Edwardsville marching band wins grand champion award

News-DemocratSeptember 17, 2013 

Edwardsville High School's marching band placed first in its class and was grand champion at the Metro East Marching Classic held Saturday at O'Fallon Township High School. Belleville East Marching Lancers came in right behind Edwardsville, earning second place, in Class 4A. Edwardsville beat out Belleville East by two-tenths of a point -- 69.65 to 69.45.

Edwardsville also won the Outstanding Visual Award, and Belleville East won the Outstanding Music and Outstanding Percussion awards.

Granite City High School, Highland High School and Mater Dei High School in Breese all placed third in their respective classes. Mater Dei is in Class 1A; Highland is in Class 2A, and Granite City is in Class 3A. Classes are determined by school size.

In all, 19 bands competed in the Metro East Marching Class. O'Fallon High School, the host band, only performed in exhibition during the competition.

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While a new administrative center is being constructed in Mascoutah, District 19 officials have relocated from rented office space to the middle school and high school on a temporary basis.

Superintendent Craig Fiegel explained administrative staff was forced to relocate as a result of escalating rent at the district's former office space on Jefferson Street. The new $1.95 million administrative center on Harnett Street is expected to be completed in January.

As a result of the temporary move of administrative offices, Fiegel and assistant superintendents Terry Gibbons and Kyle Freeman and their support team moved to classroom and conference space at Mascoutah Middle School. Technology director Deb Parkinson and special education director Sandy Sweeney and their support staff moved to conference room space at Mascoutah High School. All phone numbers for the district administrative team will remain the same during the temporary move.

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Three Catholic schools in the metro-east are competing in the School Spirit contest hosted by FM NewsTalk 97.1. The school that garners the most votes wins $5,000.

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Smithton, St. Clare Catholic School in O'Fallon and St. Elizabeth School in Granite City have already made it through the first round of the competition and earned a spot in the final round with 10 other schools from throughout the St. Louis region.

School supporters can vote online as many as 10 times per hour. You must have a Facebook account to vote. For more information or to vote, visit http://www.971talk.com/spirit. The contest ends Sept. 27.

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The Southwestern Illinois College Astronomy Club is hosting a series of talks about space and all its wonders at the Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave, this fall.

The schedule of events is as follows: Hubble Space Telescope is Thursday; Exoplanets is Thursday, Oct. 10. Luna, Our Moon, and Others is Tuesday, Oct. 29; International Space Station is Tuesday, Nov. 19; and Mars Exploration is Tuesday, Dec. 3.

All meetings will be held in the Main Complex, Room 1360, at 7 p.m. A viewing session will take place after each meeting, weather permitting.

The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5561.

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Belleville District 201 has designated Saturday as Military Appreciation Day. The district will be honoring veterans and active duty military members before the Belleville East vs. Belleville West football game at 1 p.m. at Belleville West, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. The pre-game festivities will kickoff at 12:45 p.m. and include a special recognition for World War II veterans in attendance. Veterans and active duty military will be admitted free to the game.

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East St. Louis School District 189 invites individuals to become members of the Key Communicator Network. Key communicators are interested in District 189 schools, highly visible in the community and/or are willing to effectively communicate their views. Three meetings will be held during the 2013-14 year, with the first at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 1005 State St., East St. Louis. For more information, visit http://www.estl189.com or call 618-646-3092.

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Madison County Community Development announced it has awarded Community Services Block Grant scholarships to 12 county students. The scholarship helps low-income Madison County residents finance higher education.

Scholarship recipients include: Melissa Bear of Alton, Anastasia Kuhn of Glen Carbon, Jill Harper of Cottage Hills, Laurie Hopper of Alton and Ashley Perrine of Alton. Each of whom were awarded scholarships to study nursing at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Receiving scholarships to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville were Megan Arnett of South Roxana, majoring in sociology; Lakendra Moffett of Edwardsville, majoring in community health education; Sabrina Sidora of Edwardsville, majoring in social work; Tonja Spires of Edwardsville, majoring in nursing and Kunikah Williams of Edwardsville, majoring in exercise science.

Ashley Bonvicino and Richard Staggs, both of Granite City, received scholarships to Southwestern Illinois College.

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Paige Schwoebel from Belleville has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Paige increased the awareness and the importance of CPR and AED equipment for 3,000 students and faculty at Belleville East High School.

Paige, the daughter of Michael and Karen Schwoebel, has been a Girl Scout for 12 years. She plans to attend either Drake University or Creighton University to major in pharmacy.

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Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named McKendree University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Southwestern Illinois College to the Military Friendly Schools list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students to ensure their success on campus.

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.

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