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Local soccer

In the 30th Missouri Athletic Club Senior Boys All-Star Game played recently at the St. Louis Soccer Park, the North squad won a 6-4 victory over the South. Francis Howell North graduate Keegan Fouch was named the MVP for the North squad. North owns a 20-7-4 advantage in the series. The dominant North has won 11 of the last 13 games.  South won the previous two all-star contests, breaking North’s string of 10 consecutive victories. Parkway West’s all-time leading scorer Chandler Klemm scored a goal for the South squad along with Marquette’s Nick Werner. De Smet’s Kevin Edwards scored a ...

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Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club sends 11 teams to national championships

The Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club sent 11 teams to the recent Junior National Championship in Minneapolis and returned with outstanding results. Team U16 Mizuno won the championship in the National division, finishing the tournament with an impressive match record of 10-1. “The first day of tryouts, I knew we were going to be good,” said Team U16 Mizuno player Taryn Griffey. “We decided early on that we were going to win Nationals. It was our goal. The experience was absolutely incredible.” Teammate Kaitlyn Bright agreed. “Throughout the season we worked hard,” Bright said. “We practiced a lot. There are always ...

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St. Louis Rowing Club attends national championship in California

The St. Louis Rowing Club sent three boats to the recent U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. All three of the boats made B Finals. The girls 4+ finished first and wound up seventh in the country. Competing on the team were Paige Hibbard, of Ladue High; Charlotte Cordova, of St. Joseph’s Academy; Lauren Vanek, of Westminster Christian Academy; Sarah Suddarth, of Cor Jesu; and Abby Lane, of Incarnate Word Academy. The boys 8+ crew finished second and wound up eighth in the country. Competing on the team were Andrew Grant, of Parkway Central; ...

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Standout sixth-graders recognized

Rossman School presented awards for special achievements to four graduating sixth-graders. Sriya Bandi earned the Pauline Marshall Award for Scholarship. Meredith Goldberg received the Mary B. Rossman Award for Citizenship. Additionally, two students received the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Specialty Subject. Zachary Mella received it for his accomplishments in Social Studies, while Lauren Wallace received the award for her accomplishments in music.  

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Recognition of outstanding Christian achievement

Westminster Christian Academy history teacher, Chris Knerr, was awarded the Arlen R. Dykstra Teaching Prize at the school’s 2014 commencement ceremony. The award, named in honor of former Westminster headmaster Arlen R. Dykstra, is a $1,000 prize, which is presented annually by the current head of school. It recognizes the recipient’s outstanding expression of the Christian worldview and life-view in both their personal and professional life. It also demonstrates the recipient’s mastery of his or her teaching matter, involvement with the life of the school through extracurricular activities, and creative and innovative presentation of teaching material.

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Rockwood teacher attends Google Academy

Rockwood Instructional Technology teacher Bob Deneau was selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Atlanta. Only 35 educators were selected from across the country to attend the June 25-26 session. The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day intensive program that recognizes educators who are doing innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. At the academy, Deneau received hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learned about innovative instructional strategies, and received resources to share with colleagues.

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Local student attends U.S. Naval Academy program

Adam Schmitz, of Chesterfield, a student at The Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri, will participate in the 2014 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program. U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year.  

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Record enrollment for STARS summer program

Thirty-eight students from 10 area high schools have been selected for the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. The prestigious program for academically talented junior and senior high school students has enrolled 89 participants – the largest number in its more than 25-year history. Participants come from the St. Louis metro area, as well as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois and even Greece. Local students accepted into the 2014 STARS program include: Sangeeth John from CBC; Jason Chen, Joshua Kazdan, Olivia Long, William Meng, Nina Muddasani, Charles Sansone, Tara Suresh, Michelle Tang, William Wolfe and Katherine Yee from John Burroughs; ...

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Driving home a winner

The Parkway Transportation Department won three trophies in the regional School Bus Safe Driving Competition. Drivers have to take a written exam, identify six defective items on a school bus and maneuver through a challenging course that includes 10 specific driving skills. Brian Coker and Greg Zemblidge earned first- and second-place individual trophies, respectively. As a team, the Transportation Department received a fourth-place trophy. On June 19-20, the Parkway Rodeo, which included Zembledge, Ray Pesselato and Erricka Moorehead, competed at the state level and placed second. In individual competition, Zembledge came in second place, Pesselato received fifth place, and Moorehead ...

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Circle Of Concern scholarships awarded

Several students are college-bound with some help from Circle Of Concern. The local nonprofit awarded grants to a total of 13 seniors who graduated from local high schools this past spring, with 11 of them residing in West County. In addition, scholarships were awarded to seven of last year’s winners for their second year of college. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $25,000. First-year recipients include Phillip Sansone from Fulton School at St. Albans; Hannah Petry from Eureka; Lewis Werner from Lafayette; Jessica Phung from Marquette; Ben London from Rockwood Summit; An Hseih, Sarah Larara and Sarah Munir from Parkway West; ...

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