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A heart-pounding love for art and students

In 1996 Carrieann Pounds started her teaching career by teaching art classes for prekindergarten through 12th grade students. In 2006 she began at Paris High School. Growing up with two parents …

High school student creates new sign

Paris High School Senior Ian Anderson, spent two weeks working on a sign for the Edgar County Sportsmans Club. The old Sportsman Club sign was rotted and falling apart, when the maintenance crew came …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Sadie Sallee

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Sadie Sallee, 8th Grade, Crestwood School   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Danica Rhoads

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Danica Rhoads, 8th grade, Crestwood School.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …

Mayo art students showcase their work

The Mayo Middle School gymnasium was transformed with colors Thursday evening when the school’s art students displayed their projects in a vibrant art showcase. Art teacher extraordinaire …

Crestwood School hosts wellness fair and learning fair

Crestwood School was the place to be for students and their families Thursday, May 9, with the Learning Fair in the gym on one end of the building and the Wellness Fair in a room on the far left side …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Rye Roberts

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school?                Rye Roberts, Senior, Kansas High School …

Mayo Middle School Musical

Shiloh honors seniors

HUME—Shiloh High School celebrated its graduating seniors May 1, at the annual Senior Awards Banquet, before a packed crowd. A barbecue buffet meal was served when the evening started and …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Briar Good

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Briar Good, 8th grade, Crestwood School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? Math, It …

PHS holds art show

Paris High School hosted an Art show in the front hall of the school on the evening of April 26. Students from Carrieann Pounds’ art classes showcased their various works from their classes and …

Shiloh High School hosts career fair for Tri-County schools

HUME—Shiloh School Counselor Megan Evans and teacher Tracy Porter organized 46 tables and 18 presenters for a career fair at Shiloh High School, Monday, April 29. They have been planning …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Eli Kelly

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Eli Kelly, Eighth grade, Crestwood.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Harlie Parker

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Harlie Monique Parker, senior, Kansas high school.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Kaylee Ruff

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Kaylee Ruff; Senior; Shiloh High School   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prom Queen & King Named at Paris High School

Crestwood Eagles sing and compete

Crestwood students participated in a Solo and Ensemble music competition, the activity is not an educational requirement however parents, teachers and students all agree the artistic outlet is an …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Emily Milburn

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Emily Milburn, Senior, Shiloh High School.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Ella Noel

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Ella Noel, 12th, Kansas High School.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Mayo Middle School drama students perform at PCOFA

EIU hosts ‘Academic Challenge’ for state’s top high school scholars

The Paris High School WYSE (Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering) team participated in the 2024 state finals this past week at Eastern Illinois University, Tuesday, April 9, earning a 15th state …

PHS hosts crash reenactment

Wednesday, April 17, on the South side of the football field Paris High School organized a demonstration about drunk driving on prom night. At the demonstration, police officers, firefighters, …

Paris High School hosts annual blood drive

On April 5, 2024, the Interact Club at Paris High School hosted its fourth annual blood drive. There, they collected a total of 24 units of blood. Since the start of the blood drives in December …

Mayo Middle School prepare for musical on April 19-20

What do a giant peach, magic potion, friendly insects and an ocean trip have to do with each other? Mayo Middle School students will clear up the mystery when they present their annual musical …

Shiloh student council graduates KDASC board members

The Shiloh student council attended the Kickapoo District Association of Student Councils (KDASC) district convention on Saturday, March 23. KDASC exists to facilitate growth among its member …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Jude Cunningham

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school?         Jude Cunningham, 8th grade, Crestwood Elementary School.   What …

Students clean the streets at first annual “community days”

HUME— Hands and streets in the village of Hume are looking and feeling better than they were last week, thanks to Shiloh High School’s first annual “community days.” On …

Learning science the Wilson way

Jami Wilson started her teaching career in 1993 at Altamont High School, where she taught for three years, then moved to Casey Westfielf Jr. High/High School where she taught for another three years. …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Josie Armstrong

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Josie Armstrong, 12th grade, Shiloh High School   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …

Chrisman stages crash reenactment

For the first time in six years the Chrisman Police Department, along with volunteer firefighters and Neal EMS, staged a crash reenactment for the Chrisman High School students. Police chief Tom …

Paris FFA members went to State event

Three Paris FFA members dressed in their formal attire and headed to State Proficiencies on March 23. The members, all boys, worked hard at their topics and have seen great success during their time …

Four Paris High students were recognized for perfect attendance

Student Art Show a rainbow of colors at Link

Student artwork has taken over all the space at the Link Art Gallery for the remainder of this month, with judge’s ribbons placed on the top winners. The Student Art Show at the gallery …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Madi Slaven

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Madi Slaven, 8th grade, Crestwood School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? Social …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Ben Sherer

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Ben Sherer, 12th grade, Shiloh High school.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …

Esports Club at Shiloh popular in first year

The Esports Club at Shiloh High School is in its first year, but has a lot of potential for students who already spend hours attached to the video game world.  Tim Carroll, the …

