Victor Annan

Hinchcliffe student honored as member of OTHS Lax team

Victor Annan

Victor Annan (Submitted Photo)

On March 31st the boys’ varsity Lacrosse team celebrated a 14-2 victory over Belleville Township High but, an even bigger victory took place on the game’s sidelines for Victor Annan.

Annan, 11, is a fifth grader at Hinchcliffe Elementary with Cerebral Palsy and is non-verbal. A huge sports fan, Annan was made an honorary captain for the Panther team during the game.  Before the game started Annan enjoyed the team’s pre-game speech in the locker room and Panther captains escorted Annan onto the field where he assisted in the opening coin toss. During the game, Annan enjoyed the best seat in the house next to the Panther bench.

The next day at school, Annan brought the coin from the opening toss and the game ball with him to school. Hinchcliffe Principal, Kristie Belobrajdic, was in attendance for the special game.

“He was so excited,” said Belobrajdic. “He brought the coin and the ball with him and had them on his desk the next day. For him to be able to save those and bring them with him when he is non-verbal is pretty amazing.”

Varsity assistant coach Nick Ricucci is an aid in Victor’s classroom and first brought the idea to Belobrajdic.  Annan’s teacher, Heidi Mueller, as well as six or seven other staff members were there for the game.

“Victor had his own fan-club there,” Belobrajdic said. “It was a really neat night for him and he was excited all night. We really hope to do it again.”

Moye Elementary School Character Students of the Month

Moye Elementary School names April Character Education Students

Moye Elementary School Character Students of the Month

The Character Education word of the month at Delores Moye Elementary School for the month of April is Fairness ~ treating everyone equally.  The following are students who are being recognized for being fair: Sophie Schulz, Rachel Bellinger, Trey Hrasky, Marlee Blake, Kyrah Baxter-Coghlan, Izzabell Howard, Layna Jackson, Emma Russo , Faith Bettis, Audra Johnson, Gabby Haeggans, Jasmyne Spencer, Arianna Zimmerman, Sean Maxwell, Kelsey Knowles, Jackson Curd, Ava Garner, Brooke Ferguson, Jack Twenhafel, Alicia Jackson, Delaney Kirk, Baylee Schaeffer, Nathan Hartline, Jeremy Elisha Foster, Abby Samuelson, Pruneau, AJ Orzechowski, Trent Ganger, Taj Johnson, Janae Brown, Kamori Gee. (Submitted Photo)

Estelle Kampmeyer

Estelle Kampmeyer names Character Builders of the Month

 

Estelle Kampmeyer

Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School has named their Character Builders of the month. Front row, from left: Bella West, Cassidy Cyvas, Payton Swan, Kannon Seipp, Keegan Seipp.
Middle row, from left: Eden Simmons, Kenyon Smith, Presley Nitzsche, Brenton Hunter.
Back row, from left Antonio Glass, Jurnee Yates, Nick Despain, Brayden Lewey, Morgan Lane, Taylor Miller (Submitted Photo)

Estelle Kampmeyer

Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School has named their Character Builders of the month. Front row, from left: Lena McVay, Natalie Neeley, Dylan Leveling, Clara Sledge, Lizzie Cronan. Middle row, from left: Jayda Atterberry, Emerson Bray, Lorali Mehochko, Desiree Snider. Back row, from left: Elizabeth Laidlaw, Jordan Fritsch, Aidan Caddell, Carolyn Foster, Caelan Pederson, Sidney Alumbaugh. (Submitted Photo)

Moye Art Show

Third annual Moye Art Show takes visitors around the world

O’FALLON – The third annual Moye Art Show and Ice Cream Social provided visitors with an opportunity to learn about art from different counties around the world. While some student art was on display on the walls, kids and adults went from station to station making different pieces themselves.

