Melissa Kempf has become the first girl to win a District 54 Varsity Conference Wrestling Tournament. Kempf, 13, an eighth-grader at Jane Addams Junior High School, Schaumburg, entered the Bill Fikes Memorial Wrestling Tournament held Feb. 26, seeded first at 82 pounds, after going undefeated for the season. With wrestlers from all District 54 junior high schools participating in the tournament, Kempf won the championship match with a pin. "I listened to Coach Pfeifer and Coach Hunt and wrestled my best," Kempf said. She is now preparing for the Illinois Girls State and Girls Nationals. Next year, Kempf will attend Hoffman Estates High School, where she hopes to wrestle as a freshman.
• The National Geographic Society notified Adam Schalke, an eighth-grader at Lincoln Middle School in Mount Prospect, that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2009 Illinois Geographic Bee. The Bee will be held Friday, April 3, at the Field Museum in Chicago.
•On Feb. 16, Mathilde K. Winker turned 100 years old. Born in Germany, Winker has lived in the United States for 81 years, currently at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights. She enjoys reading, crocheting and visiting with family and friends, especially her 10 great-grandchildren. To celebrate her birthday, Winker lunched with family and friends, then enjoyed a celebration at the Lutheran Home, where Arlington Heights mayor Arlene J. Mulder was in attendance to present Winker with a certificate to mark the milestone occasion.
• Michael Naughton, a Hope College freshman from Prospect Heights, appeared as a groom in the cast of "Big Love," Hope College Theatre's first production of the spring semester. Naughton is the son of Mark and Mary Naughton and a 2008 graduate of John Hersey High School.
• Morgan Gaede Cioromski, of Maine South High School, and Natalia Janina Rafalik, a junior at Maine East High School, were presented to the Polish community at the Legion of Young Polish Women's 70th annual White and Red Ball held Saturday, March 14, at the Hilton Chicago.
• FedEx Ground, the small-package ground delivery service of FedEx Corp, recognized Ljubisa Vucivevic of Arlington Heights for achieving 15 years of safe driving without a preventable accident and Gueorqui Ivanov of Hoffman Estates for 10 years of safe driving without a preventable accident. Vucivevic, a 16-year veteran of FedEx Ground, and Ivanov, an 11-year employee, both work out of the company's Chicago facility.
• Palatine resident Chip Miceli was named to the board of directors of the Select Dealer Group, a national trade organization whose membership draws from office product/service dealers across the country. Miceli, who is the president of Des Plaines Office Equipment in Elk Grove Village, will work with the national organization to assist in its growth and visibility.