Comic-inspired art comes to life

Mayo Middle School art teacher Millie Hamilton Arp infuses color and life lessons into her classroom every day. One of her most recent projects with her sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students has …

A "Pitt-stop" at room E104 – Pittenger takes pride in student’s work

Tammy Pittenger started her teaching career in Marshall as a reading tutor and computer lab supervisor for North Elementary School. There she stayed for 10 years before moving to Paris High School in …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Kaiden Cooper

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Kaiden Cooper, Grade 12, Shiloh High School   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Savannah Vaugh

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? My name is Savannah Vaugh and I am in Seventh grade. I attend Chrisman-Scottland Junior High School.   What is(are) …

Paris places second in competition

The Paris High School ACES (Academic Challenge for Engineering and Science) team continued their season by competing at the Academic Challenge sectional at Eastern Illinois University on Wednesday, …

Beta Jr. members share skills in Springfield

HUME—Shiloh Jr. Beta members participated in the Illinois Beta Convention March 5 and 6. The overnight trip was held in Springfield. “I was very impressed by a lot of the projects …

Memorial gets a visit

Elementary students at Memorial received a special surprise on Wednesday, March 20. More than 750 books were donated to the school ensuring that every student got to go home with a new read. The …

Tally shares the importance of being kind

HUME—It is no secret that today’s students face an uphill battle against bullying, peer pressure, family hurts and life altering choices. Leadership at Shiloh School is doing all they can …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Brody Stults

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Brody Stults, 8th grade,  Crestwood School   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Rachel Neal

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Rachel Neal I am in 8th grade and attend Chrisman Scotland Jr High School.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? …

Shiloh Junior High hosts Science Night Extravaganza

HUME—Shiloh Junior High students hosted an array of interactive activities for younger students Wednesday, March 13, in a Science Night Extravaganza. The two hour event was filled with chances …

Crestwood announces third quarter honor roll Junior High Students

Sixth Grade Zaylee Barczy Gigi Bradley Easton Brewer Gwen Brinkerhoff Hallie Brinkerhoff Vivian Brown Wesley Burns Charleigh Cook Fender Davis Will …

Birchfield helps students prioritize physical education

Taylor Birchfield has been Paris High Schools Girls Physical Education teacher since 2019. She has also been coaching the girls Track and Field team since she started at Paris High School. …

Eighth grade students make trip to museum

Eighth-grade students at Crestwood recently took a field trip to Terre Haute to visit the Candles Museum. The museum was created in 1995 by holocaust survivor and Terre Haute resident Eva Mozes …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Bryan Woolum

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Bryan Woolum, 8th Grade, Crestwood School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Mara Bosch

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Mara Bosch, Senior, Shiloh High School What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? I love …

Art is a part of student’s education

Students in Ms. Holly’s House Elementary classroom recently finished creating cuckoo clocks as part of an art project. “(The) wall design and ornate, detailed clocks with real pine …

Host parents wanted for exchange student program

Natalie Scherle knew she wanted a side job outside of teaching and was browsing around for something that was available. Scherle has been a junior high math teacher for 17 years.  She …

Paris High School hosts activity fair

Paris High School opened its doors to the future class of 2028, by hosting an Activities Fair and chili supper for incoming freshmen and their parents.  Tables lined the gym, each offering …

Mayo Middle preps for Solar Eclipse

The 2024 Great American Eclipse will appear in Paris on April 8, at 2:02 p.m. The next total eclipse of the sun for the United States will occur in 2045. The course for this eclipse will appear …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Payton Vezina

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Payton Vezina, 12th grade, Shiloh High School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Isabella Chandler

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Isabella Chandler, eighth grade, Crestwood. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? Science, …

Paris High School hosts career fair for students

Students rock learning from Block

Brett Block started her teaching career in 1994, but she originally aspired to be a marine biologist. A burst eardrum from a scuba diving trip had her reconsidering her career choices, and she …

Chrisman School food market available for every enrolled student

The Cardinal Cupboard, a small food market at the Chrisman High School, draws a cross-section of students from the area, thanks to grant funding it allows everyone to shop for free. The market …

Carolyn Wenz elementary school Staff and Students participated in read across America together

CUSD 4 receives high marks on financial profile

The Crestwood School District met twice in February, the first meeting, held on Feb. 14, was filled with discussions of student and parent involvement, and the second meeting, held on Feb. 19, …

Paris High School hosts career fair

Paris High School’s (PHS) annual career fair is Friday, March 1. Staff members Jayne Brown and Heather Robison team up yearly to invite the community into the high school in an effort to …

The Prairie Press Student of the Week: Makaylah Paceley

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Makaylah Paceley, 12th grade, Shiloh High School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

PHS takes second place in Masonic Academic Bowl Sectional

The Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Sectional Tournament came to Paris Cooperative High School on Saturday, Feb. 17, featuring some of the best scholastic bowl teams in the region. Paris finished …

Eagles make donation to food pantry

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Student members of Crestwood’s NJHS …

