YMCA honors local youths with awards

News-DemocratOctober 29, 2013 

The YMCA of Southwest Illinois awarded Patrick Jolly of Belleville the Association Youth of the Year award. Patrick, along with five other branch winners, received the award at McKendree University in Lebanon during a celebration in their honor earlier this month. The award annually recognizes a young Y volunteer or staff member who best exemplifies the YMCA's core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

Patrick is active with the Y's swimming and tae kwon do programs. He stated in his application that he applied for the scholarship to make his father proud and help him achieve his goal of attending medical school.

The branch Youth of the Year winners were: Alexis Lang, Ali Stallons, Morgan Brown, Karrie Brown and Abby McConnell.

Each YMCA of Southwest Illinois branch Youth of the Year winner will receive a $5,000 per year scholarship should they choose to go to McKendree or a $200 per year scholarship to the school of their choice. Patrick will receive a $10,000 per year McKendree scholarship or a $1,000 per year scholarship to the school of his choosing.

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Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons announced the winners in his third annual Anti-Drug Poster Contest in honor of 2013's Red Ribbon Week, which runs through Thursday.

Hundreds of Madison County students in grades third through fifth submitted a poster with this year's Red Ribbon Week theme "A Healthy Me is Drug Free."

The winners were: third-grader Isabella Trifiletti, Cassens Elementary, Edwardsville; fourth-grader Lydia Hadowsky, St. Paul Catholic School, Highland; and fifth-grader Teagan Short, Worden Elementary, Worden

Each student will receive a pizza luncheon for their class delivered by Gibbons in November.

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Prominent American Workshop Series will present "City Across the Bridge," a workshop featuring successful people from East St. Louis, in a free public event at 9 a.m. Wednesday at East St. Louis Senior High School, 4901 State St.

Guests expected at the event include: Abraham Bolden, the first black White House Secret Service agent; Gloria Bozeman Herndon, president and CEO of GB Group Global; Larry D. Gladney, world-renowned astrophysicist and professor of physics at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Wesley G. McNeese, executive assistant dean for diversity at Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine; M. Bernadette Officer, CEO and president of Officer Funeral Home; Milton Wharton, retired St. Clair County Circuit Judge; and Brent W. Reeves, director of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services at McKendree University.

For more information about the workshop, call Roosevelt Wilson at 334-328-6003 or Reginald Petty at 618-274-1878.

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Junior Optimist students from Franklin School in Belleville will plant two red bud trees at 1 p.m. Friday at Joseph Gass Park in Belleville. Eighteen-year-old Nick Arteaga designed Joseph Gass Park, located at 110 N. 10th St. near West C Street. The park is expected to be completed in 2014. For more information about the Joseph Gass Park project, find it's page on Facebook.

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Local Chrysler Group dealership Brent Bergheger Chrysler Dodge in Mascoutah helped raise $710 in funding for Mascoutah Elementary School with Chrysler brand's Drive for the Kids program. The fundraising event was held in September. Participants earned a $10 contribution to the school on their behalf from the Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive.

At the conclusion of the program, the school with the highest number of test drives in each one of the five geographic regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Central and West) will win an additional $5,000, for a total of $25,000 in additional funding from Chrysler through the Drive for the Kids program.

Since 1993, when Chrysler introduced Drive for the Kids, Chrysler has contributed nearly $5 million directly to local schools for student needs, from playgrounds and field trips to reading programs and new computers.

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Delegates at the Illinois Federation of Teachers Convention recently re-elected Daniel J. Montgomery as president, Karen GJ Lewis as executive vice president and Marcia Campbell as secretary/treasurer to serve new three-year terms. The trio of leaders were first elected to serve as officers in 2010 and previously served on the IFT Executive Board and in other local leadership positions.

Campbell, of O'Fallon, has been an accounting specialist for 25 years at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. As a long-time union leader, she has put a special emphasis on working to promote the interests of paraprofessional and school-related personnel.

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Governor French Academy's headmaster Phillip Paeltz announced Conner Ruhl recently was named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. He also announced Erykah Harris has been notified that she is one of the about 1,600 black American students who qualified as a semifinalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program. In addition, Jonah Atchison and Sydney Hardeman were listed among 3,100 Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

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