Students from 31 southwestern Illinois high schools competed in the Illinois Sectional tournament of the 2013 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge held earlier this month at McKendree University in Lebanon.
The top schools in each division, based on enrollment size, were Governor French Academy (less than 300); Freeburg High School (300 to 700); Centralia High School (700 to 1,500); and Edwardsville High School (more than 1,500), which posted the highest team score of the day. WYSE's purpose is to advance excellence in science and mathematics and to promote careers in engineering and the sciences.
Competing individually and in divisions, students were tested on biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics. Test material was drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula and written by college and university faculty. Exams of increasing levels of difficulty are given at the regional, sectional and state finals.
Eight teams, including Governor French, Gibault Catholic High School, Freeburg, Edwardsville and O'Fallon Township High School, and 58 top scorers who competed March 11 will advance to the state finals April 8-11 in Champaign. A complete list of the sectional results can be found online at http://lance.mckendree.edu/wyse/results_ill_section_13.html.
In an effort to combat bullying, High Mount School District 116 in Swansea launched a new anti-bullying program developed by school social worker Yvette Hicks. The program is peer-guided and focuses on empowering students.
Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, recently spoke with students during High Mount School's anti-bully character assembly. He emphasized the importance of making a difference in someone's life by speaking up. In addition, Hicks educated students about befriending isolated peers.
Driver education classes will be held at Collinsville High School this summer for Collinsville residents who attend private or parochial schools. Students must be 15 years of age by Aug. 10 to register. Summer school will held June 3 - 26. Driver education summer school runs Monday through Thursday. Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2-5 in the Driver Education Office located in Fletcher Gym. The cost is $50. For more information, call 618-346-6320, ext. 1117, or email Frank Hollingshead at email@example.com.
High Mount School in Swansea will hold kindergarten registration from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 4 in the main lobby of the school, 1721 Boul Ave. Parents are asked to bring three proofs of residency and a certified birth certificate.
U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton and St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly will hold a Heroin and Prescription Drug Awareness Forum for parents of Belleville East High School students from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 3 in the school's performing arts center, 2555 West Blvd. An hour-long schoolwide assembly for students about heroin and prescription drug awareness will be held April 4. Similar heroin awareness events were held in February at Belleville West High School.
Kindergarten registration for Whiteside School District 115 will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 and from 5 to 7 p.m. April 9 at the elementary school building, 2028 Lebanon Ave. in Belleville. Parents are asked to bring the child's birth certificate, shot records and three proofs of residency at time of registration. A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to register for the 2013-14 school year.
A parent informational meeting and kindergarten registration for Triad School District will be held at 6 p.m. April 4. The meeting will be held at Silver Creek Elementary School for all the Troy students who attend Silver Creek and C.A. Henning elementary schools. It will be held at Marine Elementary for all Marine students, and at St. Jacob Elementary for St. Jacob students.
The Friends of Art along with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design will hold its 34th annual Art Auction on April 4 at Lewis and Clark Community College, 600 Troy Road in Edwardsville. The 2013 auction will feature original donated artwork, which may be previewed at 6 p.m. Gary Niemeier of Ahrens & Niemeier Auctioneers; bidding will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free to students, and tickets for the general public are $5 at the door. For more information, call Dianne Lynch at 618-377-8622.
The winners of PTA Reflections Contest at Maryville Elementary School were as follows: Garin Rak, Kylee Strong-Chasteen, Landon Mahat, Gavin Null, Lauryn Lee, Ricki Merlak, Rylee Schroen, Hope Sampson, Hannah Fedorchak and Joshua Chambers.
The school's young authors winners at the state level were Rachel Pfeffer, Peyton Hipp, Sofia Stinnett and Abigail Fister; the young authors winners at the county level were Landon Mahat, Erin VanMiddendorp, Rylee Schroen, Nicholas Becker, Alex Lorsbach and Maggie Teel.
Millstadt Consolidated School District 160 Superintendent Jonathan Green was voted in as the newest member of the local St. Jude Board of Directors at the March board meeting in Peoria. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened its doors more than 50 years ago to treat children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.
Henry Coleman, a sophomore audio production major at Webster University from Belleville, is a recipient of the Webster University Deans Award for Service for the spring semester. The award is given to no more than four students each semester. Students are nominated by faculty and staff for performing a valuable service on campus.
SIUE School of Pharmacy faculty member Lisa Lubsch is among 11 individuals recognized by Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center as a "Light of Hope." Glennon Ambassadors introduced the Light of Hope program in February 2013. Through the program, families are able to express gratitude for the exceptional care and compassion they received from their caregivers.
The Alestle, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's student newspaper, won nine awards during the Illinois College Press Association's annual college media conference in Chicago last month. The Alestle earned second and third place awards in the features, sports news, editorial writing, special supplement and advertising categories.
Sports Editor Roger Starkey won third place in features. Managing Editor John Layton achieved third place and an honorable mention in the sports news story category. Online Editor Michelle Beard won a second place award in advertising, and former Alestle reporter Victoria Mizel won a third place award in the critical review category. The staff won a third place award in editorial writing, as well as third place for its annual special supplement "Back to School Survival Guide." Two former staff members were honored as David Pruitt received an honorable mention in the sports feature category. Online Editor Joseph Scoggins shared an honorable mention in the advertising/in-house promotion category with Beard.
The law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter Ltd. is now accepting applications from St. Clair County and Madison County high school seniors who want to be considered for the firm's annual law scholarship. MM&R will award three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who have an interest in pursuing a legal career. Applicants must be planning a career as an attorney; have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; have achieved an ACT score of at least 26 or SAT of at least 1180; rank in the upper 25 percent of their graduating class, and be involved in school activities.
Candidates must complete an application to be considered. Along with the application, applicants must submit a typed, double-spaced essay not to exceed 500 words outlining his or her academic background, interest in the legal profession and reasons for pursuing this career.
The deadline for submitting an application is April 15. Interested candidates may request an application by contacting Lisa Bradley at MM&R at 618-234-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The application also is available for download on the firm's web site, www.mmrltd.com.
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