Des Plaines School Board President receives Thomas Lay Burroughs Award
DES PLAINES – The Illinois State Board of Education named Brenda Murphy of Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 as the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award. The ISBE award annually honors an outstanding school board president in the state. Murphy has served nine years as president of her local school board and 14 years total on the board.
“We are honored to present this award to Brenda, who stood out among some very strong candidates for this year’s award,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Under her leadership, the Des Plaines district is helping students make academic gains, and importantly, closing the achievement gap with improved technology, an emphasis on early learning education and many more initiatives.”
“Brenda Murphy is a visionary who leads the board with the utmost courage, integrity and tenacity,” stated CCSD 62 Superintendent Jane Westerhold in her nominating letter. “She has developed a board that shares the belief that the focus most be on student achievement.” Learn more... | Watch award video...
2013 WINTER CARD AWARDS
D62 Winter Card Win Shared by Two
President Brenda Murphy awarded first place to Juhi Soni and Emily Kulaga in the 2013 District 62 Winter Card Design Contest. Soni, an Iroquois Community School fifth grader, and Kulaga, a Central Elementary School fourth grader, share the distinction of winning.
Soni’s design features two deer in a wintery forest and Kulaga’s design displays numerous snowflakes. Second place was awarded to Ryan Prichisky. Mohnish Soni placed third. The second and third place winners are Iroquois Community School students. Representatives from the Des Plaines Park District, the Des Plaines Public Library and Nykiel Design judged 59 entries on grade appropriate execution, originality, and creativity.
The winning designs are featured on cards that the District sends during the holiday season. All entries will be displayed from December 6, 2013-January 7, 2014, at the Des Plaines Public Library. Each artist will receive a participation certificate. Emily Kulaga, Grade 4, Central Elementary School, Juhi Soni, Grade 5, Iroquois Community School
left to right: Mohnish Soni, ICS 3rd Grade (3rd place), Emily Kulaga, Central 4th Grade (1st place), Brenda Murphy, Juhi Soni, ICS 5th Grade (1st place), Ryan Prichisky, ICS 4th Grade (2nd place)
Previous D62 Winter Card winners, Bhagirath Mehta far left, Lesley Bux second from right, and Haripriya Mehta far right received their original artwork from D62 Board of Education President Brenda Murphy.