Students recognized for charity effort

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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A team of students from Springfield, which included the daughter of a Pierce City High School graduate, helped raise $11,000 in support of cancer victims.

The students, known as the Shave The Head [STH] leadership team, presented a check to Melissa King of the Chub O'Reilly Cancer Center. Bella Steele, an eighth grade member of STH, explained the student group raises funds to support cancer victims through donations from businesses.

Steele, the daughter of PCHS 1990 graduate Katarina Steele, is a 2019 graduate of the Health Sciences Academy, a joint effort between Mercy Hospital and the Springfield Public Schools. The academy graduated 46 students on May 20 in ceremonies held at the Hammons Heart Institute in Springfield. Graduates completed a nine-month curriculum.

"Learning team building skills that we applied to our annual STH fundraiser for the Cancer Center was profound," Steele said. "The $11,000 our class raised was nearly double the previous year's donations. Presenting the check at our graduation ceremony to purchase cooling caps for chemo patients was so fulfilling."

Steele will enter Central High School in Springfield this fall. She has been selected to participate in the International Baccalaureate program, with a focus on medical school. She is the granddaughter of Linda Zebert and Bob Steele, and the great granddaughter of Jean Zebert of Wentworth.