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ation commission.—Staff photo Wood River A merican Legion Essay Contest Winners Named WOOD RIVER. — Only one of six essay winners in the American Legion contest for elementary pupils of local public and parochial schools wrote about a contemporary American. Ann Fahnostock wrote the winning essay of seventh graders at St. Bernard's School, using as her theme the name of Mrs. Harold Rice, president of SI. Bernard's Parent-Teacher Association, who resides at 220 Schaffer, Roxana. Theme of the contest was "A Great American." Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kah- nestock, 306 South Ninth street, Wood River. Other essay winners, names ol pupiis who will receive the American Legion school medal award, and the high school boy to be sponsored at Premier Boys' Stale have been announced by Francis Manning and Bill Blacklock, cochairmen of the Legion's Americanism committee. To Enter State Contest Air essays will be sent to the STate department of the American Legion to be entered in the annual American Legion Essay contest for elementary schools. Other St. Bernard winners are Jeanne Byron, sixth grade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Byron, 823 Whitelaw avenue; and Mary Ellen Jordan, eighth grade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jordan, 120 East Sixth street. Jeanne wrote about Benjamin Franklin, and Mary Ellen-about Abraham Lincoln. All three students will receive their awards from the Wood River Post at St. Bernard's graduation exercises in June. Essay winners at, Lewis-Clark Junior High School are Eric Townson, sixth grade, son of Mrs. Delia Mae Townson, 147 Lorena avenue; Connie Eckman, seventh grade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Eckman, 525 Fifth street; and Lorene Sanders, a triplet, and eighth grade student, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond II. Sanders. Eric wrote on Thomas Edison; Connie on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lorene on Albert Einstein. The school medal award, based on honor, courage, scholarship, leadership, service, companionship and character also will be awarded a boy and girl from each school selected by the vote of their class mates. John Messick and Carol Roesch of Lewis-Clark nnd James Evans and Shirley Stewart of St. Bernard's receive the award. Runners-up at Lewis-Clark were Orval Smith and Sonja McCord. To Attend Boys' State Robert Stegemeir, 17, junior at East Alton-Wood River Community High School, will attend Premier Boys' Slate at the expense ol the Legion. It will be held at the Illinois stale fair grounds at Springfield, from June 24 to July 1. Robert is the son of Mr, and Mrs. George H. Stegemeir, 961) North Wood River avenue, and is known locally for his athletic and scholastic abilities. Other boys considered by a high school committee of teachers who were ex-servicemen, were George DeLong, Maynard Saxby, Willard Dugger, and Bernie Taylor. The Americanism committee of the Legion approved the selection. The Wood River Post contemplates sending one more boy ! to Boys' State and will act on the proposition at their meeting Monday night. Optimists Meet At Wood River WOOD RIVER —Optimists were given highlights of Chicago by their president, Dr. Maurice Woll, Thursday night. Woll returned to Wood River shortly before the meeting from Chicago where he spent five days in attendance at the Illinois state medical convention. Also programmed was a round table discussion on topics of the day. Dr. Herman Hoover will be the local delegate to the Optimist International convention at Detroit, Mich., June 27-30. James Flanagan, boys work chairman, reporfed that plans are underway to equip Junior G-Men ivith soflball equipment. The club will have a picnic for mother of

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 26 May 1951, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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