O'Fallon church awards $21K in scholarships to high school graduates

News-DemocratJune 11, 2013 

New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church in O'Fallon presented scholarships totaling $21,000 to seven high school graduates during its annual education worship service Sunday.

To date, New Life in Christ has awarded more than $147,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. Recipients are chosen from the church as well as from applicants who attend various high schools throughout the metro-east. The 2013 scholarship winners are:

* Princess Burch, O'Fallon Township High School, John H. McCants Hope Scholarship, $5,000, attending Concordia University, Chicago.

* Joshua Hagood, Belleville East High School, Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr. Pastoral Scholarship of Excellence, $5,000, attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

* Taylor Brodie, O'Fallon, Ida Dorothy Dudley Memorial Scholarship, $2,500, attending the University of Missouri.

* Nytevea Brownridge, Belleville East, Minister Sheila Renee Swygert Memorial Scholarship, $2,500, attending Tennessee State University.

* Dakari Franklin, Belleville East, New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church Life Changer Scholarship, $2,000, attending Morehouse College.

* Jacqueline Hill, Belleville East, Life Changer Scholarship, $2,000, attending the University of Missouri.

* Jordan Keitt, Belleville East, Life Changer Scholarship, $2,000, attending the University of Missouri.


Three local educators were among those honored from across the state by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers at a luncheon Tuesday in Springfield.

Carol Cochran, a teacher at Grigsby Middle School in Granite City, received the Star in the Classroom award from the Illinois Council for Economic Education.

Audry Hill, a teacher at Collinsville Middle School, won the Middle School Teacher of the Year from the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Matt Maddox, a teacher at Columbus Elementary School in Edwardsville, was recognized as the National Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


The Belleville East High School Marching Lancers have announced their 2013-14 Leadership Council, which includes the new drum majors and most section leaders.

This year, there will be four drum majors: two seniors and two juniors. The new drum majors are: Brianna Batson of Belleville; Heather Hamilton of Fairview Heights; Sarah Perrett of Swansea; and Matthew Grove of Swansea.

Section leaders include Katherine Whisenhunt, Ashley Harding and Audreyanna Brown-Nash for flute. Clarinet section leaders are Keirsten Dey, Courtney Malare and Mara Haake. The section leader for bass clarinet is Kelsey Quirk. Alto saxophone section leaders are Molly Compton and Michael Kellmeyer. Emily Saponar is the section leader for tenor saxophone, and for trumpet, Jeremy Dorsey and Tayleur Stephens. The mellophone section leader is Jeremy McKinney. Baritone section leaders are Blake Connor and Sam Wagner. The sousaphone section leader is Bernard Terry.

Director of Bands Mark Tessereau said the percussion and color guard section leaders have not been chosen.


Leslie Porsche Hardin, 18, of Madison, was awarded the 2013 Illinois Sheriff's Association scholarship for Madison County. Leslie was presented with the $500 scholarship certificate by Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz during an awards ceremony at Madison Senior High School last month. Leslie graduated with a class rank of six out of 46 students. She plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and major in social work.


The Parish Life Committee of St. Henry Catholic Church has selected Kaitlynn Borik, an eighth-grade graduate of Queen of Peace School in Belleville, to receive the Ella Prickett Memorial Scholarship for attendance at Althoff Catholic High School for the 2013-14 school year. The scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is renewable and was established in memory of Ella Prickett, a St. Henry Parishioner who died at age 8 from a rare form of pediatric cancer.


Fairview Heights resident Abigail Burgdorf, a 2013 Belleville East graduate, won the David Cooley $500 scholarship award. Abigail, who was a four-year varsity soccer player, will be a part of the JROTC program at Wheaton College this fall. The scholarship was named after a Belleville East soccer player and 1978 graduate who was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and died in 2009 while flying a test mission in an F-22.


The Satu M. Somani Memorial Award was presented to Dr. Amanda Velazquez, of Oak Park, and Dr. Bryan Glaenzer, of Millstadt, by the Department of Pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Both are 2013 graduating seniors. Velazquez is the daughter of Rudy and Nancy Velazquez, of Oak Park. Glaenzer is the son of Larry Glaenzer and Cindy Taphorn, both of Millstadt.


Southwestern Illinois College will hold the seventh annual Allsup High School Entrepreneur Academy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 at the Belleville campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The program is open to students who will be in high school in the fall of 2013 and 2013 high school graduates. The academy offers students an opportunity to learn business essentials and what it takes to launch a successful company. Course materials, books and lunch are provided.

Registration deadline is July 8. The program requires a $25 registration deposit that will be refunded upon completion of the program. All checks should be made payable to the Allsup High School Entrepreneur Academy and mailed to Southwestern Illinois College, Business Division-IS 2100, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, Ill., 62221. For more information, call 618-222-5472 or 618-222-5241.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ann Boyle named John Navin as interim dean of the School of Business. Navin agreed to serve for two years to accommodate other leadership changes within the university and retains the option to be a candidate for the permanent position. Navin takes the leadership reins on July 1 from Gary Giamartino who resigned to assume the same duties at La Salle University's School of Business in Philadelphia. Giamartino led the SIUE School of Business since 2002.


World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from more than 30 countries including Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark and Portugal. Couples, single parents and families with and without children in the home are encouraged to host a student. You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.

Each student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute his/her share of household responsibilities as well as being included in the normal family activities and lifestyles.

For more information, call 800-888-9040, visit http://www.whhosts.com or e-mail info@world-heritage.org.

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