Triad High student wins Best of Show in high school exhibit

News-DemocratMay 20, 2014 

Triad High School student Adelena Estrada won Best of Show at this year's Art on the Square high school exhibition for her wood piece titled "Castle in the Sky." The exhibition was held inside the Bank of America in downtown Belleville during last weekend's Art on the Square.

In all, metro-east high school students were recognized with 45 different awards, and a total of $4,900 in prize money was presented to the winning students Sunday.

The award winners were:

Awards of Excellence:

* Jennifer Riess, Belleville West High School

* Brooke Lindhorst, Marion High School

* Ryan Kemp, O'Fallon Township High School

* Adelaide Hofmeister, Belleville West

Awards of Merit:

* Cher Wir, Belleville West

* Montana Mason, Mascoutah High School

* Sarah Wisneski, Columbia High School

* Jeremiah Amble, Marion High School

* Crystal Dahm, Althoff Catholic High School

* Riley Coad, Edwardsville High School

* Alyssa Williams, Belleville West

* Jalen James-Patterson, Belleville East High School

Art on the Square Committee Award:

* Adelaide Hofmeister, Belleville West

People's Choice Awards:

* Jessica Konradt, Belleville East

* Adelaide Hofmeister, Belleville West

* Kristen Schell, Belleville West

* Alyssa Williams, Belleville West

Lindenwood Artist's Choice Awards:

* Adelaide Hofmeister, Belleville West

* Alyssa Williams, Belleville West

* Jalen James-Patterson, Belleville East

* Jessica Konradt, Belleville East

* Ty Mayer, Carbondale High School

* Harrison Thomas, Carterville High School

* Chloe Baratta, Carbondale High

* Eric Fries, Belleville West

* Bailey Simpson, Marion High

* Marisa McCann, Belleville East

Award from sponsors:

* St. Clair County Awards: Taylor Sharpster, Althoff; Jessica Konradt, Belleville West; and Alyssa Williams, Belleville West

* Illinois American Water Co. Award: Abigail Reisinger, Lebanon High School

* Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority: Jennifer Riess, Belleville West

* Belleville Kiwanis Club Awards: Taylor Sharpster, Althoff; Jennifer Riess, Belleville West; and Alyssa Williams, Belleville West

* Gateway East Artist's Guild Award: Ty Mayer, Carbondale High

* Gateway East Artist's Guild Joyce Bennington Memorial Award: Rosalie Peyton, Belleville West

* Dick Blick Art Store Award: Mary Newman, Marion High

* Evelyn Jaunita Ettinger Memorial Award: Harrison Thomas, Carterville High

* George Gasparich Ceramic Award: Rachael Paull, Carbondale High

* St. Clair County Historical Society Award: Dillon Muckensturm

* Belleville Jaycees: Alexandra Reamer, Belleville East; Lauren Laney, Belleville West; Grace Jaskot, Belleville West; and Jared Obermeier, Belleville West


Belleville West High School was named the grand prize winner of the third annual Follett Challenge, a competition to identify, reward and promote the most innovative teaching and learning programs.

The school won for its cutting-edge "Community of Readers" program, which challenges students in each grade level to become avid and engaged pleasure readers.

The program is in its fourth year. It was the brainchild of the school's English department as it explored ways to encourage students to read for sheer pleasure, in addition to reading for assignments.

"We saw too many students who were apathetic about reading, and we watched as our own classes sometimes settled into ruts," said John Lodle, Belleville West's English department chair. "We wanted to share our personal passion for books as well as spark new enthusiasm for reading in our students."

Each grade level at Belleville West is challenged to read one million pages for fun. In its first year, the school's freshmen read an average of 2,430 pages each, translating to more than 1.4 million pages total.

"The program has resulted in a change in the whole culture of our school, and it also resulted in some impressive gains on our school's standardized test scores," Lodle said.

Belleville West, which last month was announced as one of the contest's four semifinalists, will earn $65,000 in products and services from Follett, one of the largest education solution providers.

Belleville West's video submission has been viewed on the Follett Challenge website more than 2,800 times, which has contributed to the English department's goal of helping to share the "Community of Readers" program concept with other schools across the country.

For more information on the Follett Challenge, visit


St. John the Baptist School in Smithton and the City of Edwardsville are this year's Green Infrastructure Award winners, announced by HeartLands Conservancy. Both of this year's award recipients were recognized at the Green Infrastructure breakfast on Tuesday in Collinsville.

St. John the Baptist School received the "Sarah Stein Award for Site Scale Green Infrastructure" and the City of Edwardsville received the "Olmsted Award for Community Scale Green Infrastructure."

St. John the Baptist School's project to build planters and plant native plants has shown the school's commitment to investing in green infrastructure. Not only do the native plants provide benefits including micro-habitats for wildlife, cleaner air and water, and a welcoming entrance for the school, they offer a way to educate school children on the value of native vegetation and give them an appreciation that they will carry into adulthood.


The Belleville West Marching Maroons have been selected to perform in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 Parade. Band members will travel Friday to Indianapolis and march in the parade Saturday. The band also will march Monday in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Belleville.


Top students from Carbondale High School will compete against O'Fallon Township High School for this season's title in the championship episode of Scholastic Hi-Q, WSIU Public Television's quiz show featuring regional high school scholar bowl teams. The half-hour episode will air on WSIU-TV 8 and WUSI-TV 16, the public television stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale at 5 p.m. Sunday with a repeat at 9:30 a.m. June 1.

Produced by SIU students and hosted by Robert Thies, of Ava, Scholastic Hi-Q is a competitive game show series featuring scholar bowl teams from more than 30 area high schools. Team members answer questions from a variety of disciplines, including art, geography, history, literature, math, music and science. Season champions receive a large plaque for their school.

For more information about the show, visit


Highland Middle School and the Madison-Bond Youth Council held a career day May 16 titled "Tools of the Trade" at the middle school. During the event, 49 speakers gave presentations about their various careers in classrooms of seventh-graders. Madison County Regional Superintendent Robert Daiber was one of the speakers.


Belleville East High School student Emily Furlow, of Fairview Heights, was selected as the Illinois Winner of the National Peace Essay Contest and has earned a $1,000 academic scholarship. Emily's essay, "SSR in the Western Balkans," examined how security sector reform contributes to sustainable peace.


The Nu Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in East St. Louis awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Brianne Lang, a student at O'Fallon Township High School. Brianne plans to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.


Chelsea Noser, of Collinsville High School, is this year's recipient of the Nicole R. Thorp Scholarship from GCS Credit Union. GCS awarded Noser for her volunteer work. Candidates were required to submit an essay explaining why saving and budgeting are important habits to develop.


Two Lebanon and Meridian high school students who already are taking classes at community colleges have been awarded Rotary International District 6510 scholarships for students enrolling in two-year institutions.

Lebanon senior Parker Seely will receive $2,500 to assist him in continuing his studies at Southwestern Illinois College. In addition, Meridian senior David Hileman, of Olmsted, will receive $2,500 to assist him in pursuing studies at Shawnee Community College.

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