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Earth Day 2003

LCHS students planting trees

[MAY 6, 2003]  About 130 Lincoln Community High School students planned to plant trees and perennials and mulch existing plantings today, according to National Honor Society sponsors Jody Dopp and Pam Pollock. This is an annual event for many of these students, part of the community service NHS students provide.

Twenty trees and many perennials, donated by John Wilmert and Connie’s Nursery, are to be planted in public areas around the city, particularly along Lincoln Parkway, Pollock said. Donations to purchase plantings have also come from area contributors, National Honor Society members and fund-raisers held by students.

The entire National Honor Society, along with biochemistry and landscaping classes, will spend the day putting in the new plantings and caring for those already in place, Pollock said. Students Chris Allen and Justin Bruns are co-chairs of the event.

[Joan Crabb]

(Earth Day is observed on April 22, with related activities on other dates in various communities.)

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Local youth group serves on breadline

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~~~~~~~   Announcements   ~~~~~~~

All Academy Night will provide information for students interested in attending military academies

[MAY 9, 2003]  JACKSONVILLE -- Students who are considering attending a U.S. military academy are encouraged to attend the All Academy Night hosted by U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, on Monday, May 12.

The forum, beginning at 6:30 p.m.,  will be in the large courtroom on the second floor of the Morgan County Courthouse, 300 W. State St. in Jacksonville. 

The five U.S. service academies offer four-year, fully funded scholarships to qualified applicants.  LaHood annually nominates qualified students who live within the 18th Congressional District.

Representatives from each of the five academies will be available to answer questions about their respective academies and to explain the application process and admission requirements. Parents of currently enrolled academy students will also attend in order to answer questions that potential students or their parents might have about life at a military academy.


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Each year LaHood makes nominations to the service academies, following an extensive interview process. Students submit their applications in the fall of each year, and the nominations take place in midwinter. Once a student is nominated, it is up to each academy to determine final acceptance.

Both students and parents are encouraged to attend the forum, and refreshments will be served.

For more information on the event, contact LaHood's Peoria office at (309) 671-7027.

The five U.S. military academies are the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

[News release]

All Academy Night will provide information for students interested in attending military academies

~~~~~~~   Hallway Buzz   ~~~~~~~

Provided by the LCHS Advanced Public Speaking class

Ask the teachers

[MAY 9, 2003]  What has been one of the most memorable events for you this year?

Jim Vipond, chemistry teacher

“There have been so many things this year, it is hard to narrow down.”

Mitzie Welsh, biology teacher

“Watching Dea and all of the seniors that I know so well mature during this last year of their high school careers.”

Janet Hudelson, truancy officer
and student government sponsor

“I thought that it was very neat how the students have shown their support for the troops with the ‘Support the Troops Mural’ by the auditorium.”

Josh Rezba, chemistry teacher

“My biggest highlight was coming to the school and being welcomed by faculty, administration and students in such a positive manner.”

Timi Olson, mathematics teacher

“Taking 80 students to the Cub-Cardinal baseball game on May 10 in St. Louis.  It will be so much fun getting to go with my students that I’ve taught all year. Go, Cardinals!”

Kim Peterson-Quinn, music teacher

“There hasn’t really been just one thing that has been memorable; it’s been a lot of things. The selection of music this year has been great, the two Broadway shows we were able to see, and the madrigal dinner sticks in my mind. The choir sang ‘Silent Night’ in three different keys!”

Barb Waymire,
technology coordinator

“January 2003, when the teachers successfully sent their grades over the network. The teachers did a great job.”


Ed Jodlowski, English teacher

“The experience that stands out in my mind this year is when we had the incredible opportunity to host the 2003 IHSA Individual Events State Speech Tournament. This experience marked one of the highest achievements that we at Lincoln Community High School could be rewarded. From the support of the administration to the support of the community, the tournament was a milestone in the community.”


Dave Swaar, music teacher

“The Florida band trip. The fact that we never left more than seven minutes late from anywhere, even though the kids were on their own. Don’t tell me kids can’t be responsible.”

Betty Harberts,
math and science teacher

“Through all my years of teaching, I always remember when my students apply what they’ve learned to real life. This year, many of my students went to Disney World over spring break. During their trip, they were excited to learn that many of the rides applied to physics concepts we have learned in class.”

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Dance instruction

Audra's Studio of Dance, 214 S. Kickapoo, 732-9137

Susan Collier School of Dance, 726 S. Spring, Mount Pulaski, 792-5590 or 486-6252

LCHS clubs


Lincoln Gator Swim Club

Heidi Heidbreder, coach


Lincoln Park District

Primm Road, 732-8770

Lincoln Public Library

725 Pekin, 732-8878 or 732-5732

Martial arts

Lincoln Tae Kwon Do, 918 Woodlawn Road, 735-3363


Activity center, 721 Wyatt Ave., 732-9935

Administrative office, 319 W. Kickapoo, 735-3915

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~~~   Ask the Drug Prevention Lady   ~~~

The "Drug Prevention Lady" is Kristi Lessen, substance abuse prevention specialist from Logan-Mason Mental Health (a division of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois). She can be contacted at lessen.kristin@mhsil.com.

This feature is for educational purposes and not intended to be an alternative to emergency services. In case of emergency, dial 911.

[APRIL 25, 2003] 

Dear Drug Prevention Lady --

How long does it take for the effects of Ecstasy to be noticed?

Dear Student --

The chemical structure of Ecstasy allows it to reach the brain quickly after ingestion. First, the pill is ingested and it disintegrates quickly in the stomach contents. Once dissolved, some Ecstasy molecules are absorbed from the stomach into the bloodstream, but most of the Ecstasy molecules move from the stomach into the small intestine. There, they are absorbed into the bloodstream very easily. It takes about 15 minutes for Ecstasy to reach the brain if taken on an empty stomach.

Research shows Ecstasy use leads to long-term damage to those parts of the brain critical to thought and memory. One study showed that exposure to Ecstasy for four days caused brain damage that was evident six to seven years later.

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Dear Drug Prevention Lady --

Do you think they will enforce the law of ephedra?

Dear Student --

The community has taken steps to implement safety measures where ephedra is concerned. On March 17, 2003, an ordinance was unanimously approved by the (Lincoln) City Council to prohibit the sale of ephedra or ephedrine-containing alkaloids to people under the age of 18. It also states that any ephedra or ephedrine-containing alkaloid must be placed behind the counter, and a person must request the product before purchasing it.


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Dear Drug Prevention Lady --

If speed is used in caffeine pills, why are they on the market?

Dear Student --

"Speed" is a slang term for amphetamines. An amphetamine is a drug that is a stimulant to the central nervous system. Caffeine is a stimulant, therefore caffeine pills are oftentimes referred to as speed. At this time caffeine pills are legal, but that does not mean that they are not harmless. Many of these products can and have been abused. Short-term effects of caffeine pills include:

--increased talkativeness

--increased aggressiveness

--increased breathing rate

--increased heart rate

--increased blood pressure

--reduced appetite

--visual hallucinations

--auditory hallucinations

--compulsive, repetitive action

Other effects of large doses can include fever and sweating, dry mouth, headache, paleness, blurred vision, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, collapse.

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~ Substance Abuse Prevention Program is paid for in part by the Illinois Department of  Human Services.

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