Making the Grade

Progress Staff WriterJune 23, 2014 

• Miriam Foltz , daughter of Stephanie and Larry Foltz of O’Fallon, graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., on May 31. A 2006 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School who earned bachelor of arts degrees in music and history at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., in 2011, she was awarded the Martha O. and Fred R. Stair Fellowship, which is given by the seminary’s faculty on the basis of promise in pastoral ministry. She is now a candidate under the care of the Session of the First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville and has been certified by the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy as ready to be examined for ordination pending a call.

• Aurara Finley , daughter of Maj. Roger and Brandy Finley of O’Fallon, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship through a combined program sponsored by First Command Financial Services, which committed $1,000, and the Scott Air Force Base Spouses’ Club Charitable Association, which pledged $500. A 2014 graduate of O’Fallon Township High School, Finley will attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and major in English.

• Julia Garrison , of O’Fallon received her bachelor of science degree in education, health science studies, during spring commencement exercises at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in May.

• Andrew Hoelscher has been named to the dean’s list at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., for the 2014 spring semester. He is the son of Gary and Susan Hoelscher of O’Fallon.

• Leshay Mathis , daughter of Lisa and David Mathis of O’Fallon, received a bachelor of science degree in corporate communication and a bachelor of arts degree in dance from Southeast Missouri State University on May 17. She also received the university president’s Spirit of Southeast Award, which is based on GPA, leadership, community service and on campus involvement

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