Athletic Field Named: Wayland-Young Athletic Facility
The Board of Education and Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118 announced the naming of the athletic facility on the north campus of Danville High School as Wayland-Young Athletic Facility and thanked the donor, Lou Ann Wayland-Young, Danville resident and member of the DHS Class of 1942.
Mrs. Young has made a gift of $100,000 to the school district for further improvements and equipment at the new athletic facility, a gift at the level that qualifies for facility naming rights. Mrs. Young requested to name the facility in honor of her brother, William E. Wayland, Jr., and her late husband, Andrew A. Young, who died in 1995.
William E. Wayland, Jr., a DHS and Illinois Wesleyan graduate and athlete, devoted a generation of service to the Danville Schools between 1948 and 1984, serving as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He is well-remembered as the well-liked, long-term principal of North Ridge Jr. High School from 1970-1977. He and his wife, Mary Alice, have seven children, including Debi Hosch, P.E. Division Leader at DHS, Susan Kelly, Nancy Link, Suzanne Arnett, Cheryl Risch, Joan Gillett, and William Wayland III. The late Andrew A. Young was an Oakwood Township High School athlete and graduate. He graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1943 where he lettered in three sports and was captain of the track team. He worked at Lauhoff Grain Company from 1946 to 1979, during which time he had been personnel director and vice-president of sales. He and Mrs. Young have one son, William W. Young.
Mrs. Young shared that she wishes to honor Danville High School athletes from the past, the present, and the future with her gift. The high school has already purchased the “Donkey” (a mobile scorers’ and officials’ booth and press box), electrical wiring, a sound system, a new shot put area, banners honoring award-winning DHS track teams and athletes, and a track athlete walk of fame.
Mark Denman, Superintendent of Schools, states, “The extraordinary gift of Lou Ann Young will allow the school district to finish the work at the new athletic facility, making it fully operational. Mrs. Young’s commendable generosity as well as her significant investment in the students and residents of our community, current and future, are admirable.
Danville School District No. 118 would like to thank Mrs. Young for her generous gift to the Danville Schools.
In honor of Arbor Day, on April 25 Meade Park School planted a tree in honor of Mr. James Bolton, retired Meade Park teacher, who continues to volunteer at the building on a regular basis. Speaking on behalf of the school, Jonathan, 3rd grade student shared the many ways Mr. Bolton helps the children at Meade Park. Mr. Bolton and Jonathon are standing in front of the flowering cherry tree planted in Mr. Bolton’s honor; Mr. Bolton is holding the plaque that will be laid in front of the tree. Thank you, Mr. Bolton, for 33 years of outstanding teaching and your continued support of Meade Park School and its children.
IAEOP Award Winner
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Nancy Van Vickle, CEOE, Registrar at Danville High School, was awarded the 2013 “Educational Office Professional of the Year Award” from the Illinois Association of Educational Office Professionals. Congratulations Nancy and thank you for your dedication to Danville District No. 118 Schools!
Show Choir National Championship Series - Chicago
And just like that, our season has come to a close! Contemps and Delegation made us all overwhelmingly proud as they gave incredibly passionate and inspiring performances and both placed in the top 10 in the nation!
Contemporaires placed 7th in the women's division and Delegation placed 8th overall!
We were so honored to share the stage with such exceptional talent from California, New York, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Massachusetts, and Arizona.
It has been an unforgettable year filled with "once in a lifetime" moments for us, and while we have been given the opportunity to perform on some remarkable stages for impressive audiences, the most memorable moments come from the student experiences off the stage. We are so humbled by the incredible support of our community, our parents, and our fans; you will never know the extent of how your support impacted these young peoples' lives in the most extraordinary way.
While a thank you is hardly adequate, thank you!
Kassy Krause - DHS Show Choir Director