Liberty fourth-grader's artwork on display at aviation museum

Updated 5/30/2012 11:54 AM

An avid aviation fan from Liberty Elementary School in Community Unit Community Unit District 300 has some of his artwork on display in a museum.

Joey Hill, who just finished the fourth grade, has some of his drawings on display at the Future of Flight and Aviation Center and Boeing Tour near Seattle, Wash.


His mother, Tami Hill, had sent the pictures to Boeing. Joey would like to be an aeronautical engineer for the company one day, she says.

"Joey has a passion for all kinds of airplanes, particularly Boeing models. He enjoys drawing pictures of real airplanes, as well as pictures of airplane designs he would like to see made," Tami Hill wrote in an email.

"This winter, he decided he'd like to become an aeronautical engineer so he can build some of those models himself in the future. He drew an entire set of diagrams showing the interior and exterior of his dream plane using existing Boeing models as a reference. He detailed out the plane's overall size, passenger and cargo capacity, etc. and even tried to estimate the cost it would take to build it."

The submission's part of the i4innovation display that showcases artwork and designs from young aviation enthusiasts.

Joey's designs will be featured in the museum for a few weeks, and his family hopes to make the trip to Seattle to see his work on display.

Congrats: The Algonquin Lions Club has awarded Kristin Wodka with the Ted Spella Education Award. The Jacobs High School senior, who was expected to graduate last weekend, received a $2,000 check and the award for her outstanding academic achievements, dedication to the Jacobs music program and her community service.

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Kristin will attend Olivet-Nazarene University in the fall, where she will major in psychology. The award is named after Ted Spella, a former village president and former president of the Lions Club.

In addition, the Lions Club donated $2,000 to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry. Proceeds from both donations were raised through the annual Algonquin Lions-Buffalo Wild Wings Charity Bean Bag Tournament.

Car wash: The Health Occupations Students of America group at Larkin High School will hold a car wash from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, in the south parking lot of Larkin High School.

The cost of a car wash is a donation. Proceeds from the event will help the team pay its way to the HOSA Nationals in Orlando, Fla. Students in HOSA competed in the state tournament in March and 15 of the members qualified for nationals.

The tournament is made up of health care events like a dental spelling bee, the general health care quiz, debate teams and emergency medical awareness, where students respond to various emergencies.

• Larissa Chinwah covers education in the Fox Valley. Email her at

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