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In death, transgender teen still shapes Harlem culture  Rockford Register Star

Liam Burdick helped high school become a state leader in support for LGBTQ students.



Harlem to premiere documentary about first African American graduate  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Harlem High School's first African American graduate received her diploma in 1931, and on Wednesday her story will finally be told.



Harlem High student's dying wish to experience graduation fulfilled  WREX-TV

MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) – High school graduation is just three months away, but one Harlem student will not be around to see it. Senior Izabella Sotelo is ...



Harlem High School's beloved health teacher keeps things comfortable  WREX-TV

The Harlem High School health teacher makes health class comfortable for students to open up, ask questions, and learn.



Harlem High School premieres documentary about school's first black graduate  WREX-TV

MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) — Students at Harlem High School have spent nearly a year digging into the school's history and Thursday night it all came ...



New Harlem football coach aims for state title  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Bob Moynihan preaches toughness, togetherness, adaptability and being extraordinary.And Harlem's new football coach says a school ...



Machesney Park teen dying of liver failure asks community for letters  WREX-TV

MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) — A Machesney Park teen dying of liver failure has one final request—she wants letters. We first introduced you to Izabella Sotelo ...



Harlem High to host Special Olympics Spring Games  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The 2019 Special Olympics Region A Spring Games will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at Harlem High School, 1 Husky Circle.



Harlem won't 'mothball' former freshman campus - News  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Harlem School District leaders are looking for ways to use the high school's former ninth grade building. In February, the district ...



Harlem Veteran Project Gala showcases student documentaries  WIFR

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- Students from Harlem High School are remembering the life and *service* of our veterans by showcasing documentaries ...



Machesney Park dam meeting mitigates flood concerns, complaints  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — About a half dozen uniformed deputies along with Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana attended an informational meeting ...



Special Olympics athletes compete in Machesney Park  WREX-TV

MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) - Athletes from all over the region competed for top honors today in Machesney Park. Harlem High School hosted the 2019 Region ...



Harlem High School's showcases LYB campaign  WIFR

Machesney Park, Ill. (WIFR) - When walking the Harlem High School halls, you will find some permanent positivity when it comes to the fight against body ...



Harlem to lean on its core 6 as it takes aim at NIC-10 title  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The Harlem girls haven't won a NIC-10 conference title in a decade, but this year they're stacked, and they appear ready to make a run ...



Underdogs no more: Harlem goes for second regional title in 44 years  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Harlem coach Mike Winters doesn't want his team to feel the pressure to win the school's second boys basketball regional title in 44 ...



10 years later, Harlem Veteran Project still churning out docs, empathy  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — John Tuttle said he doesn't often bring up his Vietnam War experiences."It was something I didn't really talk about," said the 71-year-old ...



Harlem Veteran Project 2019 Gala set for May 11 - News  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The Harlem Veteran Project 2019 Gala will be held at 4 p.m. May 11 at Harlem High School, 1 Huskie Circle.For two years, 24 students ...



Model from Machesney Park finds success as she battles with epilepsy  WREX-TV

MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) – A Machesney Park native is taking the modeling world by storm. Jessica Stewart travels the world posing in ads for major brands ...



Hobbled Harlem loses close game - Sports  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — New Lenox Lincoln-Way West started to dominate the line of scrimmage in the second quarter of its Class 7A football playoff game at ...



Harlem High School teacher encourages independent thinking  WREX-TV

Eric Junco allows students to pick topics to debate and discuss in his English class.



Dying Illinois student gets to graduate high school early  week.com

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (NBC News) — High school graduation is just 3 months away — but one Illinois student will not live to see it. Senior Izabella Sotelo is ...



Harlem High School grad rolling with Hollywood film credits  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — After graduating from Northwestern University, Helix Gartner had two choices: Take a leap of faith on her Hollywood dreams or risk a life filled ...



Harlem hosts college signing day ceremony for 11 seniors  WIFR

One of the bigger college signing day ceremonies in the Stateline took place at Harlem on Monday.



No justice in murder of Machesney Park man, family says  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The mother of a Machesney Park man who was fatally shot by a family friend told a judge on Monday that the killer's 30-year prison sentence ...



It's about to be the best day ever for five area teachers  Rockford Register Star

The Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford makes its annual rounds Thursday to surprise five educators with the coveted Golden Apple Teacher Award.



Harlem moves into 2nd place in NIC-10 - Sports  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Harlem, coming off nine consecutive losing seasons, may not be used to winning, but the Huskies know how to protect a lead.Harlem ...



Harlem edges NIC-10 baseball leader Hononegah - Sports  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Hononegah seldom makes errors.But the Indians aren't perfect. Not in the field. And no longer in the NIC-10 baseball standings.Harlem ...



