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Education

  • Berg Wins BES Spelling Bee

    Stephen Berg, in the first photo, won the spelling bee at Brownstown Elementary School on Friday, earning the right to advance to the district bee in Mulberry Grove.

    In the second photo, Sierra Orechovesky thinks hard before spelling a word. In the third photo are all of the finalists for the BES spelling bee; from left to right are Berg, Orechovesky, Amber Sarchet, Kyzara Hissong, Makenzie Walk and Bryton Pruett.

  • Honor Roll

    VANDALIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    Second Nine Weeks
    Second Grade

  • Okaw Grad Excels At Welding School

    Levi Tessman (at right in the first photo), a 2011 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, participated in the welding program at the Okaw Area Vocational Center his junior and senior years.

    He is now  attending a 10-month program in welding at the Midwest Technical Institute in Springfield. He has already earned all eight certifications offered at MTI and is at the top of his class there. Shown with Tessman is David Koleson, welding instructor at the Okaw Center.
     

  • Schroeder among nominees for military academies

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) has announced his nominations to the four military service academies.

  • College News

    Karin Cox received a doctorate degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in December.


    Cox, who is a 1999 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
    The daughter of Rick and Jane (Hubbard) Cox, she is currently serving in a post-doctorate position at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
     

  • Honor Rolls

    Brownstown Elementary School
    Second Quarter
    Fourth Grade
    High honors: Makenzie Walk
    Honors: Joel Blemker and Max Schraer.
    Fifth Grade
    High honors: Kyzara Hissong.
    Sixth Grade
    High honors: Stephen Berg, Zachary Logsdon and Sierra Orechovesky.
    Honors: Caitlyn Mason and Dakota White.

    Brownstown Junior-Senior High School
    First Semester
    High Honors
    Seniors-Colten Hunter.

  • Vandalia Elementary School moving closer to its SMART Boards goal

    Vandalia Elementary School is creeping closer to its goal of obtaining modern technology that is in many ways replacing chalkboards in the classroom.

  • KC adding music degree

    At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approved an associate in fine arts in music degree that will allow KC students the opportunity to complete an associate’s degree that prepares them to enter into a baccalaureate program in music with junior status.
    Students who enroll in the program will receive a solid foundation in music theory, music history and applied music performance skills.
    The degree will prepare students for transfer to a bachelor of fine arts degree program at a senior college or university.  

  • KC Aids Caring & Sharing

    Students and faculty at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus recently put their efforts together to collect donations for the Caring and Sharing Program.

  • South Central Students Donate

    The South Central Middle and Elementary schools held a “fill-the-bus” food drive this month for the Kinmundy Neighborhood pantry.

    Students and staff members from both schools brought in canned and boxed food, with a final count of 3,938 pounds of food. Students and staff from the middle school also participated in a fundraiser for “adopt-a-family” sponsored by student council. The students raised $1,868.50 and were able to help several families in the community.