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August Weddings, Babies & Kudos


Sandy Henfling, office professional at Hoech, and husband Mike celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Ashlee to Zachary Williams on June 23 at Stone House of St. Charles. (Photo credit: Strike a Pose)

Zach & Ashlee Williams     Zach & Ashlee Williams


Amanda Bush, fifth grade teacher at Marvin, and husband Jelani, celebrated the birth of Quincy Jerome on May 29. He made his debut at 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19 inches long. He also was welcomed home by two big brothers, Julian, 10 and Jaxon, 6. 

Quincy Bush

Alisha Conley, a Project Lead the Way teacher at Hoech, husband Ryan and big brother Ryder (age 3), welcomed Aubrey Rose into their family on July 15. Aubrey made her debut at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. (photo credit: Mindy Miles Photography)

Aubrey Rose

Ritenour High School English teacher Liz Kelly and husband Seth were surprised a little early with the birth of their fraternal twin boys on May 20. William Henry came into the world at 18.75 inches and 5.1 lbs and brother Thomas Martin was 17.25 in. and 5.6 lbs.

Kelly Twins      Kelly Twins

Sadie Leyh-Pierce, a Ritenour social worker serving Buder/Iveland/Marion, and her family welcomed their second daughter on July 31. Isabelle Francesca Leyh-Pierce made her debut at 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 inches long. Lilly, big sister Eloise, and Sadie are enjoying every minute with her! 

Isabelle Francesca Leyh-Pierce

Jenna Gandolfo, district web content manager, and husband Matt, celebrated the birth of their first child, Audrey Jo, on May 28. Audrey made her debut at 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. (Photo Credit: Be Lovely Photography)

Audrey Jo


Dena Allen, fourth grade teacher at Wyland, and her husband Courtney, are beaming with pride after celebrating the graduation of their son, Derek, from University of Illinois with a bachelor’s in Food Science. Upon graduation in May, Derek took a job with Cargill in Hazleton, PA. 

Dena, Courtney and son Derek Allen

Dr. Michael Dragoni, instructional facilitator for gifted and STEAM education, was named to the National Association for Gifted Children’s Board of Directors as the chair of its Legislative Advocacy Committee. This is a voluntary three-year appointment. 

Jane Bannester, broadcast media teacher at RHS, is the proud mom of Maggie Bannester, a seventh grader at Hoech, who earned fifth place in the novice strut category and seventh in the novice solo category of the National Baton Twirling Championship, American Youth on Parade. The competition, which included more than 2,500 baton twirlers from across the U.S. and Canada, was held at the University of Notre Dame in late July. Tracy Weber, a science teacher at RHS, was the twirling coach for  Maggie’s and Gabrielle Sanders’ (RMS seventh grader who earned first and third place awards). Read more about Maggie’s and Gabrielle’s success this summer.

Sharon Cliffe, first grade teacher at Iveland, wanted to share how friends she has had since high school annually send her back to her classroom equipped with an overflowing tub of new school supplies for her students every August. “I have a group of friends from high school who I still get together with, and years ago when they found out I bought my own supplies for my students they decided they would buy everything for me. So every year, my students have the supplies they need thanks to this group of friends.” 

School supplies