experiences so people can better appreciate the natural world. From fundraising bike rides to coordinating entire council events for the Girl Scouts of America, merit badges for Boy Scouts and implementing special events for park districts, Kenny is now with Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment. At ME4E, Kenny is able to extend her services to reach more diverse populations. When she isn’t working, teaching or volunteering, Kenny can be found outdoors, enjoying the natural world.

This program is free and public, and is made possible through funding by the Alwin C. Carus Trust. For more information, call the library at 815-223-2341.

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Waltham student Riker Fesperman wins regional spelling bee

Riker Fesperman says he envisions words in his head as if they were on a computer screen or typewriter, spelling them slowly letter by letter.

His style led to success Saturday morning as he spelled “geronimo” and “egalitarian” correctly in Round 16 to win the La Salle, Marshall and Putnam County Spelling Bee in the Ottawa High School auditorium.

Fesperman advances to the Grand Finals at WEEK TV Studios, Friday, March 22, in East Peoria.

“I go slow, I don’t go too fast, so I don’t mess up the word,” Fesperman said, acknowledging there wasn’t a word that he was uncertain of during the bee.

Fesperman, an eighth-grader at Waltham Elementary in Utica, finished as the runner-up last year to Shea Rathburn, of Peru Parkside.

Finishing as this year’s runner-up, Corinne Francis, an eighth-grader at Ottawa Shepherd, also finished among the top four spellers last year. She misspelled “accommodate” in Round 16 of this year’s competition.

As the winner, Fesperman received a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Fox Books in Ottawa, a $200 cash prize provided by the William Ieuter Trust and a first-place plaque. His school also will receive the Stretch Miller Memorial Spelling Bee traveling plaque for one year. The plaque has a space for engraving the year, name and school of each annual winner.

Fesperman said he studied the provided lists of words

“I did all the words I could,” he said. “If I missed some, I’d write them down, and go over them as many times as possible.”

Fesperman said science is his favorite school subject, and that picking a favorite book is hard, but he enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy.

Francis said she knew the word she misspelled in Round 16, but she was nervous. She studied from the lists of words asked in previous regional spelling bees.

“I tried to focus on what I was being asked,” said Francis, who is in band and choir. “I tried to ask a lot of questions to help me keep calm.”

She received a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Fox Books, a $100 cash prize provided by the William Ieuter Trust and a second-place plaque. Francis said she likes art and music and her favorite book of late is “Dear Rachel Maddow,” which she highly recommends.

Thirty spellers participated in Saturday’s regional spelling bee. Ten were eliminated in the first two rounds and eight in Round 3.

Matthew Towne, a seventh-grader at Ottawa Shepherd, and Aubry Hawkins, an eighth-grader at Peru Parkside, advanced to the final four. Towne was eliminated in Round 11 with the word “semolina” and Hawkins in Round 12 with the word “imam.”

The 16-round bee is among the longest, said Regional Superintendent Chris Dvorak after Saturday’s contest.

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