OTHS Mary Poppins

Scenes from the OTHS production of Mary Poppins

OTHS Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins, played by Heidi Buch, and Bert the Chimneysweep, played by Cameron Bopp, lead the chorus singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

OTHS Mary Poppins

George Banks, played by Blake Churchill, lashes out at his wife Winifred, played by Kristen Lintvedt, and chidlren Jane and Michael after being suspended from his job. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

OTHS Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins and Bert rendezvous on the rooftops.<br />
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

OTHS Mary Poppins

Jane and Michael Banks, played by Gloria Rousseau and Nate Cochran, are attacked by their toys who have come to life, played by Emma Sanchez, Ian Burch, Patrick Lyon, Ashley Risse, and Alex Mann.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

OTHS recognized as High School Exemplar for Illinois by ACT and Illinois ACT State Organization Conference

OTHSO’FALLON – Education and workforce leaders teamed up with ACT today to honor the state’s leading exemplars of college and career readiness, including a high school senior, high school, and community college at the 2015 Illinois ACT State Organization Conference in Oak Brook.  O’Fallon Township High School was chosen as High School State Exemplar for the State of Illinois.

The event is part of the fourth annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, the largest yet with more than 40 participating states including Illinois. One exemplary student in each participating state will receive an academic scholarship from ACT.  The Campaign culminates in the ACT National Gala for College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C. in June. One student, one high school, one community college, and one employer will be chosen from amongst the state exemplars for national recognition.

“For the fourth year in a row, participation in the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign continues to grow,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president for policy, advocacy, and government relations. “We are proud to recognize the notable achievements of the students, educators, and employers who lead exceptional efforts to improve their schools and workplaces every day.”

The following Illinois individuals and organizations were honored today: Alexandria Feldmeier received the Student Readiness Award, Elgin Community College received the Career Preparedness Award, and O’Fallon Township High School received the College and Career Transition Award.

O’Fallon Township High School was recognized for earning one of the highest ACT averages in the state with one of the lowest instructional costs per pupil and for the scholarship offers awarded to students surpassing $35.8 million for the Graduating Class of 2015.  In addition, OTHS has programs designed to support the academic and emotional well-being of students including the Academic Assistance Center, Essential Study Skills, Life Management Skills, partnerships with St. Louis University and Southwestern Illinois Colleges, College Application Week, and Parent Informational Evenings including The College Application Process, Financial Aid, Activity Fairs and several others.  Post-graduation surveys of students indicate superior academic preparedness, compared to peers, with a broad spectrum of skills equipping students for college and career success.

Following events in each partner state, state exemplars will then be considered for National Semifinalist status by an ACT Selection Committee, which will narrow the extremely deserving field into four National Semifinalists per category. Finally, a National Selection Committee composed of national education and workforce leaders will choose from the semifinalists the four National Exemplars, one per category. These National Exemplars, along with all state exemplars and semifinalists, will be honored at the ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in June 2016.

To learn more about the ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign and view highlights from previous years, visit www.act.org/readinesscampaign.

Shree Patel named Mr. Irresistible 2016

Patel was all smiles throughout the evening. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Patel was all smiles throughout the evening. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – The judges have spoken and they found Shree Patel to be truly irresistible. Patel was crowned the 2016 Mr. Irresistible at the annual pageant Saturday evening.

Patel, who graced the audience with a rendition of “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen”, was sponsored by the O’Fallon High School Girls Tennis team. For winning, Patel will receive a $500 scholarship and $500 for the Girls Tennis team.

When asked his favorite pick up line, Patel said, “Are you a parking ticket? ‘Cause you’ve got fine written all over you.”

The other contestants in the pageant were

• Blake Churchill, sponsored by the Thespian Society

• Jason Couch, sponsored by the Girls Basketball team

• Noah Engel, sponsored by the National Honor Society

Patel singing “Let It Go” (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

• Boomer Johnson, sponsored by the Cheerleading team

• Stefan Jones, sponsored by the Culture Mix

• Nik Kanizar, sponsored by the German Club

• Jacob O’Neill, sponsored by Girls Cross Country

• Matthew Warren, sponsored by the Golden Girls

• Jacob York, sponsored by Girls Soccer

Jacob O’Neill won Mr. Charming, while Noah Engel was named the People’s Choice. Boomer Johnson won Mr. Macho.

