West Side youth named regional Boys & Girls Club standout

Yolandis McCaskill has overcme a number of life challenges, including a crash that nearly cost the 18-year-old her life.


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Westside NAACP youth wins at nationals

Jela McKinney, a freshman at Chicago High School for the Arts emerged a national winner in the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition held July 20-22 in Los Angeles. McKinney picked up a bronze m


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Students get taste of legal system at camp

The “What I did on summer vacation” essays for several students who will begin their frehsman year in high school next school year will detail a three-week stint with the The Illinois Law and Leadership Institute in its law camp.


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Bud Billiken royal court contestants give oral essays

Candidates vying to be a part of this year’s Bud Billiken Royal Court took the microphone Saturday as part of the oral essay contest. In an auditorium at the Northeastern University’s Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oa


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