GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SPELLING BEE
The Greenville Junior High annual Scripps National Spelling Bee competition was Tuesday, February 8. The winner of the event was Colton Rainey, the 8th grade son of Bill and Beth Rainey of Greenville. The Runner-Up was sixth grader Kenan Oestreich, son of David and Jamie Oestreich of Greenville. Colton won by correctly spelling “dyslexia” and correctly spelling “implement” for the win. Colton is eligible to participate in the Bond-Fayette-Effingham Spelling Bee, Friday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mulberry Grove Elementary School gym. Winners will advance to the regional spelling bee in Decatur in March.
“THE BIG READ” PROGRAM IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White and the Illinois State Library are joining libraries and other educational and cultural institutions throughout central Illinois to participate in “The Big Read,” a campaign in which readers join together to read, discuss, and celebrate a book. The program is highlighting “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” the classic 1940 debut novel by Carson McCullers.
McCullers’ book was the first of a string of works in which she gave voice to the rejected, forgotten, mistreated, and oppressed. Participants in “The Big Read” will examine themes in the book including communication, the great depression, isolation, and music. Themes will be interwoven into various programs and events taking place at different venues around Central Illinois.
Complete information and the entire list of events for the program may be found at www.idftb.org/bigread.
GHS SPRING MUSICAL LOOKING FOR PROPS
The Greenville High School Theater Department needs props for this year’s spring musical "Annie." Items of all sorts are needed and may be loaned or donated. The list includes: metal framed twin beds, metal wash buckets, shoe boxes, high-back fancy chairs, feather dusters, mops, men’s fedora hats, women’s fur stoles, a woman’s mink stole with head and feet attached, lots of fake fur, men’s canes, 1930’s style radios, old wooden folding chairs, and a 1930’s square-style microphone. Anyone wanting to donate items or get information on needed items should call Mr. Cox at the high school.
RED BUD STUDENT NOMINATED FOR SPORT AWARD
Kevin Crafton, a junior at Red Bud High School, has been nominated for the National Spirit of Sports Award. Though Crafton lost his dominant right hand in a childhood accident, he played receiver, running back, linebacker, and defensive back for the Red Bud Musketeers. He was also the team’s kicker.
WGEL spoke with Red Bud football coach Dave Lucht about Crafton’s effort and success. Lucht said Crafton is a key player on both offense and defense. On offense, Crafton scored 38 points, kicked points-after-touchdowns, had 27 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and received five passes for 108 yards. On defense, Crafton had 57 tackles and three interceptions.
Lucht said, “Kevin never ceases to amaze us on what he can do and is just a tremendous athlete. We’re looking forward to a lot more good things out of him next year.”
The National Spirit Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sports and the core mission of education-based athletics.