Mackenzie Scott, a seventh-grader at Zion Lutheran School in Belleville, will be the first recipient of the Student Christian Leadership Award presented by St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association. The new award recognizes students who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, academic achievement and a commitment to their community.
Mackenzie, 13, founded Fire Truck O' Toys in 2011 after undergoing treatment for Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, a degenerative bone disease that she was diagnosed with at 4 years old. After seeing other children miss out on the fun of Christmas due to illness, she recruited a professional Santa and a neighbor who owns a vintage fire truck to help deliver more than 600 toys to patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
"Mackenzie is an exceptional young lady who has turned life's obstacles into opportunities to assist others," Zion Principal David Kniepkamp said.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, a touring and teaching troupe, will present performances of Shakespeare's "12th Night" on Wednesday and Thursday at Grant Middle and Illini Elementary schools in Fairview Heights. The performances are funded by a grant from St. John United Church of Christ.
Millikin University student Emily Schneider, a senior flute and vocal performance double major from Mascoutah, was the winner at the 11th annual Hollis Prize Competition last month. In recognition of this accomplishment, Schneider will perform a recital Friday at Chicago's Harold Washington Library.
More than 200 students will attend the St. Clair County Regional Young Authors Conference on Saturday morning at Westhaven School in Belleville. The conference honors kindergarten through eighth grade students for their exceptional writing skills.
Jeff Weigel, an illustrator and author who lives in Belleville, will be the guest speaker at the conference. He has written and illustrated multiple children's and graphic novels including "Thunder from The Sea" and "Atomic Ace." Ryan Byrnes, 15, a freshman at O'Fallon Township High School, will also speak to the young authors. Ryan has been a writer since he was 8 years old and has self published two books, "The Adventures in Wheatail" and "The Crystals of Kings."
The Troy Lions Club will award four $500 scholarships to area high school seniors. The scholarships may be used for any accredited college, university, trade or business school. To be eligible to apply, students must have parents who reside within the Tri-Township Park District. Students' participation in their school and community service activities will be an important part of their application. All applications must be received by Friday. For more information, contact Lois Adomite at 618-667-9548.
The Gateway Chapter of Links Incorporated is sponsoring the Lillian Adams Parks Scholarship Program, which recognizes the educational desires and needs of African-American and minority students. The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors in the St. Louis and East Saint Louis Metropolitan Area and average $1,000 each. Applicants must submit a completed typed application, an official transcript, two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes and an essay. The application is available for download on the programs page of the Links Incorporated Gateway Chapter's website at www.gatewaylinksinc.org. The deadline is Monday.
Open enrollment for pre-school through eighth grade is now available at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Collinsville for the 2013-14 school year. The school is hosting an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, contact the school office at 618-344-3145.
U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart announced the winners of his first Congressional High School Art Competition, open to students in the 12th Congressional District. The Congressional Award Ceremony for the competition was held on March 21 at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center on the main campus of Southwestern Illinois College.
The grand prize winner was Sarah Bradley from O'Fallon Township High School. Sarah's winning pencil artwork, "Freckle Face," will hang for one year, along with other congressional district winners from across the United States, in the U.S. Capitol Complex. Sarah and a guest will receive round-trip airfare tickets to attend a reception in June in Washington, D.C. to open the 2013 National Art Exhibit.
Second place in the overall competition went to Carrie Shea from Belleville West High School for her silver print photograph, "Through the Eyes of the Broken." Third Place went to Ryan Kemp from O'Fallon Township High School for his colored pencil artwork, "Wood, Not Wood's." The second and third place overall winning artworks will hang in Enyart's Belleville District Office for the remainder of this year.
The following high school students received honorable mention awards: Annie Parkinson, O'Fallon Township High School; Pauline Cabrera, Belleville West; Justin C. Fash, Belleville East; and De Robinson from Belleville East.
Karl O'Brien from Belleville East was among the recipients of a Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Languages. The award recognizes high school juniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics and languages, as well as participation in foreign language-related activities and studies. Karl was one of 24 students honored by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis during a recognition dinner held on March 21 in the Millennium Student Center on UMSL's North Campus. This is the first year the honors were bestowed.
Dr. Hernando Garcia, an associate professor in physics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research in Argentina. Garcia will work at the Center for Optics Research at the National University of La Plata during the 2013-14 academic year.
Graduate students from the SIUE School of Business repeated as winners of the Association for Corporate Growth Cup of St. Louis at Emerson's corporate headquarters. The SIUE team captured the $5,000 prize and earned the opportunity to represent St. Louis in a larger regional competition during May against winning teams from the Kansas City and Omaha regionals. The SIUE team defeated competitors from Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The SIUE team consisted of Stan Blustein, Anne Peterson, Eric Robert and Kiran Satwani.
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association is once again sponsoring the annual Cebrin Goodman Institute on Substance Abuse. The sheriffs' association will be awarding 60 scholarships statewide to cover the cost for students to attend.
The program is a week-long youth leadership training for middle and high school students who want to learn leadership skills, meet other youth from around the state, and become empowered to create change in their schools and communities. This years' conference will be held July 21-25 at Eastern Illinois University. Any student who wishes to attend can contact their local sheriff's office or the Illinois Sheriffs' Association for an application at www.ilsheriff.org.
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