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SHS Alumni Publishes Book

January 25, 2015 by Jane Fairchild (Register to contact)

Jane Fairchild, formerly Jane Elizabeth Driskell, Class of 1962, has written a fascinating memoir which begins when she was a junior at SHS. You will recall many scenes of high school life in the early 1960s in the book. After a teen pregnancy forced her to leave school, Jane navigates through her life as an abused wife, a singe mom, a hippie living on a commune, building a career as an RN, and finally becoming a healthcare attorney. The book is entitled: The Last Laugh, the theme of the 50th year reunion in 2012. A book signing will be held at SHS or other venue in Springfield next summer.

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Senators take second at Sinnock Invite - Sports  Lincoln Courier

Springfield High School put two singles players and one doubles team into the title match of the Roger Federer division, and the Senators placed second behind ...



Donald P. Theilken, 89  thejournal-news.net

Donald Paul Theilken, 89, of Springfield, formerly of Chatham, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Visitation will be held ...



Springfield High parties like it's 1999 after win over SHG  The State Journal-Register

There is a new king of Springfield for the first time this millennium.The Springfield High School offense, led by a freshman quarterback, a transfer-senior running ...



Changing the culture: Springfield High boys building more chemistry one year at a time  The State Journal-Register

After years of middling to little success, the Springfield High School boys' basketball team members say they could be poised for a breakout year.Friday's 69-67 ...



New Springfield High School cost hits $130 million | News  The Delaware County Daily Times

SPRINGFIELD —The school district continues to advance the $130 million high school master plan with a series of contracts. September's agreements totaling ...



Jacquez Stewart provides leadership for brothers, Springfield High wrestlers  The State Journal-Register

Jacquez Stewart had big goals in mind.He showed up at Springfield High School with a whole laundry list, such as finishing senior year with a state title.He has ...



Springfield Highs seniors share long history together on girls basketball team  The State Journal-Register

To understand the chemistry between the five senior starters on the Springfield High School girls basketball team, you have to go way back.Devyn Heard has ...



3 CS8 Questions with Jim Ruppert: How far has Springfield High come?  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School has won four straight games after Saturday's 42-40 non-conference victory over Quincy. What kind of shape is the program in as Joby ...



Springfield High soccer falls just short of state  The State Journal-Register

CHATHAM -- Waterloo Gibault's discipline on defense barely cracked.When it did with 18 minutes left in the match, goalkeeper Connor Olson bailed it out with a ...



Bennie Slater, Springfield High rebound with victory over Panthers  The State Journal-Register

The win belonged to Springfield High School because Bennie Slater owned the fourth quarter.The Springfield High sophomore scored 14 of his game-high 30 ...



Springfield High salutes Vietnam vets at Class of 1968 reunion  The State Journal-Register

Charles Spencer admitted Saturday he didn't think he would be at Springfield High School's 50th class reunion.The Springfield native who saw four tours of duty ...



Springfield Highs Brad Scheffler reaches 400 wins with OT thriller over Glenwood  The State Journal-Register

Brad Scheffler had to sweat it out a bit, but Abby Ratsch and the rest of the Springfield High School girls' basketball team pulled out a 73-62 overtime win over ...



Springfield High adjusts, pulls away from Rochester  The State Journal-Register

David Maciejewski has detected an alarming flaw in his Rochester High School boys basketball team."That's kind of been a problem we've had all year," ...



Michael Patton back leading Springfield High into City Swimming and Diving Meet  The State Journal-Register

He's back, and Springfield High School is the beneficiary.Senior Michael Patton returned to the boys swim team after a year away swimming at the club level, ...



Abby Ratsch assists Springfield High girls every way possible  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High's Abby Ratsch repertoire is vast.She even led the team with 3.5 assists per game after their first eight games of the season, just slightly ahead of ...



Officials practice active shooter response at Springfield High  The State Journal-Register

First responders, in conjunction with District 186, played out two scenarios during an active shooter drill at Springfield High School on Monday morning.Teachers ...



Muddy romp: Rochesters offense throttles Springfield High  The State Journal-Register

All eyes were on Springfield High School after a stunning upset win over Sacred Heart-Griffin last week, but Rochester went about its business to deliver the ...



