Children's Choir Festival
The Children's Choir Festival will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, One Bachrach Court, Decatur.
A total of 246 students from 12 Central Illinois school districts will attend the festival, nominated by their school music teachers or choir directors, including Argenta-Oreana, Champaign, Shelbyville, Mount Zion, Colfax, Sangamon Valley, Buffalo, Philo, Warrensburg-Latham, Maroa-Forsyth and Decatur schools, both public and private.
The Millikin Children's Choir commissioned a piece for the festival, “Life With a Song,” which will premiere at the festival, written by Franklin Gallo of Savoy, winner of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize.
A concert will be at 1 p.m., which is free and open to the public.
ST. TERESA HIGH SCHOOL
Perfect ACT score
Charlie Blackburn, a junior at St. Teresa High School, received a perfect score of 36 on his ACT exam.
Out of more than 2 million students who took the ACT, only 2,235 earned a perfect score. Since 1999, five St. Teresa students have achieved a perfect score.
Charlie plans to pursue a degree in math or science and is the son of Amy and Brian Blackburn.
The Argenta-Oreana School District will offer developmental screenings for children birth to 4 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, at the elementary school in Oreana.
Any resident of the school district may participate in the free screening. Families who want to enroll children in the preK program must have their child screened. To schedule an appointment, call (217) 468-2121.
Public Schools Job Expo
The 2018 Decatur Public Schools Job Expo will be 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at MacArthur High School, 1499 W. Grand Ave.. Businesses interested in participating should call Ashley Grayned, (217) 519-2434 by Monday, March 12.
Kindergarten Kickoff will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Hope Academy, 955 N. Illinois St. All Decatur district families with children entering kindergarten in fall 2018 are invited to participate. Children will receive school supplies, sample school food, tour a school bus and meet staff from their home building.
Aloni Jordan, a senior at Eisenhower High School, is one of 2,000 semifinalists for a Gates Scholarship, which is open to minority students with outstanding academics.
Only 300 students are chosen nationally, and their college costs, other than those covered by financial aid or parental contribution under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid guidelines, are paid throughout their four-year undergraduate studies.
Jordan will find out in April if she is a finalist.