Education Matters: Columbia teacher recognized by national association

Teacher Linda Pickett, of Columbia High School, has been recognized by the National Association of Student Councils.

Pickett is a special education teacher and has served as the school’s student council adviser for 12 years. The association awarded her the Warren E. Shull National High School Advisor of the Year for her work with the council.

The CHS student council has been recognized as a National Gold Council of Excellence for six years. The council’s efforts include the League for Excellence, which is a committee that has a representative from every club at the school. The league meets to find ways to improve school climate and recognize students showing positive behavior.

“Long after the school doors have closed, I can often observe Mrs. Pickett working diligently in her classroom on initiatives to better our students and school,” Columbia Principal Jason Dandurand said in a news release.


A store in Collinsville is giving away 200 backpacks with school supplies from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Cellular Connection at 1108 Collinsville Crossing Blvd. in Collinsville is part of the annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway by TCC, which says it has donated 260,000 backpacks since 2013.


The Southern Illinois Builders Association has awarded four metro-east students with scholarships to pursue a degree in construction management, construction-related engineering or architecture.

They are Trevor Langhauser, of Highland, Bradley Verdun and Seth Langendorf, both of Edwardsville, and Drew Dorris, of Scheller.

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