From lip-syncing teachers to a second-place finish in state for the Cary-Grove Trojan football team, 2012 gave Crystal Lake-Cary Patch readers plenty to smile and feel good about.
Here are some of the most exciting and entertaining stories of the year:
Stories that Made Us Smile
1. Cary-Grove Trojans Football Finish Second in State!
2. Boy Catches 'Monster Cat' at Three Oaks
3. Prairie Ridge Jr. Wolves Film Their Version of "Call Me Maybe"
4. Cary Junior High Teachers' Video: "Call Me Maybe"
6. Winner of Patch Halloween Costume
7. Cary-Grove Students Collect 750 Christmas Gifts for Chicago School
8. Cary Couple Wins $3.25 Million Lotto Jackpot
9. Cary's $1 Million Halloween Lottery Winner Revealed: Winner is 7-11 Store Owner
10. Crystal Lake Woman Wins $275K in Lucky Day Lotto
11. VIDEO: Fans Camp Out for Gift Certificates at Chick-Fil-A
12. Smile Alert: Where is Matt 2012 (video)