Boylan beats Harlem to tie for 2nd - Sports  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Harlem cut its turnovers in half from its last big NIC-10 showdown.It didn't matter.Harlem had 12 turnovers Wednesday — after having 25 ...



Grandfather Pleads For Help To Find Missing Harlem Freshman  q985online.com

The missing 14-year-old female was last seen within walking distance of the Harlem High School Ninth Grade Campus. According to the teen's grandfather, ...



Roscoe girl named top speller - News  Rockford Register Star

Avani Joshi of Roscoe Middle School is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.



NIC-10 track and field: Katie Fare, Catie Daily throw Harlem into title contention  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The Harlem Huskies, led by one of the most dominant throw crews in the state, hauled in the NIC-10 indoor girls track and field title in ...



Auburn's turnaround season 'an absolute dream' - Sports  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — A year ago, Auburn was 1-17 in the NIC-10. This year, the Knights came within one run of tying their best record in 31 years. A 4-3 nine-inning ...



Rockford teen with liver failure makes the most of her time  WIFR

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- After receiving a diagnosis that would change a person's life forever, one local high schooler is making the most of her last days.



Parker's 37 points, 10 steals lead East over Harlem - Sports  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — From his first start, when Sincere Parker poured in 31 points in East's season opener, the 6-foot-3 junior established himself as one of ...



Harlem names Moynihan new head football coach  MyStateline.com

Harlem High School has a new head football coach. The Harlem School Board has approved the hiring of Robert Moynihan.



UPDATE: Harlem High School teacher sentenced  WIFR

The Harlem High School teacher who admitted to having an ongoing romantic relationship with one of his students has been sentenced.



Boylan's best boys volleyball season ends in sectional semis  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — It was a historic boys volleyball season for Boylan, but the Titans fell short of their own heightened expectations.Barrington ended ...



260 area athletes qualify for Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The 2019 Special Olympics Illinois Region A Spring Games and soccer competition was held May 4 at Harlem High School with 260 ...



Proposed plan to merge the Harlem 9th grade campus back with the high school  WIFR

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- After seeing a decrease in enrollment over the past 10 years, Harlem district leaders propose merging the freshman campus ...



UPDATE: Harlem School District vote to merge campuses  WIFR

The school board votes to combine the main high school with the ninth grade campus.



Top teachers: Golden Apple releases names of 20 finalists  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The Golden Apple Foundation has released the names of 20 teachers from Winnebago and Boone counties who have been selected as finalists ...



Harlem High School offers help for grieving students  WIFR

Three days after the death of their fellow student, Harlem High School students are in mourning, learning how to cope.



Public invited to meeting to address floods in Winnebago County  WREX-TV

The public is invited to attend a meeting tonight with authorities to discuss flooding in Winnebago county.



'Swede' Pearson remembered as innovator at Harlem - Sports  Rockford Register Star

Roland “Swede” Pearson passed away on July 9 in Sarasota, Florida, but he will be long remembered for the positive footprints he left behind at his alma matter ...



NIC-10 baseball and softball standings: Top 5 in both sports same schools, led by Hononegah  Rockford Register Star

The NIC-10 baseball and softball standings look a lot alike a week and a half into the season. Hononegah is 4-0 in the conference in both sports and the top five ...



10 years later, family still grapples with pain of Amanda Kordich's death  Rockford Register Star

LOVES PARK — Amanda Kordich was about three weeks away from beginning her senior year at Harlem High School when she got off work on July 28, 2008, ...



NIC-10 football previews: Explosive offense has Harlem thinking big  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Jalon Benson may have been the best NIC-10 freshman ever, starting both ways as a receiver and defensive back for Harlem and ...



Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Machesney Park girl  WIFR

Michael Mernack was sentenced to life, plus 45 years, in prison for the death of a Machesney Park girl.



Harlem High School Brawl Ends in Two Student Arrests  MyStateline.com

MACHESNEY PARK - An after-school activity turns violent as two Harlem students are arrested.



Three of five Rockford-area school districts see graduation rates rise  Rockford Register Star

State test scores are a mixed bag this year, with some school districts seeing significant gains and others experiencing widespread declines. Rockford's results ...



Rockford Area Out of the Darkness Walk aims to show those dealing with suicide 'they're not alone'  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Members of Harlem High School's football team took not to the field on Saturday, but to the sidewalk as they banded together in memory of a ...



Harlem High School students building grill for Tennessee lodge  WIFR

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - A class project will soon have a permanent home at a Tennessee lodge for veterans as a way to honor a fallen Marine killed in ...



Updated NIC-10 basketball standings - Sports  Rockford Register Star

Here are my updated NIC-10 boys and girls basketball standings. Heading into Wednesday night's games, East remains unbeaten on the boys side and Boylan ...



