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Girl at Columbia school takes honors at statewide contest

Isabelle Stark and her teacher, Cindy Collier, at Collinsville Christian Academy. Isabelle is holding the poster that won her second place in the 2015 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.
Isabelle Stark and her teacher, Cindy Collier, at Collinsville Christian Academy. Isabelle is holding the poster that won her second place in the 2015 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.

Caroline Keefe, of Immaculate Conception School in Columbia, is among six poetry/prose winners in a statewide contest by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Her poem, “Protecting Our Planet,” urges readers to walk or take public transit.

“Our plants and our lungs deserve clean air. Let’s put a stop to global warming. It’s only fair,” she wrote in her winning 20-line rhyming poem for the “Transportation and Air Pollution: What are Green Solutions” contest.

Caroline was recognized last month at the Old State Capitol in Springfield by the director of the IEPA Lisa Bonnett. It’s the 28th year the agency has had the “Environmental Pathways” education program and contest for fifth and sixth-grade students. A panel made up of environmental, health and educational groups judged the contest.

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An open meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at East St. Louis District 189 offices, at 1005 State St., is among the first steps to hiring a new principal for East St. Louis High School. It’s the regularly scheduled Key Communicator meeting, but the topic will be a “Visioning Forum” to discuss the qualities that a new principal should have.

The new principal will be in place for next school year. Current principal Lelon Seaberry Jr., principal since 2004, will be moving within the district to be the transformation officer over the middle schools’ School Improvement Grants, according to district spokeswoman Kim Roberson.

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Triad High School’s Drama II class will present more than 20 selections at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school. The students are allowed only a table and four chairs on the stage. Their selections range from a monologue from “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” to a scene from “Stranger Than Fiction.”

The students will also present original work. Class members are Stephen Avery, Ridge Brown, Zack Elliott, Danielle Gonzalez, Savannah Miller, Halli Pattison, Kyla Raoult, Christian Santiago, Brady Schaefer, Jennah Timmons, Seth Watkins, Devon Webster, Carrigan Whitworth, Mack Durso, Gless Meehan, Joey Ramsey, Kyle Shea, Jenna Biagi, Maddie Jenkins, Micah Lowe and Alisha Torres.

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Isabelle Stark, of Collinsville Christian Academy, won second place for her poster in the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems contest. Isabelle’s poster won the 2015 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest and focused on alcohol as a drug.

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A 2001 graduate of Belleville West spent a day at her alma mater as a representative of the Violence Prevention Center. Nicki Reynolds led sociology classes through the “In Their Shoes” program, which allows students to better understand those who experience relationship abuse. Reynolds used real stories to lead a discussion on struggles in these dangerous situations.

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A student at Abraham Lincoln in Belleville has been honored by the state’s Parent Teacher Association for his volunteer activities with his church’s Special Needs Ministry.

Xander Van Horn, 12, asked to assist a fifth-grade child through basketball practice and games. The peer buddy helped focus and redirect the child; a promotional video about the two led to four new volunteers coming to the ministry and also brought more families to the group.

Xander is one of three honored with the Illinois PTA Youth Service Leader Award this year.

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The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association has announced winners of nearly $30,000 in scholarships.

▪  Legacy scholarship winners were Katie Terziovski, an elementary education major from Granite City, and Bethalto native Summer Standefer, an incoming freshman

▪  $500 Alumni Legacy Scholarships were awarded to Melissa Weller, a theater major from Waterloo; Josie Wright, a psychology major from Collinsville; and incoming freshmen Gillian Lewis from Swansea

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Eight Belleville West High School seniors won awards at the annual SIUE Friends of Lovejoy Library High School Writers Contest. Belleville students took home eight of the 12 awards. They were: Bethany Dain, first place in fiction; Ben Harsin, first place in poetry; Peter Hobson, second place in fiction; Madison Martin-Giacalone, second place in non-fiction; Danielle Miller, second place in poetry; Emily Fulton, third place in poetry; Anabel Gonzales, third place in fiction and Katrina Osick, honorable mention in poetry.

More than 300 students from 65 schools entered the contest.

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O’Fallon Township High School’s Endowment Fund is auctioning four reserved seats for the high school graduation on May 30. The four seats are a package deal and cannot be divided. The auction ends at noon May 15. Minimum bid is $100.

To bid, send an email to OTHSEndowmentFund@gmail.com with the amount of the bid, your name, phone number and email address in the body of the email. The group’s Facebook page will be post the current high bid periodically. Bidders may increase bids by email at any time.

For more information about the Endowment Fund. go to othsendowmentfund.org.

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The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Human Services recognized Ellis Elementary’s preschool/early childhood department with being a GOLD-level program, which is the highest level of recognition a program can reach. This recognition is for showing a set of standards that focus on early learning and development and instructional excellence, family services, staff qualifications, professional development and program administration.

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