Area students commended for academic performance

The National Merit Scholarship program is an annual academic competition, which identifies seniors who represent the top of their graduating class. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. More than 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Local ...

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These blankets would make Linus proud

Students at Woerther Elementary are helping those in need one blanket at a time. Students created more than 50 blankets for Project Linus during their Fall Academic Celebrations. “We’ve helped Project Linus since 2009,” Woerther Principal Jane Levy said. “Our students really enjoy this service project.” According to the Project Linus website, the charity “provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers.'” “We truly appreciate our students, their parents and our staff for their ...

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Hole in one

Manchester’s Ned Gregory waited 64 years but he said it was worth the wait. Gregory, 75, started playing golf when he was 11. He recently recorded his first hole in one. He made the hole in one Oct. 5 playing in a tournament at Westwood Hills Country Club in Poplar Bluff. On No. 10, Gregory hit a 3-wood 192 yards. “It took me 64 years to do it,” Gregory said. “It was a great golf shot. It hit 10 or 12 feet in front of the hole. We couldn’t see it.” Unfortunately, his playing partner spoiled it for him. “He ...

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Soccer Hall of Fame inducts Chris Papagianis

The St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame recently held its 2014 Hall of Fame banquet at the America Center. Chesterfield’s Chris Papagianis, 64, was inducted for his playing career at Southwest High School and Harvard, where he also is in the Hall of Fame. The other 2014 inductees included Nick Archer, Mike Barnstead, Ed Cody Jr., Vince Drake, Austin Gomez, Carl Hutter, Mike O’Mara, Tom Pollihan, Ray Schnettgoecke and Francis Slay. Honorees for 2014 were Rich Meisemann receiving the Msgr. Jimmy Johnson Award; Dan Flynn, USSF secretary general, receiving the Bob Burnes Benchwarmer Award; Jeff Robben, of St. Mary’s and ...

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Lafayette honors fallen teammate, knocks off Eureka

Noah Cook's spirit carried the Lafayette Lancers football team to higher ground Friday night at Eureka High School. Cook, a sophomore lineman on the Lafayette junior varsity team, passed away on Thursday morning and the Lancers played with heavy hearts. But that did not stop the club from honoring their teammate as they dedicated the game to his memory.

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Progress 64 West to award up to $10,000 in scholarships

Progress 64 West is seeking applications from high school seniors attending schools along the Hwy. 40/I-64 corridor for its annual Louis S. Sachs Scholarships. Sponsored by American Direct Marketing Resources, LLC and DosterUllom, LLC with Lindenwood University as a matching sponsor, the scholarships (three) total $10,000.

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Bi-annual Mud Run to benefit BackStoppers

On Oct. 4, The Battlegrounds at Cedar Lake, is holding its fifth bi-annual race. The five-mile run features more than 30 military-themed obstacles for the physically and mentally fit. Registration is underway; spectators are welcome.

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Missouri team ready to begin play in the USGA State Team Championship

The three-man Missouri team will begin competition Tuesday (Sept. 30) in the USGA’s Men’s State Team Championship. For the third consecutive time, and seventh time in the 11 playings of the championship, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have entered a team. The average age of the competitors is 35.7 years. New York won the event in 2012. The event runs through Thurdsay at French Lick, Ind.  Opened in 2009, the par 72 Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort is a jewel. The course is one of the rising stars in the game, having already ...

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