By JESSICA MESZAROS
Local hospitals seek to provide recess equipment
For a second year, donations from Progress West and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters hospital employees will assist in stocking recess carts at local elementary schools. The gear will allow students more opportunities to play and enjoy recess outdoors.
During a campaign known as “Bring It!,” employees from Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals brought equipment to the local schools to help promote exercise and healthy living habits among the students.
“Bring It!” ran concurrently with Hospital Week, May 11-15, and was sponsored by the BJC St. Charles County Rewards and Recognition Committee.
Francis Howell highs recognized as ‘leadership schools’
Francis Howell and Francis Howell Central highs have earned the distinction of Leadership School from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) for the 2014-15 school year. This is the fifth consecutive year for Howell Central to receive the honor.
The award recognizes high schools that emphasize sportsmanship, citizenship, leadership and respect in their activities programs.
As leadership schools, Francis Howell and Francis Howell Central are now eligible to receive the 5-Star Leadership School Award, which is sponsored by MSHSAA and the National Association of Interscholastic Athletics (NAIA). Schools receiving the 5-Star Leadership Award will be notified in late July.
The Francis Howell School District has a new Facebook page.
Due to ongoing and unresolved technical issues with its previous page, the district had to create a new page. Parents, students, alumni and community members are asked to like and share the district’s new page, www.facebook.com/francishowellschools and to unlike/unfollow the old page.
Last-minute golf tournament registration underway now
The second annual Francis Howell School District golf tournament will be held at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters on Monday, July 20 with registration and breakfast from 7-8 a.m., and a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Teams are still being sought, but interested parties will have to hurry. The entry deadline to participate in the tournament is Friday, July 10 and can be completed online at www.fhsdschools.org. Registration fees are $125 per person or $500 for a team of four. The event includes lunch and a silent auction and ends with the awarding of prizes, including a trophy for most participating alumni.
FHSD’s Director of Finance Cindy Reilmann explained that monies raised by the golf tournament will help to support various district initiatives, including organizing a District Alumni Association; help support district programs such as its involvement with the Special Olympics; and provide Early Childhood Scholarships and teacher grants.
“We all search for a way to help our community whether it be a sports team, or one of our school district’s many stimulating programs,” said Joe Shaw, assistant principal at John Weldon Elementary School and FHSD Special Olympics advisor. “If you can get out and enjoy a reasonably priced round of golf at a great course with three friends or family members, or more, and still help support these great programs, you’ve already won.”
Reilmann added, “Any day on the golf course is better than a day in the office.”
As in the office, appropriate attire is mandatory for participation in the event. T-shirts, denim or athletic clothing items will not be permitted.
Napheesa Collier heads to Russia
Incarnate Word Academy graduate Napheesa Collier has been many places. Soon she will be packing her bags and heading overseas again.
Collier, who lives in O’Fallon, made the roster for the U.S. U-19 girls basketball team. Team USA is on a quest to capture a sixth consecutive gold medal at the U19 Worlds. The team will compete in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, from July 18-26 in Chekhov, Russia.
That competition follows the team’s participation in a round-robin tournament, July 11-13 in Alicante, Spain. During the tournament, Collier and her teammates will go up against U-19 athletes from Australia, Canada and Spain.
The FIBA U19 Worlds will feature 16 teams with athletes 19 years old or younger. The 16 teams will be seeded following the July 18-21 preliminary play and advance to the knockout phase with the round of 16 on July 22. The quarterfinals are scheduled for July 24, semifinals are on July 25 and the tournament will end with the medal games on July 26.
Drawn into Group B, the USA will open play against Spain (FIBA Europe bronze medalist) on July 18, face China (FIBA Asia gold medalist) on July 19 and cap preliminary round play on July 21 against Egypt (FIBA Africa silver medalist).
Collier was a member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team, which captured the FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal to secure a berth to this summer’s competition. Collier also previously played for the USA and helped claim gold at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, a 3-on-3 basketball event in China last summer.
This fall Collier will head to college where she will play for defending national champion Connecticut.
SCC Young People’s Theatre lauded for ‘Shrek’
At the recent Arts for Life Best Performance Awards gala, St. Charles Community College’s Young People’s Theatre (YPT) won Best Youth Production 2014 for “Shrek.” In addition, Jordan Marshall won Best Youth Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Dragon, and Luke Gottreu won Best Youth Lead Actor for his portrayal as Lord Farquaad.
The AFL Best Performance Awards is an event to recognize the talent in St. Louis community theater and to honor the passion and dedication of those who build the theatrical community.
This is the second time YPT has achieved this honor, having won Best Youth Musical Production for “Oliver” in 2012, along with several other individual awards for members of the cast.
Arts for Life is a St. Louis-based nonprofit arts and service organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating community and youth theater.
“We are very proud of Young People’s Theatre, our director Brisby Andrews, our amazing young actors and actresses and the parents that make these productions possible,” said Tina Sieker, SCC associate dean of continuing education.
For more information about Young People’s Theatre as well as upcoming performances and auditions, visit www.stchas.edu/academics/non_credit_courses/youth-programs/ypt, contact Brisby Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (636) 922-8233.