How rough was Springfield Highs day, on and off the field?  The State Journal-Register

Jim Ruppert is the former State Journal-Register sports editor. Each week during the season he will answer three questions posed to him about the Central State ...



State champs! Glenwood boys win cross country title; Springfield High second  The State Journal-Register

PEORIA – The Chatham Glenwood High School boys cross country team arrived at Detweiller Park on Saturday with confidence, believing a Class 2A state ...



Springfield High grad Obediah Church leaves Missouri State basketball program  The State Journal-Register

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Obediah Church, a Springfield High School graduate, has left his Missouri State University men's basketball team, the coach announced.



New music teacher hired in Cerro Gordo | News  Piatt County Journal-Republican

Last year, Pamella Grohmann retired as the K-12 music teacher at Cerro Gordo after more than 30 years. The district hired Colleen Hillyer last summer to ...



32nd First Night Springfield dedicated to its founder  The State Journal-Register

Illinois' longest running New Year's Eve celebration of the arts will note milestones this year as it remembers the woman who was its founder.The Springfield ...



Most schools get passing grade in overhauled state report card  The State Journal-Register

About 7 in 10 Illinois schools are rated “commendable” on the state's overhauled school report cards. For Springfield School District 186, the "commendable" ...



Gullys savor time together on Springfield High football team  The State Journal-Register

They share more than a sport. Roy Gully III and Roy Gully IV share a name and a special bond.The father-son duo that has been a part of Springfield High ...



Local students disagree on value of class rank  The State Journal-Register

The class rank system in high schools fosters unhealthy competition more than it encourages high achievement, and it has also shifted students' focus from ...



Springfield High School teacher uses tech to reach for stars  The Delaware County Daily Times

For Rob Hermann, teaching physics at Springfield High School is extremely satisfying. But he wanted to go above and beyond the laws of nature on Earth.



Springfield High adds extra security Thursday after SHS threat  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School had extra police presence and metal detectors at the school on Thursday morning in response to a threat circulating on social media ...



State Farm Holiday Classic: Springfield's Harris active on, off the court  Bloomington Pantagraph

NORMAL — There was less a minute left in Wednesday's State Farm Holiday Classic Large School Boys opening-round game for Springfield High School.



After Spirit Award backlash, Youth Council starts #unityinourcommunity  The State Journal-Register

After hearing about hateful comments made toward Southeast High School students about winning the Spirit Award, the 15 students of the Mayor's Youth ...



Springfield High alums $110,000 gift benefits schools classrooms, auditorium, sports  The State Journal-Register

A new backlit scoring table in the gymnasium at Springfield High School is among several items the school has purchased thanks to an $110000 gift from a 1998 ...



Photos: District 186 Commencement  The State Journal-Register

The Springfield School District 186 conducted commencement ceremonies for Lanphier, Southeast and Springfield High Schools at the Bank of Springfield ...



Firefighters remembered  The State Journal-Register

The Springfield Fire Department this week is remembering two firefighters who died 87 years ago as a result of injuries they suffered battling a fire and explosion ...



More bomb threats at Springfield High School  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School received two bomb threats this week, marking the 10th and 11th bomb threats District 186 has received this school year alone.



4 School closings and event cancellations  newschannel20.com

Here's a list of the school closings and event cancellations due to this weekend's weather forecast. Click here for more. Friday, Jan. 11 - Sunday, Jan. 13. Sacred ...



Boys state tennis run ends for Springfield Highs double team Latif, Sinha  The State Journal-Register

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — A gratifying doubles season for senior Shaul Latif and junior Raj Sinha came to an end when the Springfield High School duo fell in ...



Best of Preps Metro Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Springfield Highs Kelby Phillips  The State Journal-Register

On June 22, The State Journal-Register honored dozens of local high school athletes at the annual Best of Preps awards ceremony. Over the next several days, ...



3 CS8 questions with Jim Ruppert: Which basketball milestones are approaching?  The State Journal-Register

The first big milestone was reached Saturday when Springfield High School girls coach Brad Scheffler expanded on his record as the winningest basketball ...



Springfield Highs Stewart brothers earn state berths at 2A Mahomet-Seymour Sectional  The State Journal-Register

MAHOMET -- A senior year trip to Champaign for Springfield High School wrestler Jacquez Stewart has expanded into a family outing.Stewart and his younger ...



