Area students succeed as summer STARS
Four of the area’s best and brightest high school students spent their summers working in research labs, writing and presenting research papers, and learning from professionals in a variety of science-related disciplines.
Noah Angeles, of Timberland High; Yushin Lee, of Ft. Zumwalt North; Allison Foster, of Francis Howell and Pratyush Sontha, of Francis Howell North participated this summer in the 28th annual Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) program, hosted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
“STARS equips these students with the confidence, content and experience to pursue science degrees and become leading physicians, biochemists and more in their fields,” said Ken Mares, program director.
Mentors for the program come from Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and UMSL. The program is sponsored by LMI Aerospace/D3 Technologies, the Office of the Chancellor at UMSL, SLU, WUSTL, St. Louis Symphony, DuPont Nutrition and Health, Monsanto, Academy of Science of St. Louis, Easter Seals Midwest, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Saint Louis Zoo and University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Teaming up for St. Jude
During the 2014-15 school year, the Francis Howell High Student Council participated in “Team Up St. Jude.”
Over the course of the school year, the students developed and participated in several activities to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As of Aug. 14, the students had raised $4,639.47.
A recognized leader
Recent Francis Howell graduate Sarah Bostic was a runner up in this year’s YWCA Future Leader Program.
Sarah participated in the Future Leader Academy, which provides a forum for young women to refine their skills and competencies in the areas of leadership, communication, self-awareness and team building.
In recognition of her efforts, Sarah was awarded a $500 scholarship.
District outperforms state in ACT participation
The Francis Howell School District’s class of 2015 outperformed the state on the ACT, with more seniors than ever before taking the college entrance and placement examination.
The ACT exam is one indication of the extent to which students are prepared for college-level work.
More than 93 percent of the district’s class of 2015 participated in the ACT, an increase of more than 18 percent. The state average participation rate in 2015 was 77 percent.
ACT scores, or composites, are reported on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest. The District average ACT composite decreased from 23.2 in 2014 to 22.3 in 2015. The state average is 21.7. A decrease was anticipated with the new expectation that all juniors take this assessment.
“Increasing the number of students taking a college entrance exam is one indicator we are preparing students for colleges and careers,” said Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, chief academic officer. “Now that almost all students are taking the exam, our next challenge is to once again increase our scores.”