Two car crashes last year killing Huntley teens, plus a twenty-year old from Algonquin, may have led to the formation of an Operation Click chapter covering Dundee-Crown, Huntley, Marengo, Hampshire and Algonquin’s Jacob High School.
During the d’Andrea’s 2013 Operation Click luncheon, the following photos were put on the screen:
After Jennifer Kearns’ death, I published this article:
A Plea to Huntley Adults and a Suggestion of What Can Be Done to Save Teen Lives
I am so thankful that adults in the community and the three school districts stepped up to the plate.
Even with Operation Click up and running in these four new high schools along the McHenry-Kane County line, the donator of the auto backed out five days before Friday’s banquet.
Stepping in to fill the void were the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, Intern of Union and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.
(As an aside, it should be noted that Advocate has just acquired Sherman Hospital, which considers Huntley in its service area. With Centegra soon to have a third hospital in McHenry County, I wonder why it is not supporting Operation Click.)
Next year the high schools in Maine Township and three counties in Wisconsin–Brown, Dane and Grant–will join the program. Madison is in Dane County. Grant is north of Galena on the Mississippi line and Brown is where the Green Bay Packers call home.
Why are the joining the program?
Because it works and the data proves that. Look at the statistics from the early days for Crystal Lake’s three high schools:
So, who were the winners this year?
Harvard’s Jacqueline Jimenez won the first car.
Next to win a car was Cary-Grove High School student Susan Taddy.
Finally, Keegen Zickuhr of Marengo High School heard his key turn over the motor of a car.
After the main event, which was quite hurried this year because of the 28 degree wind chill factor, the runners-up went inside for their consolation prizes, gift cards from Walmart and Buffalo Wings.
There was also networking.
A couple of final items.
McGrath pulled a roll reversal on photographer Matt Eby. While Eby serves on the Operation Click Board, his colleagues managed to keep him in the dark about his having been awarded the Board Award.
And Student of the Year was Emily Olivera.
With a better camera, Matt Eby got the following photos of the winners: