Bryn Tracy of Andrews Academy was born with a heart condition and is passionate about helping others with special hearts. This year, for the third year in a row, she was the top fundraiser for Jump Rope for Heart, a cause created by the American Heart Association.
This year, Andrews Academy raised over $16,400 for the cause. Clarence Johnson and Ashley Hutegger, teachers at Andrews Academy, have helped the school raise over $556,500 in the past five years. Almost all of these donations stay in the St. Louis area for research, medicines, treatments, prevention and awareness.
Child of God Lutheran School named ‘best of St. Peters’
Child of God Lutheran School has been selected for the 2015 Best of St. Peters Award in the Elementary Schools category by the St. Peters Award Program.
The St. Peters Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the St. Peters area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and that have implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the St. Peters Award Program and data provided by third parties.
Child of God Lutheran School serves 217 students from preschool to eighth grade. It is led by principal Melissa Sandfort and provides faith-based education to children throughout the St. Charles County community.
Traveler’s Protective Association aids St. Charles child
Jocelyn Westerfield, a local St. Charles resident, was recently awarded a $200 scholarship by the Traveler’s Protective Association, with headquarters at 2041 Exchange Drive in St. Charles.
Established in 1975, the Traveler’s Protective Association’s Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired provides financial aid to individuals with deafness or hearing impairment. Grants are used for mechanical devices, medical and specialized treatment, and education that includes speech classes and interpreters. To date, the trust has distributed over $2 million to more than 4,900 recipients.
The association, a fraternal benefit society, awarded 98 scholarships through its Trust totaling $34,250 during the year’s first quarter. The grants, which are awarded nationwide to recipients throughout the year, ranged from $100 to $750 per child based on necessity. This quarter, 16 grants were presented to Missouri residents.
“This year marks the Scholarship Trust’s 40th anniversary, and we are so proud of all the people we have helped,” said TPA’s chief administrative officer Albert M. Shoemaker, Jr.
National merit scholars named
Several local students were selected as winners for the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship program, funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Among these students were Robert F. Onder III of St. Louis Priory School, Emily M. Coonrod of Francis Howell North High, AnnElise M. Hardy of Francis Howell High, Rachel R. Walker of St. Joseph Academy and Nathan O. Glugla of Fort Zumwalt East High.
These students, along with other recipients, were given various scholarships, ranging from $500 to $10,000 per year and totaling $34 million. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage. Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years during a student’s undergraduate career, and can be used at any regionally-accredited U.S. college or university.
In order to be considered, semifinalists were asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions, in addition to possessing an outstanding academic record. Scholars were then selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors.
Fort Zumwalt East student commits to making a difference
Leigh Loureiro, a senior at Fort Zumwalt East High, excels at leadership by remaining patient and continuing to be involved.
Loureiro is active in Drama Club and National Honor Society. She played volleyball for two years, is the president of the choir, works as an A+ tutor and a PPI (Positive Peer Influence) mentor, and is chair of the Student Council committee that produces “Pride News,” the school’s weekly broadcast.
But it is her family connection that has truly shaped her leadership qualities and how she works with others. Her older brother, Peter, has Down Syndrome, which was one reason Loureiro decided to earn part of her A+ hours working in a resource room at Fort Zumwalt East. Students in the A+ buddy program tutor during school and accompany resource classes on field trips.
“It’s really cool to see Peter in his environment and to see him with all of his friends,” Loureiro said. “I felt like I already had a good base of knowledge in working with special ed kids and the patience you need. Living with Peter has definitely taught me patience. Sometimes that bleeds over into other parts of my life. Sometimes, you just need some patience with people.”
Loureiro won’t attend school with any of her other siblings, but she still plans to be involved with them and offer plenty of advice.
“I will definitely encourage them to be involved in school,” she said. “When I got cut from volleyball, I got into NHS, PPI and drama. It opened up so much to me. I found things I really want to do and really want to follow. I will tell my brother and sister to open doors. Go after opportunities. Meet new people. Being involved makes everything easier.”
Loureiro plans on studying theater at Missouri State University.
Adam Cole recognized for school board service
Adam Cole, a senior at Francis Howell North High, was recognized at the April 16 Board of Education meeting for his services as the board’s student representative and his academica excellence.
Cole is a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He received a score of 35 on the ACT and a score of 1550 on the SAT. Additionally, he has served as president of the Spanish Club during his junior and senior years, played on the tennis team and has been a member of the National Honor Society. Cole also served as a freshman mentor during his senior year and volunteers with St. Louis Food Outreach, helping provide food to those in need.
“Adam is a great young man,” Andy Downs, principal of Francis Howell North said. “He is smart, he is altruistic and he is kind. We are very proud of him in representing Francis Howell North.”
After graduating this spring, Cole plans to study political science and economics at Michigan State University, and possibly to attend graduate school to pursue a career in academia. He was selected as one of 25 students to be a Social Science Scholar at MSU, and earned one of 15 Alumni Distinguished Scholar scholarships.