High schools, donation centers turn blood into sport

News-DemocratJuly 8, 2014 

Belleville's Memorial Foundation and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center recently announced the winners of the 2013-14 High School Blood Challenge.

With an overall total of 2,708 blood donations during the challenge, students, with the support of their communities, have made a contribution to improving the lives of patients in area hospitals. The High School Blood Challenge encourages high school students, faculty, friends, relatives and community members to donate blood in recognition of the high school of their choice.

Competing in three categories based on size, the high school in each category with the highest percentage of blood donations receives a $1,000 scholarship from Memorial Foundation to award to a graduating senior(s) to further his or her education. A total of 17 area high schools participated in the challenge.

This year's recipients of the Memorial Foundation scholarship are: Devon Blackmon from Governor French Academy in Belleville; Noel Loepker and Kaitlyn Bollheimer from Central High School in Breese, and Haley Gillam and Kasia Segida from Triad High School in Troy.

Governor French Academy placed first in the small school category with 49 donations. In the mid-size category, Central High School placed first with 153 donations. Triad High School placed first in the large school category with 342 donations.

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Lee Griffin Jr., a student at Central Junior High School in Belleville, was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM this week in San Francisco. He is spending six days getting first-hand experiences in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Lee was nominated by teacher Jaime Conway.

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Gregory H. Kersulis of Waterloo, a student at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, was awarded the college/postsecondary silver medal in Precision Machining Technology during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Industry leaders representing over 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized high school and college students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice and aviation maintenance. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions.

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East St. Louis School District 189 is hosting "Teaching in the Cloud: A Moveable Feast" July 14-18 at East St. Louis Sr. High School. For more than a decade, the feast has engaged nearly 10,000 participants throughout the state in using cutting-edge technologies. The trainers are teachers who use technology daily to provide meaningful instruction.

The event will cover a variety of topics, including: interactive whiteboards, Moodle, web development, podcasting, Google applications, Web 2.0 tools and others. The cost is $399. School districts sending five or more teachers, should call 309- 828-7115. For more information, visit http://www.thefeast.org.

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