Overcoming adversity: Lincoln Trail's Courtney Porter shares her story

Courtney Porter is the assistant principal at Lincoln Trail Elementary School. She holds two bachelor's degrees from Illinois State University, one in criminal justice and the other in education, and will soon hold two master's degrees from the University of Illinois in education and social work.

Poverty simulation provides eye-opening experience for educators

A man who is disabled raises his grandchild while his wife works; a youth sits in jail for an alleged crime for which he proclaims his innocence; a diabetic faces her second week without food and health care. These are all roles Mahomet-Seymour educators experienced during an hour-long poverty simulation.

M-S 'Spelling Bee' dazzles with whirlwind 24-hour rehearsal

With the crowd's roar of laughter cheering them on, the sleep-deprived, 17-member Mahomet-Seymour High School cast regained its energy to complete its first-ever 24-hour musical performance.

"There's a lot of chaos," sophomore hair crew and set crew member Layne Brock said. "But overall, it's fun."

M-S dance team earns 2nd- and 3rd-place invitational finishes

The Mahomet-Seymour Dance Team took home both second place and third place in the Class 1A division at the IHSA Competitive Dance Invitational last Saturday.

M-S boys' basketball earns sixth-place finish in holiday classic

Ninth-seeded Mahomet-Seymour finishes 6th at State Farm Holiday Classic

Despite playing four Class 4A schools — including the No. 1-seeded team and two coaches who have won state titles — the No. 9-seeded Mahomet-Seymour boys' basketball team placed sixth in the 39th State Farm Holiday Classic tournament last week.

Museum of the Grand Prairie hosting New Year's Eve celebration

Kicking off the New Year with a balloon drop and a countdown to noon, the Museum of the Grand Prairie invites Champaign County residents to party like it is 1900. From 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, the museum's free New Year's Eve celebration will feature crafts, games and snacks for youths ages preschool to teens.

A year in review: Mahomet's top 10 stories of 2017

In a year, so much can change in your neck of the woods. Last January, the village's special census of 11 subdivisions added 1,142 new residents since the 2010 census, which brought Mahomet's total population within the village to 8,400. Aside from population growth, Mahomet's commercial businesses grew in size with 11 new businesses (and more on the way).

Gonzalez nominated for national conference

A Mahomet-Seymour High School junior has been nominated to represent Illinois at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders next June.

Jeffrey, Lisa Frerichs fulfill M-S teachers' needs year-round

Jeffrey Frerichs and his wife, Lisa, are the Mahomet-Seymour school district's very own Secret Santas.

Their gift-giving extends way beyond Christmas, however. The Frerichses have been giving money to Mahomet-Seymour teachers for two years and are continuing to fund projects that teachers would otherwise have to pay for out of pocket.

M-S bands end semester on a high note

Nervously watching the director's baton, more than 200 fifth- and sixth-grade band students positioned their instruments and warmed up their voices for the semester's first live performances at Mahomet-Seymour High School's gymnasium last Thursday.


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