Welcome to Marissa ~ The One and Only
Looking for a place to stay, eat or shop? Click here for a listing of the facilities available in Marissa. We have the unique distinction of being the only town in the United States named Marissa.
Located in southeastern St. Clair County, Illinois, Marissa is just three miles from the new World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Randolph County. Visitors are invited to experience our hometown friendliness while shopping, dining or staying in Marissa.
2019 Marissa MVP
Marissa Chamber of Commerce, along with the Village of Marissa, is pleased to announce Kent Vollert as 2019 Marissa’s Valuable Person.
Kent Vollert has spent his entire life serving others in many ways. Before becoming a teacher, Kent served in the United States Army for three years and was stationed in Korea. After getting out of the Army, he worked as a coal miner. Then in 1971, he became a teacher at Marissa Jr/Sr High School. He taught there for 30 years and continued to substitute teach there after retirement. During his career, Mr. Vollert coached virtually every sport Marissa had to offer. He was the athletic director, the student council faculty representative and a class sponsor to many classes. He always made a big breakfast the morning of Senior Trip for the students before they left. He had a lasting impression on many students who graduated from Marissa Jr/Sr High School.
He has been a member of Marissa American Legion Post 172 since getting out of the service and has served as Post Adjutant, Commander of the Legion and Treasurer. He also coached the Marissa American Legion baseball team for over 20 years, leading them to a State Championship victory and several tournament appearances.
In recent years, Kent started an education fund to award scholarships to Marissa High School Seniors. He organizes several events throughout the year including a steak dinner and a golf tournament to raise funds for the scholarships. He has been the Coal Festival Parade Coordinator for the last three years. Kent was also one of the core people in the community that spearheaded the Marissa Chamber of Commerce's re-establishment in 2005. These are just a few of his contributions to the Village of Marissa and he is definitely worthy of being named 2019 Marissa’s Valuable Person.
Kent Vollert joins a very distinguished list of MVP recipients that includes: Elden Reuss (2011), William A. Norton (2012), Gary “Doc” Benedict (2013), Lee “Coach” Schulte (2014), Debbie Smith (2015), Stanley Lewis (2016), Elda Jones (2017) and Pam Baker (2018).