ESL native selected for NBC internship during Winter Olympics

News-DemocratJune 18, 2013 

An East St. Louis native will be heading to Stamford, Conn., in February as part of an internship with NBC for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Russia. Christopher Morgan, a senior at Bradley University in Peoria, was one of 15 students from the university to secure internships with NBC for the Olympics coverage.

Interns will fulfill a variety of duties for NBC, ranging from front-line tasks in Sochi, Russia, to behind-the-scenes production jobs in Stamford, Conn. The internships will last from three to five weeks. The games run from Feb. 6 to 24.

NBC conducted a series of on-campus interviews in March before selecting the Bradley students, who were in competition with students from Syracuse University and Ithaca College. Students underwent rigorous preparation before meeting with NBC officials, including mock interviews with alumni, advice on resume writing and an overview of Olympic and NBC history.


The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association and its member schools will provide nearly $1.1 million in need-based tuition assistance for the 2013-14 school year. The awards will benefit 740 students at 25 Lutheran elementary schools in the St. Louis metro area, including Zion Lutheran schools in Belleville and Bethalto, Unity Lutheran Christian in East St. Louis, Holy Cross Lutheran in Collinsville, Trinity Lutheran in Edwardsville and St. John's Lutheran in Red Bud.


Rotary International is now accepting applications for its Rotary Peace Fellowships for 2014. The fellowship is an educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary's mission to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. It is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace.

Two types of fellowships are offered: a master's degree program and a professional development certificate program.

Successful fellows in the masters program will study at one of five Rotary Peace Centers in the United States, England, Sweden, Australia and Japan, in a program that varies from 15 to 24 months depending on the university. Up to 60 masters fellowships will be awarded world-wide.

Fellows in the Program Development Certificate program will study at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, for three months. Up to 50 of these fellowships will be awarded.

For more information, e-mail Applications must be submitted by July 1.


Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center in East St. Louis will begin accepting applications for new students enrolling into the pre-kindergarten program. Pre-K summer screenings will be held now through July 5. Parents should visit the main office to pick-up a registration packet.


Rebecca Park of Belleville is the recipient of the academic scholarship for freshmen at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the fall semester. Park graduated from O'Fallon Township High School and is the daughter of Young and Hee Park of Belleville. Park plans to major in biological sciences at SIUC.


The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association awarded eight scholarships June 6 at its annual meeting.

Matthew Horton, of Moro, and Mariah Huelsmann, of Alton, each received full Legacy Scholarships.

Emily Fabry, of Granite City, received both a Stahlschmidt Family Scholarship and a Board of Directors Scholarship worth a total value of $2,500. Alyse Duncan, of Highland, also received a Stahlschmidt Family Scholarship worth $1,500.

Elijah Counts, of Highland, and Madison Frank, of Alhambra, each received $500 Legacy Scholarships.


Emily Pritchett was presented her 2013 Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (Area 6) scholarship check at the local St. Clair County Retired Teachers Association meeting on June 5. She attends Illinois College and is majoring in elementary education.


High Mount School District 116 inducted retired teacher Patti Tinoco and Joe Wiley, an announcer for televised St. Louis University Billikens basketball games, into the school's Wall Of Fame during graduation on May 28.


More than two dozen students from Smithton School joined in the fight against childhood cancer at a St. Baldrick's Foundation head-shaving event May 18 at No Jacks in Smithton in support of three local children battling cancer. Students participating were Tanner Little, McKallen Smith, Eli Hoerner, J.J. Weiss, Connor Jackson, Trenten Little, Brock Bowen, Landen Travnicek, Evan Rapp, Aaron Bouas, Luke Awalt, Gwen Panzau, Gracie Hoerner, Dalton Koderhandt, Titan Clements, Jordyn Schwemmer, Brandon Kinzel, Alex Kibort, Brant Bowen, Drew Vice, Lexie Pinkston, Parker Weiss, Payton Ledbetter, Braeden Chandler, Donovan Chism and Cole Nickel. The students raised over $20,000.


Students at Gordon Bush Elementary School in East St. Louis wore purple every Friday in May to raise money and awareness about Lupus disease, which culminated in a walk on May 17, National Lupus Day. The students did a three-and-a half mile walk and raised a total of $2,515.


The Goddard School in Edwardsville is now enrolling for its new preschool prep program. Parents may take advantage of this program available to children ages 3 to 5 in blocks of 2.5 hours of instruction two to five days per week, Monday through Friday. Parents can select the number of days and whether they prefer mornings (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) or afternoons (1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.). For more information, contact the school at 618-692-9460.


The Nation magazine is looking for submissions for its an annual student writing contest. This year, the magazine is looking for original, thoughtful student voices to answer this question in 800 words: "It's clear that the political system in the United States isn't working for many. If you had to pick one root cause underlying our broken politics, what would it be and why?" Entries will be accepted through June 30.

The contest is open to all high school students and undergraduates at U.S. schools, colleges and universities as well as those receiving high school or college degrees in 2013. Submissions and questions can be e-mailed to

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