Listee Features — January 29, 2019


Growing up in Chicago, Carol Anna Plodzien participated in a number of recreational programs for girls, including volleyball, softball, track and field, and speed skating. She went on to play all through high school and college, and decided she wanted to become a teacher to share her great athletic experiences with the younger generations. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science from North Illinois University in 1971, Ms. Plodzien immediately joined William Fremd High School as a teacher of physical education. She remained there until her retirement in 2008. Some of the highlights of Ms. Plodzien’s career were becoming the first ever basketball coach at the school and leading the team to win 50 consecutive games between 1972 and 1977,

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Joy Holland


Joy Holland lives by the mantra, “don’t make excuses, and don’t be a victim.” She doesn’t believe in letting problems hold her back; perseverance was her strength, and she did what she had to in order to succeed. Ms. Holland initially started college as a math major, but quickly found nursing to be more appealing. With a growing family, she wanted a career she could launch quickly. She was also drawn by the prospect of spending her time helping individuals get better. Ms. Holland proceeded to earn an Associate of Arts in nursing from Olive-Harvey College in 1972. She obtained her first position, staff nurse at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics, that same year, and the rest is

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