East St. Louis Charter High School seniors present exit portfolios

Ava Daughtery was among the seventh graders at St. John Neumann Catholic School who attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.
Ava Daughtery was among the seventh graders at St. John Neumann Catholic School who attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

Graduating seniors from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School presented the highlights of their high school careers during the first week of May.

The 30 seniors presented their Senior Exit Portfolios to instructors, social workers and Upward Bound counselors.

“This year I decided to try and make a change. I wanted to see if I could get on the honor roll and prove to myself that I’m worth it,” DeAmbra Loveless told the panel. She made the honor roll both semesters and has been accepted to universities and colleges.

Band awards

Immaculate Conception School in Columbia had a concert and art show on May 12. At the band concert, Jack Burke, Bryce Pautler and Hannah Janson received the ICS Band Award from Band Director Matt Hake. The gym’s walls were covered with art at the direction of Carol Fetcho.

The ICS Jazz Band will play May 25 at GCS Ballpark.

Sheriff’s scholarship

Jonathan Kreher, of Waterloo High School, was selected for the Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship in Monroe County, Sheriff Neal Rohlfing announced. It is a $500 scholarship.

Health scholarships

The Public Health Foundation presented three $500 scholarships to high school students who plan to enter a health-related field.

“We had wonderful applicants,” said Mary Stiehl, chairman of the Public Foundation Health board. “The three who were selected are all ranked number one in their class.”

Scholarship winners:

▪  Courtney Gilmore, of Mascoutah High School, plans to study pre-medicine at St. Louis University.

▪  Rachel Mertens, Althoff Catholic High School, plans to study physical therapy at Missouri State University.

▪  Emily Stock, Belleville West, plans to study pharmacy at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Art on the Square winners

The high school award winners from Art on the Square in Belleville were from Triad High School and Carterville High School.

Harrison Thomas, of Carterville, won four major awards and ribbons for his “1000 wishes,” a dress made from paper bags and towels. Harrison will attend Vanderbilt University.

Best of Show was won by Jennifer Clifton, of Triad, for the chalk and charcoal drawing of her spine, titled “Screwed Up.”

Finance challenge

Four Collinsville High School students participated in the 2016 Illinois Personal Finance Challenge State Finals on April 26 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where 38 students competed for the title.

John Collins, Benjamin Frey, Katie Loyet and Chole Parsons attended the competition with teacher Vicki Fuhrhop.

The state finals consisted of individual and team tests, a case study presentation and a quiz bowl round.

Fuhrhop said it was the school’s fifth year to qualify for the competition that teaches about money management.

Kevin Greene at Granite City High

Meet Kevin Greene, a Granite City High School graduate and former professional football player, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Granite City High School Memorial Gymnasium. Tickets cost $20.

Greene will be entering the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame this year; the current Marching Warriors are invited to play at the induction ceremony’s parade on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio. The meet and greet with Greene is a fundrasier for the band’s trip.

Ticket price includes a drawing for autographed pictures of Greene. Additional raffles are for an autographed helmet, for $20 ticket; a $10 ticket is for the chance to win two tickets to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Both admission and raffle tickets are available at

Do The Right Thing

Ten metro-east students were honored at the latest ceremony of “Do The Right Thing” of Greater St. Louis on May 10. They were: Landon Barnes and Brian Diser, of Westhaven Elementary School in Belleville; Aidan Idress, of Union Elementary School in Belleville; Christopher Hobson, Samuel Schmitz, Wyatt Shellabarger and DeRiyah Whitfield, of Signal Hill Elementary in Belleville; Hailie Morber, of Roosevelt Elementary in Belleville; Dalton Schaaf, of Smithton School; and Ana Weber of Parkview Elementary School in Columbia.

Space camp

Seventh graders from St. John Neumann Catholic School went to Huntsville, Ala., for the annual trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Students attended Space Camp, where their activities included model rocket launches and simulated space missions. They also took on the Mars Climbing Wall. Students who went on the trip were: Holly Burchett, Evan Carroll, Ava Daugherty, Abbigail Dickey, Jacob Flynn, Jeremy Harkins, Joshua Jamruk, Jacob Jones, Barrett Larkin, Rachel Maller, Hunter Meacham, David Means, Andrew Munie, Alyssa Nichols, Christopher Reiniger, Izabella Tognarelli, Zachary Walker, Luke Warnecke and Justin Wenos