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Students participate in CYCLE program

More than 100 high school students from across Missouri participated in the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program held July 9-11 in Jefferson City. Local delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) included Hannah Baalman, Dardenne Prairie; Sofia Ezeamii, Lake Saint Louis; Allison Foster, Weldon Spring; Alexa Jones, O’Fallon; and Madison Jones, O’Fallon. The CYCLE program is conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. ...

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Rockwood counselor introduces First Lady Michelle Obama

Lafayette High guidance counselor Sharon Sevier is passionate about her work. “I love working with my students and their families,” she explained. That passion has led to her involvement in the American School Counselor Association. She is chair of the association’s Board of Directors and helps set the vision for the national association and the school counseling profession. This summer, she traveled to Orlando with 2,100 other school counselors from across the country. Sevier said, “We engaged in first-class professional development. We heard amazing motivational speakers.” They also had a very special guest at the conference – First Lady Michelle ...

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Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship awarded

Sullivan High School senior, member of Congregation Temple Israel (Creve Coeur) and NFTY (Reformed Jewish Teens), Tyler Andreasson, has been named as a recipient of the 17th Annual Meyer and Marcelle Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship Award, according to the Anti-Defamation League for Missouri and Southern Illinois. Andreasson will receive a $2,000 college scholarship and will attend Indiana University in the fall. Ken Kranzberg, a member of ADL’s National Executive Committee and former chair of the ADL’s regional advisory board, established the scholarship in his parents’ memory.   Email this page

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Eagle Scout celebration

Connor Jenkins, of Boy Scout Troop 623, celebrated his Court of Honor on May 24 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Chesterfield. The Court of Honor celebrated Jenkins accomplishments, including the Eagle Scout Award he received in August of 2013. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award in Boy Scouts, recognizing the knowledge and leadership skills of the Scout. As his final Eagle Scout Project, Jenkins designed and built a preschool car and puppet stage for Sunshine Ministries Preschool.   Email this page

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Chesterfield Day School reports impressive testing results

This year the median Chesterfield Day School student in third through sixth grades outperformed the grade equivalent median student at independent schools nationwide in all 28 subtests as reported by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP-4) student assessments. Jeff Horwitz, director of Academics and Student Development at Chesterfield Day, said that for the last five years the sixth-grade median student at CDS has outperformed the median at independent schools nationwide. “We are very proud of our students, teachers and parents on the hard work they put forth to achieve these impressive results,” Horwitz said. Email this page

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High school rowing

The St. Louis Rowing Club recently competed in the 34th annual Chicago Sprints Regatta, one of the largest competitive regattas in the region. The club, which trains at Creve Coeur Lake, performed well in the competition. The Women’s Junior 8 – with members Paige Hibbard (Ladue), Sarah Suddarth (Cor Jesu), Lauren Vanek (Westminster), Lindsey Hibbard (Ladue), Sarah Burnham (Parkway West), Ginette Rhodes (Ladue), Hilary Hightower (Westminster), Charlotte Taylor (Ladue) and Elizabeth Natho (Incarnate Word) – took gold. The Women’s Novice 4 – with members Samantha Klein (St. Joseph’s), Charlotte Taylor (Ladue), Lily Brown (Clayton), Maddie Hartenstein (Nerinx) and Olivia Molloy ...

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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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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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