Debate team brings home awards
The Francis Howell North Speech and Debate Team had yet another solid performance at the Pattonville Tournament held Dec. 12-13, competing against 34 other schools from across Missouri.
Several FHN team members brought back awards, including Caleb Black, who won third place in the Humorous Interpretation category; Luke Guerdan, who won first place in Student Congress; and Som Singh, who took sixth place in that category. Guerdan and Priscilla Joel also earned third place in the Varsity Public Forum Debate.
“We enjoy being a part of speech and debate because it challenges us in a different way than schoolwork, and allows us to compete in an area outside of athletics,” said Guerdan. “We would encourage other students to become involved because it has something to offer everyone. It gives the opportunity to polish public speaking skills, learn about current issues, perform artistic pieces, and is loads of fun along the process.”
Though the competitions can certainly be fun, the goal is to develop a plethora of skills in students.
“They can develop concrete skills such as improved listening and note-taking, familiarity with contemporary issues and current events, the ability to research and analyze complex issues, and appreciation of literature,” said Randy Pierce, Francis Howell North speech and debate coach. “Without a doubt my favorite part of this activity is seeing the growth in the abilities and self-confidence of young people who will be able to utilize those abilities for the rest of their lives.”
Student earns justice award
A St. Dominic High senior has earned the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award.
Eddie Reynolds, who has accumulated 300 hours of volunteering, far surpassed the 100-hour service hours required to graduate from the private O’Fallon high school, proving himself worthy of the award.
Since the beginning of high school, Reynolds has been volunteering at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Illinois, fitting dentures for U.S. veterans.
“Once I got 100 hours I didn’t want to stop there. I knew people could still use my help, so I continue to serve, even now,” Reynolds said. “Service can be very fun. It helps if you serve for something you really care about. I worked at the veterans center just to help others and serve the people that served our country as I have a great respect for people in the military.”
The Model of Justice Award is presented to high school students who have demonstrated a commitment to justice and serving the broader community.
“It was very cool to hear Father say it during mass; I was a little shocked there too because I didn’t know he was going to announce it. It was very heartwarming,” Reynolds said.
When he’s not volunteering at the Veterans Hospital, Reynolds enjoys hanging out and playing soccer with his friends. He is a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of the school’s math team. Reynolds plans on attending Missouri S&T to study chemical engineering.
Scholarship opportunities offered
Lindenwood University has partnered with Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the R. Whittington Foundation to offer two full scholarships to students from Missouri and the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Lindenwood President James D. Evans said the collaboration is part of Lindenwood’s ongoing effort to make a four-year college education “accessible and affordable for St. Louis area students. We are extremely pleased to be undertaking this program with these eminent youth-oriented foundations.”
Candidates must meet Lindenwood University admissions standards and should be first-time freshmen. Candidates are required to submit an essay and include transcripts and other materials. Candidates must also demonstrate leadership potential and academic success.
Scholarship applications are due March 2. To request an application, contact Dr. Shane Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lindenwood University also has partnered with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber to provide two scholarship options.
One scholarship will be awarded annually to a day-school student referred by a member of the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. The candidate will receive a scholarship that is renewable each year for a total of $29,600 if he or she attends for four years.
To be considered, student applicants will be required to write a brief essay on one of four topics and submit all requirements of the scholarship by March 30.
For students interested in attending courses through Lindenwood’s evening accelerated program designed for working adults, a $40-per-credit-hour grant will be awarded to students referred by Greater St. Charles Chamber members. Chamber members can refer one or more students to the program. Unlike the day student scholarship, the evening referral scholarship can be granted without a deadline to more than one student per year.
For specific criteria and applications, visit lindenwood.edu.
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Applications for the St. Johns Bank Excellence Scholarship Program are now available.
Interested seniors attending high school in the St. Charles, Fort Zumwalt and Francis Howell school districts should see their guidance counselor, or visit the nearest St. Johns Bank branch to obtain an application.
Three eligible applicants will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education. Other qualifications for the scholarship program include continuing their education full-time at a community college, four-year college or university in Missouri, Illinois or Kansas, and planning to major in banking, finance or business. Applications are due on March 31.
For more information about the St. Johns Bank Excellence Scholarship Program visit stjohnsbank.com or call Laurie Sybert at (314) 428-1000.