Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the R. Whittington Foundation on Wednesday presented a scholarship to an O’Fallon Township High School senior. Taylor Harris, of O’Fallon, plans to become a freshman at Lindenwood-Belleville in the fall.
This is the first year for the Jackie Joyner-Kersee scholarship at Lindenwood-Belleville. It is open to all incoming first-year students who meet the university’s requirements for admission and demonstrate academic success, leadership and financial need.
Lindenwood is awarding two full scholarships, which include tuition, room and board, to a student on the St. Charles campus and another to a student on the Belleville campus.
Harris has been involved in the Future Business Leaders of America, has served as a youth ambassador for the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis Youth Leadership program, and sings in the OTHS choir.
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Acadia Reynolds, a McKendree University sophomore from New Orleans, La., has been recognized nationally for her commitment to community service.
She is a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow, one of 201 promising college student leaders selected from 36 states.
McKendree University president James Dennis described Reynolds as “an outstanding student leader who is firmly aware of social justice issues nationally and internationally.”
“She is a socially responsible global citizen and one of McKendree’s finest student leaders,” Dennis said. “Acadia has a sincere understanding of local, national, and international issues. Her discernment and drive give her the potential to stand up for justice and be a terrific agent for positive change in her community and beyond.”
Before she entered college in 2013, Reynolds spent over seven months volunteering as a primary school teacher in Ghana, West Africa.
“This eye-opening experience was the foundation of my passion to become an elementary teacher,” Reynolds said. “In all its forms, education as an institution and a movement has become the driving force behind my service and my goals as a college student.”
As current president of McKendree’s Young Feminists student organization, she has coordinated programs and events that speak out against sexual and domestic violence. In 2014, she received “The Spark” award for creating a program called “Catcalling and Social Media” to help students become compassionate and responsible citizens. She truly found her home in service, Reynolds said, in coordinating an after-school arts program that brought students from the Griffin Center in East St. Louis to the McKendree campus for four-week, faculty-led art sessions.
“Creating an experience where young students from overcrowded schools and homes are given focused, one-on-one attention and instruction fills me with optimism for future generations,” Reynolds said. “I hope that my efforts have created positive change, and through my service, outreach, and career as a future teacher I will be able to continue working towards this change.”
The Newman Civic Fellow Awards are sponsored by the KPMG Foundation and given in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a Campus Compact founder. Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
Southwestern Illinois College will present free People’s Law School workshops this month.
You can learn more about our country’s legal system through free workshops.
Each People’s Law School workshop is conducted by a local attorney and consists of a lecture on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m.
The classes are:
• April 8 – Employment Law and Worker’s Compensation; Kevin Kaufhold and Jon Rosenstengel.
• April 15 – Criminal Law: What to Do When Stopped by a Police Officer; Justin Kuehn and Jarrod Beasley.
• April 22 – Trusts and Estates; Richard Erdmann.
• April 29 – Real Estate and Deeds; Maurice Griffithe.
All workshops are held in the Information Sciences Building at the Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave.
The People’s Law School series is sponsored by the St. Clair County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and SWIC.
For more information or to register, contact the Community Education office at 618-235-2700, ext. 5393 or visit swic.edu/community.
More than 250 students, grades 5-12, attended the Science and Engineering Research Challenge regional competition Saturday on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, according to school leaders.
Students displayed more than projects in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. More than 600 parents, teachers and volunteers attended.
One of the exhibits was presented by Jeremiah Krebs, a seventh grader from Shiloh Middle School. Jeremiah provided information about his “Airmazing” seat, which assists elderly and disabled people in getting up from a chair. Jeremiah was inspired to help others because of his experiences with his deceased grandfather who had Alzheimer's and dementia.
Other top winners included:
• Challenge Champion, Sally Nijim of Willowbrook High School
• First Place Junior Division, Matthew Milnor of St. Ambrose School
• First Place Senior Division, Brian Fitzgerald of Governor French Academy