Springfield High School student arrested for social media threats  WHIO

Several districts are aware of a vague threat targeted toward.



Yale professor and Springfield native to speak at annual MLK breakfast  The State Journal-Register

What some are calling the Third Reconstruction, the issue of criminal justice reform as it relates to civil rights, will be the focus of the keynote address to be ...



UIS series to discuss Frank Warren's 'PostSecret' project  WAND

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - The University of Illinois Springfield is Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series is hosting Springfield High School ...



Here's who's retiring in District 186 - News  The State Journal-Register

At an event earlier this month, the Springfield School District honored employees who are retiring or have retired over the past year. They are:Lee Adams, ...



SHGs Ken Leonard named Bears Coach of the Year  The State Journal-Register

CHICAGO — Sacred Heart-Griffin High School football coach Ken Leonard was named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Year in a halftime ...



C-SPAN bus coming to Springfield next week  The State Journal-Register

A 45-foot customized C-SPAN bus will be in Springfield Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the public affairs channel's “50 Capitals Tour.”The tour began in ...



Heres how to get District 186 kids their shots and physicals before school starts  The State Journal-Register

Local health organizations and the Springfield School District are once again partnering to help students get the physicals and immunizations they need to start ...



SHG senior hopes to empower others with her photography  The State Journal-Register

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories about local teen artists.Liz Donelan's photography career began with rocks.“As a kid, I would always ask to ...



Teens working to raise awareness about historic orphanage  The State Journal-Register

A group of Springfield High School seniors who started advocating for the Lincoln Colored Home as part of a 4-H project when they were freshmen haven't ...



District 186 teacher accused of sexually assaulting student  The State Journal-Register

A 24-year-old woman who served as a teacher for Springfield School District 186 has been arrested for alleged sexual assault.Kasi M. Korza, of the 1300 block ...



Co-founder of Springfield Social Club hopes networking group can find new leader  The State Journal-Register

The co-founder of an 11-year-old networking group that has helped dozens of local charities, businesses and aspiring musicians hopes someone can take over ...



Best of Preps Metro Cross Country Runner of the Year: Springfield Highs Kyle Boughter  The State Journal-Register

On June 22, The State Journal-Register honored dozens of local high school athletes at the annual Best of Preps awards ceremony. Look for more stories about ...



Photos: The Year in Pictures 2018  The State Journal-Register

From The State Journal-Register photography staff, a look back at some of the faces, places and memorable moments captured during the year. Buy Photo. [1/58].



Springfield first responders hope to add to best practices for rescue task force training  Illinois News Network

The Columbus Day holiday turned first responders and teachers into students during an active shooter drill in Springfield, and they hope their lessons will be ...



Glenwood Highs show choir has positive effect on performers  The State Journal-Register

Performing on the same stage as Carrie Underwood was not something Glenwood High School senior Molly McCue foresaw when she tried out for Titan Fever ...



Springfield radio legend Shelby Harbison dies at 94  The State Journal-Register

Shelby Harbison, a Springfield radio legend known for his nearly four-decade association with WTAX/WDBR, died Saturday morning. He was 94.Harbison was ...



Teachers Union President Accused Of Strong-Arm Tactics  NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Every two years, Springfield teachers elect a union president. This year, that election was a squeaker. With close to 1500 teachers voting, a new.



Springfield actor wins film festival award  The State Journal-Register

Stella Cole of Springfield won for lead actor in a short narrative for the David Heinzel-directed film “Emily” last weekend at the Red Dirt Film Festival in Stillwater, ...



Youth Service Bureau offers free rides to Springfield immunization clinics  The State Journal-Register

The Youth *Service* Bureau, a Springfield agency that helps at-risk youth, is reminding families that it is offering free rides to Springfield School District students ...



Keeping pace: Springfields Tyler Pence training for U.S. Olympics Trials marathon  The State Journal-Register

Tyler Pence never struggles to get out the door.Well, unless there's a freakish snowstorm not unlike the one in January.That forced him to stay indoors and run ...



Girls City Tournament: Springfield High smothers Southeast to stay perfect in CS8 play  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School has more to do this week than try to win the Girls City Basketball Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.The Senators have a ...



