Knowing Naomi Pickens

Naomi Pickens and her three children ready for their first day of the school year.

Chloe Garkey, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

A day in the life of Naomi Pickens is always different and always eventful. Whether she is trying to keep up with her three kids or grasp the attention of her high school students. She tries her best to keep a positive attitude and spread the joy of Jesus.   Pickens works as a family and consume...

Diversity Writing Entries Sought

Diversity Writing Entries Sought

November 26, 2019

Illinois Valley Community College’s Diversity Team has begun accepting submissions for “Honoring His Legacy: 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Writing Contest.” All IVCC students are encouraged to submit an entry that addresses any aspect of diversity, equity, inclusion or civil rights...

IV Leader wins again

IV Leader staff attended the Illinois Community College Journalism Association spring conference and accepted awards. Back row: Noah Currie, Summer Hoagland-Abernathy, Rachel Einhaus, Alexandria Bennett, and adviser Lori Cinotte. Front row: Kellsie Edgcomb and Martha Hoffman.

IVLeader, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018

For the second straight year, IV Leader, the student newspaper at Illinois Valley Community College, was awarded the Mike Foster Award for General Excellence, the highest award presented, at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association annual spring conference. “Wow. Tons of local content...

Farewell part I

Martha Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2018

Well, the time has finally come. This is the final issue for the 2017–2018 school year. Our staff has strived to serve you to the best of our abilities, giving you the news, sharing ideas, and engaging the community. Thank you for this year, dear readers. It has been a pleasure and a privilege...

Farewell part II

Kellsie Edgcomb, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 26, 2018

Where do I even start with saying goodbye to IVCC? I suppose first and foremost, I should start with my experiences with IV Leader and our astounding staff. This award-winning publication wouldn’t exist without the extra time and effort every member puts forth! Thank you so much to Martha, our editor-in-EXCELLENCE,...

Farewell part III

Rachel Einhaus, Opinion Editor

April 26, 2018

After graduation, I will be heading off to Northern Illinois University where I will continue to study journalism and psychology. It will be a huge change, and I will miss this paper and school tremendously. This school is so blessed to have the quality of a newspaper that we do. We have won so...

Farewell part IV

Tyler Towne, Sports Editor

April 26, 2018

Well, its hard to believe that two years have come and gone already, and I am definitely going to miss IVCC. It really is true when they say “No place so close, can take you so far.” But honestly that statement is only true if you allow it to take you somewhere. I am a kid with a true passion...

Farewell part V

Alyssa McCauley, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018

It is difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that my adventure as a student at IVCC has reached an end. This semester I will be graduating alongside many incredible others, who all deserve to celebrate their hard work and success. Our success would not have been possible without the help of...

Farewell part VI

Akari Oya, Photo Editor

April 26, 2018

When I first came to IVCC, I was disappointed to find that they did not have a photography club that I could join. So I became involved with the IV Leader, and I am so glad that I did. As the assistant photography editor in my first year and the photography editor this year, I attended countless...

‘Hey, Millennial Falcon!’: My roller derby life

Barbed Wire Betties practing a braced-wall drill in Sycomore. Pictured from left to right, Demon, Slaughtermelon, Millennial Falcon and TsumAmy.

Kellsie Edgcomb, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 26, 2018

Roller derby has a way of finding people at just the right moment. I first found roller derby while I was struggling to find a group I fit with. I was active-duty military living in the Metro-East St. Louis area and was not happy with my current life. I was depressed, but undiagnosed. One of the...

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