Moye Art Show

At their first stop, visitors made Italian Carnevale Masks.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Moye Art Show

While at the Australia station, kids were able to decorate boomerangs (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Moye Art Show

Visitors were able to craft Faberge Eggs from Easter Egg shells. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Moye Art Show

Here students create Kenyan Maasai Jewelry.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moye Art Show

At the Japan station, visitors learned Katakana, one component of the Japanese writing system.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Moye Art Show

Kids had a chance to get a bit messy when making clay pots at the Mexico station. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Moye Art Show

Visitors were also given an opportunity to try origami.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

 

Scholar Bowl Team - Carriel Jr. High

Carriel Jr. High students raise money for Special Olympics

Scholar Bowl Team - Carriel Jr. High

 

FCA of Carriel Jr. High

Carriel Jr. High School’s Fellowship of Chrisitan Athletes and Scholar Bowl Team teamed up to help raise money for the O’Fallon Police Departments Torch Run fundraiser for the Special Olympics. The Carriel student organizations sponsored a pajama pants and hat day where students and staff could pay one dollar each to wear the items on those days. If they participated they also received a raffle ticket for a variety of prizes. Carriel was able to raise $310 for the O’Fallon Police Department. Featured in the pictures above are (ABOVE) Special Olympian Jenny Harper with the Torch and (BELOW) Officer Brian Gimpel of the O’Fallon Police Department accepting the check. (Submitted Photos)

Marie Schaefer Fundraiser

Marie Schaefer raises $5,300 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Marie Schaefer Fundraiser

Marie Schaefer student Owen Clive, who was named the school’s Honored Hero, presents an oversized check for $5,300 to Melissa Alper with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – The students at Marie Schaefer Elementary School thought they did an amazing job when they raised more than $2,500 last year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But when Pennies for Patients organizer Lorilee Sebesta challenged them to raise twice that in their second year, the students rose to the occasion.

Last week, at a school assembly, Sebesta announced that Marie Schaefer Elementary School raised $5,300.01 through its Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Those funds were then donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, who was represented at the event by Melissa Alper.

Sebesta also took the opportunity to introduce the Marie Schaefer Honored Hero, Owen Clive.

“When he was two years old, Owen was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. For more than three years Owen endured medical treatment, but now, more than there years after his last treatment, he’s still cancer free. That is why Owen is our Honored Hero and that is why we raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Sebesta.

Owen’s parents, Heather and Michael, were on hand to help their son present the check.

Marie Schaefer

Teacher Kelsey Cady’s class raised $689.51, earning them their choice of a pizza or pasta party, with cupcakes or ice cream for dessert. Mrs. Cady doesn’t appear to want any more pie though.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Last year was Marie Schaefer’s first year collecting pennies for the society. They raised $2,558 and won the Rookie of the Year award. This year, 19 classrooms participated in the fundraiser, with 16 raising more than $100. Of those 16, seven classrooms raised more than $200, and four of those seven raised more than $500.

Mrs. Kelsey Cady’s classroom raised the most, $689.51. Mrs. Madeline Devine’s class raised $687.43, missing the top spot by only $2.08. Mrs. Allison Lauer’s class came in third, raising $575.60, while Mrs. Nicki Hansley’s class came in fourth with $525.68.

“Thank you to all of the Marie Schaefer staff, parents, PTO, and everyone who helped make this possible. Thank you Wildcats! You all are a force to be reckoned with,” Sebesta said.

Marie Schaefer Fundraiser

Lorilee Sebesta, who organized the Marie Schaefer Pennies for Patients fundraiser, hits Kelsey Cady with a pie, signaling that her class raised the most money during the drive.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Tax Meeting

School administrators detail plans for possbile revenue at second community engagement meeting

Tax Meeting

District 203 Superintendent Darcy Benway speaks with a group of residents during the breakout portion of the second community engagement meeting. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – Administrators with all four local school districts outlined the plans their respective Boards of Education have for the revenue that would be generated if a proposed sales tax increase for schools is approved by voters at a public meeting last week.

The meeting, which was the second community engagement session, was designed as a way to open a dialogue between the public and the school districts to see if there is even an interest in placing a possible sales tax increase on the November 2016 ballot. A proposed countywide one percent sales tax increase will be used by school districts to help pay for construction and facilities.

District 203 Superintendent Darcy Benway told the assembled crowd of nearly 70 residents, teachers, and school district employees that OTHS would receive nearly $1.3 million per year from the tax. Benway said the district would commit half of that revenue to property tax relief through debt abatement while the other half would be used to fund facility needs.

“OTHS Smiley was built in 1958 and it needs some major help,” Benway said.

