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Caitlin R. King
The Jersey Community Unit School District’s Board had a larger than normal crowd at their meeting on Wednesday, April 20. After a closed session, the board first recognized this year’s Illinois State Scholars. An impressive 23 seniors from the class of 2022 were selected: Mackenzie Bell, Connor Berry, Belle Blackorby, Hope Brandt, Mallory Clevenger, Daniel Croxford, Madeline Darr, Vivian Gray, Austin Hayes, Morgan Johnson, Charles Kraushaar, Josie LaPlant, Cole Martinez, Liam McGuire, Irene Mossman, Tyler Noble, Sara Poletti, Edward Roberts, Kaleb Setzer, Anne Walker, Zachary Wargo, Owen Weber, Leann Woodring.
Following the Illinois State Scholars recognition, three of those scholars, Woodring, Martinez, and Sara Poletti, gave the board an update on what the students had gotten up to in the last month. Woodring spoke as a representative of JCHS band and theater departments. Martinez spoke as a representative for track and field and other athletics. Poletti spoke as a representative for the school’s FFA chapter.
Woodring reported that the Jazz Ensemble earned a division one score and placed third at the Jazz in the Meadows Festival in February. JCHS had three students recognized for their musicianship: Maris McDuffie on piano, Nevan McDuffie on trumpet, and Owen Webber on drums. In March, JCHS had nine students recognized for their musicianship at the SIUE Ellington Festival: Merris McDuffie, Elizabeth Lyons, Woodring, Cameryn Brown, Gavin Goff, Owen Roberts, Weber, Zane Peuterbaugh and Chris West.
Poletti reported that Mr. Morgan’s business class placed first out of 21 schools in a mock stock market challenge. JCHS Key Club is partnering with the Riverbend Humane Society to host a Dog Walk-A-Thon on April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Poletti also reported that the school’s new journalism class has begun posting their stories on the district’s website for viewing.
Martinez reported that this year’s boys basketball team has become the winningest boys basketball team in the Mississippi Valley Conference over the past 17 years. The boys are committed to bringing a conference title home next season. Their coach, Stote Reeder was selected to coach the Illinois Basketball Association’s 3A-4A South team at the All Star Game on June 11 in Pontiac.
As the school year comes to a close, upcoming events for the district are JCHS Prom and Graduation. Prom will be on May 7, with walk-ins at 6:30 p.m., the dance at 7 p.m. and coronation at 9:45 p.m. in the gymnasium. Graduation is scheduled for May 15 at 2 p.m. in the JCHS gymnasium.