Huntley Middle School Chamber Orchestra Receives a Superior Rating

The Huntley Middle School Chamber Orchestra received a Superior Rating at the IGSMA State Contest on Saturday, April 29th. They qualified for a spot at State by receiving a Division I Rating at the IGSMA District 9 Contest back in March. The ensemble performed for three judges and participated in a clinic immediately following their performance. The Chamber Orchestra is composed of 6th, 7th, and 8th … Continue reading Huntley Middle School Chamber Orchestra Receives a Superior Rating

Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

By mid-November of each year, the Ellwood mansion is decked for the holidays. Tour guides lead visitors room-by-room and deliver the history of the home while guests delight in the gilt and stenciled ceilings, rich woodwork, and elegant holiday decorations. Then, during the first weekend of December, things become even more festive as the mansion comes alive with twinkling lights, music, and the history of … Continue reading Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

Making Dreams Come True

When NIU engineering student Oleseun Taiwo designed a prosthetic hand for a 12-year-old violinist, he made a difference in both of their lives. Playing the violin was a challenge for Sarah Valentiner, who was born without a right hand. With the help of the custom prosthesis Taiwo designed, making beautiful music just became easier. “When I started in engineering I figured I’d just get my … Continue reading Making Dreams Come True

Huntley MS Students Qualify for the ILMEA Competition

These Huntley Middle School students qualified for the ILMEA competition which will be held on November 19th at DeKalb High School.  Congratulations! BAND INSTRUMENT John (Billy) Adams (8) Bb Clarinet Annie Tyrrell (8) Trumpet Leah Valentiner (7) Flute Annika Burchell (7) Percussion Brianna Castillo (7) Percussion   ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT Tess Moreno (8) Cello Sara Valentiner (8) Violin   CHORUS Voice Ester Bugumba (7) Alto Bella De La Cruz (8) Soprano Amber DeLap (8) Soprano I … Continue reading Huntley MS Students Qualify for the ILMEA Competition

KaBOOM! NIU STEAM Works named Play Everywhere Challenge finalist

Competition will fund play spaces in unexpected places in cities across America NIU STEAM Works has been selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award funding to outside-the-box ideas that make play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the United States. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to … Continue reading KaBOOM! NIU STEAM Works named Play Everywhere Challenge finalist

Actress Barbara Hale Born in DeKalb

Barbara Hale (born April 18, 1922) is an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on more than 270 episodes of the long-running Perry Mason television series. She reprised the role in 30 Perry Mason movies for television. Barbara Hale was born in DeKalb, Illinois, to Luther Ezra Hale, a landscape gardener, and his wife, Wilma Colvin. She is of Scots-Irish ancestry. Hale … Continue reading Actress Barbara Hale Born in DeKalb