A-JCHS students selected as all-conference band members

Students selected for all-conference band honors included Abby Startin, Alleigh Curtis, Jessi Riley, Ethan Palmer, Tyler Sutton, Elijah Ellis, Zach Dudley, Kiersten Wright and Selena Rodgers.

Nine Anna-Jonesboro Community High School band members have been honored as members of this year’s all-conference band.

The students were recognized at a Feb. 10 regular meeting of the A-JCHS District No. 81 Board of Education.

Students selected for all-conference band honors included Abby Startin, Alleigh Curtis, Jessi Riley, Ethan Palmer, Tyler Sutton, Elijah Ellis, Zach Dudley, Kiersten Wright and Selena Rodgers.

The students are scheduled to spend Feb. 25 at a practice with other all-conference band members.

The all-conference band is scheduled to present a free public concert at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Shryock Auditorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

In other news shared by teachers at the Feb. 10 meeting:

Thirty-six students from the A-JCHS Music Department are scheduled to compete March 7 at the IHSA state solo and ensemble contest at Carbondale High School.

A-JCHS has 21 entries in this year’s contest, with students performing in both vocal and instrumental ensembles.

The A-JCHS Beta Club is planning to have its annual Trivia Night fund-raiser on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the school’s cafeteria. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Trivia starts at 6 p.m. Proceeds will help with state convention expenses and, the club hopes, a scholarship.

Incoming freshmen are scheduled to visit A-JCHS on Friday, Feb. 21.

The school’s ACES (Academic Challenge in Engineering and Sciences) team, formerly known as WYSE, placed second at regional competition on Feb. 6.

The following A-JCHS students earned individual awards at the ACES event:

Connor Hallam, first in physics. Jenna Watkins, second in English. Soren Keller, first in English. Lily Yana, third in math. Abby Sartin and Soren Keller, second in math. Braden Benns, first in math.

The ACES team is scheduled to compete at sectionals in March at SIU.

Thomas Corbit’s home room coordinated a food drive to support the comfort closet. The food drive was reported to be a huge success.

Spanish 4 students recorded a 10-second promo for Locura de Marzo, or March Madness, which is an event in which students around the world vote on their favorite songs in Spanish during the month of March.

A-JCHS was just one of dozens of other schools which participated in the promo video. Last year, more than 50,000 students voted in the competition.

The interior design class was getting ready to construct five doll houses to decorate which will be purchased with money from Wildcat T’s. The doll houses will be donated to a toy drive next Christmas.

The National Honor Society recently completed acts of kindness after school.

Some of the acts of kindness included delivering roses to secretaries at local elementary school, leaving quarters on vending machines in the community, leaving popcorn on movie rental boxes, helping customers with their groceries and carts, donating dog and cat food to a local animal shelter, and many others.

The National Honor Society also is planning to host a Spring Fling dance on Feb. 29.

A report about A-JCHS Student Council activities was shared at the meeting.

The student council was finalizing plans for an American Red Cross blood drive which was scheduled Feb. 19 at the school.

A Dude Be Nice campaign was reported to be going well.

The students planned to take Valentines to local nursing homes on Valentine’s Day.

In other business at the February meeting, the board approved a bid from Kehrer Brothers for replacement of the roof over the lower gymnasium. Repairs also are needed on the upper gym roof.

The following spring assistant and volunteer coaches were approved, pending background checks:

Elle Basler, assistant girls soccer. Hunter Englehart, volunteer, baseball.

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