EPD recognizes ‘Shining Stars’

Students awarded the “Shining Star” honor from the Evanston Police Department are (front row) Orlando Reyes and Emily Flipovich; (back) Brianna Willard, Jesse Kimble, Emily Swensen, Audrey Floyd and Kyan Lawlar. Also pictured are EPD School Resource Officers Cody Webb and Ben Gilmore. Receiving the Shining Star recognition but not present for the photo was Trinity Larson. (HERALD PHOTO/Sheila McGuire)

EVANSTON — The Evanston Police Department recognized eight local elementary school students as “Shining Stars” on Friday, Jan. 5. Shining Stars is a new program launched by the Evanston Peace Officers Association to recognize great kids in the community. 

Students were nominated by teachers and principals from Evanston elementary schools and two students from each school — Aspen, Clark, North, and Uinta Meadows — were selected to receive the honor. 

School resource officer Cody Webb presented each student with a framed certificate of recognition along with a gift card to Aspen Cinemas. Webb said school staff were asked to “nominate outstanding little citizens,” and told the students, “Every one of you goes above and beyond to stand up for other people and do the right thing.” 

Webb and fellow resource officer Ben Gilmore said the plan is to recognize Shining Stars annually with funds raised through EPOA employee contributions, the same funds that also make events like the Easter Egg Hunt and Shop with a Cop possible. 

Students and their families were invited to the EPD that Friday afternoon for the recognition ceremony, followed by cupcakes and a tour of the PD. 

The 2019 Shining Stars are Audrey Floyd and Jesse Kimble (Clark Elementary), Kyan Lawlar and Orlando Reyes (Uinta Meadows Elementary), Emily Flipovich and Emily Swensen (North Elementary), and Trinity Larson and Brianna Willard (Aspen Elementary).

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