Posted: November 17, 2014
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Student Leaders Continue to Grow
Posted: November 18, 2014
Math Team Wins SW Math Contest
Posted: November 18, 2014
Math team members pictured are (front) Natasha Meinzen, Henry Lu, Jason Pan, (back) Amy Svoboda, Matt Morse, Will Jeziorski, John Bentley, Ian Klein, Alyssa Voepel, Andrew Meng, Bobby Luo, and Philip Griffin.
Team members who have competed thus far but not pictured: Pradeep Kandula, Sam Bertels, Austin Huang, Sarah Lenhardt, Maggie Anderson, Helena Frisbie-Firsching, Anna Johnson, and Kate Pennington.
Local FFA member awarded national American FFA Degree
Posted: November 13, 2014
The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,765 American Degrees will be awarded.
Andrew Hellmann, a member of the Edwardsville FFA chapter in Edwardsville, IL was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at that national convention.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Andrew was the first
Edwardsville FFA member to receive this award since the Edwardsville FFA was
recharted during the 05-06 school year. “This is a very proud day for Andrew,
the school and the FFA program” said Mr. John Davin, Edwardsville FFA Advisor.
“Andrew has worked extremely hard over the past 6 years to receive this degree
and is my first student to ever be awarded this accomplishment. I hope that his
accomplishments inspire other FFA members to push themselves to all achieve this
Posted: November 12, 2014
This event was idea of student Katie Chartrand, the fundraising chair of the Medical Careers Club. Katie planted the seed at the end of last school year saying that see had looked into donating her very long hair to a worthy cause. She had discovered this program called Beautiful Lengths sponsored by Pantene. This program makes real hair wigs free of charge for cancer patients. The planning in Medical Careers Club began to sponsor a hair donation event. Four female students volunteered to donate at least eight inches of their hair then three male students and a male staff member came forward to say they would like to help also. Students pledged $5 to enjoy food, drinks, music and games while watching the hair cutting take place. After two and a half weeks of registration the big day finally came to fruition on Friday, November 7th with over 250 students signing up to watch Alyson Bergman (12 inches), Abi Clere (9 inches), Katie Chartrand (9 inches), and Kassie Klaus (8 inches) donate their hair. To show support for those battling cancer the following males shaved their heads; Mitchell Pearson, Austin Pizzini, Shawn Semmler, and math teacher Mr. Dan Morrissey. Sam Legendre from Fantastic Sam’s , Rebekah Coffey and Tiffany Waller from Sport Clips, and Kate Schaefer from Beauty Brands all volunteered their services as licensed beauticians to ensure the safety and satisfaction of the participants. The funds raised from this event totaled $1,150 are being donated to Anderson Hospital to support the Intensive Care Unit.
We Celebrate our Veterans
Posted: November 4, 2014
The annual Veterans’ Day breakfast was held at EHS on Thursday, November 6, to honor all men and women in the community that served their country through one of the branches of the Armed Services. National Honor Society, The Library Advisory Board, FFA, EHS South, orchestra, and the choir joined forces to honor veterans that served to keep our country safe. The attendees were treated to breakfast, music, and a short program that ended with a new American flag being presented to a veteran who participated in a raffle. It was a celebration of those who have served our great country and students who may choose to serve in the future!
Tiger 2A Varsity Hockey Team Opens Season With Victory
November 4, 2014
TIGER Cross Country Qualify Girls and Boys for IHSA State Meet in Peoria on Saturday, November 8
November 3, 2014
October 24, 2014
Posted: October 24, 2014
Art Students Show Work at EAC Art Fair
October 20, 2014
Additionally, students volunteered at the fair - great job Aliece Rushing, Alyson Bergman, Amelia Pytlinski, Abigail Anderson, Brooke Hubler, Josie Arnett, Julie Tallerico, and Baylor Montgomery.
