O'Fallon High student wins congressional art contest

News-DemocratMarch 25, 2014 

U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, announced the winners of the Congressional High School Art Competition open to students in the 12th Congressional District.

The grand prize winner is Ryan Kemp from O'Fallon Township High School. Ryan's winning colored pencil artwork, "That's Show-Biz," will hang for one year, along with other Congressional district winners from across the United States, in the U.S. Capitol Complex. In addition to an award ribbon and a certificate of recognition, Ryan and a guest will receive round-trip airfare tickets to attend a reception in June in Washington, D.C. to open the 2014 National Art Exhibit.

Second place in the overall competition went to Harrison Thomas from Carterville High School for his colored pencil drawing, "Refractions and Reflections." Third place went to Hannah Bush from Carbondale Community High School for her black and white photograph. The second and third place artworks will hang in Congressman Enyart's Belleville District Office for the remainder of the year.

Honorable mention awards included the following:

* Painting: Hannah O'Neill from Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo;

* Mixed Media: Megan Zick from O'Fallon Township High School;

* Computer Generated Art: Demetrius Robinson from Belleville East High School.

The student art pieces will be on display through April 3 at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.


Edwardsville High School's Environmental Club and the city of Edwardsville's "Cool Cities" Committee is encouraging area residents to participate in Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. To take part, you simply turn off your non-essential lights and electrical appliances during the appointed worldwide Earth Hour. It will result in significant saved energy.

In conjunction with Earth Hour, an acoustic "Edwardsville Unplugged" concert begins at 7 p.m. at City Park by the Edwardsville Public Library. Popular local teen bands FairSide Banner, Love Me Leave Me, Happenstance and The Setback will begin the night with electric music. At 8:30 p.m., however, when the library lights turn off for the actual Earth Hour, the music will be acoustic for the rest of the evening. The concert will end at 10 p.m.


The law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. is now accepting applications from St. Clair County, Madison County and Washington County high school seniors who want to be considered for the firm's annual law scholarship. MM&R will award three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who have an interest in pursuing a legal career.

Applicants must be a current high school senior, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, have achieved an ACT score of at least 26 or SAT of at least 1180, rank in the upper 25th percentile and be involved in school activities.

Interested candidates may request an application by contacting Kara Boyd at MM&R at 618-234-9800 or at kboyd@mmrltd.com. The application is also available for download on the firm's web site -- www.mmrltd.com. The deadline is April 1.


Driver education classes will be held at Collinsville High School this summer for all Collinsville residents attending private or parochial schools. Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 through Friday, April 11 in the driver education office located in Fletcher Gym. Summer school will run June 2 through 25. The cost is $50. For more information, contact driver education coordinator Frank Hollingshead at 346-6320, ext. 1117 or fholling@kahoks.org.


More than 45 professional speakers volunteered their time to speak to Althoff Catholic High School students during the Belleville school's career day March 18. The speakers included Belleville police detective Mark Heffernan, Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert, attorney Jim Piper, veterinarian Amy Edgar and dentist Jim Gehrs.


Connor Henrichs, the 16-year-old son of Swansea Rotarian Ed Henrichs and his wife Karen, was assigned a service project a few years ago in connection with his confirmation at St. Augustine' Catholic Church in Belleville. The project was to conduct a food drive for the hungry. He decided to make it a yearly endeavor.

Now a junior at Belleville East, Connor recently completed his fifth year of collecting and delivering food items for the needy. He went door-to-door in his Swansea Neighborhood collecting non-perishable food items to stock the Rotary Club's food pantry at the Swansea Church on Frank Scott Parkway. He completed the drive in February and delivered several bags of items to the pantry.


Belleville native Roshaunda Henson has been recognized by the Village of Gurnee as one of its three teachers of the year for 2014. Henson is a reading specialist at Gurnee-Woodland Elementary East in Woodland District 50.

As a recipient, Henson will receive a plaque, be given a check for $1,000 and be formally recognized at the April 7 village board meeting.

Born and raised in Belleville, Henson joined Woodland in 2002 as a second-grade teacher at Elementary East. She taught second grade for 10 years and is currently a second-grade reading specialist.

Henson comes from a family of retired and current educators with both parents having taught for 34 years in East St. Louis.

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