Springfield High to defend CS8 swimming title  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School has won seven straight Central State Eight Conference championships.That streak will be tested at today's Boys Swimming and Diving ...



Raj Sinha falls in final match but Springfield High claims title  The State Journal-Register

Getting off to a fast start was the game plan for Springfield High School junior Raj Sinha in his singles championship match against Mascoutah's Andy Graf on ...



District 186 OKs budget, but cuts SHS Booster money for athletic field  The State Journal-Register

District 186 board members approved a balanced budget Monday night, but not before cutting a $25000 payment to Springfield High School's Booster Club to ...



Slater does it all for SHS in win over MacArthur  The State Journal-Register

Bennie Slater nearly had a triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots and Springfield High School fought off Decatur MacArthur 69-67 ...



Springfield native deals with new normal year after surviving Vegas shooting  The State Journal-Register

For Haley Partridge Haldeman, the "new normal" might just include Indian Runner ducks, a koi pond and a potbellied pig named "Routey."A year after attending ...



Stearns Awarded Centennial Honors Scholarship  Western Illinois University News

MACOMB, IL - - Springfield High School senior Ian Stearns, of Springfield, IL has been selected for Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors Scholarship, ...



School board to vote on reassigning principals, including Springfield Highs Grossen  The State Journal-Register

Several Springfield public schools, including Springfield High School, could be led by new principals next school year, under a reshuffling plan the school board ...



Springfield High tennis doubles team Latif, Sinha rebound at state  The State Journal-Register

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — A pair of wins in the consolation bracket on Friday kept the doubles team of senior Shaul Latif and junior Raj Sinha of Springfield High ...



4 local students earn 36s on ACT  The State Journal-Register

Just 0.1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top possible score of 36. In the Springfield area, four students recorded the rare achievement during the ...



Measles outbreak highlights vaccination issues  The State Journal-Register

It may be a 90-minute drive away, but an ongoing outbreak of measles in Champaign County worries Amber Shipman of Springfield.Her 15-year-old son, Aaron, ...



Girls City Tournament: Springfield High rallies, pulls away from Lanphier  The State Journal-Register

The first three Girls City Basketball Tournament games were blowouts and it was in the fourth game that Springfield High and Lanphier put on a display worth ...



Ettinger named to convention center board  The State Journal-Register

Steve Ettinger, 35, of Springfield, was named Monday to be a member of the board that oversees the Bank of Springfield Center, replacing Bryce Benton, who ...



Springfield High graduate killed in NYC helicopter crash  The State Journal-Register

A former Springfield man was one of the five people killed when a helicopter crashed into the East River in New York City Sunday.Daniel Thompson, 34, was a ...



Leonards, prep stars honored at ceremony  The State Journal-Register

The Leonards were the toast of the night at the end of the second annual State Journal-Register Best of Preps awards ceremony Friday at the Bank of Springfield ...



Unity Day brings four Springfield high schools together  The State Journal-Register

Students from the city's three public high schools and Sacred Heart-Griffin got together before Saturday's City Tournament games to make new friends and find ...



A La Carte: Turbo Fire Pizza adding Jefferson St. location  The State Journal-Register

Founders of TURBO FIRE PIZZA have talked of local expansion plans nearly since opening the original Springfield fast casual pizza joint in 2015.Expect 2019 to ...



High school students working to restore Lincoln Colored Home  FOX Illinois

A group of high school students are working to secure a $25000 grant to restore Springfield's historic Lincoln Colored Home.The Lincoln Colored Home was ...



Student arrested in Springfield schools bomb threats  The State Journal-Register

A 14-year-old Springfield School District student was arrested in connection with Thursday's bomb threat, which caused students at four schools -- Franklin ...



School Swap: Going to SHG was like a blast from the past  The State Journal-Register

Although I am currently a junior at Springfield High School, I attended middle school at Blessed Sacrament and very seriously considered attending Sacred ...



Route History tells stories that havent been told  The State Journal-Register

Route History, which opened to the public last month in the former Texaco gas station at 737 E. Cook St., highlights stories around the African-American ...



Ozzy Erewele speeds to front for Springfield High girls  The State Journal-Register

Ozzy Erewele had dreams of one day dunking the ball in high school.That day will never come, due to the hard reality that she'd already reached her max height ...



