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Barry Schrader
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I wrote a column for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for 8 years starting in December 2007 and running until November 2015. Then I returned to column writing in August 2016, all of them archived here.

 

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Santa figure lands in a good home

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................Dec. 22, 2016

My primitive folk art Santa has been given a good home. The recent drawing conducted during the Oak Crest Christmas Tree Walk resulted in 27 people dropping their names in the box.

Chronicle Editor Eric Olson drew a name and the winner is Nate Harrison, a DeKalb native who is a junior at DeKalb High School. Nate happened to be at Oak Crest that Sunday singing with the DeKalb High School Madrigals and entered his name. It was delivered to his music room at school the next day. In the spirit of the holiday season, Nate has decided to share Santa with his 24 fellow singers and said the folk art piece "brings joy and smiles to everyone" as it stands in the corner of their rehearsal room. Once the season has ended he plans to take it home to Par Five Drive in DeKalb and store it until next year when he hopes to bring it back to the music room.My primitive folk art Santa has been given a good home. The recent drawing conducted during the Oak Crest Christmas Tree Walk resulted in 27 people dropping their names in the box.

Chronicle Editor Eric Olson drew a name and the winner is Nate Harrison, a DeKalb native who is a junior at DeKalb

Nate Harrison poses beside the folk art Santa figure outside the DeKalb High music room. He won the drawing and decided to share it with his fellow Madrigals. (Schrader photo for Shaw Media)

High School. Nate happened to be at Oak Crest that Sunday singing with the DeKalb

High School Madrigals and entered his name. It was delivered to his music room at school the next day. In the spirit of the holiday season, Nate has decided to share Santa with his 24 fellow singers and said the folk art piece "brings joy and smiles to everyone" as it stands in the corner of their rehearsal room. Once the season has ended he plans to take it home to Par Five Drive in DeKalb and store it until next year when he hopes to bring it back to the music room.

I inquired about his activities and family. He is a tenor and part of the Royal Court in the Madrigals, also singing in the Varsity Choir and playing clarinet in band. Sports of all sorts take up much of the rest of his free time, as he plays cornerback for the Barbs, runs track and is a member of the swim team as well.

His father works for ComEd and his mother teaches at Huntley Middle School. He has two younger brothers. Nate said he wants to major in Physical Therapy in college and is considering Illinois State, Southern and Northern.

Of course I had to put in a plug for my alma mater NIU, so told him about the longtime partnership between Oak Crest and Northern where they send up to 70 students each semester to be personal trainers for residents in the recently expanded exercise facility.

He has had a full plate this season as the Madrigals have some 10 to 12 gigs around the area, plus two dinners where they perform at Altgeld Hall on the Northern campus.

By the way, David Jacobson, whose rummage business in the old DeKalb Clinic building on Franklin Street is where I rediscovered this Santa again, has donated $10 gift certificates to six runners-up, which were mailed this week.

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