PHS students share science with the younger generation

Doug Happ and Beyond the Bell students visited Paris High School in the pursuit of knowledge, knowledge in physics. The eager learners were greeted by several high school students who took the …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Sami McClain

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Sami McClain, 12th grade, Shiloh High School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Olivia Radke

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Olivia Radke, senior, Chrisman High School What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? Math, …

PHS searches for athletic trainer

The Paris High School Board meeting Monday, Feb. 12 started with a presentation by Bob Abernathy of the ECCEL program. ECCEL stands for Edgar Clark Career Exploration Leadership, a class for …

Crestwood School presents ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’

Crestwood School’s production for this year is “Little Mermaid Jr.,” a musical that will feature 40 students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades. It “promises to be an …

From bookkeeper to teacher

Rob Boyars has taught at Paris High School since 1993. Originally from Redmon, he attended Shiloh School from kindergarten to 12th grade. After graduation, Boyars pursued an associate’s …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Tara Wakefield

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Tara Wakefield. Twelfth grade. Shiloh High School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? PE. …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Brynna Drenning

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Brynna Drenning, sixth grade, Chrisman Junior High. What is (are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? Art, …

Sew much fun for Crestwood students

Beth Laborde teaches a summer sewing class for students at Lori’s Pin and Needles, on Feb. 2 she joined several Crestwood staff members and taught a handful of students basic sewing skills with …

PHS students placed in ACES competition

The Paris High School ACES (Academic Challenge for Engineering and Science) team recently began their season by competing in the Academic Challenge regional Feb. 2. Academic Challenge is a …

70s Disco Winterfest at Shiloh High School

Shiloh Student Council hosted 70s’ Disco Winterfest Jan. 29 - Feb. 3. A “powderbuff” tournament was held for boys from each high school grade. They played volleyball in the …

3rd and 4th grade Carolyn Wenz students recognized for top AR points

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Bonnie Drenning

What's your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? My name is Bonnie Drenning, I’m in grade six, and I got to school at Chrisman. What is (are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws …

Redbirds serve internationally

On Saturday, Jan. 27, several student members of the Mayo’s Redbird Leadership Squad volunteered to serve alongside the International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES) at an event in Paris. …

Student Feature: Benton Wilson

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? My name is Benton Wilson, I am an eighth grader at Mayo Middle School. What is your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …

Super scientists

Paris high school students Good Behavior Award recipients

PHS students join mass pep band

A group of representatives from the Paris High School Pep band were sent to participate in the LIC conference basketball pep band in Richland County, Saturday, Jan. 20. The schools involved in …

PHS Winter Guard debuts seaworthy spectacle

After spending the fall semester performing with the Paris Cooperative High School (PHS) Band, Color Guard Director Zach Casad and his performers kick things into high gear. Winter guard, the indoor …

Students learning from the Blast

KANSAS —Seventh through 12th-grade students at Kansas CUSD3 had a special guest visit them to share his life story on Jan. 18. Carmine Azzato, a.k.a. BLAST, from the WWF tag team Demolition, …

Snowy crafts are keeping students warm

Students at Ms. Holly’s House are creating winter snow globes in their art class to match the blustery weather in Edgar County. “Elementary students are starting their snow …

Paris High School perfect attendance award winners receive recognition

The B-u-z-z on Crestwood’s spelling bee

Crestwood Students between 3rd and 8th grade participated in the Crestwood Spelling Bee on Friday, Jan 12. The students did an amazing job spelling and went for 10 rounds before two finalists were …

Carolyn Wenz students are chasing a reading goal

Students at Carolyn Wenz Elementary School have been visited by some special guests, all of whom are encouraging them to “WIG-out” and participate in a school-wide race for gold stars and …

Art student stuns teachers with her ability and passion for art

Lake Land celebrates associate degree nursing graduates at pinning ceremony

Graduating nurses received their pins at the 2023 Lake Land College Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) Bridge program pinning ceremony. The LPN to ADN Bridge program …

Students make choices that change their community

Shelia Grant leads an after-school club for middle school-aged students called CAST, or Cooking and Sewing Together. Unlike many other after-school clubs and programs, the club that Grant runs does …

Students from Edgar County volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army

PHS announces cast for spring production

Casting for the Paris High School Drama Club’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was announced by directors Tanner Laughlin and Agnes Laughlin just prior to Christmas …

Shiloh High School students work together to feed members of their community

Winter break and wandering minds

While students excitedly welcome winter break and the time to relax, many parents and educators worry the weeks off are too much and learning might suffer. Those fears might be well founded, …

Shiloh audit report shows they are on track

The Shiloh School Board presented an audit report during a recent meeting on Dec. 20. The audit showed the school district is operating with strong balances. There were no findings and all funds show …

Student blessing box provides for community

The elementary students at Ms. Holly’s House have collected and distributed 85 coats, 665 pairs of socks, $4,000 worth of groceries and hygiene items and 40 blankets so far this school year. …