Emma O’Brien Scholarship awarded
Valley Park High graduate and future Maryville Saint Daria Cwiklowski was presented with a college scholarship, courtesy of Meramec Valley Bank.
At a ceremony held at Valley Park High, Senior Vice President/Lending Officer Jim Jones awarded the Emma O’Brien Scholarship to Cwiklowski. In doing so, he noted that “the Emma O’Brien Scholarship is named in honor of an outstanding employee who never missed a day of work in her more than 60 years with Meramec Valley Bank.”
Walk-A-Thon held for Ronald McDonald House
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Des Peres recently presented a check for $6,301 to the West County Ronald McDonald House – proceeds from a walk-a-thon fundraiser held in April along with contributions from individuals and the Lutheran Foundation.
The money is earmarked for new stoves, ovens, range hoods and serving dishes at the West County Ronald McDonald House.
The students exceeded their original $1,800 goal by raising $3,000 through the Wheat Ridge crowdfunding program called WeRaise, an amount matched by the Lutheran Foundation.
Westminster students reign in foreign language competitions
Spanish and French languages students from Westminster Christian Academy have received national recognition for outstanding performance on the 2014 National Spanish Examinations and National French Contest.
In the Spanish examinations, Jennie Albertson tested at the 99th percentile for the second consecutive year, placing third in the local San Luis Rey Chapter. Haley Weinberg scored at the 98th percentile, while in the bilingual category on the Spanish examination, Jarrett Hardy scored first in the local San Luis Rey Chapter. All three students received gold medals
Additional students were awarded a total of nine silver medals, 12 bronze medals and 48 honorable mentions.
Katherine Galvin and Hanna Vitello also placed in the top 10 national rankings for the National French Contest, earning 10th and eighth place respectively. In addition, eight students placed in the top 10 rankings in the regional St. Louis chapter.
Approximately 100,000 students across the United States competed in this year’s French contest, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.
Lafayette High alumnus and Washington University Senior Class President Varun Mehrotra threw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game on May 13.
“The pitch was amazing,” Mehrotra said. “I can say I have successfully checked off a childhood dream.”
Off the field, Mehrotra gave also gave a speech in front of thousands of his fellow graduates at Washington University. Hall of Fame baseball manager and Commencement speaker Tony LaRussa was in attendance.
“Public speaking, I like,” Mehrotra said. “Throwing out that pitch was way more intimidating.”
Mehrotra graduated with a double major in economics and strategy and in international business. He served as class president every year except his junior year, when he studied in England.
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Rockwood Summit High School teacher and Missouri Teacher of the Year Jamie Manker threw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game on May 30.
“It was a fantastic night for me representing Missouri teachers,” Manker said after the pitch. “Unfortunately, Adam Wainwright wasn’t as lucky!”
Throwing out the first pitch at a Cardinals game has become a tradition for the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by Boeing.
Collecting for kids in need
In the fall of 2013, students at Crestview Middle began laying the foundation for a Give Your Gear event.
The project was a 7 Habits-inspired, student-run collection drive with a mission to gather gently used sports gear for families in need. More than 70 Crestview Middle committee members helped put the event together, even reaching out to other Rockwood schools.
After months of planning and preparation, a pep rally on May 6 kicked off the event. Donations were collected all week and the event ended with a celebration to recognize the hard work of all students involved.
“This is a great example of how Crestview Middle student leaders and parents are impacting an entire community,” said Principal Dr. Nisha Patel. “Our student leaders, alongside our supportive parents, worked hard all year long on this service project and culminated it with the synergy celebration.
“It is humbling to see such how a group of young leaders can truly change the world for the better!”
Students donated hundreds of items including bats, cleats, volleyballs, shin guards, tennis rackets, hockey sticks, ballet shoes, golf clubs, goggles, jerseys, lacrosse helmets, ice skates, roller blades, Frisbees, bikes, fishing poles and even a croquet set.
Special School District students earn honors
Several area students were recognized at the Special School District’s annual Commitment to Kids Banquet for their achievements in academics, arts, athletics, communications, vocational training, independent living skills and community service.
Parkway students Cornelius Robinson of McKelvey Elementary and Casey Muhs of Central High/South Tech received the Rosemary Zander award.
Robinson’s teacher, Lindsay Forshee, in her nomination, wrote: “Cornelius has become a school leader in many ways. He serves on the principal’s advisory group, helped set up the gym to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day, was a leader for Junior Achievement Day and greets and escorts guests to classrooms. He is such a positive force and a determined soul.”
Teacher Kathleen Saunders, described Muhs as “a self-disciplined, hard-working go-getter.”
“Casey is overcoming challenges and turning them into strengths thanks to her own determination to succeed,” Saunders wrote in her nomination.
Additionally, the Special Education Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Nicholas Ceriotti of Parkway Central High; the Bonhomme Lions Scholarship was awarded to Alexandra Pearl and Matthew McKenzie, both of Eureka High in Rockwood; and the Christopher Davis Scholarship was awarded to Matthew McKenzie of Eureka High and Taylor Nguyen of Parkway West High. Pearl also received the Dianne Arbeiter Scholarship.