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Merriebeth Cox

 

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Published: 4/8/2008 12:17 AM

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• Merriebeth Cox, 17, of Roselle, the reigning Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2007 and national award-winning baton twirler, was named Purdue University's "Golden Girl" for 2008.

She has been twirling since she was 3 and recently competed with seven other baton twirlers for the title of the university's campus at West LaFayette, Ind. The competitors were judged on skill level and overall crowd appeal.

Cox is currently a senior at Conant High School where she is a cheerleader and member of Conant Cares Club and National Honor Society. She will be an incoming freshman at Purdue.

She was crowned Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2007 on June 30, 2007 in St. Charles. She competed in the 2007 Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando in August and won multiple preliminary awards there.

• President Bryant Cureton of Elmhurst College and his wife, Jeanette, were honored with the Bryant and Jeanette Cureton Day in Elmhurst by the mayor of Elmhurst as well as the Elmhurst Park District on March 1. Cureton was also named Duke of Elmhurst by the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Cureton has been at the college since 1994 and will retire this June. He will be succeeded by S. Alan Ray, currently senior vice provost at the University of New Hampshire.

• Paul Slomski of Wheaton has joined the DuPage County Forest Preserve in the newly created position of director of fundraising and development. His focus will be to create partnerships with local companies to improve the quality of life and recreational and educational offerings of the forest preserve.