Father McGivney graduates first class of seniors

Father McGivney Catholic graduated 17 students in its first high school class.
Father McGivney Catholic graduated 17 students in its first high school class.

Seventeen students graduated from Father McGivney Catholic High School, members of the inaugural high school class.

“It’s really quite remarkable that we have come this far already. It feels like just yesterday we were opening our doors over at St. John Neumann Grade School to this pioneer class. They have achieved so much already and have left a mark on our school that is certain to remain for generations to come,” said Father McGivney President Rev. Jeffrey Goeckner.

School officials say the graduating seniors earned an average of almost $150,000 per student in scholarships.

“We had students receiving major scholarships to top schools such as Notre Dame, Washington University, Saint Louis University and University of Illinois. One student also received the presidential scholarship to SLU, too, which we all know is not very easy to do,” Principal Mike Scholz said.

Goeckner said the graduation class also completed more than 3,000 hours of community service in the last four years.

Father McGivney has about 60 incoming freshmen; bringing the total student body to about 160. The school was previously at St. John Neumann, where it had a dedicated wing; the high school was built in Glen Carbon and opened in August 2015.

Engineers support STEM

The Society of American Military Engineers, Scott Field Post, recognized Rachel Poettker for her efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning. The post presented her with a $500 check to use in her sixth-grade classroom at Harmony Intermediate Center in Belleville to continue STEM learning.

Upward Bound conference

Upward Bound students were treated to two programs on April 30; a Victory Young Men’s Empowerment Conference for boys and a Flawless Young Ladies Conference for girls.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center hosted the programs.

Upward Bound helps students in East St. Louis, Cahokia, Brooklyn and Madison prepare for higher education. After school, on Saturdays and in the summer, Upward Bound participants get extra instruction in literature, math and more on college campuses.

Javonda Quinn, director of Upward Bound in East St. Louis, said the conferences had about 150 students this year. Students attended lectures with titles such as “Planning your career victory” and “Faces of activism” and “How to handle difficult situations.”

Granite City Marching Warriors get another donation

The GCS Credit Union employees paid $1,360 to wear jeans to work, and the board and committee matched their efforts, to send $2,720 to the Granite City Marching Warriors. The high school band is trying to raise $50,000 for a trip to Canton, Ohio, where they have been invited to be in the parade during the 2016 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Kevin Greene, a graduate of Granite City High School, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame that weekend.

GCS employees raised the money through Jeans Days, where employees gave a donation of at least $15 to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays during May. To donate or find out more about the band, go to or

Detach 189 fundraiser

A group of neighbors who live in Fairview Heights and are in the East St. Louis District 189 are having a fundraiser. The group, called Detach 189, is raising money for court costs and attorney fees associated with detaching their addresses from District 189.

Tickets are $20 for a barbeque and beer dance from 6 to 10 p.m. June 17 at Jones Plaza, 9003 St. Clair Ave, Fairview Heights. Learn more about the group at