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OZARK SWIMMING Presents Multi-Cultural Swim Day at the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center
Posted: October 1, 2014
Ozark Swimming with the support of USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming will host a Multi-Cultural Swim Day on October 18, 2014 for swimmers at the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in Edwardsville, IL. This first ever event will bring novice as well as competitive swimmers together in an open and inclusive atmosphere to celebrate the diversity of swimming in the Ozark LSC through a swim clinics and classroom sessions.
Purpose of the Day:
To expose novice swimmers to competitive swimming.
Provide an opportunity for experience swimmers to work with novice swimmers.
To educate parents on the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming.
Assist in recruiting more swimmers and coaches from diverse ethnicities to the sport of swimming
Date: October 18, 2014. The day will consist of a morning session for novice swimmers while the afternoon session will be for competitive swimmers.
Athletes: The swim clinics are open to noncompetitive and competitive swimmers
Staff: The clinic staff will be chosen by Ozark Swimming and USA Swimming. USA Swimming diversity and inclusion representatives will be on site.
9:00 – 11:30 A.M. – Swim Clinic
Noon – 1:00 P.M. – Lunch (Novice Swimmers)
1:00 – 3:00 P.M. – Dual Swim Meet
3:00 – 4:00 P.M. – Classroom Presentations
3:00-5:00 P.M. – Swim Clinic (Competitive Swimmers)
Coaches and Parents of Swimmers: Attending this day will be beneficial for you if you are a swim coach or a parent. Coaches and parents will learn what efforts USA Swimming and Ozark Swimming are doing to increase the diversity of swimming.
For more information,
contact Bob Rettle at
Posted: October 1, 2014
The EHS Interact Club recently invited Ms. Ashley Swip, founder of the 3 Little Birds 4 Life organization, to speak to the club about the organization and its wonderful mission. The 3 Little Birds 4 Life organization, established in 2010, raises funding to grant wishes for adults between the ages of 18-40 who are managing cancer in the United States. To date, the organization has granted almost 100 wishes come true for individuals in need and continues to strive to make a difference to those facing difficult times.
The Interact Club recently hosted a fundraiser with Chef's Shoppe to collect $500 in proceeds for the 3 Little Birds 4 Life organization. The club members presented the check to Ms. Swip at their recent club meeting.
Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center
Posted: September 22, 2014
EHS Splashes into History
by Zain Pyarali & Drew Bradley
It’s not very often that you see a high school in Illinois build its own Olympic-size swimming pool and connect it to their state of the art wrestling center. But that’s just what District 7 did.
“This pool was a dream come true and I am very excited for it,” EHS head swim coach Christian Rhoten said. “It is very rare for a high school in the Midwest to have a facility like we have.”
The Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center is now up and running and the expectations for the pool couldn’t be higher.
The pool is named after the late Charles “Chuck” Fruit, who was a graduate of EHS and loved swimming and diving. The Charles & Sharon Fruit Foundation donated $4 million for the center last December, and the EGHM Foundation donated the rest of the money to pay for the $5.3 million facility.
This pool will not only be used for the girls and boys EHS swim teams but will also be rented out to the YMCA swim team, USA swim meets, major weekend long competitions and PE courses at the high school.
Rhoten said the overall revenue that this pool will make will be outstanding, mainly due to the fact of the 12 weekend long meets that will be held there.
“I think that the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center will impact EHS in multiple ways,” senior Student Ambassador Lydia Davey said. “Not only will we be having major swim events held there, we will also give lots of students the opportunity to learn a life skill through the new PE courses.”
The PE courses will be in full affect beginning next week when freshman enrolled in the class will have a three week swimming unit with each session lasting 25 minutes.
Assistant coach and 2006 EHS graduate Samantha Shaw will instruct the PE swim classes.
The class will be structured for strong swimmers to get in the pool and get a good workout in, and for weak swimmers to learn basic swimming and lifesaving skills.
