DAR likes girls from Mascoutah

News-DemocratJanuary 7, 2014 

The Belleville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced the winners of the DAR Good Citizens program for each of the five participating high schools. The Good Citizen program and scholarship contest encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship among high school seniors: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

The winners are Sydney Hardeman from Governor French Academy; Emma Farley from Freeburg High School; Ryley Blomberg from Belleville East; Alyssa Pellmann from Belleville West; and Kristen McCauley from Mascoutah High.

McCauley was selected as the first place winner. This is the second consecutive year that a Mascoutah High School student has won the local contest.

The first place winner is advanced through state and nationals levels. The state winner receives an award of at least $250. The national winner will be invited to Washington, D.C. to attend the DAR Continental Congress and will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

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Belleville School District 118 is hosting its 18th annual trivia night at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Bel-Air Bowling Lanes, 200 South Belt West. The cost is $10 per person with maximum of eight per table. Drinks must be purchased at the event, but participants can bring food snacks. The event will benefit the District 118 Foundation or other needy causes. For reservations or more information, call 233-2830.

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The USTA Missouri Valley will introduce tennis to approximately 300 children ages 8-18 as part of the 40 Days of Non-Violence campaign in East St. Louis. Lincoln Middle School will host six Saturday sessions from Jan. 25 to March 1 to teach tennis to area youth.

The national 40 Days of Non-Violence campaign is a faith-based and community-driven initiative, whose purpose is to deter violence through education, awareness and job creation.

The USTA Missouri Valley and St. Louis District's goal is to provide a tennis racquet to each child who attends at least four sessions. It also hopes to revitalize the local tennis courts and engage the East St. Louis Public Schools in tennis programs.

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East St. Louis School District 189 will host the first Key Communicator Network meeting of the New Year at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27 in the board room at the District 189 Board of Education building. Individuals are asked to submit any topics that you would like to have addressed to Kimberly Roberson at kimberly.roberson@estl189.com.

The purpose of the Key Communicator Network is to create opportunities to share information about schools and promote dialogue within the community. The meeting will include a district update. Dinner will be provided.

The next Key Communicator Network meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 9 in the Board Room at 1005 State St.

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