Jerry Costello, the state representative from Smithton, presented the Red Bud High School and Chester High School bass fishing teams each with $200 scholarships from the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

“Supporting our high school bass fishing teams helps to preserve this great tradition and keeps our children active outdoors,” Costello said.

The teams will purchase equipment and participate in future fishing tournaments and events with money from the scholarships.

Speech winner

Sam Geiger won the national championship at the National Speech & Debate Association’s tournament June 17.

The 2016 Belleville West graduate won in expository speaking. Other Belleville West graduate winners were Brooke Ingram and Donnie Bland, taking 10th and 11th places out of the 250 competing in that portion of the competition.

Sarah Hayden, Henry Holm and Tiffani Volkman were also among the 4,200 students participating in the tournament.

Teachers recognized for excellence

Several metro-east teachers were honored by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association. They were selected as the best in their expertise during the last school year and were honored at a lunch on Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal.

It is the sixth annual Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon. Local teachers honored were: Reggie Duncan, of Wingate Elementary in Shiloh; Kyle Gordon, of Collinsville High School; Jeannine Moeller, of Belleville West; and Emily Weber, of Joseph Arthur Middle School in O’Fallon.

Going to Germany

Mark Thomas-Patterson, of O’Fallon Township High School, is one of 22 Illinois teenagers who won a scholarship to study abroad for the next school year. Mark won the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange and will be spending the year in Germany. Other students, many from the Chicago area, will be going to Germany and Japan.

The scholarships are administered by Youth For Understanding USA. Go to for more information about hosting an international student, scholarships and more.

Movie performers

The pre-kindergarten class of St. John Neumann Catholic provided some entertainment at the June 17 Movies in the Park hosted by Maryville Parks & Recreation. They sang three songs at the “Minions” movie.


Some area districts have summer registration online. They include:

▪  Wolf Branch: Returning students have until June 30 to re-register, which is required to put the child’s name on a class list. Families are required to provide residency requirements every year.

Returning families can start the registration process by logging onto the Teacher Ease parent account and filling out the forms; the forms need to be mailed, emailed or faxed to the school. Payment may be made online, by mail or placed in the drop box at school.

Call district offices at 618-277-2100 with any questions.

▪  Collinsville students may register this year from their computer, smart phone or tablet; they can also come to the schools to do so.

Online registration starts July 20; the district will send instructions to returning families by mail.

Students new to the district must register in person at Collinsville High School.

Call the enrollment/records office at 618-346-6350, ext. 4237 for more information.

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