District 90 Superintendent Carrie Hruby said the district would  apply 60 to 70 percent to property tax relief and use the remaining 40 to 30 percent for safety and security.

“We’d like to implement more security measures, such as keycard entry at schools,” Hruby said. Hruby also said the district would like to upgrade and increase the number of security cameras both inside and outside of school buildings, as well as upgrade fire alarm panels and intruder alarm systems.

 

Tax Meeting

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

District 104 Superintendent John Bute said his district would apply 75 percent of the generated revenue towards paying off Qualified Zone Academy Bonds that were used to repurpose building space. Currently the district has a balance of more than $3.5 million left to pay. Bute said the remaining 25 percent would be used to deal with current facility needs.

Bute also said the district is discussing a possible referendum for building expansion. He said the district is looking at a second phase of construction at Joseph Arthur Middle School, which would include a full size gym, additional classrooms, and a larger cafeteria. They are also looking to expand Central Elementary School with additional classrooms.

District 85 Superintendent Dale Sauer said his district would commit 50 percent to property tax relief through debt abatement while the other half would be applied to facility needs.

Sauer explained that Shiloh Elementary School was built in 1956 and is in need of many repairs. The elementary school would receive variety of improvements to the windows, roof, floors, gym, and HVAC system. Additionally, the district would replace failing water heaters, resurface the synthetic athletic track, and reseal the parking lot at Shiloh Middle School.

The third engagement session is scheduled for April 28 at 7 p.m. at Shiloh Elementary School.

District 90 meeting

District 90 reduces fees for sport and club participation

District 90 meeting

Board President John Wagnon presents Rehema Tuju with a Racial Harmony award at the District 90 meeting. Also pictured Ryan Keller and Carrie Hruby. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The District 90 Board of Education approved extracurricular fees at their March meeting that will provide a significant savings to parents.

Going into the 2016-17 school year, the fee associated with a sport will be $100 and $50 for a club. The fee for band was not changed.The Board also approved two-way transportation to events, unless a team only needs one-way transportation.

The new fee structure came from a Extra Curricular Fee Advisory Committee recommendation. The committee took months studying fees at surrounding districts and figuring out how to make the numbers work as it relates to District 90.

“This is something that has been a hot button issue for a really long time. It’s something that parents have said for a long time that needed to be addressed. So the fact that we had a committee that studied it and made a recommendation like this to the Board, it’s been a very good process. It’s been a very thorough review of all of the details that helps ease the burden on parents,” Superintendent Carrie Hruby said.

In other news:

• The District 90 Boundary Committee presented and alerted the Board that they do not feel they have had ample enough time to study the various school

District 90 meeting

Trinity Choice receives the Racial Harmony Award at the District 90 Board of Education meeting. (Submitted Photo)

boundaries within the district. As a result, there will be no district boundary changes or realignments for the 2016-17 school year. The committee will continue to analyze data and prepare a recommendation for the Board.

• During the Treasurer’s report it was revealed that District 90 has moved off of the state’s “Watch” list as it relates to the financial stability of school districts and onto the “Early Warning” list. Hruby said it is a slow climb back up the list, but that prudent financial decisions by the Board has allowed their standing to improve.

• The Board voted to make May 23, 2016, the final day of the 2015-16 school year. The final day was pushed back due to the use of two emergency days for snow.

• Rehema Tuju and Trinity Choice were awarded Racial Harmony awards at the meeting.

Residents attend meeting to learn about proposed sales tax for schools

OTHSO’FALLON – Around 150 attended a meeting to discuss a proposed sales tax increase to help schools pay for construction costs for new buildings or to repair older ones.

The meeting was the first of a series to be held in O’Fallon about the proposal. All four local superintendents were in attendance, as well as a few O’Fallon aldermen and many members of the various boards of education in O’Fallon and Shiloh.

“We’re not here to campaign for a sales tax increase,” moderator David Hopkins stated early on.

Hopkins is a member of a committee made up of community members which has been assembled to assess the status of current school facilities, learn more about the sales tax legislation, gather public input, and report feedback from the O’Fallon area back to the St. Clair County Task Force and Steering Committee.