Blake Churchill won second runner-up.  He will receive a $125 scholarship and $125 for his sponsor.  Matthew Warren won first runner-up, and will receive a $250 scholarship and $250 for his sponsor.

During the competition, the JV Golden Girls performed a special dance number. Singers Hannah Davenport, Aimee Stein, and Geryn VanZwienen perfomed during a break as well. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller

During the competition, the JV Golden Girls performed a special dance number. Singers Hannah Davenport, Aimee Stein, and Geryn VanZwienen perfomed during a break as well.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller

OTHS students certified as Microsoft Office Specialists

Front row, from left: Carissa Christensen, Maggie Murphy, Makayla Mays, Christopher Duncan, Abbey Johnson, Jessica Hartman, Matthew Doyle.  Back row, from left: Jacob Dreyer, WonJun Kim, Zachary Hess, Sarah Dengler, Ethan Musenbrock, Morgan Blankenship, Jonathan Prouhet, Grant Appel, Johnathan Whitaker. (Submitted Photo)

Front row, from left: Carissa Christensen, Maggie Murphy, Makayla Mays, Christopher Duncan, Abbey Johnson, Jessica Hartman, Matthew Doyle. Back row, from left: Jacob Dreyer, WonJun Kim, Zachary Hess, Sarah Dengler, Ethan Musenbrock, Morgan Blankenship, Jonathan Prouhet, Grant Appel, Johnathan Whitaker. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Fourteen students from O’Fallon Township High School recently earned Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Microsoft Excel. These students were enrolled Mrs. Lauren Mayberry’s Advanced Applications – Excel/Access class in Fall 2015 and were given the opportunity to sit for the certification test after completing various course activities that developed the necessary knowledge and specific skill sets required for certification. Students earning MOS Certification in Excel were Grant Appel, Morgan Blankenship, Carissa Christensen, Sarah Dengler, Matthew Doyle, Jacob Dreyer, Christopher Duncan, Jessica Hartmann, Zachary Hess, Abbey Johnson, Won Jun Kim, Makayla Mays, Maggie Murphy, and Jonathan Prouhet.

Mrs. Julie Knutson, CTE Department Chair at OTHS, said “the need for Microsoft Office skills has increased dramatically as more and more academic institutions and businesses are embracing newer technologies. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification will enable students to advance their education and start their careers with proven Office skills. Based on recognized standards, MOS certification is an important and distinguished credential for students when applying for college or jobs.”

The MOS certification is recognized globally as the premier credential to validate knowledge, skills and abilities relating to Microsoft Office applications. With more than 1 million exams taken annually in 140 countries, MOS is the leading IT certification in the world.

O’Fallon High School’s Business Department became a certified Microsoft Testing Center for OTHS students last spring. The first group of students to certify were enrolled in the Advanced Applications – Word/PowerPoint class taught by Julie Knutson last spring. Thirteen students successfully earned MOS certification in Word and one student earned certification in Excel. Those students were Brent Anderson, Jordan Bala, Caleb Carriel, Emma Coonan, Austin Halverson, Logan Harris, Taylor Harris, Jasmyn Harris, McKenna James, Abbey Johnson, Kayla Miller, Jamon Peatross, Holden Schaefer, and Alex Schneider.

Lauren Mayberry, Business Instructor, stated “Our Advanced Applications courses give our students in-demand technology skills that immediately increase their desktop computing proficiency. The certification program now lets them validate their skills and knowledge and also gets them ready for college and career – putting them above the pack when looking for a job down the road. We are extremely proud of our students and how well they’ve done.”

Students enrolled in the Advanced Applications courses through the Business Department are given the opportunity to take the Microsoft Certification tests at a discounted rate because OTHS Business Instructors are approved proctors and the high school is an approved testing center.