O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon Marching Panthers place sixth in national competition

O’Fallon Marching Panthers resemble a puzzle piece during The Music for All’s Bands of America Super Regional Championship, which was held Oct. 21 and 22 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.
O’Fallon Marching Panthers resemble a puzzle piece during The Music for All’s Bands of America Super Regional Championship, which was held Oct. 21 and 22 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

O’Fallon Township High School’s marching band earned the sixth-highest score in one of the nation’s most prominent marching band championships.

The Music for All’s Bands of America Super Regional Championship took place Oct. 21 and 22 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

Bands from Collinsville High School, Belleville East High School and O’Fallon Township High School performed on Friday. The young musicians were evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts.

The event began with 65 bands from 16 states for preliminary competition. At the end of two days, the field was trimmed to the top 14 including O’Fallon High.

The 14 finalist bands took the field Saturday night. O’Fallon took sixth place with a score of 87.35. The sixth-place finish was the highest placing the Marching Panthers have received at a super regional competition.

The band travels to Belleville on Saturday for the Belleville Marching Invitational at Belleville East High School.

St. Clare Catholic School

The seventh and eighth grade St. Vincent de Paul Society held elections for 2016-17 officers. The winners were: Mary-Elizabeth Petry and Curtis Stutsman, co-presidents; Quin Rackers and Cami Crouch, co-vice presidents; Ben Hettenhausen, treasurer; Kirstin Zimmermann, secretary; and Gavin Sohn, chaplain.

The eighth-grade class is selling St. Clare socks as a fundraiser for their trip to Chicago. The “Shooter” sock is $15, and the shorter “Quarter” sock is $10. These socks are approved as part of the school uniform. For more information, contact Clare McLeod at mcleodhaus@yahoo.com.

Central School

Central School is hosting a Halloween “safe stop” from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 309 Hartman Lane. For more information, call Detective Kathy Effan at 618-624-9535.

O’Fallon Township High School

Four area high schoolers made up the first-place team in the first-ever Hackspace Competition, which aims to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Winners included Zach Locke, of Columbia High School; Jostin Hicks, of Alton High School; and Eric Upson and Antoine Watson, both of O’Fallon Township High School. More than 50 middle and high school students competed in the event.

The students’ prizes were CanaKit Raspberry Pi starter kits — a Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer. During the competition, which took place at Southwestern Illinois College, participants answered questions and solved puzzles related to cybersecurity.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

BND reporter Lexi Cortes contributed to this report.

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