The cast and crew of the 2013 Belleville West contest drama "Other Desert Cities" captured third place in the state Illinois High School Association drama competition.
Also co-director Laurie Bielong, a Belleville West teacher, said all five actors in the cast - junior Jacob Cange and seniors Emma Geiger, Lauren Jones, Taylor Keel and Conner LaVelle - were named to the prestigious All-State Cast.
"In order to be part of this great honor, a cast member must receive nominations from at least four of the five judges," she said.
The Belleville West cast and crew members advanced to the state competition following a win at the sectional competition March 16 at the school, according to Bielong.
In addition to the five cast members, 40 crew members took part in the state competition March 22 and 23 at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Bielong explained the competition included assembling a pre-built set in 20 minutes and putting on a play that's no longer than 40 minutes. "The crew members and actors did a really nice job," Bielong said.
For placing third in the competition, all cast and crew members received a medal and the school was awarded a trophy, which Bielong said would be displayed in the lobby of the theater.
Bielong said she was really proud of the students. "I haven't quit smiling yet," she said. Belleville West teacher John Lodle co-directed the contest drama with Bielong.
The Illinois Parent Teacher Association -- Southern Region will recognize the effort and talent of local students who entered the PTA Reflections Contest during an event Thursday. Each year, students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th throughout the country are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year, the theme was "The Magic of a Moment."
The Illinois PTA - Southern Region received more than 70 entries. Entries were judged by members of the Southern Illinois art community and 17 entries were selected to advance to the state competition.
The following students advanced in the literature category: first-grader Kylee Strong-Chasteen, Maryville PTA, Collinsville; second-grader Alex Murphy and third-grader Morgan Murphy, Roosevelt School PTA, Belleville; and sixth-grader Melissa Murphy, Henry Raab PTA, Belleville.
The students who advanced in the visual arts category were: second-grader Alex Murphy, Roosevelt PTA; third-grader Meera Bharati, Maryville PTA, Maryville; third-grader Aubory Bugg, Frohardt PTA, Granite City; and third-grader Morgan Murphy, Roosevelt PTA.
In photography, the following students advanced to state: second-grader Lauryn Fenoglio, Maryville PTA; second-grader Alex Murphy, Roosevelt PTA; third-grader Morgan Murphy, Roosevelt PTA; fourth-grader Eden Gruchala, Jefferson PTA, Collinsville; and sixth-grader Melissa Murphy, Henry Raab PTA.
The following students advanced in film production: second-grader Alex Murphy and third-grader Morgan Murphy, Roosevelt PTA.
In music composition, fourth-grader Hannah Fredorchak, Maryville PTA, was the only student to advance to state, and fourth-grader Kendra Jackson, Worthen PTA, Granite City, was the only student to advance in the dance choreography category.
All 17 students will be honored during a ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Belleville West High School. The 2013-14 PTA Reflection's theme is "Believe, Dream, Inspire."
"Kids can start working on their art projects now," said Carolyn McCarty, director of Illinois PTA's Southern Region.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is holding the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-Continent Student Conference Thursday through Saturday. About 330 civil engineering students and faculty from 15 Midwest universities will participate in the event. The conference begins Thursday with a steel bridge competition in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. On Friday, the events will include a technical paper competition, a geowall competition and a concrete bowling competition. The highlight of the conference is the concrete canoe races on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at Cougar Lake Marina.
The SIUE Office of the Provost announced Monday Kay Gaehle is the recipient of the annual Teaching Excellence Award for tenure-track faculty. Gaehle is an associate professor in the Department of Primary Care and Health Systems in the School of Nursing. It is the most prestigious teaching award that a faculty member can receive at SIUE. Gaehle received a $2,000 prize as part of the award. She will be recognized during SIUE's May commencement ceremony and be nominated for the Advancement and Support of Education National Professor of the Year Award.
The Swansea Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The chamber will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior at Belleville West High School, Belleville East High School, Althoff Catholic High School or Governor French Academy. To be considered, the applicant must be a resident of Swansea for the last 12 months and plan to enter an accredited college, university, junior college or vocational school. Applications are available online at www.SwanseaChamber.org. The deadline is Friday. For more information, call 618-233-3938.
Kindergarten pre-registration for next school year will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through April 12 in the school office at William Holliday Elementary School in Fairview Heights. Parents are asked to provide a certified copy of their child's birth certificate. For more information, call the school office at 618-233-7588.
Kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year for Belleville School District 118 will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through April 12 at each elementary school in the district. The registration is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 and who reside within the district boundaries. Parents should bring a certified copy of the child's birth certificate and three proofs of residency.
SIUE's Meridian Society will hold a women's philanthropy and leadership workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Morris University Center. Loretta Goebel, the keynote speaker, will share her story of hope and determination. The Meridian Society is a women's philanthropic organization located on SIUE's campus. The organization promotes women's leadership and invests in SIUE community- based projects throughout the area.
The Belleville School District 118 Jazz Ensemble, made up of 21 students from Central and West Junior high schools, received third place in the junior high school division at the State of Illinois Jazz Invitational March 23 on the campus of Illinois State University in Bloomington. There were 18 junior high and high school bands from throughout the state that participated in the competition. The band featured many soloists including Richard Bowles, Nate Robben, Marcus Hahn, Miles Wadlington, A.J. Otey, Sarah Largent and Marlo Santos.
McKendree University's Beta Chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society was awarded the 2013 Founder's Cup at the organization's national convention, held March 21 to 23 in Decatur. The Founder's Cup is given to the chapter that is the most active at both the local and national level. It is the fifth time that McKendree's Beta Chapter has received the honor (previously in 1988, 2001, 2006 and 2009).
The Association of Perioperative Room Nurses of Southwest Illinois has a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a student nurse interested in the field of perioperative nursing. To qualify, a student must be enrolled in, pending acceptance into or entering the last year in an accredited registered nurse program, an Illinois resident and have at least a 'B' average. Applications must be submitted to the scholarship committee by April 15. To request an application, contact Rhonda Price at 6367 Countryside Lane, Freeburg, IL 62243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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