August 19, 2014

Collinsville High student invited to Future Medical Leaders conference

Tyler Hulsey, a junior at Collinsville High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. this fall.

The conference is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of the event, to be held Nov. 14-16, is to inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to fulfill their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Tyler will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; get advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; hear stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

For more information visit or call 202-818-8319.


Gregory Hobbs, a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Kreitner Elementary in Collinsville, has been selected as a facilitator for the National Education Association Great Public Schools Network.

The association represents nearly 3 million teachers, administrators and education support professionals, and the Great Public Schools Network is an online community where teachers, parents, education support professionals and others can share ideas and resources aimed at improving student success.

Hobbs and 60 others were selected for their knowledge and understanding of their topic, their ability to facilitate a national discussion, their technology skills, and their commitment to helping fellow educators.


Belleville resident Kathy Walker-Steele has been named the new central regional director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Walker-Steele, a member of the East St. Louis graduate chapter, is the first metropolitan area resident in 20 years to be elected as central regional director. The public is invited to a community reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at Voce, 212 Tucker Blvd. in St. Louis.


Jessica Kuca, a student at St. Clare Catholic School in O'Fallon, is raising money for breast cancer and pediatric cancer research through a lemonade stand Sept. 6 at her home in O'Fallon.

The stand will be open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 156 Stonehaven Court in O'Fallon. Lemonade and cookies will be free, but donations will be accepted.

During the past six years, Jessica has raised more than $20,000 for cancer research. This year the proceeds from the stand will benefit Kellsie's Hope Foundation( and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation -- St. Louis (

For more information or to donate, email or call 618-726-7842.


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