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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 …

Beyond the Bell summer camp fun is here

Thanks to Beyond the Bell, local students have a one-month summer camp and after-school care that is more than a safe place to hang out or summer education, it is fun too. For 250 local boys and …

Marlowe completes first half-marathon

FCCLA Club stays busy with conferences

CHRISMAN—Kids who dream big in creative fields, desiring to become the next top chef, top designer or revolutionizing child care, must get their start somewhere. One unexpected way is the …

A selfless act of kindness

HUME—An act of kindness is something selfless, compassionate and unconditionally charitable. It is something often taught but rarely seen today. Tori Stierwalt, a graduate of Shiloh High …

Little artists with big imaginations

The definition of art is the expression of the application of human creative skill and imagination. Every country, culture, civilization and mythology has its own form of art. From the famous …

Ellis was chosen as ROE No. 11 Recognition of Excellence Award winner

Shannon Ellis, in her 10th year at Chrisman Jr./Sr. High, teaching her two favorite subjects, math and art, is the district’s ROE No. 11 Recognition of Excellence Award winner for 2023-24. …

Let’s hit the books at the library

The Paris Carnegie Public Library is one of the most important buildings and organizations in the Paris Community. The Library was a donation from Andrew Carnegie, hence “Carnegie” in the …

Lake Land College to host Laker visit day

Lake Land College will host Laker Visit Day on Thursday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Luther Student Center. The event is designed for prospective students to learn about Lake Land College. …

Crestwood students receive awards

At the end of the school year Crestwood School honored select eighth-grade students with awards and scholarships. Twelve awards were distributed among 10 students based on their role and contribution …

Valedictorian speech encourages inclusivity and compassion

The capacity crowd attending the Paris High School graduation Friday, May 24, received a lesson in honesty and bravery from one of the six class valedictorians. Fermin Torres, a first-generation …

Mayo, Crestwood eighth-graders receive academic, athletic and citizenship awards at graduation

Paris High School Baccalaureate held for graduating seniors

The Paris High School baccalaureate Wednesday was a memorable evening of thoughtful commentary wishing the Class of 2024 well in their future endeavors, at the First Christian Church, on a warm …

Kansas students take charge of highway cleanup

KANSAS—Local students in Kansas are going the extra mile to keep Illinois looking beautiful and free from litter. More than 10,000 people volunteer in Illinois with Adopt-a-Highway. …

Altrusa makes donations in Paris

Students at Crestwood, Memorial, Carolyn-Wenz and the Creative Learning Center in Paris all had reason to celebrate this week. All students starting in preschool and going through fifth grade …

PHS’ Smith receives ROE Award of Excellence

Jody Smith, Paris Cooperative High School teacher, has received the district ROE Award of Excellence for 2023-24, thanks to his dedication to “modeling excellence in education.” Each …

Paris High School students set sail

Every year Brett Block’s AP Chemistry class spends their last weeks of high school building cardboard boats. The students get to name, build and decorate all of their boats before setting sail …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Allana Barczy

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

Painting the park

Student members of the Mayo Redbird Leadership Squad and Carolyn-Wenz Student Council volunteered during the Paris Community Clean Up last weekend. Together, students gathered at the West Lake …

Chrisman High School valedictorians Peyton Gore and Sydney Tevebaugh attend WTWO lunch

Crestwood holds Challenge Day

Crestwood Jr. High students were treated to a unique opportunity earlier this month on Thursday, May 9 when Yvonne and Rich Dutra- St. John paid a visit to the school for a Challenge Day. The …

Reflecting on high school

Four years, 48 months, 208 weeks, 1461 days, 35064 hours, 2103840 minutes or 126230400 seconds. That is the amount of time I have spent at Paris High School. I started my Freshman year in a …

Shiloh Student Council recognized at state convention

The Shiloh student council attended the 90th annual Illinois Association of Student Councils (IASC) Convention in Springfield from May 2 through May 4. Sixteen members attended, including 14 honor …

Teaching business requires passion and community

Heather Robison has always had a passion for teaching. She first realized how much she loved teaching when her science professor allowed her to teach a chapter from the book. She loved the passion …

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 …