Belleville East marching band wins first place at St. Louis parade

News-DemocratDecember 3, 2013 

For the second year in a row, Belleville East High School's marching band placed first at the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day parade band competition with a score of 93.

"It's a great way to end our marching season for this year," said Belleville East Director Mark Tessereau. "The band works very, very, very hard during the entire season."

Collinsville High School's marching band placed second overall with a score of 91.5. Collinsville High's band also received the outstanding percussion and outstanding auxiliary awards.

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O'Fallon Township High School's marching band recently finished 25th out of 91 of the best high school marching bands in the country during the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The band's next performance will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 during the annual Christmas in O'Fallon Concert and Benefit for the O'Fallon Food Pantry at the Panther Dome. The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the pantry.

The Marching Panthers will travel to New York City in May to play in the Memorial Day Parade and at Carnegie Hall, and have also been invited to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 1, 2015.

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Kindergarten classes at Harmony-Emge School District 175 will get a Listening Center thanks to a $500 grant from the District 175 Educational Foundation.

The foundation also awarded a $500 grant to purchase 60 non-fiction reading books for the fifth-grade and another grant to buy two iPads for the fifth-grade.

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Teresa Ransom, a computer technology teacher at Mason Clark Middle School in East St. Louis, has been selected as one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The contest gives schools across the country the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or S.T.E.M., subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of more than $2 million in technology equipment.

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Belleville West High School student Brandon Herling was named Global Leadership Connection representative of the St. Louis Area. He spent four days in Washington, D.C. Brandon is the son of Bill and Lynn Herling.

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Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society, inducted Katie Harper Wright into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of the Society at its 49th Biennial Convocation held in Dallas. Wright, a past president of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, was inducted because of her significant service to Kappa Delta Pi. Wright is an adjunct emeritus professor at Harris-Stowe State University, a former learning specialist at St. Louis University and a former administrator at East St. Louis School District 189. Katie Harper Wright Elementary School in East St. Louis is named after her.

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