The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:
Thumbs up: To Crystal Lake eighth-grader Lucas Urbanski for his top-15 finish in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Urbanski, 14, made his fourth consecutive appearance in the national bee this week and finished with his highest ranking yet, placing 13th in the country. His previous best was 19th. “I’m happy with my placement,” Urbanski said. “Thirteenth is better than last year, so I’m good with that.” Congratulations, Lucas. You represented yourself, your family and McHenry County well.
Thumbs up: To police all over McHenry County for raising money Friday for Special Olympics Illinois during Cop on a Rooftop. The annual fundraiser raises money and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest fundraiser Special Olympics Illinois puts on each year. It’s an important cause, and we’re happy to see officers take the time to make it so visible to the community.
Thumbs down: To administrators at Ridgewood High School in suburban Norridge for threatening not to release diplomas to students who threw their caps into the air at their graduation ceremony unless they personally apologized for their “disrespectful and insubordinate behavior.” After responding to parental outrage, the school reversed course and presented the diplomas. Lighten up.
Thumbs up: To the Jacobs girls tennis team for organizing the Hit for Henry tennis clinic to benefit tennis coach Jon Betts and his family as Betts’ son, Henry, fights muscular dystrophy. The clinic will run June 6-8 at Jacobs High School.