Three Edwardsville High students to serve on city committee

News-DemocratFebruary 11, 2014 

Three members of the Edwardsville High School Environmental Club are now official members of the Edwardsville Cool Cities Initiative Advisory Committee, whose charge is to encourage positive environmental action by local residents and businesses. The three students selected to be members are Eden Vitoff and sisters Mia and Charlee Thompson.

The Edwardsville Cool Cities Committee, appointed by the mayor over the past several years, is comprised of environmentally-conscious community residents and is chaired by Andrea Wetzel-Darbon. Part of the local program had the high school students go door-to-door to encourage more businesses to participate in recycling programs.

Additionally, the Edwardsville High Environmental Club and the Cool Cities Committee are working to urge city participation in the worldwide "Earth Hour" event, in which local residents and businesses would voluntarily turn off all unnecessary electrical appliances for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m. March 29.

Eden, Mia and Charlee -- all three are 16 year-old sophomores -- have been attending Cool Cities committee meetings since last fall and were officially appointed to the committee by Mayor Hal Patton at the Feb. 4 Edwardsville City Council meeting.


Belleville West High School's Harambee, an organization that promotes African-American history and encourages cultural diversity, is hosting its annual show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West. This year's theme is "Civil Rights Movement."

"We are hoping a lot of people will come out," said Belleville West junior Cushe Blackmon, who will perform in the show.

Tickets are $5 for students, senior citizens and children and $7 for adults. Students at West will enjoy a sneak peak of the Harambee show with performances at 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, contact Belleville West at 222-7500.


Signal Hill School in Belleville will compete against 15 other schools from the St. Louis metropolitan area in a bracket style competition at Buffalo Wild Wings. The school that brings in the most business moves on in the Spirit Bracket Challenge. Signal Hill School's first day of competition is Wednesday at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Belleville. The school will get 10 percent of every purchase if diners bring in a flyer. If the school earns more than its competitor -- East Alton-Wood River High, Signal Hill will move on in the bracket and get to play again. To download a copy of the flyer, visit


In celebration of Future Business Leaders of America week, the public is invited to hear Rich Bailey, the inventor of Billy Bob Teeth, speak about his journey as an entrepreneur at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland High School Kennel, located at 12760 Troxler Ave. His entertaining story shows how all startup businesses do things right and wrong. Bailey also will talk about the importance of a business plan and how you can get one started for your great idea.


Saint Paul's Lutheran School in Troy will be hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and invites all prospective students and families to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new facilities, meet teachers, board members, students, administrators and review curriculum.

Saint Paul's Lutheran School serves students in preschool through eighth grade and is located in a new school and ministry facility at 112 North Border in Troy. For more information, contact the school at 618-667-6314.


More than 20 area middle- and high-school youth will take part in events that will foster science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Regional Science Olympiad event Saturday at the SIUE campus.

"Science-focused activities will encompass the areas of engineering, chemistry, biology, earth science, physics and much more," said Sean Herberts, Outreach Coordinator with the SIUE Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach. The STEM Center is sponsoring the event.

Each year during the SIUE competition, winning teams from area schools are selected for a chance to compete at the state and national levels.

A complete schedule of events is available online. For more information about the SIUE Regional Science Olympiad event, contact Herberts at 618-650-3065 or email


Mascoutah School District 19 will host an open house at it's new administrative support center from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. The open house will be followed by the monthly school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. The administrative center, located south of Mascoutah Middle School, at 421 W. Harnett Street, includes a spacious, multi-purpose meeting room, adequate storage space and room for all staff members.


Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year for Belleville Public School District 118 will be held from Feb. 18 through 21. The registration will include those children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 and who reside within the school district. Parents should bring the certified copy of the child's birth certificate and three proofs of residence. The time of registration for all elementary schools in District 118 is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m.

In addition, each elementary school will conduct a night registration in conjunction with the March or April PTA meetings. Parents can contact school offices for the exact time and date.


U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has nominated 11 local students for admittance to the U.S. military academies. The nominations for these students were made following an application and interview process. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.

Davis' nominations included Henry James Elik, the son of Brad and Ruth Elik, of Alton; Cedric Volle, the son of Dale and Beth Volle, of New Douglas; and Erika Fulbright, the daughter of David and Kimberly Fulbright, of Edwardsville.

To obtain an application packet for next year's nominations, contact Congressman Davis' Champaign office at 2004 Fox Drive in Champaign at 217-403-4690.

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