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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. Email this page

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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. Email this page

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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.   Email this page

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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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Bulletin Board: Local students earn scholarships

Local students earn scholarships Fifty-seven students from Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties received a total of $28,500 in scholarship awards from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. 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 $840,000 has been awarded to help over 1,770 area students achieve their academic goals. Local students receiving scholarships are: Kenady Bickel, Nicole Blackburn, Alexandra Boyer, Lauren Brannon, Tanner Bross, Abby Diederich, Annie Drummond, Daniel ...

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Bulletin Board: Emma O’Brien Scholarship awarded

Emma O’Brien Scholarship awarded Valley Park High graduate and future Maryville Saint Daria Cwiklowski was presented with a college scholarship, courtesy of Meramec Valley Bank. At a ceremony held at Valley Park High, Senior Vice President/Lending Officer Jim Jones awarded the Emma O’Brien Scholarship to Cwiklowski. In doing so, he noted that “the Emma O’Brien Scholarship is named in honor of an outstanding employee who never missed a day of work in her more than 60 years with Meramec Valley Bank.”   Walk-A-Thon held for Ronald McDonald House The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Des Peres ...

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