Student earns ACT perfection
Elise Kaminski, a junior at Francis Howell High, has earned a perfect score on the ACT college placement test.
Kaminski is the second Viking student to earn a perfect score this year. Her accomplishment was preceded by senior Gary Rudolph’s perfect 36 earlier this year.
“I am so proud of what Gary and Elise have accomplished, as it recognizes Viking achievement at the highest level and serves as encouragement to us all – that we can reach our goals through hard work and dedication,” said Francis Howell High Principal Dr. Dave Wedlock.
Kaminski is captain of the Varsity Scholar Bowl team, sings in two choirs and is an athlete on the swim team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics association of high school and junior college students.
Scholarship applications now available for SCC
Scholarship applications for the 2015-16 school year at St. Charles Community College are now available. Over $170,000 in Foundation and Board of Trustees scholarships will be awarded for the upcoming academic year.
Completed applications must be returned by March 2, 2015.
Application packets can be found online at stchas.edu/scholarships, outside the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building or in the Enrollment Services Department in the college’s Administration Building, Room 1113.
For more information, call 922-8437.
Fort Zumwalt North senior nominated for community award
Faith Mueller, a Fort Zumwalt North senior, has been nominated for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The award honors young people in middle and high school for outstanding volunteer service to their communities.
Mueller works about 10 hours a week at an assisted living center. She also is a member of the O’Fallon Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, the National Honor Society and the North High International Thespians Society troupe as well as an officer for her senior class. Mueller is a Positive Peer Influence (PPI) Mentor and has participated in the dance team and in several school productions.
After attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference in the summer of 2013, Mueller also started Students for Students.
“The hope of this project is that it will be a recurring thing, a sustaining thing to fill the Panther Pantry,” Mueller said last spring, before the first Students for Students benefit dinner.
Panther Pantry provides backpacks of food, toiletries or school supplies for students whose families are in need. It is an anonymous outreach coordinated by the school’s guidance counselors and sustained by donations from the North High community.
“It’s been a huge learning process, but we got great, realistic feedback after last year,” Mueller said. “Once you start volunteering, it builds you up and you want to do more and then people want to volunteer with you. The next thing you know, you have a group of teenagers making a difference in their community.”
Prudential award winners will be announced in February.
Scouts earn prestigious award
More than 100 local Boy Scouts have earned the prestigious Supernova Award this year from the Boy Scouts of America for their in-depth exploration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields.
“STEM disciplines are at the heart of AT&T’s business, and we understand how essential they are becoming to every business and the growth of our economy,” said John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri. “AT&T’s commitment to education and STEM is as much a part of our legacy as our future, and we’re proud of our work with the Greater St. Louis Area Council to help inspire local Scouts to explore and develop STEM skills.”
In the St. Charles area, the following Scouts were honored during the Einstein Recognition Dinner, at the St. Louis Science Center Planetarium last month: Adam Steiner and Ethan Zink, of Dardenne Prairie; Savonte Seep, of Foristell; Evan Bailey and Jimmy Orsund, of Lake Saint Louis; Justin Burski, C.J. Butler, Kody Gurlen, Maxwell Look, Henry Roos and Blake Waddington, of O’Fallon; Alexander Renkey and Jack Stover, of St. Charles; Vanik Bright, of St. Peters; and Ethan Duree, of Wentzville.
Under Sondag’s direction, the Greater St. Louis Area Council has become a leader in STEM programs and activities. Nearly 4,000 Scouts in the St. Louis region have achieved Nova Awards. Of that group, more than 100 youth have already earned the Supernova Award, which requires each of them to design and complete a STEM-related research project.