Last minute comeback gives MacArthur win in opener  Herald & Review

DECATUR — Demesheo Lovelace knew he was getting the ball on the 2-point conversion play, and when it hit his hands, he held on tight.



MLK breakfast speaker focuses on police relations  The State Journal-Register

Yale Law School professor and Springfield native Tracey Meares said Monday at the 44th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast that it's absurd to ...



BOS '18: Arts, Culture & Music  Illinois Times

BEST BASS PLAYER Eric Tinsley A longtime member of the local music scene, Eric has played in more bands than you can shake a Chapman Stick at (inside ...



Teens deal with pressure of standardized tests  The State Journal-Register

For some high school juniors and seniors, standardized tests are a measure of self-worth.The ACT and SAT do play a role in college admissions and ...



Bernard Schoenburg: Tax talk in race for Springfield mayor  The State Journal-Register

In a mailer sent by Springfield mayor candidate FRANK EDWARDS, one of his promises is to “stop all tax hikes.”Does that mean he wants to end what people ...



Prep spotlight: Senators’ Ratsch named second-team all-state  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School senior Abby Ratsch was named to The Associated Press Class 4A Girls All-State Basketball second team on Thursday.Ratsch ...



Alumnis daughters among over 120 cast in The Nutcracker  The State Journal-Register

Thirty years ago in December as a 17-year-old, Kim Leistner Root performed the role of Dew Drop in the Springfield Ballet Company's production of the “The ...



Even though they cant vote, teens are still participating in the political process  The State Journal-Register

With the midterm election approaching, it's important to vote if you are able. But what about the voices of those not yet able to vote? Teens younger than 18 still ...



Springfield high school students gear up for City Tournament  The State Journal-Register

When the Boys City Basketball Tournament kicks off Thursday, students and staff from four of Springfield's high schools will pack in to cheer for their teams.



Holiday events calendar  Illinois Times

Christmas Card Lane Nov 29-Dec 30. An outdoor exhibit/competition comprised of larger-than-life “cards” created by local artists and groups based on the ...



Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Springfield Highs Raj Sinha  The State Journal-Register

Springfield High School sophomore Raj Sinha admitted that he had doubts of the Senators' chances once the boys tennis season began this spring.Springfield ...



Springfield High grad takes idea to ‘Shark Tank’  The State Journal-Register

A Springfield native hopes the entrepreneurs on TV's “Shark Tank” will sink their teeth into his startup company during the show's April 14 episode. Adam Havey ...



Springfield firefighters change active shooter response methods to save more victims  The State Journal-Register

In the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church Thursday, Springfield police officers, armed with guns, ushered in three Springfield firefighters wearing bulletproof ...



Springfield filmmaker embraces the unknowns with Emily  The State Journal-Register

For his latest short, "Emily," which premieres at The Studio Friday night, Springfield filmmaker Dave Heinzel admitted he was working without a net.



Central Illinois students nominated for U.S. Service Academies  newschannel20.com

Several central Illinois students are receiving good news after Rep. Rodney Davis nominated them foradmittance to the U. S. *Service* Academies. Altogether, 15 ...



Commentary: I dont like music, so I tried listening to it for a week  The State Journal-Register

No, I'm not a sociopath. When people learn that I don't like music, though, I often have to clarify that fact.Don't get me wrong, I've never hated music. It doesn't ...



Rockford, Springfield High make noise in win over Southeast  The State Journal-Register

Rare is the time when a football coach has to ask the home fans to quiet down so he can address his team AFTER a game.But that's exactly what Springfield ...



COMMENTARY: Join The Voice  The State Journal-Register

When a friend suggested I join the Voice my sophomore year in high school, I pictured red chairs and Adam Levine judging my nonexistent singing voice.



Plains Brock Brummett named Sangamon County Student of the Year  The State Journal-Register

Brock Brummett, a 2018 graduate of Pleasant Plains High School, appeared pretty calm Tuesday when he learned that he was the 2018 Sangamon County ...



No free time, tech use has teens reading fewer books  The State Journal-Register

One of every three teenagers has not read a book for pleasure in the past year, a study shows.Local teens attribute this statistic — from an American ...



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