Although the pool is 7 feet deep at its shallowest end, the aquatic center is equipped with teaching platforms to make the shallow end just 3 ½ feet.
“We anticipate a learning curve,” Rhoten said. “Eventually it will become standard, just like playing basketball in PE.”
The aquatic center features a large Nevco jumbotron as well as brand new touch pads installed into the wall, which is all a part of the state of the art Colorado Timing System that will bring spectators up to the moment results.
Shaw hopes that the pool will bring student interaction to a whole new level with swimming, to create a football-like atmosphere.
“I am very excited to attend swim meets,” senior Matt Zielonko said. “Hopefully we can get a big student section and pack the house to make it as loud as possible inside.”
Finding a seat in the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center shouldn’t be an issue at all. The facility seats 499 people in the upstairs bleachers and 200 more down on the pool deck.
The first time you will be able to see all those seats filled will be on Oct. 14 when the Lady Tigers host O’Fallon in a dual meet.
“The pool is perfect,” Rhoten said. “It’s a premiere pool for the premiere high school.”
September 16, 2014
Edwardsville High School is excited and proud to welcome three foreign exchange students this year! Lucas Jonk from the Netherlands, Mariya Kleshchova from Ukraine and Tilda Lidman from Sweden (pictured left to right) joined administration and faculty in a welcome luncheon to orient themselves with the school and faculty and to get to know each other and their respective host families better. EHS's foreign exchange student program has proved to be a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding and an opportunity for both the exchange students and our own students to become globally aware, broaden their horizons and make life-long friendships. We wish them an outstanding year full of growth and fun!"
Posted: September 3, 2014
More than 600 lbs of plastic bottle caps have been transformed into a new park bench for the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park, otherwise known as Airplane Park.
Last February, the Edwardsville High School Interact Club partnered with the SIUE Rotaract Club to sponsor the A Bench for Caps (ABC) project with the goal of collecting 400 lbs of recyclable plastic caps and lids. Together, both groups reached out to fellow students, faculty, and community businesses and members to assist in collecting the plastic caps and lids. The clubs exceeded their goal and more than 600 lbs of recyclable plastic caps and lids were driven to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana, which turned the plastic into an 8 foot park bench.
"Edwardsville Township Community Park is again the recipient of our community’s generosity," said Frank Miles, Edwardsville Township Supervisor. "The bench is a welcomed addition to the park."
The Edwardsville High School Interact Club is a Rotary sponsored organization for high school students that strives to better the lives of others in our community, country, and world. The EHS Interact Club displays the "Service Above Self" motto by immersing themselves into the community in a variety of ways. The EHS Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edwardsville.
The SIUE Rotaract
Club is a Rotary sponsored organization as well for young men and women between
the ages of 18-30, which bridges the gap between Interact and Rotary. The SIUE
Rotaract Club achieves "Service Above Self" by developing leadership skills and
completing community service as well. The SIUE Rotaract Club is sponsored by the
Goshen Rotary Club.
Posted: August 21, 2014
Field Hockey Team Stick Up for Hunger
Posted: August 18, 2014
On August 9, 2014 the EHS Field Hockey team held their first annual Stick Up For Hunger Orange and Black scrimmage game at the stadium. We had a large crowd of parents and students in attendance for both games. Our fans donated canned goods for their entrance fee to the game and over 340 pounds of canned goods were donated to the Glen-Ed Food Pantry! There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.
Posted: July 11, 2014
The teams at
Edwardsville High enjoyed a banner school year that saw many reach unparalleled heights. For those successes, the Tigers have been selected as the 2013-2014 STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools program of the year. Please see the link below for more information:
Posted: June 4, 2014
The Volleyball Tigers defeated Plainfield High School to win the Sectional Championship at Bolingbrook High School. The Tigers advance to the IHSA State Tournament this weekend at Hoffman Estates. Good Luck, Tigers!!!
EHS Marching Tigers Travel to Disneyworld