O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon High School recognizes seniors as students of the month

The O’Fallon Township Marching Panthers opened their competitive field show season on Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Tiger Ambush Classic.
The O’Fallon Township Marching Panthers opened their competitive field show season on Saturday, Sept. 17 at The Tiger Ambush Classic.

O’Fallon Township High School has recognized two seniors as students of the month for September.

Seniors Annie Roberts, 17, and Jacob DeLange, 17, were both nominated for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Annie is the daughter of Kelly and Timothy Roberts. Jacob is the son of Eric and Stacy DeLange.

Annie is a member of the varsity cross country team, captain of the varsity lacrosse team, vice president of the German club, chief executive officer of the robotics team and a member of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and the National Honor Society.

She also volunteers at the Missouri Botanical Garden as a garden educator and volunteered at Camp Independence, a camp for kids with cerebral palsy. She is a member of the O’Fallon Youth Committee.

Jacob is a member of the wrestling team, math team, WYSE team, National Honor Society, robotics team and the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

He also volunteers as a bowling coach for the Special Olympics, and an organist at his church. He helps the VFW with its fish fries as well.

Marching Panthers take home grand champion trophy

The O’Fallon Township Marching Panthers opened their competitive field show season on Saturday, Sept. 17, at The Tiger Ambush Classic. The event was hosted by Edwardsville High School and 24 bands competed.

O’Fallon’s 2016 field show, “The Missing Piece,” was presented in competition. Unique puzzle pieces move throughout the field as the show unfolds. The presentation included a small group woodwind ensemble, a vocal solo and a flute solo.

The Panthers were awarded best visual, best music, best percussion, and first place in the 4A division as well as earning the grand champion trophy. Their final score was 80.35. Second place went to Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Mo., with a score of 73.93. Third place went to Belleville East High School with a score of 71.80.

“I was very proud of the band’s performance and am looking forward to the rest of our competitive season,” said Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, director of bands at OTHS.

Next week the O’Fallon Township Marching Panthers will be in Blue Springs, Mo., competing at the Golden Regiment Invitational.

Early education center has accreditation, new curriculum

La Petite Academy, 940 Talon Drive in O’Fallon, has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The O’Fallon location offers early education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

To receive accreditation, independent early childhood education professionals had to assess all of the school’s programs, including developmental programming, outdoor and indoor environments, family and community partnerships and more.

Starting this fall, all Illinois La Petite Academy locations will begin offering “Early Innovators,” a new curriculum inspired by science, technology, engineering and math for children in preschool and pre-kindergarten programs.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

BND reporter Lexi Cortes contributed to this report.

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