East St. Louis Beta Club places in national competition

News-DemocratJuly 2, 2013 

East St. Louis School District 189 Beta Club placed in the top 10 in the nation during the national convention last month. Close to three dozen club members traveled to Mobile, Ala., for the national competition with their head coach Marty Warren and Cathy Smith, an assistant coach.

Warren said three Beta Club students performed "very well" in academics. Senior Aza Walker placed sixth in the speech competition. Junior Marcia Jones came in sixth in the Spanish competition, and junior Malik Humphries placed eighth in spelling.

To qualify for the national competition, the East St. Louis High Beta Club won the Illinois State Beta Club competition held during the state's Beta Club convention in March in Springfield.

Areas of competition included English, creative writing, spelling, science, math, oratory, accounting and social studies. They also competed in 14 art categories, oratory and group talent.

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Mascoutah School District 19 school board approved a new three-year contract at its meeting last week for Superintendent Craig Fiegel, who just finished his first year on the job. The new contract, which started July 1, increased his salary to $155,000. He previously was earning $150,000 annually.

"Mascoutah is a great place. I'm excited I'm here," Fiegel said. "I appreciated the board's vote of confidence. I'm looking forward to staying here for a while."

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The Character Education Partnership (CEP) recognized Belleville East High School as a 2013 Promising Practice for the school's Empower Me program. CEP is awarding 262 Promising Practices to schools, districts and youth-serving organizations from across the United States as well as from Canada, China, India, Mexico and New Zealand.

Belleville East's Empower Me program was a project, spearheaded by senior student Corinne Kwapis, who wanted to see the young women at East display a more positive, self confident attitude toward themselves and each other.

CEP will honor the 2013 recipients at the 20th National Forum on Character Education, to be held Oct. 24-27 in Washington.

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Harmony-Emge School District 175 is holding a registration for all students enrolled in grades kindergarten through eighth grade from noon to 7 p.m. July 31, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at Emge School in Belleville. New students to the district can register from 3 to 7 p.m. July 30. For more information, call Ellis School at 618-538-6114 or Emge School at 618-397-6557.

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The Granite City Optimist Club recently recognized the winners of the Drug Free Poster and Essay contests at the Apple Tree Restaurant in Granite City.

Students in grades fourth through sixth from Holy Family Catholic School in Granite City participated in the poster contest. The theme was "Drugs -- You Use, You Lose." The winners were first place fourth-grader Abigail Sampson, $100; second place fourth-grader Conor Parkinson, $75; and third place fifth-grader Margaret Kimble, $50.

The theme for the essay contest was "How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value?" Winners were first place Spencer Neal, $100; second place Kayla Bridick, $75; and third place Maggie Chenautt $50. All three winners were in the seventh grade at Holy Family School.

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The Fairview Heights Rotary Club presented Danielle Marie Gaston, an eighth-grader at Grant Middle School, with a $500 check last month. Danielle was the winner of the club's essay contest, which was held in conjunction with a career day event. The essay theme was "The career for me..." The essay was judged on the understanding of the career choice, its role in the local economy and the reasons why that career is of interest to them. Community First Bank of Fairview Heights was the sponsor of the essay contest.

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St. Anthony's Medical Center Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, announced the recipients of St. Anthony's Medical Center's Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for 2013. This year, 19 new scholarships, totaling about $150,000, were awarded -- 15 through the St. Anthony's Norbert Siegfried Scholarship for Sons and Daughters of Employees program and four through the St. Anthony's Medical Center Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship program. Scholarship recipients from both programs were honored at a reception at St. Anthony's on June 17.

Forest Hunter, of Belleville, was one of the recipients of the Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship. Recipients of the Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for sons and daughters include: Shelby Brigman, of Belleville; Bethany Christopher, of Waterloo; Allison Eckert, of Columbia; and Abigail Clements, of East Carondelet.

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Several local school administrators volunteered to work at current building projects for Habitat for Humanity on June 10. The homes under construction are in the Carondelet Neighborhood of south St. Louis. The local administrators contributed by installing soffits and fascia on three homes, finishing framing on the porch of another, and preparing subfloor for laminate installation at two other locations.

The superintendents and administrators who participated this year were: Scott Harres, superintendent Wolf Branch District 113; Darcy Benway, superintendent O'Fallon District 203; Matt Stines, superintendent Grant District 110; John Bute, superintendent Central District 104; Kyle Freeman, assistant superintendent Mascoutah District 19; Jon Green, superintendent Millstadt District 160; Jeff Daugherty, director of Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative; and Dale Sauer, superintendent Shiloh District 85.

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Patrick Frame of Belleville was selected for an internship at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live successfully. Youth Villages provides a wide variety of programs to help children who may have suffered abuse or neglect, or who may have emotional and behavioral issues. Frame is interning at Youth Villages' Bartlett Campus in Tennessee, helping children in residential treatment learn more positive behavior patterns and deal with past trauma. Frame, a graduate of Belleville East High School, is a senior at Murray State University. He is majoring in social work and plans to become a high school social worker.

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