Education

August 12, 2014

Community can tour new Wesclin High School in Trenton

Students at Wesclin High School in Trenton will attend a new school this year, and the community is invited to tour it Sunday.

The new $28 million high school at 699 Wesclin Road will be open for tours at 1 p.m. A dedication ceremony will follow at 2 p.m.

The new school features WIFI throughout the building, four science labs, a gymnasium with three basketball courts, a cafeteria/auditorium and an outside learning lab.

Jennifer Filyaw, superintendent of Wesclin Community Unit School District 3, said construction began in the spring of 2013 and was completed earlier this month. In November 2010, voters approved a referendum to build the school.

FGM Architects designed the new Wesclin High School, and Holland Construction was the construction manager.

About 450 students will attend the new high school, Filyaw said.

The district renovated the old junior-senior high school into Wesclin Middle School, which will house fourth-through-eighth graders. The renovations cost $150,000, Filyaw said, and were completed by R and W builders.

About 525 students will attend the middle school at 1003 State Route 160.

Wesclin District 3 students start school Monday. The district also includes two elementary schools -- one in Trenton and one in New Baden.

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Alixandra Parsons of Belleville represented the southern portion of the state at the 2015 Distinguished Young Women state finals held at Schaumburg High School on Aug. 8.

This year's theme was "Be Your Best Self," encouraging participants to make a commitment to being their best selves in areas such as academics, physical fitness, morality, character and social and civic participation.

Parsons was the first contestant to perform during the talent portion of the competition. She chose a lyrical dance set to "It's About That Walk" by Prince.

The largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls, Distinguished Young Women (formerly Junior Miss) recognizes young women for their talent, poise and fitness.

Chase Dorn of Elk Grove Village took home the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois 2015.

Last year's winner, Georgi Yaekel, is from Belleville.

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Band students from Granite City High School, Coolidge Jr. High School, and Grigsby Intermediate School took to the field at Busch Stadium on Aug. 6 to provide the playing of "God Bless America" and "The Star Spangled Banner."

After the performances, the students, ranging from grades fifth through 12th, watched the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Boston Red Sox.

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Community members are invited to nominate an Althoff Catholic High School alumnus to be included in the "50 Distinguished Alumni and Rising Stars of the School" online at www.althoff.net. Althoff is celebrating its 50th year in operation this year.

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Two students from Swansea are the winners of this year's Chad Wood Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Rotary Club of Swansea.

Mariah Christ, a Belleville East High School graduate, and Scott Nowak, a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, each received $1,500.

Mariah, daughter of Mike and Wendy Christ, plans to attend John Brown University in Arkansas to major in youth ministry.

Scott, the son of Greg and Traci Nowak, will attend Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo, where he plans to pursue a degree in accounting.

The scholarships were funded by the Swansea Rotary's annual 5K Run, which took place in May.

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East St. Louis School District 189 will apply for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, which will serve elementary and high school students. If awarded, the grant would fund afterschool programs designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities and activities that complement the students' regular academic program.

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