The Round Lake Area Exchange Club and long time sponsor, Collision Solution, are proud to announce the May Hometown Hero, U.S. Army Private First Class Shauna Horst of Round Lake. She was registered for this honor by family friend, Rodney Bleim of Round Lake Beach.

Horst is a 2014 graduate of Round Lake Senior High School, currently serving in Texas. She is a wheel mechanic and will be home this spring for her brothers graduation. “She was up for soldier of the month for May, but withdrew her name as she would not be there in May,” according to Bleim.

With the generous support of this month’s sixth year sponsor Collision Solution, Horst’s “Hanging with the Heroes” care package will include beef jerky, chocolate chip cookies, Sour Skittles, Kit-Kat Candy bars and snacks, a personalized “Hanging with the Heroes” t-shirt (donated by Artrageous of Hainesville), a piece of home, and letters from Round Lake School District 116 students. The Round Lake Area Exchange Club will present a plaque on her behalf Wednesday,  May 25, at their meeting in Round Lake.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club needs your help in getting our local heroes signed up. Any and all military personnel serving overseas or in the USA from any of the Round Lake Areas, Hainesville, Fox Lake, Ingleside or surrounding areas qualify for the program. You can register your loved ones in less than five minutes by going to For more information visit the web site or you can contact the program chair Sherry Ridge at 847-740-2379.