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Alex Cusumano puts golf on hold – but only for a while

Alex Cusumano not only gets it done on the golf course, he got it done in the classroom as well. Cusumano, who graduated this spring from Loyola University of Chicago, recently was named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Earlier, he was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team. “It is a tremendous honor to receive because it reflects the time and effort put into both academics and athletics,” Cusumano said. “I am very proud to be one of the few, if any, to have three teammates on the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All ...

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Handwriting excellence

Out of a national pool of more than 300,000 entries, nine students from across the country emerged for their handwriting excellence, representing both private and public schools. Local third-grader Anna Grace Likes, of Kirk Day School, won the prestigious Grand National honor for her grade and was awarded a trophy and a $1,000 check from Zaner-Bloser, the sponsor of the annual handwriting competition. Winners are selected according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility, which analyze size, shape, spacing and slant. “We feel it is very important that our students are taught handwriting and are able do it well, so we ...

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Presidential Award finalist

Rockwood Center for Creative Learning teacher Nancy McClintock has been selected as a Missouri state-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program. The program recognizes K-6 teachers of science in Missouri and McClintock is one of only five teachers of science selected to represent the state’s best. McClintock, along with the other state-level finalists, will be honored at the 2015 Interface Professional Development Event in mid-February. “The Center for Creative Learning is so very proud of Nancy’s dedication to teaching her fourth- grade students about science, and her passion for environmental education and inquiry-based ...

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Weldon to compete in U.S. Amateur

Kyle Weldon, who will be a senior this fall at Kansas State, qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing second in a recent qualifier in Louisville, Kentucky. Weldon finished 8-under par with rounds of 67-69. It will be the second time Weldon, a Parkway South graduate, will compete in the U.S. Amateur. Weldon, a native of Des Peres, missed the cut in the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver. “I was young back then; still giving away some easy strokes,” Weldon said. “Nowadays I may not give them up. I’m looking forward to playing in that ...

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High school boys lacrosse

MICDS midfielder Harry Wellford has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Virginia. The program is widely known for its recruiting successes, mainly from the East Coast. Wellford is the first St. Louis lacrosse player to commit to an Atlantic Coast Conference school. After considering Duke, Princeton, Georgetown, Notre Dame and a few others, Wellford decided on the Cavaliers. In addition to having the opportunity to play for the all-time winningest coach, Don Starsia, Wellford said he is excited to attend one of the best academic schools in the nation. He plans to study ...

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Summer volunteer program offers practical health care experiences

If you walked through the halls of St. Anthony’s Medical Center this summer, you may have noticed a flurry of teens and young adults working around the hospital. Part of a Summer Volunteer Program (SVP), approximately 55 students and young adults, age 14 and older, volunteered a minimum of four hours per week in a designated department. Mary Jo Wich, the program’s volunteer coordinator, is proud of the unique opportunity that has gained popularity over time. “We are strictly word-of-mouth. We do not advertise or work directly with any schools or districts,” she explained. “With as many as 100 volunteers, ...

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Standing up to bullies

Country singer/songwriter Lizzie Sider, 16, led an anti-bully rally at Claymont Elementary in May as part of the school’s character education program. Sider performed her signature song “Butterfly,” which is about her transformation from victim to leader. She told students that she always loved to sing, but mean girls used to ask her to sing for them and then laugh and run away. One day she stopped crying and found power in words and music. During the hour-long assembly, Sider asked students to tell their stories of being teased. Instead of holding back, Claymont students raised their hands to speak. ...

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