Following Hopkins’ short presentation about the committee and its purpose, Managing Director of Public Finance for Stifel Financial Ann Noble began her presentation, which drilled down into the tax proposal.

Noble explained that the Illinois General Assembly had passed a law in 2007 allowing counties to vote to raise their sales tax by one percent in order to help fund school facility costs. Currently, 33 counties have voted and approved the tax increase, while 29, including Madison County and Washington County voted the measure down.

Under the law, everything in the municipal and county sales tax base will be included under the school sales tax, except for:

• Cars, trucks, and ATV’s

• Boats and RV’s

• Mobile Homes

• Unprepared food

• Drugs (including over the counter and vitamins)

• Farm equipment and parts

• Farm inputs

“Essentially, if you don’t pay taxes on it now, you won’t under this law,” explained Noble.

Schools will be allotted their portion of the sales tax revenue based on their percentage of the student population within the county. From there, districts have a few options as to how to use the revenue. They can save the money over time to pay for capital projects outright, issue new bonds for current capital needs and support those bonds with the sales tax, and they can retire existing debt issued for capital purposes.

Noble did point out that theoretically a district could reduce property taxes under this proposal as a board of education could elect to abate existing property taxes by using the sales tax funds to pay off outstanding bonds. However, Noble stressed it is the individual board’s decision as to how to use the revenue generated.

During her presentation, Noble estimated the four districts in O’Fallon and Shiloh could stand to receive more than $3.7 million annually, with District 90 bringing in the most with $1.8 million. It’s estimated the tax will collect more than $22 million across St. Clair County.

When it comes to outstanding capital debt, all four districts could use assistance. Currently, District 85 owes $4.4 million, District 90 owes $33.6 million, Central 104 owes $7.7 million, and OTHS 203 owes $34.1 million in building bond debt.

In order for the school sales tax proposal to reach the ballot,  school boards representing more than 50 percent of the resident student enrollment in the county must adopt resolutions stating they wish the question to be placed before the voters. From there, a simple majority of votes cast county-wide is all that is needed for the tax increase to pass.

Before the formal presentations were finished and everyone began to split into groups to formulate questions and express concerns, the four superintendents presented their current capital needs. All four expressed concerns related to aging facilities, security, technology and infrastructure, and the sustainability of space. Aging facilities was a specific concern as Shiloh Elementary was built in 1956 and has received six additions, Central Elementary was built in 1957 and has received three additions, Kampmeyer Elementary was built in 1965, and OTHS Smiley was built in 1958 and has received ten additions.

Following the break out sessions, a common concern centered around trust and transparency. Many residents that spoke said that if the tax proposal were to be approved they expected the various school boards to be very transparent about their intended use of the funds. Residents seemed to indicate they would want to hear proposals from the boards possibly prior to approval of the tax increase.

Additionally, many residents asked why Stifel, a private financial company, was making a presentation about a tax increase proposal. Noble explained that since Stifel works with many school districts when it comes to capital construction bonds, it is serving in an informational capacity. Noble did say that if the tax increase were to be approved, school boards would be free to use whatever financial agency they wished to issue bonds, not just Stifel.

The next community session will be held on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Fulton Junior High School.

To learn more about the proposal and to review all of the questions asked at the initial community meeting, visit www.best4schools.net/communityengagement.htm.

Car theft and police chase prompts school lockdown

OFallon PDO’FALLON – A dangerous situation unfolded Thursday morning as O’Fallon police dealt with a car theft and two different car chases with possibly armed suspects.

According to Captain Jim Cavins the police department received word at 9:16 a.m. that the Swansea Police were looking for three black males in a silver Audi attempting to break into vehicles. The Fairview Heights Police obtained the license plate number of the Audi which revealed it was reported stolen in an “armed vehicular hijacking” in St. Louis.

At 10:15 a.m. the O’Fallon PD received a call about an SUV pulling a trailer leaving Schnucks on East Highway 50, saying that the doors to the trailer were open. Almost simultaneously, O’Fallon Police received another phone call from an individual reporting his SUV and pull behind box trailer stolen from the Schnuck’s lot. While police tracked down the stolen SUV, the caller provided information that she believed a second vehicle was involved, describing it as a silver Audi with Missouri registration.

