Edwardsville teen started environmental club, and kept working

Fred Bird of the St. Louis Cardinals helped Henry Raab Elementary during its recognition assembly for achieving Champions of Character.
Fred Bird of the St. Louis Cardinals helped Henry Raab Elementary during its recognition assembly for achieving Champions of Character.

Three teens in Illinois have won the 2016 Conservation Achievement Scholarship, including Charlee Thompson, of Edwardsville. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the foundation for the college of her choice.

Charlee founded an environmental club her freshman year, along with her twin sister and a friend. The club initiated a no-idling campaign within the district and partnered with the local watershed nature center. Charlee also worked as a liaison between the school and the Edwardsville Cool Cities Initiative Advisory Committee, through which she created an event called “Edwardsville Unplugged,” an acoustic concert in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s “Earth Hour.” She also helped create the not-for-profit “Illinois Youth Environmental Network,” connecting Edwardsville students with air and water quality experts, solar experts, engineers and other environmentalists from around the state.

Charlee will attend the University of Illinois to become an environmental engineer.

“I want to do my part in protecting the planet for future generations,” she said.

Movers and Lancers help moms

Teams at Belleville East High School joined with Two Men and a Truck in a Movers for Moms collection to help the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville.

Lancer teams collected toiletries and baby supplies for the center for about a month, and the Target store in Fairview Heights also donated more than $1,400 in merchandise.

The Two Men and a Truck from Collinsville brought their mascot, Truckie, to the high school last week to collect the items and deliver it to the center in time for Mother’s Day.

Talented teens

Several metro-east teens made it to the final round in the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s 2016 Teen Talent Competition. The weeks-long competition had narrowed the field of finalists from dozens across the greater St. Louis area to a smaller field with the final judging on April 23.

Missouri contestants placed, but Rayna Campbell of Belleville East High School was awarded the Berges Classical Performance Award and Christina Jones of O’Fallon Township High School was awarded the Ken and Nancy Kranzbert Vocal Performance Award.

Open house at St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Primary Campus, at 1900 West Belle in Belleville, of the Notre Dame Academy will have an open house and ice cream social for potential incoming students and their families from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Families with children aged 3, 4 or 5 can meet teachers and visit classrooms during the open house. Each child registered for the programs will get a tuition coupon of $150. Call 618-234-4958 for more information.

Record breaking mile

Raegan Grawe, 13, a seventh-grader at West Junior High in Belleville broke the school record for the mile on May 5 at 6:07. Raegan came in first in the mile, and first in the 800 meter race, in the May 5 meet against Central, Grant and High Mount schools.

Henry Raab recognized for character

Henry Raab Elementary, in Belleville, is among three schools in the greater St. Louis area to be named a Champion for Character school for 2016. A middle school and high school were also named.

Schools are recognized for a school-wide commitment to service learning. Henry Raab students worked on three service learning projects this school year, including Backpack for Heroes and Project Linus, in which students made and donated 60 fleece blankets.

An all-school assembly gathered to receive the special banner from Character Plus and also enjoyed a visit from Fred Bird of the St. Louis Cardinals.

ICS students win scholastic challenge

Two Immaculate Conception School students are state champions in the online Scholastic Challenge 2016. The online academic contest has 100 questions in math, English, geography, history science and general knowledge and is sponsored by the American Scholastic Achievement League.

Spencer Biske, in eighth grade, scored an 88 percent and Autumn Ramey, sixth grade, scored an 87 percent, which were among the highest scores in Illinois. Nationwide, the national championship score for both levels was 93 percent. There were 14,000 contestants in eighth grade from 40 states; and 4,500 contestants in sixth grade from 34 states.

Spencer was also one of 100 in Illinois to qualify at the state level for the National Geography Bee.

Memory masters

Five metro-east home-schooled students earned the Memory Master award on April 21. Students were tested for about four hours, recalling 400 facts from history, geography, science, Latin noun endings, English grammar and reciting all U.S. presidents.

Students included Layla Eppard, of Greenville; Blake and Jacob Schaper, and Evangeline Runyon, of Alton; and Lucy Wisnasky, of Collinsville.