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Celebrations: Nov. 15

Nov. 13, 2012

BABYTALK

Theodora and Khalil Douglas of Brown Deer are the parents of Khalil Kirk Douglas, born Oct. 18, 2012, at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. He was 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and 19 inches long. He joins brothers Theodore, 6, and Noah, 5, and sister Theodora, 1.

SCHOOLSCENE

North Shore residents Joe Gallo and Dani Wallace performed in Pius XI High School's production of "Miss Saigon - School Edition" in November.

YOURNEIGHBORS

Michael Werwie of Whitefish Bay has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization that presents the Oscars, as a winner in its Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Werwie's script, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," was selected from a record 7,197 entries. He was flown to Los Angeles to participate in a week of industry events sponsored by the academy, culminating in the award ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Nov. 8.

Jennifer Hockenbery of Whitefish Bay earned the Mount Mary College 2012 Excellence in Teaching award. Hockenbery is professor of philosophy at the college. To earn the award, faculty must demonstrate innovative teaching techniques; current knowledge of developments, trends and research in her academic field; and dedication, enthusiasm and support of students' personal, moral and intellectual growth. Hockenbery began teaching philosophy at the college in 1998 and received tenure in 2004. She earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy and classics from Bowdoin College and her master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from Boston University. She is a frequent author and presenter on ancient and medieval philosophy and religious topics. Nominating students identified her as a teacher who "is very gifted at capturing an audience."

Tyler Dixon, son of Kent and Diana Dixon of Carol Stream, Ill., and grandson of Bill and Dixie Dixon of Whitefish Bay, received the Eagle Scout rank in a Court of Honor on Sept. 30. Tyler's Eagle project benefitted the prayer garden at his church, Poplar Creek Church in Bartlett, Ill. The project involved replacing existing walkways with new timber and plank wheelchair-accessible walkways. The center patio was rebuilt using timbers and paver bricks salvaged from the original walkways. Assisting in the project were troop, church, family and Glenbard North High School cross country team members.

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