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Francis Howell leads the way to 21st century careers

By: Ellen Lampe


A Project Lead The Way Principals of Biomedical Science class at Francis Howell Central High.

All three Francis Howell School District high schools – Francis Howell High, Francis Howell Central High and Francis Howell North High – have been named Project Lead The Way [PLTW] “Distinguished Schools.” Only 11 schools in Missouri achieved the distinction.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

“This recognition honors our commitment to college and career readiness,” Nicole Whitesell, the district’s chief academic officer, said.

Francis Howell Central High senior Chase Thompson said the PLTW courses he has taken have inspired his future career path.

“PLTW allowed me to get a full view of the medical field and all of the different opportunities,” Thompson said. “I’m going to college and med school after that. PLTW really inspired me, and getting involved in the medical work really engaged me.”

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW and student success in its coursework.

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