Saeger student wins Winston Churchill speech competition
Saeger Middle’s Elena “Lanie” Sanders won the National Churchill Museum’s middle school speech contest, proving that a little positive, hard-working attitude can lead to big things.
The annual contest was hosted by the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri. In order to qualify for the contest, students first had to win a local tournament, so Sanders competed against other students from the St. Louis Metro along with students from the Kansas City and Springfield areas.
“Winning was a rush of excitement,” Sanders, a seventh-grader at Saeger, said. “This has been a great learning experience for me.”
Spectra teacher Teresa Maher knows how valuable these types of opportunities are for students. Spectra is a program specifically tailored for students who are identified as gifted.
“Giving students the chance to speak publicly and in front of an audience of strangers, is a life skill that they can take with them long after the public school days are done,” Maher said. “It gives them a chance to take pride in their written work and to inspire people with their own words. There’s an irreplaceable value in that.”
Sanders delivered her speech again at the Missouri State Capitol in honor of Fine Arts Education Day. She performed an encore of her speech at the prestigious Churchill Kemper Brunch and Lecture earlier this month.
Churchill, regarded as one of the greatest public speakers of all time, was giving a speech to the British House of Commons in 1904 when he was 23 years old. According to history, he forgot his speech, left the podium and buried his head in his hands in shame. But he didn’t give up. Churchill kept working at his speech skills and the rest is history.
“I love that the Winston Churchill Museum hosts this contest every year,” Maher said. “He was such a dynamic leader and speaker and I like that these students learn about him and see the relevance and power of his words.”
Sanders, like Churchill, kept working hard until her speech was good enough to be the best in the state. “The topic is something I am passionate about,” Sanders said. “I want others to know the value of having a hard working attitude.”
Duchesne student selected to scholars academy
Duchesne High school sophomore Connor Freeman has been selected for 2016 Missouri Scholars Academy.
The Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic program for gifted students in the state of Missouri. It is held on the campus of the University of Missouri.
The program is designed to give gifted students special opportunities for learning and personal development in order to realize their full potential. With a select faculty, a specially designed curriculum and interesting extracurricular activities, students become part of a unique learning community.
Students from all school districts and private schools statewide participate, exchanging ideas and learning approaches to develop individual talents.
Francis Howell Joerling Scholarship recipient named
The Francis Howell High Limelight Theatre has awarded this year’s Trevor Joerling Memorial Scholarship to Allison Stevens.
Stevens is a senior at Francis Howell High. She has been involved with the Limelight Theatre Drama department throughout her four years of high school and has been involved with several play productions.
In addition, Stevens is a member of the National Honor Society, the Technical Student Association, is a Viking Edge leader, and has carried a 4.0 GPA throughout her school career. She plans on majoring in engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology next year.
The scholarship is especially meaningful to Stevens and her family as they were friends with Trevor Joerling and his family, in whose honor the scholarship was created. Stevens and her parents have fond memories of time spent with Trevor, including setting up a kickball tournament in honor of Trevor and for the benefit of Friends of Kids with Cancer.
Trevor, who lost a brave fight with cancer in 2014, would have been a senior as well this year, graduating with Stevens.
Tenth annual academic bowl held at St. Dominic high
St. Dominic High School recently hosted the 10th Annual Academic Bowl for area parochial schools. Twenty teams from 14 different schools competed in the event held on the St. Dominic High campus.
The big winners in the small school category went to Sts. Joachim and Ann School. The large school winner was St. Joseph’s Cottleville Catholic Church [white team]. Second place in the small school category went to St. Cletus Church, while second place in the large school category was earned by Assumption Parish.
St. Dominic Ambassadors helped run the event and even had a surprise visitor – Austin Merz of the United States Air Force Academy and a 2013 alum – to help out.