This week's top reader submitted pics: 5 photos Candi Szczepanik, a teacher at Nicholson Elementary School in Aurora, leads her class in the Pledge of Allegiance on Aug. 21 to start their first day of classes after summer vacation. The St. Charles Rotary Club recently awarded $10,000 among six St. Charles area students pursuing their education. The students were selected from a pool of applicants who needed to demonstrate educational accomplishments, service to the community, and financial need. Pictured are scholarship recipient Elle Murata (center), her mother – Kathy Murata – and St. Charles Rotary Foundation President Dean Carlson (right). The Misty River Music Makers get ready to sing the National Anthem at Monday's baseball game for the Kane County Cougars.Auroran David Yahnke pedaled the Batavia Montessori School's entry in the Fox Valley United Way's 11th annual "What Floats Your Cardboard Boat" race on Mastodon Lake in Aurora's Phillips Park on Saturday, Aug. 17. The Batavia boat was among two in the race's mechanical dvision in which a driver pedaled a bicycle-type mechanism to turn a propeller.Marmion Academy’s new leadership team will be implementing a new technology initiative. The Marmion Academy Leadership Team includes (left to right, front to back): Anthony Tinerella ’84, Head of School ; Fr. Michael Burrows OSB ’70, Abbey Liaison; Jennifer Schmidt, Director of Finance; and Madelyn Weed, Director of Advancement.