O’Fallon Officers caught up with the stolen SUV with trailer traveling southbound on Scott-Troy Road approaching Highway 50. The SUV fled eastbound on Highway 50 towards Lebanon, where O’Fallon officers terminated their chase. Lebanon Police would locate the SUV traveling southbound on Rte 4 and resumed the chase. As the SUV entered westbound I-64, the trailer came off the hitch and crashed on the shoulder of the westbound entrance ramp.

The SUV re-entered O’Fallon via the Greenmount Road interchange and then went westbound on Regency Park Drive. At this point, the SUV crashed into the Jack Schmitt Chevrolet security gate and two black males fled on foot from the crash. Shortly thereafter they were taken into custody.

While this incident was unfolding, an O’Fallon Police Officer located the Audi traveling westbound in the 200 block of East Highway 50. As he attempted to stop the Audi, it fled northbound on Lincoln Avenue. For public safety reasons, the O’Fallon Officer did not pursue the Audi. East St. Louis Police later located the Audi and took four black males into custody.

The two suspects taken into custody by O’Fallon were both from East St. Louis and were ages 11 and 15.  On Friday, the 15 year old suspect was charged in St. Clair County Juvenile court with the following offenses:

• One count “Aggravated Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.” (Class 1 felony)

• One count “Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.” (Class 2 felony)

• Two counts “Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police.” (Class 4 felony)

He remains detained at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center.  The case against the 11 year old remained pending at our press time.

Because this incident involved an unknown number of possibly armed suspects, local O’Fallon schools were placed on lockdown until the situation was deemed secured.

District 90 Superintendent Carrie Hruby said there are two levels of lockdown.

“A soft lock down is initiated if there is a potential threat outside the building. Doors are locked and visitors are not allowed into the building. Students are kept inside but are free to move about their day as usual.  During a hard lock down students would be kept inside a classroom or secured area until the all clear is given. Doors to the building are also locked and no one is allowed into or out of the school,” Hruby explained.

On Thursday, the schools were placed on soft lock down.

Hruby said in either lock down case the district communicates with parents through their pre-arranged notification system, allowing the district to send thousands of phone calls and emails within minutes.

Hruby said she appreciated the forethought of the O’Fallon PD to keep the area children safe.

“We appreciate that the O’Fallon Police Department showed extra precaution and immediately informed us of the need to lock down our schools.  I would also like to thank our administrators and staff for their swift response in securing students safely in the buildings,” Hruby said.

UPDATED: O’Fallon Police deal with multiple car thefts, schools placed on lock down

OFallon PD

UPDATE (4:21 p.m.) – O’Fallon Police Captain Jim Cavins has released an update stating the suspects in the silver Audi have been caught by East St. Louis police.

“It has been confirmed that East St. Louis PD located the silver Audi and subsequently took four black males into custody.  They are currently working in cooperation with St. Louis City Detectives on the continuance of the St. Louis “armed vehicular hijacking” investigation.

Lastly, the two juvenile suspects in custody at O’Fallon Illinois PD are both from East St. Louis; age 11 and age 15 respectfully.”

 

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Weekly has received the following statement from Captain Jim Cavins about the activity in O’Fallon today. We will have more on this story in our next edition.

“Around 9:16am on Thursday morning, the O’Fallon, Illinois Police Department received information from the Swansea Police Department regarding three black males occupying a silver Audi attempting to break into vehicles. Shortly thereafter, the Fairview Heights Police Department located the silver Audi occupied by three black males. Additionally, the Fairview Heights Police Officer obtained the Missouri vehicle registration which revealed the vehicle to be stolen during an “armed vehicular hijacking” in St. Louis City.
 
At approximately 10:15am, the O’Fallon Police Communications Center received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a SUV pulling a trailer and the doors to the trailer were open. This vehicle departed the Schnuck’s lot in the 900 block of East Highway 50 traveling westbound. Almost simultaneously, O’Fallon Police Communications received another phone call from an individual reporting his SUV and pull behind box trailer stolen from the Schnuck’s lot. The initial caller continued to provide Telecommunications with the location of the now stolen SUV until O’Fallon Officers arrived in the area. Furthermore, the caller provided information that she believed a second suspect vehicle was involved and described such vehicle as a silver Audi with Missouri registration.
 
