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SSC finishes second in national basketball tournament

The South Suburban College men’s basketball team reached the championship game and finished second in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament on March 23 at the Mary Miller Center in Danville. The title was won by National Park College in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The South Suburban team finished with a 34-3 record, which included key wins in the Midwest District A Championship over Waubonsee Community College. Standout players Quentin Heady and Reggie Abram earned spots on the district all-tournament team, while Jemel Jones was named tournament MVP.

Head coach John Pigatti was named Midwest District A Coach of the Year, and Jones was named Region IV Player of the Year after scoring more than 1,000 points this season. Heady and Julius Byrd were also recognized for their exceptional contributions, earning spots on the Region IV first and second teams, respectively.

“Making it to the National Championship game was quite an accomplishment,” Pigatti said in a news release. “We received a lot of praise this season, but the most important thing was their ability to come together as a team and grow as young men.”

Lemont refinery worker hailed as hero

Jared Read, left, a worker at the CITGO refinery in Lemont, stands with Lemont Police Chief Marc Maton after being honored by village officials for his actions that helped save a motorist who was trapped in a vehicle in flames near the refinery in January.  (CITGO)
Jared Read, left, a worker at the CITGO refinery in Lemont, stands with Lemont Police Chief Marc Maton after being honored by village officials for his actions that helped save a motorist who was trapped in a vehicle in flames near the refinery in January. (CITGO)

CITGO Lemont refinery employee Jared Read recently received two Life Saving Awards for his actions in January to save a motorist who was trapped in a burning vehicle.

Read, a maintenance officer, was working the afternoon shift on Jan. 19 at the refinery when a pickup truck left a nearby road shortly after 1 a.m. and came to rest on railroad tracks. Read noticed the van was on fire and jumped over a barbed wire security fence to help the passengers. He was joined by an Illinois Department of Transportation worker who arrived and helped get the driver through the back door to safety. Police and paramedics arrived shortly after and provided medical care.

Read received the Lemont Police Department’s Lifesaving Award at a town meeting on February 26 and was recognized by CITGO Lemont Refinery leadership on March 18.

“I was there at the right place at the right time,” Read said. “I think it’s important to not be afraid and do your part.”

Dolton 149 Tech Students Show Their Progress

District 149 School Board members support high school students in Career and Technical Education during a recent meeting in Dolton.  (School District 149)
District 149 School Board members support high school students in Career and Technical Education during a recent meeting in Dolton. (School District 149)

Dolton School District 149 students recently had the opportunity to showcase the skills they are learning in the district’s Career and Technical Education program for 7th and 8th grade students, which launched this school year.

The program allows students to gain hands-on experience from experts in the fields of agriculture, performing arts, music production, skilled trades, and culinary arts.

After hearing from students about their experiences, District 149 Superintendent Maureen White called the program “a critical connection to affirming in them a sense of possibility.”

Violence prevention program set in Park Forest

Kingdom Church International will host a workshop on mental health and gun violence prevention from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 13 at its Empowerment Center, 202 Forest Blvd., Park Forest.

The church is the south suburban lead agency for the Violence Prevention Coordinating Council, according to a news release. The event will include workshops on gun violence prevention, domestic violence prevention, mental health and youth empowerment. Workshops are free and include lunch and free resources such as gun locks. Registration guarantees access to lunch and other free items. Information is at www.trykci.org/vpcc-workshop, 708-252-3648 or email info@trykci.org.

Reptile rampage planned in Midlothian

Midlothian Park District and Crosstown Exotics will host the annual Reptile Uproar event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14 (Midlothian Park District).
Midlothian Park District and Crosstown Exotics will host the annual Reptile Uproar event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14 (Midlothian Park District).

The Midlothian Park District and Crosstown Exotics will present the annual Reptile Uproar event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14 at the Athletic & Recreation Center, 14500 S. Kostner Ave., Midlothian. The event features several species of reptiles, insects and amphibians on display, as well as two Crosstown Exotics mini shows, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., where people can witness the creatures in action and learn more about their lives.

Tickets for Reptile Uproar are $15 at the door. More information can be obtained from the Midlothian Park District at 708-371-6191.

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