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DePue students ‘Change the World’

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 3:30 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013 4:26 p.m. CST

DEPUE – The DePue School District is still talking about the monumental achievement the Student Environment Group accomplished this past year.

The group, along with teacher Keith Garcia, entered their encapsulation of heavy metals project into the Siemen’s We Can Change the World Challenge and became a finalist in the competition.

Principal Dave Higgs is looking for ways to pay tribute to “such an esteem recognition” for the students.

“We were the only school from the state of Illinois to make the national finals in this competition. That’s a really big deal,” he said. “If this was a sports award, we’d be having parades up and down Main Street.”

In the future, Higgs would like to talk more about possibly having signs erected near the village’s welcome signs. Higgs envisions signs reading “home of the such and such.” He compared his vision to signs that are erected to honor IHSA competitions.

“It’s something to just think about down the road,” he said.

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On Wednesday, the DePue School Board took the following action: • Agreed to apply for a school maintenance grant to cover half of the $135,000 project to update the schools’ gym floor. Superintendent Randy Otto confirmed the grant was a matching grant. • Approved a busing contract with Johannes Bus Service Co. of the Quad Cities. • Hired Stephen Rudnicki as junior high social studies teacher and high school boys basketball assistant coach; Charlie Klinefelter as high school boys basketball coach; and physical education teacher Martha Redziwiatr. • Approved the resignation of BrieAnne Rader as school social worker. • Approved Joe Ruiz as volunteer golf coach and to help out with the high school girls basketball team; Gabriel Larios as activity club sponsor; and Kate Buckley, Felicia Coster and Maricille Ellena as class sponsors.

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