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The value of the James Scholar cord

The value of the James Scholar cord

December 8, 2014

Every year, the audience at graduation goes silent as “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.” begins to play. Among the sea of blue gowns, the distinguished cords of James Scholars pop against the standard academic dress. It’s an honors program meant to recognize the top students within their class....

Coming home

November 21, 2013

My home doesn’t look the same. Four days ago, an EF-4 tornado tore through the heart of Washington, Ill., my hometown. They told me it was over in minutes, but hours later when I drove into town I couldn’t help but wonder if it ever would be truly over. I’d lived in Washington since I was 8 years...