Crestwood Elementary School
Carrying on a tradition started in 1953, Cub Scout Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School held their annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 6. Several track speed records were shattered by this year’s racers in each division: Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Open Class. Earning top honors in the Tiger den was Caleb Beach followed by Jackson Smith and Zebb VanderKooy. In the Wolf race, Jonathan Scofield grabbed top honors, with Ethan Cowlbeck in second and Ryan McGee in third. For the Bear race, only two boys participated, with Justin Fraula coming out ahead of competitor Evan Coberly. Smoking the competition in the Webelos race, Jake Carlson won first-place honors, followed by Jacob Stauffer and Jimmy Helm. To wrap up the races, parents, siblings and Pack alumni competed in an Open Class division. Scout Jason Andrus captured first, parent Bob Carr second and Scout Ethan Walthorn earned third place. Winning the top speed awards for the Pack was Jake Carlson in first with a time of 2.701 seconds, Justin Fraula with 2.792 in second, and Caleb Beach in third with 2.797. In addition to awards for speed, the Turtle Award for the slowest car was presented to Wolf Richard Mortimore. Scouts were also recognized for their car workmanship for the Scouts Choice Awards. Most Creative was awarded to Richard Mortimore for his hammer head shark creation. Best Paint Job was awarded to Tiger Ian Henschell, and Best Craftsmanship went to Evan Coberly’s Japanese comic book hero Ultraman.
Known for her sunny smile and willingness to give Amanda Eslinger, 10, is the daughter of Paul and Robin Eslinger and sister to Brianna. Amanda is known as a responsible person who sets high standards for herself. Teachers at Crestwood Elementary School say that Amanda regularly goes out of her way to make a difference in the lives of other students. She is quick to lend a hand when she notices someone who needs help, and is known for her caring attitude. A friendly student, Amanda is well liked by her peers and teachers. Amanda volunteers her time at Crash’s Landing, a no-kill cat shelter. She spends six to nine hours each month helping to care for the pets there, feeding and watering the animals, or cleaning cages. She also enjoys giving loving attention to the cats until they find their new home. Amanda strives to do her personal best in the activities she undertakes. Her sunny smile is well known at school and at home. Her determination to succeed is shown by her academic achievement. She has reached the Platinum level in Accelerated Reading, and was elected to student council in fifth grade. A well-rounded student, Amanda also enjoys cheerleading, gymnastics, reading and playing games on her Nintendo DS. She is a member of the Rocket cheer team and also loves to ride her bike. Amanda attends Northlawn United Methodist Church. This positive and exceptional young woman is an Example in Excellence in all she does. Examples in Excellence is a joint effort of Rockford Public School, Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire newspaper. Students are chosen annually from each school in the district for their qualities of character and williness to help others. Students are recognized at a ceremony each spring and throughout the year with a display of their portraits and biographies in the school administration office.
Five Webelos 2 Scouts from Pack 3285 were recently awarded the Arrow of Light, the highest award available to boys in the Cub Scout program. The award was presented to Jason Andrus, Michael Fox, Ryan Harrell, Ethan Walthorn and Gavin Woodard at the pack’s annual Blue and Gold banquet on February 12 at Bostwick Lake Church. Under the leadership of Jim Woodard and Pam Vandekerkoff, the fifth-grade den from Crestwood Elementary School worked hard to complete eight activity badges in addition to learning the Boy Scout oath, motto, slogan and law and taking part in camping and troop activities with an older Boy Scout troop. The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout award that carries over to the Boy Scout level. Members of the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow, a national honor group of Boy Scouts, were on hand to celebrate with the boys and also led the group through a special crossover ceremony from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. Each den was also recognized for their achievements, and awards were also presented at the banquet to the fourth-grade den for achieving their Webelos rank. Members include Jake Carlson, Jimmy Helm, Sean McLellan, Jacob Stauffer and Nate Triesenberg. Scout leadership for the Pack was also passed from the Arrow of Light recipients to the Webelos during a special ceremony. Members of the Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens were rewarded with achievements beads that are used to track their progress in achieving their rank awards. The event also included a cake baking contest. Special prizes for their cake creations were awarded to Daniel and Nate Triesenberg, Richard Mortimore, Jimmy Helm and Sean McLellan.