O’Fallon Officers located the stolen SUV with trailer traveling southbound on Scott-Troy Rd approaching U.S. Highway 50. When Officers attempted to stop the SUV, it fled eastbound on Highway 50 towards Lebanon. At this point O’Fallon officers terminated their attempts. Soon after, a Lebanon Police Officer located the stolen SUV traveling southbound on Rte 4 and began to pursue. As the SUV entered westbound I-64, the trailer came off the hitch and crashed on the shoulder of the westbound entrance ramp.
 
The pursuit of the SUV entered O’Fallon again from the Greenmount Road interchange and then westbound on Regency Park Dr. The stolen SUV then crashed into the Jack Schmitt Chevrolet security gate located at 127 Regency Park Dr. Two black male occupants fled on foot from the crash and were subsequently taken into custody a short distance away.
 
While this incident was unfolding, an O’Fallon Police Officer located the silver Audi travelling westbound in the 200 block of East Highway 50. As he attempted to stop the Audi, it fled northbound on Lincoln Ave. For public safety reasons, the O’Fallon Officer did not pursue the Audi.
 
Because this incident involved an unknown number of possibly armed suspects, local O’Fallon schools were placed on lockdown until the situation was deemed secured.
 
O’Fallon Police currently have two male juveniles in custody. The silver Audi and its unknown occupants remain at large. No Police Officers are suspects were injured during the incident.”

District 90 hears plan to lower student athletic fees

District 90O’FALLON – Parents with athletes attending a District 90 school may see some relief from fees if a proposal put before the Board of Education at their January meeting can be put into place.

A committee of residents, concerned citizens, boosters, coaches, and District 90 staff has developed a plan to reduce the fees paid by parents for their child to play a sport to $100 or less. Superintendent Carrie Hruby said this has been a big priority since she arrived at the district.

“When I first came to the district, I heard a lot of concerns about extracurricular fees. It’s exciting to see a proposal because its a possible solution to a big problem we’ve been dealing with. Families are frustrated having to pay $325 for one child to play middle school basketball,” Hruby said.

In recent years, parents have had to shoulder all or most of the cost for their child to play sports.  Hruby said she had parents complaining about how they were being forced to limit the number of activities their child participated in due to the high costs.

The committee studied fee structures at surrounding school districts and determined what was a reasonable cost for parents to have to pay.  Under the committee’s proposal, the most a parent would have to pay is $100 for a sport. Currently parents may have to pay as much as $325 for a child to play certain sports.

There would be a cost to the district of $63,000 or $80,000 with two way transportation to bring sports in-house under the presented fee structure. The next step is for the finance committee to take a look and see if this is feasible and something the district can do next year.

In other business…

The Board of Education set registration dates for the 2016-17 school year.  In-person registration will take place May 11 and 12 and July 26.  Additionally, Hruby said the district is working to develop an online registration process.

“Online registration is something we really haven’t done up until now. We’re exploring this because it would be really nice for families to be able to go online and register their students in 15 minutes or so from their home,” Hruby said.

Hruby said there may be some kinks to work out during this first year.

“It may be somewhat of a hybrid for this first year where parents can submit most items online but still need to bring in a physical copy of a form or something. It may not be 100 percent finished, but it’ll still save a lot of people a lot of time,” she said.

Moye Elementary January Character Students

Jan SelfControlThe Character Education Word of the month for January is self-control.  Self-control is having control over your thoughts and actions by making good choices.  The following students have been selected by their classroom teachers as exhibiting this character trait:​Landon Imes, Landri Chambers, Alex Wurtz, Barenger Clemons, Sam DiLoretta, London Dallas, Callie Baxter, MacKenzie Kohlberg, Blair Liggett, Sawyer Dowland, Markita Weekfall, Gabriella Askew, Evita Zimmerman, Sarela Osborne, Caden Clark, Brogan Hartmann, Devin Aiello, Aubrey Kolb, Maggie Johnson, Grant Tebbe, Ella Russo, Audrey Dowland, Kayla Graney, Ethan Nieroda, Logan Kampmann, Avah Reinacher, Nick Norman, Aaron Fowler, Abby Sarten , Melissa Cruz (Submitted Photo)