By DEANNE LEBLANC
Local Schools honor veterans
Schools in area districts held Veterans Day celebrations last month to salute the brave men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
In the Wentzville district, Boone Trail students made care packages for active military members that included personal care items, snacks and thank-you notes.
Lakeview students collected over $481 for the GI GO Fund, which helps veterans find employment, access housing and secure benefits.
Heritage students held several collections to benefit servicemen and women. Students also donated over 370 pounds of their own Halloween candy to “Treats for Troops,” and held a coin drive and sold T-shirts for the Central Missouri Honor Flight that flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials.
In addition to a morning assembly, students at Francis Howell’s Castillo elementary hosted a pancake dinner that included unlimited pancakes, sausages and orange juice for veterans in the evening.
Central Elementary students gathered at the flagpole to sing songs and observe a moment of silence for fallen heroes. Money also was raised for for the family of Sgt. Dennis Kisselhoff, who lost his life in the line of duty. Kisselhoff’s children attended Central at the time of his death.
At South Middle’s assembly, a student was surprised by her father who had been deployed overseas, making for a very memorable moment and many tears for everyone who witnessed the heartfelt homecoming.
At Crossroads Elementary, Paul Pagano, a U.S. Army WWII veteran who was part of D-day, summed up the celebrations by saying: “It’s wonderful what these kids do for us each year. It’s so important that we never forget. We must never forget.”
Students named to All-State Honor Choir
Two singers in the Francis Howell High choir program have been named to the All-State Honor Choir. Madison Jackson, full member, and Sarah Mason, alternate, will represent the school in the state choir during the Missouri Music Educators Association conference from Jan. 27-30.
Grow Your Own Teachers recipients announced
Fort Zumwalt West High senior Nicole Orf and Fort Zumwalt East High senior Mallory Weisenborn have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Grow Your Own Teachers awards. Presented by the Fort Zumwalt Education Foundation, the awards are given to qualifying students who are interested in becoming teachers and returning to the district to teach special education, secondary math and science, foreign language and industrial technology.
Orf and Weisenborn join eight other students at universities across Missouri preparing to return to Fort Zumwalt.
Cuivre River Electric awards $18,600 in scholarships
Thirty-seven students from Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties received a total of $18,500 in scholarship awards from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust in 2015.
Local students receiving scholarships are Savannah Arnold, Tanner Bross, Abby Diederich, Dylan Donovan, Bailey Fischer, Eric Fowler, Brooke Glore, Madison Grumich, Tanner Hale, Jeanette Humphreys, Audrey Mills, Nicholas Purcell, Rachel Reininger, Mackenzie Richards, Caroline Schmidt, Kara Schrand, Alexandra Tenney, Kellen Tucker, Allyson Wamhoff and Collin Wynn.
Scholarship funds are donated by Cuivre River Electric members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. Since the program began in 1997, more than $900,000 has been awarded to help over 1,900 area students achieve their academic goals.