August 25 2011
Talented and resourceful student encourages others Sadie Smyth, 10, is the daughter of Bill and Pam Smyth and sister to Jacob, 15, and Eli, 7. Sadie is described as enthusiastic and full of energy and life. This young lady is caring and quick to volunteer for anything. She is also known as a friendly yet respectful student. Sadie’s friends look to her as a leader and problem-solver who will be fair and honest. She creates cards and encouraging notes and gifts for others. A talented and resourceful person, when she was nine, Sadie made a piñata for her cousin’s birthday. Well-grounded as a giving person, Sadie participates in Jump Rope for Heart and Relay for Life. She also helped set up a large garage sale as a fundraiser for her Hockey Fights Cancer Relay team. She has donated her hair to Locks for Love and is a volunteer safety at Roguewood Elementary School. A fun person to be around, Sadie is always upbeat, and her positive attitude is infectious to those around her. Because she truly cares about others, she brings out their best qualities as well. Described as “sweet,” Sadie is always looking for ways to help others, whether by encouraging them when they are down or giving a helping hand. Among her hobbies are drawing, writing, reading, and soccer, where she plays on the U11-A SCOR team. She has also played hockey for six years with the Rockford Hockey Association. This year Sadie hung up her hockey skates in order to pursue other sports, including lacrosse and snowboarding. She is an active member of Blythefield Hills Baptist Church. Because Sadie is a student who always works to find ways to help others, and because of her persistently cheerful attitude, she is the Rockford Spanish Immersion Example in Excellence for 2011.
Girl wrote, illustrated first in series A Rockford student is proud to offer her first book in a series of three for sale and believes the accomplishment is something anyone with a passion for writing can do if they put their mind to it. Riley Jensen, 14, will be attending the Rockford Freshman Center next school year and plans to complete the next two books in her “Alice Acadamy” series soon. She calls her main character Alice and the first book “Alice Acadamy,” which will be followed by “Finding Alice” and “Good-bye Alice.” “I have written my whole life and love to do so,” said Riley. “I also illustrated the drawings inside Alice Acadamy and plan to keep that as a tendency.” Riley said her family self-published the books and plans to keep doing so “until I have become more established or if someone makes me an offer.” Riley said she realized she wanted to write her own fiction when her sixth-grade English and history teacher, Sarah Reichard, gave the class a poetry assignment in which her piece “Foot” was printed in the newspaper. “I had always been trying to complete a book and never came close to finishing it,” Riley said. Riley also loves drawing and doing a bit of photography. “These are two things I am debating on also making a part of my career,” she said. “I also enjoy kayaking down the river with my family as a great exercise in addition to being able to witness nature. I have a love for swimming also, but do not like going into it competitively. Reading is also another of my hobbies.” Riley decided on Aunt Candy’s Toy Company as the venue from which to market her book because owner Candy Lancioni has been a life-long friend of the girl. “I have known Aunt Candy since I was a baby and she is a very close and dear friend of mine. Without her generous help, I wouldn’t have been able to sell my book like I have,” Riley stated. The books are $10 each with personal illustrations by the author. “Who better than the author herself to bring the characters to life?” Riley’s mother Yvonne said of her daughter’s efforts, “I’m very proud of her. Of […]