Harlem school custodian to retire, gets cafeteria dedicated to him  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — It takes a special someone capable of cleaning up — with understated panache — a building for more than 600 3- to 6-year-olds.



Rockford Association for Minority Management celebrates $1 million in college scholarships  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — After 38 years of awarding scholarships to college-bound high school students, the Rockford Association for Minority Management hit a ...



Harlem School District demanding equal funding for students' education  WIFR

Teachers, students, and staff at Harlem School District are worried kids may not be getting the best education possible because of a lack of state funds.



Rockford Art Museum to open Young Artist Show March 3  Northern Star Online

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 78th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1–3 p.m., Sunday, March ...



Student-made grill gets new mission | News  Agri News

Drew Kirk, a Harlem High school alumnus, shows Kirk Catherwood a feature of the new Darkhorse Lodge grill. Welding classes at Harlem High School, under ...



Photos: Photos: Fred VanVleet through the years  Rockford Register Star

Rockford native Fred VanVleet reached the pinnacle of basketball success on Thursday, June 13, 2019, helping the Toronto Raptors earn their first NBA title.



Students from 29 schools compete in Science Olympiad - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Teams representing 29 northern Illinois high schools and middle schools competed in Saturday's Regional Science Olympiad at Rock Valley ...



Former Harlem, Rock Valley softball star Olivia Fluehr goes pro  Rockford Register Star

Olivia Fluehr thought her days of playing competitive softball were over after completing her senior season at Graceland University this past spring. But to her ...



Officials dispute claims that Fordam Dam caused floods  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK —When river levels rise here, some residents point blame at a dam downstream in Rockford.Some residents along the Rock River say ...



Students constructing grill with fallen soldier in mind  Agri News

Tabitha Niesman and Dominic Goodall look over the grill that they helped build for Darkhorse Lodge in Springville, Tenn. The students in William Duncan's ...



Roscoe neighborhood copes with severe floods - News  Rockford Register Star

ROSCOE — As floodwaters rose in Winnebago County, one neighborhood in Roscoe finds itself utterly surrounded by the Rock River with only boats available ...



Community Foundation awards $264K in scholarships for 2019 - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois awarded $264000 in college scholarships on Thursday to 135 students from across the region.



Andrew Wenzel, Isaiah Batteast lead locals through tough Dvorak tourney  Freeport Journal-Standard

MACHESNEY PARK — While no Pretzel or Indian made it all the way through to Sunday's finals, Dakota's Andrew Wenzel did the next best thing — wrestling his ...



Byron bottles up QB Britton Morris, KOs North Boone  Rockford Register Star

POPLAR GROVE — Just like Byron's other opponents this season, North Boone was no match Friday for the Tigers.Even with Vikings quarterback Britton Morris, ...



Harlem Girls Track team sends 22 athletes to State  WIFR

With the high school track and field season coming to an end, area athletes are preparing for the ultimate competition down at state. In the 3A finals, Harlem High ...



Young American Awards: 'Go beyond yourself' - News  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — They are high achievers. They excel in the classroom and in the community. One is an aspiring veterinarian. Another plans to major in ...



Harlem hurdler Kelsey Johnson has one leg, 'heart of a lion'  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Kelsey Johnson has been leaping hurdles nearly her entire life, metaphorically speaking.But nowadays, the 14-year-old Harlem ...



Harlem High School students weld grill for combat veterans retreat in Tennessee  Rockford Register Star

There are 23 acres in forested Paris, Tennessee, where a foundation has been poured for the Darkhorse Lodge, a retreat for combat veterans constructed in ...



Harlem School District's 9th-grade campus features new Career Lunches  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Courtney Crenshaw is a top-notch student who is confident that she'd like to enter the nursing profession.Just in case her aspirations ...



Belvidere's Mera Moucharrafie wins regional spelling bee title  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Nothing seemed to faze 13-year-old Mera Moucharrafie Wednesday night at the 35th annual Boone Winnebago Regional Spelling Bee, ...



E-Rabs all-stater Sincere Parker transferring to Arizona  Rockford Register Star

East's Sincere Parker, a rare NIC-10 boys basketball all-stater, is leaving Rockford to play his senior season at AZ Compass Prep School, a nonprofit, tuition-free ...



Freshman Hunter Scanlon powers East over Harlem - Sports  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The game hung in the balance on Brandon Folk's first pitch.By the time he threw a second pitch Tuesday, East had all but clinched a ...



Top Bulldog  SaukValley.com

Prophetstown native excels in multiple sports in Special Olympics.



Doug Livingston retires as Harlem's winningest baseball coach  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Doug Livingston started — and finished — his Harlem coaching career atop the NIC-10.Livingston, 48, was honored Tuesday before a ...



