Voters approve Prop A, Prop B fails
Voters in the Fort Zumwalt School District approved only one of the two propositions up for a vote earlier this month.
With nearly 67 percent of the vote, Proposition A passed on April 7 approving a $25 million no-tax-increase bond issue that will allow the district to create an Early Childhood facility for 3- to 5-year-old students. It will also allow the district to update its technology infrastructure, providing more reliable Internet connectivity.
Proposition B, a 48-cent tax levy increase, failed to gain majority approval, falling short by 267 votes. That proposition would have helped to eliminate the deficit, hire more specialty teachers, add more technology for one-to-one initiatives, address class size, improve curriculum and programming and improve salaries for all staff, district officials have said.
Student journalists honored
Members of the Timberland High School newspaper and yearbook staffs attended the Sponsors of Student Publications Journalism Conference at Webster University on March 9 where the school’s yearbook “Wolf Tracks” received a Superior rating.
Area high school journalists attended the conference, where they participated in workshops and panel discussions with local journalists and professionals in the field.
The following Timberland students also won individual awards:
• Claudia Campbell received a rating of Excellent for Inside Page Design
• Dustin Steinhoff received a rating of Superior for Infographic
• Dustin Steinhoff received a rating of Honorable Mention for News Story
• Mary Ploch received a rating of Honorable Mention for Newsmagazine Cover Design
• Savannah Summerlin and Marie White received a rating of Excellent for Feature Copy
• Jace Garcia and Megan Podhorsky received a rating of Excellent for Sports Design
• Emily Baltz received a rating of Superior for Sports Photography
• Jace Garcia was named National Winner, Graphic Design Division
• Katie Schoenborn was named National Winner, Graphic Design Division
• Marissa Cook (THS Class of 2014) was named National Winner, Ad Design Division
THS students work under the advisement of newspaper and yearbook sponsor Ida Hoffmann.
Missouri 100 Scholars named
Four students in the Francis Howell School District – Emily Coonrod, AnnElise Hardy, Tara Parnacott and Miles Thies – were recently recognized as Missouri 100 Scholars.
Coonrod, of Francis Howell North, has earned a 4.76 GPA while participating in several extracurricular activities.
“She has been involved in numerous extracurricular activities at Francis Howell North, including Chemistry Club, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and class delegates. She also volunteers her time at her church, participates in music lessons and Girl Scouts,” said Stephanie Johnson, Coonrod’s guidance counselor.
Hardy, of Francis Howell, has a 4.8 GPA and a 35 ACT score. She is a member of National Honor Society, a 2015 National Merit Finalist, member of Mu Alpha Theta, participates in the Chemistry Club, and is a basketball and softball player. Hardy also is a member of the Francis Howell Drama Club and the International Thespian Society. Additionally, she is a student member of the district’s Academic Strategic Planning Committee and a student research scholar working at Washington University in St. Louis.
“AnnElise is an amazing young woman. She is a positive person and has a good sense of humor,” said Kim Potts, Hardy’s guidance counselor.
Parnacott, of Francis Howell Central, not only has the grades – a 4.78 GPA, but also the courage to take on new challenges.
“Since beginning her high school career, Tara always has challenged herself by enrolling in the most rigorous schedule possible, and has continued to be successful,” said Kris Miller, Tara’s counselor.
Parnacott has been part of the marching band all four years, serving as a section leader. Additionally, she is involved in the Chemistry Club, National Honor Society, Arete Club, Winter Guard and Tri-M (Music Honor Society). She also is a track athlete.
Thies, of Francis Howell North, ranks second in a class of 421 students and has a GPA of 4.83. He is on the volleyball and cross-country teams, is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, participates with the speech and debate team, and is a member of the Healthcare Explorers and the Ecology Club. Thies also gives up his free time to help tutor fellow students for the ACT test. He is a Boy Scout and is currently working on his Eagle Scout project.
“The qualities that make Miles an exceptional scholar are the same qualities that make him an exceptional human being,” said Gifted Education Specialist Jon Travis. “He puts his all into the things he does whether it is studying for a course, helping a friend or hiking a trail. To him, life is an adventure and he is determined to have an excellent adventure.”
Wentzville senior signs with Elmhurst
Senior Carter Meyer has signed his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Elmhurst College. Meyer is a standout player for the Wentzville Lacrosse Club and has been an All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State player throughout his high school career.