Students and faculty members of West Aurora High School, along with community members, pay tribute to Spc. Christopher Patterson as the hearse carrying his body passes the school . Patterson, a member of the Indiana National Guard, died while serving in Afghanistan Jan. 6.
Kaneland varsity pitcher Delani Vest hangs out with her son, Braden, 14 months, before their game against Oswego.
Geneva's Valentin Gonzalez(13) celebrates his goal with teammate Phelipe Graske (8) during their home game against St. Charles North.
Batavia's Brittany Wahlen (8) and Grace Andrews (22) head the ball during their home game against Geneva.
St. Charles East's Max Kelly hits onto the second fairway during the IHSA Class 3A Larkin Regional at The Highlands in Elgin.
Kaneland sophomore Victoria Clinton is the Kane County Chronicle's Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Batavia's Brandon Clabough competes in the pole vault event during the Upstate Eight River Division Conference Meet at Geneva High School.
Sandy Bressner - firstname.lastname@example.org Mack Schweizer takes the floor before St. Charles East's Illinois Special Olympics basketball game against the school's varsity squad.
Mooseheart basketball player Makur Puoy (center), who is from Sudan, hugs his teammates as they erupt in cheers upon hearing that they were cleared to play.
Eric and Barb Pinion joke around while setting up for a yard sale outside their Maple Park home. It's the home Barb grew up in and they bought it after her mother passed away. "I couldn't see anyone else living here," she said. Eric called it their Love Nest. The Pinions have been married for 48 years. During our short visit, I could see the love they have for each other and their positive attitude was infectious. "Life is what you make it," said Eric. "You can be happy, or you can be a grump. I'd rather be happy."
William Li teaches Mandarin Chinese to Landon Fanale, 4, (right) of Geneva and Will Behan, 5, of St. Charles at Language Stars, which operates out of the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles.
Joseph Hutter, a student at St. Peter School in Geneva waits to spell his next word in the final round of the 2012 Kane County Spelling Bee at the Fox Valley Repertory Theatre at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Hutter was first runner-up in the bee.
Richmond Elementary School fourth grader Codie Taylor concentrates on an object held by Dr. Carla Adams of St. Charles during an eye examination at the St. Charles School. The free clinic was part of a visit by Transitions Optical and VSP Vision Care.