Comcast NBCUniversal Awards nearly $175K in Scholarships to High School Seniors  NBC Chicago

Comcast announced that it has awarded $1000 “Leaders and Achievers Scholarships” to 174 graduating high school seniors in its Greater Chicago Region ...



House Dist. 68: Sweeney Challenges Cabello | WNIJ and WNIU  WNIJ and WNIU

The 68 th district includes portions of Rockford, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Loves Park, and Cherry Valley. This election features a political newcomer.



Rock Cut Elementary School one of many Harlem schools to get safety improvements  Rockford Register Star

LOVES PARK — To enhance student security, several Harlem School District buildings are getting new classroom doors and entrances.Rock Cut Elementary ...



Harlem veterans video project brings history to life  Rockford Register Star

Alice Nachampassack and Bill Goodwin are unlikely friends.Nachampassack is an 18-year-old senior at Harlem High School in Machesney Park. Goodwin is a ...



Jay Taft: Harlem coach Lyle Rich is the man behind the muscle  Rockford Register Star

Harlem had one state medalist in boys track-and-field history in the throws before Lyle Rich arrived in 2000.The Huskies have earned nine state medals in the ...



Free flags for veterans' graves available in Loves Park  Rockford Register Star

LOVES PARK — More than 3000 U.S. flags are sprouting amid a dandelion-covered berm.The public can visit the Field of Honor Veterans Memorial, 1000 E.



East record-setter Burnell accepts new role on loaded team  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — On. Dec. 28, Chris Burnell broke the longest-standing school scoring record in the NIC-10. And he had no idea.Because he never does.



Rockford-area Special Olympics athletes host Fall Games  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — More than 700 athletes came to the Rock River Valley to compete Saturday and Sunday in the Special Olympics Illinois Fall Games.



Missing Machesney Park man found dead, suspect in custody  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies found the body of a missing Machesney Park man early Wednesday morning. He was shot to ...



Buffalo Troopers MC presents 4 scholarships - News  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — The Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club of Northwestern Illinois recently presented four $500 scholarships at an awards ceremony held at ...



Dairy Depot owner John Elliott laid to rest  MyStateline.com

Friends and family said goodbye today to a Machesney Park ice cream shop owner who passed away.



Cameron Poole shows 'you can still compete as an athlete'  Rockford Register Star

Cameron Poole has his own swimming category.He doesn't use it, not until sectionals and state.The muscular Rockford Christian freshman was born with spina ...



Five shining moments from the Special Olympics in Machesney Park  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Each year, hundreds of athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities gather at Harlem High School for the Special Olympics.



Floods have forced many to evacuate, but some choose to stay behind  Peoria Journal Star

MACHESNEY PARK — Floodwaters were beginning to recede on Tuesday along Shore Drive, a welcome sight for Tracy Dalen.Dalen, 54, said he has lived in ...



Former Harlem H.S. Teacher Pleads Guilty  MyStateline.com

A former Harlem High School teacher admits to the sexual solicitation of a student.



Mourners celebrate life of teen girl shot, stabbed in Machesney Park  Rockford Register Star

LOVES PARK — Dozens of friends and family members of Rebecca Finkenhofer wore purple T-shirts with the words "Justice for Rebecca" inscribed on them ...



Rockford spelling phenom Kodai Speich clinches third regional championship  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — There was no hiding the advantages Kodai Speich had over his competitors tonight at the Boone Winnebago Regional Spelling Bee.



Unbeaten EPC runs away from Forreston - Sports  Rockford Register Star

FORRESTON — Friday's matchup with Forreston was the first test for undefeated Eastland-Pearl City.The Wildcatz aced it. Now an ever bigger one awaits.



Heroin special report: Teen Dillon Bunch died after overdose at friend's house  Rockford Register Star

LOVES PARK — About 300 people — many of them teens — packed into the Harlem High School auditorium in Machesney Park on Feb. 2, 2013.They were ...



Hononegah intercepts Boylan for 17-6 victory - Sports  Rockford Register Star

ROCKFORD — Most teams don't try to pass much against Hononegah. Even when running doesn't work.“No, because we've got all these interceptions,” Tony ...



Prep Wrestling: Dakota shakes things up at Dvorak again  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK - After Friday's action, Dakota has four wrestlers who maneuvered themselves into the semifinals of the Dvorak wrestling tournament at ...



Comings & Goings: Belvidere couple opens Pro Fitness Gym & Training  Rockford Register Star

BELVIDERE — Reggie and Katy Anderson are preparing to host a Back To School/Back to Gym promotional deal, along with an eight-week weight-loss ...



Rockford student Kodai Speich clinches historic win at regional spelling bee  Rockford Register Star

MACHESNEY PARK — It was a historic ending for the 33rd Boone-Winnebago Regional Spelling Bee Wednesday night as Kodai Speich clinched his second ...



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