Central Junior High teacher wins national endowment award

News-DemocratJune 4, 2013 

Carol Burkhead-Fox, a teacher at Central Junior High School in Belleville, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 21 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.

Carol will participate in a workshop entitled "Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad." The one-week program will be held in New Bedford, Mass. The eighty teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover their travel, study and living expenses.

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Rick Kincheloe, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Collinsville, recently sponsored and presented top reader "Reading Counts" awards to Collinsville Intermediate School fifth-grader Garrett Lee and sixth-grader Dayton Houston. Both students read over one million words during the 2012-13 school year and were the top readers in their respective classes.

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Students at Union School in Belleville showed their community spirit May 17 by donating a dollar to get permission to wear their hats in school for a "Hats for Hospice Day." One hundred students participated in the community fundraising event that benefits Hospice of Southern Illinois' programs and services.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business graduate students won first place in the 2013 Association for Corporate Growth Mid-America Corporate Growth Conference May 14. The SIUE team was comprised of School of Business graduate students Stan Blustein, Anne Peterson, Eric Robert and Kirin Satwani. The students won a St. Louis regional competition in April against teams from Washington University, St. Louis University and the University of Missouri - St. Louis. That victory secured a $5,000 cash prize and ACG memberships. The team then advanced to the regional competition where they beat teams from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Loyola University Chicago graduate Alexandra Vecchio of Belleville was the recipient of the Gallagher Award, the Sociology Department award given to an outstanding senior whom has demonstrated the highest achievement, as well as the Aldo Leopold Award, the Environmental Studies Department Award, given to the top student in the department. Vecchio graduated with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and sociology with a minor in business management on May 10. She is a 2009 graduate of Belleville East High School, and the daughter of Pat and Dale Vecchio of Belleville.

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Commerce Bank announced the winners of the 12th annual Community Scholarship Program for Belleville high school students. The winners were Lauren Potje, Althoff Catholic High School; Joseph Halton, Belleville East High School; and Harlee Spencer, Belleville West High School. Each scholarship totals $8,000, providing $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time enrollment per student.

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This summer, several students from the Collinsville Unit 10 School District received scholarships through the John A. Renfro Scholarship Fund to attend educational-based summer camps. The following students received scholarships: Amanda Hoyt; Olivia Howard; Daniel Sims; Justin Mushill; Kaelin Connolly; Theodore Paxton; Raul, Blake, and Jeffrey Romero; Kiara, Kylee, Kameron and Mark Garcia; Mayci Miller; Cameron Donaldson; Christian Smith; Jack Rimar; John Garcia; Aidan Latham; Everett Rhinehart; and Cindy and Kenneth Diaz.

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Collinsville High School's Latin Club competed in the Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Foreign Language Scholar Bowl Competition in April. Both Latin teams, lower and upper, won first place. The teams included: Persephone Carter, Tricia McCain, Erin Edwards, KD Kimbrell, Alyssa Capizzi, Maddie Jackstadt, Amanda Hoyt, Courtney Zamarione, Brittany Weaver, Brandon Phetsadasack, Jordan Olive, Thomas Campbell, Arturo Garcia and Chris Wildhaber.

In addition, two Collinsville students recently scored within the top 20 percent of entries in the SCRIBO Latin Composition Contest. Melissa Simmons of Collinsville High School and Miles Cleland of Renfro Elementary received medals for their top-notch original Latin language comics. Miles's comic will be published in a book of top SCRIBO entries for use in Latin classrooms all across the country. There were over 200 entries in this nationwide contest.

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