The Belleville Elks Lodge recognized 20 area students with $32,000 in scholarships.
This year's top Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholars are: Rebecca Boehning, of O'Fallon; Zachary Hollis, of Columbia; and Tiffani McCormick, of O'Fallon.
The Illinois Elks Association Children's Care Corporation Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Scholarships were awarded to: Allyson Buehne, of Highland; Jennifer Heet, of Columbia; Nicole Kaltwasser, of Belleville; Sam Klosterman, of Belleville; Kristin Lanxon, of Belleville; Hana Michael, of Collinsville; Bradley Morr, of Columbia; Amanda Rzepczynski, of Columbia; Kaitlin Speichinger, of Millstadt; Tanya Tepen, of Belleville; and Christy Wafer, of Belleville.
The Belleville Lodge Anton Schmitt Scholarship awardees included: Ashley Gagen, of Belleville; Cody Hobbs, of Belleville; Nicole Jenks, of Belleville; Anna Kreeb, of Belleville; Taylor Monken, of Belleville; and Rachael Schwartz.
Application for the 2014 Elks scholarships will be available on Sept. 1 at www.elks.org/enf/scholars.
Triad School District will hold a district-wide family registration event at Triad High School in Troy from noon to 7 p.m. July 22, July 23 and July 29. All students are required to register during family registration. The July 22 registration is for all students new to Triad and returning students with last names that begin with letters A-H. The July 23 registration will be dedicated to returning students with last names that begin with letters I-Q, and the July 29 registration is for students with last names that begin with letters R-Z.
The law firm Mathis, Marifian and Richter Ltd. recently awarded the firm's 2013 Law Scholarship Award. Belleville East High School senior Patrick Smith and O'Fallon Township High School senior Jacob Warren each received $1,000 scholarships. Both students are planning to pursue legal careers.
Smith, who will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall, was selected to receive the scholarship based on his exemplary academic career, community volunteerism and involvement in extracurricular activities throughout his high school career. Smith maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in sports and numerous organized activities. Smith graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at Belleville East.
Warren maintained a 4.026 GPA throughout his high school career and was ranked 31 out of a class of 602 students at OTHS. He will attend St. Louis University in the fall. He is on the District Development Progress Council, which is made up of a select group of individuals in the community who work with the school board to provide ideas to help further progress within the district.
It is the 14th year that law firm has awarded scholarships to metro-east high school students.
The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports the higher education goals of enlisted Coast Guard members, awarded a scholarship to Tanner Reeves, of Belleville.
During the last 20 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has helped family members of Coast Guard men and women achieve their dreams of higher education through its scholarship program. The foundation has given out a total of more than $2.4 million and helped 249 Coast Guard children with their college costs.
Kelsey Smith, of Pinckneyville, Alicen Torres, of Elkville, and Katie Kerkhover, of Chester, represented Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C., during the annual Youth to Washington tour last month. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction for rural youth to the democratic form of government and cooperatives.
The students met with U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart and were among 65 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip. The Illinois students joined more than 1,520 young leaders from across the country. Sophomores and juniors in high schools in Jackson, Perry and Randolph counties within the service area of Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association are eligible to participate in the annual program.
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