3 metro-east schools recognized for students' blood donations

News-DemocratJune 25, 2013 

Belleville's Memorial Foundation and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center announced the winners of the 2012-13 High School Blood Challenge.

Competing in three categories based on size, the high school in each category with the highest percentage of blood donations receives a $1,000 scholarship from Memorial Foundation to award to a graduating senior(s) to further his or her education. A total of 24 metro-east high schools participated in the challenge.

This year's recipients of the Memorial Foundation scholarship are Taylor Onstott from Governor French Academy; Matthew Stubblefield from Althoff Catholic High School; and Ashli James and Katie Krieshok from Granite City High School.

Governor French Academy placed first in the small school category with 49 donations and a participation rating of 140 percent; students can make multiple donations and also get credit for encouraging family, friends and community members to donate. In the mid-size category, Althoff placed first with 274 donations and an 86 percent participation rating. Granite City High placed first in the large school category with 456 donations and a participation rating of 54 percent.


Collinsville Middle School eighth-grader Kaitlyn Hall, 12, was hard at work Saturday competing in the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles.

Kaitlyn competed against 11 other blind students in five different categories: reading comprehension, proofreading, Braille spelling, chart and graph reading, and speed and accuracy. However, Kaitlyn was not able to capture one of the top three spots in her division.

"I thought I did pretty good considering I was competing with 13, 14 and 15 year olds," Kaitlyn said. "I was the youngest one in my group."

It was the second time Kaitlyn competed in the event, which is a national competition for blind and visually impaired students from the United States and Canada.

"It was so much fun," Kaitlyn said. "I made a lot of friends. I'm going to keep in touch with one of them."

Her mother Laurie Hall said Kaitlyn "enjoyed it a lot. She had a good time, and she met a lot of people."

Kaitlyn has a rare genetic disorder called Leber's congenital amaurosis, which caused her to be blind since birth.


The school board at Pontiac-William Holliday School District 105 approved a 3.87 percent increase in pay for Superintendent Julie Brown during its meeting last week. Starting July 1, Brown will earn a salary of $114,257. Board members also added a year to her contract, which now goes through the 2015-16 school year.

In other news, the board hired a physical education teacher, Rachel McMahon, and two elementary teachers, Patrick Robien and Lisa Reimann.


New student registration for Millstadt Consolidated School District 160 for the 2013-14 school year will be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Appointments can be made by calling the school office at 618-476-1681.


The top schools with the highest amount of student participation in Radio Disney's Move It program, sponsored by Memorial Hospital, received a donation recently. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Belleville, Whiteside Elementary School in Belleville and Freeburg Elementary School each received $500, and William-Holliday Elementary School in Fairview Heights received $1,000 as the school had the highest participation for two quarters. The Move It program promotes healthy lifestyles in an effort to fight childhood obesity. The schools will invest their winnings into their physical education programs for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.


Belleville West High School graduate Thomas Vratney received a $1,000 scholarship from Belleville Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization. Sponsored by the Belleville CDC and Lee's Home Center of Millstadt, this scholarship provides funds for the advanced trades construction students of Belleville High School District 201 to attend a higher learning institution of their choice.


The Granite City Knights of Columbus Council 1098 awarded $1,000 college scholarships to James Becherer, Nathaniel Griffin, Drew Haugen, Camilla Herring, Marisa Kromraj, Kimberly Kwiatkowski, Taylor Mulhall, Kurtis Niemeyer, Brianna Polach, Stephen Russell, Sydney Schaus, Hannah Stoicheff, Philip Sucoe and Carlie Wiesehan. The Knights also awarded $500 scholarships to students entering Catholic high schools to Jared Pastoriza, Anna Boschert, Danielle Folkerts, Luis Garcia, Dylan Hilton, Jada Pool and Nick Wilmsmeyer.


Organizers of a reunion for East St. Louis High School are looking for former members of cross country teams. A reunion for runners from the graduating classes of 1974 to 1985 will be held Sept. 6-8 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. The deadline to register is Sept. 3. For more information or to register, call 618-467-1486 or e-mail roewilson@charter.net.


Illinois students are invited to participate in the Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. Students across the state can submit their most innovative, scenic snapshot that depicts their vision of the agriculture in Illinois. The contest winner will make his or her mark in the Midwest when the winning photo will be featured on the new marketing materials for Ag Invest. The winner also will have lunch with Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

The treasurer's office is accepting electronic submissions for the Cream of the Crop Photo Contest from Illinois students, ages 8-18. The deadline for all entries is July 12. Top photographs will be chosen in three competition categories: ages 8-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Each student is allowed to submit up to two photos for this contest. For more information, visit www.Treasurer.Il.Gov.

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