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Drink pouches turn into cash for Scott Elementary

Award winners Katrena Jordan and Matthew Reuss with Marissa High School FFA Adviser Kimberly Portz and Monsanto representative Chad Beckmann.
Award winners Katrena Jordan and Matthew Reuss with Marissa High School FFA Adviser Kimberly Portz and Monsanto representative Chad Beckmann.

Capri Sun drink pouches are always recyclable, but they are reusable. The trick is to get the pouches from children’s happy hands and into the manufacturing process so that pouches can be remade into useable products.

Students at Scott Elementary were among those in the metro-east who took up that challenge and were the only ones in the area to achieve the 10,000-pouch milestone with the program. Scott students earned more than $1,000 for the school with the collection.

The Drink Pouch Brigade is a program by TerraCycle and Capri Sun, which provides financial rewards for sending used drink pouches. The pouches are remade into tote bags, purses and more and sold online at www.terracycle.com. A bag made of 30 pouches sells on the site for $12.49.

According to a news release, the Drink Pouch Brigade has kept almost 235 million drink pouches out of landfills since 2007.

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Jack Larimer, a graduate of O’Fallon Township High School, is among 15 students from 300 applicants that were named Haslam Scholars at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The Haslam Scholars program includes financially supported study abroad, undergraduate research and travel, and a scholarship package that totals more than $22,000 for four years. Jack plans to study astrophysics and public policy.

“With a degree in physics and public policy, I hope to advise political candidates on issues of science and technology, working towards my goal of becoming an executive in NASA or a United States congressman,” he said in a news release.

Jack was president of OTHS’ Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a leader in his church’s youth group. He’s been on the cross-country track team, served as a representative on the student council and participated on his school’s robotics team.

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Two Marissa High School students who have dedicated “countless hours to community service” have each won $1,500 scholarship from a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Katrena Jordan and Matthew Reuss won the awards from America’s Framers Grow Ag Leaders.

“Katrena and Matthew have both been officers in the Marissa FFA chapter ... They worked very hard in school to maintain high academics, and they have donated countless hours to community service, all while advocating for agriculture. They have a deep passion for agriculture and want to do their part to give back to the agriculture industry,” said Kimberly Portz, Future Farmers of America adviser at the high school.

Katrena, of Lenzburg, plans to study agricultural education at Murray State University and plans to become a high school agriculture teacher. Matthew, of Marissa, plans to study agronomy and crop science at Illinois State University and wants to work in research.

For more information about scholarships in ag-related fields, visit GrowAgLeaders.com

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Students from around the metro-east area, including Belleville, Edwardsville and O’Fallon, will get to hear Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Jazz Camp for middle and high school students at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The Jazz Camp is part of the Jazz St. Louis Emerson Jazz in Schools program and is hosting about 100 students from the St. Louis area this week.

Blanchard will be playing for the students as well as working with their improv class. He replaced Wynton Marsalis in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and has scored more than 50 films, working with Spike Lee and George Lucas. Blanchard recently sat in with The Roots on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Highland Middle School is playing host to a summer camp June 15 through 19 that promises nonstop action with Nerf wars, extreme dodge ball, human hungry hippo, cookie creations and more. Students entering grades kindergarten through third grade attend camp from 8 a.m. to noon and go to Windcrest Dairy Farm and Poplar Junction. Students entering the fourth through ninth grades attend from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and go to The Edge Laser Tag and the Highland City Pool. Go to http://javpaak.weebly.com/ for more information and registration links.

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Caitlyn Brizzi, of Dupo’s Air Force JROTC program, has been selected to attend the Air Force Academy’s summer program. She was also selected to attend the Illinois Girls State and the General Tommy Frankls Leadership programs.

Taylor Woody, of Dupo’s Air Force JROTC program, was selected to attend the Naval Academy’s summer program. She was also selected for the Illinois Girls State Program.

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Two local Air Force JROTC teams advanced in the Air Force’s JROTC Academic Bowl. Dupo/Columbia High School and Mascoutah High School teams next compete for national honors from June 26 to 30. The two teams are among eight schools that advanced from a field of more than 100 in the preliminary round of Level II in February.

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Trevor Sinn, son of Leonard and Kim Sinn, of Lenzburg, has been awarded a scholarship from Marissa Masonic Lodge 881. Trevor plans to attend Southwestern Illinois College and earn an associate’s degree in heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration.

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Madelyn Flowers, of Granite City High School, was awarded the Nicole R. Thorp Scholarship from GCS Credit Union. Madelyn plans to apply the $1,500 scholarship to earning her associate’s degree in science at Southwestern Illinois College and continue her education to become a nurse practitioner. She has volunteered at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Gateway Regional Medical Center.

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Olivia Gregory is to sing the The Star Spangled Banner at the Gateway Grizzlies game on July 31 after winning the chance through an audition earlier this year. The 16 year old from Troy will be a junior at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville and has performed with the St. Louis Children’s Choir Chamber Singers in the Fabulous Fox Season Showcase.

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