Gary K. Wright Scholarship awarded

Parkway West Middle social studies teacher Jason Lievanos was selected as the Gary K. Wright Scholarship winner for the 2013-14 school year. Lievanos and the other scholarship recipients were honored at a reception at EducationPlus on June 3. The scholarship includes a $1,500 stipend and Lievanos plans to use the funds to become a Kagan-certified trainer to enhance his students’ learning experience. In addition, he will offer workshops and support to teachers across the district. Earlier this year, Lievanos was named the Middle School and Parkway Teacher of the Year.  

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National Merit announces final group of awardees

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the final group of National Merit Scholarship winners. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Local recipients include from Chaminade College Preparatory: Jack C. Yungbluth; from John Burroughs: Sarah A. Lowe, Neal Arthur Shulman, Nikhil Das, Hanna C. Kime, Blake F. Maune, Hannah R. Rodgers and Ethan O. Mathew; from Eureka: Brennen L. Lummus; from Lafayette: Amy H. Cui and Anjana K. Renganathan; from Marquette: Brian M. Schibler, Caleb R. Singer and Nicholas J. Shields; from Parkway Central: Haochen Xu and Christopher H. Zhao; ...

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West County high school football preview

It’s almost time to play football again, but the new season brings changes. Gone are the old Suburban West and Suburban South conferences. The new configurations are based on school enrollments, location and sports offered. Parkway Central reached the Class 5 state championship game for the second time last fall. Coach Mark Goldenberg welcomes back five starters on offense and four on defense for his 12th season as the Colts’ head coach. While the Colts lost several key players from last year’s 13-2 squad, Goldenberg is used to the next class stepping up and keeping the program at a high ...

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‘Grannie Annie’ anthology publishes work of local students

Seventeen local students were among the 48 students whose historical family stories or art were  included in the “Grannie Annie, Vol. 9.” Released in May, the anthology is published by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis that invites students in grades four through eight to interview an older relative, write a story and submit it to the Grannie Annie Foundation for possible publication. Students also are invited to illustrate their stories. After stories have been selected for publication additional illustrations are solicited from students in the St. Louis area. Local published authors include ...

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Editorial: Our perspective

What you are about to read is old news. You get this paper in your mailbox on Wednesday or Thursday, but we actually send it to the printer on the previous Friday. While that piece of information may not seem particularly interesting, it is relevant. We like to think that the delay in our publication forces us to make sure our stories include both information and perspective, that they are not forced by the constraints of the 24/7 news cycle – or the even more demanding need to be the first to send a tweet about some topic or another. ...

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Reflections on Ferguson

To the Editor: Here are some things to think about, from a practical white dude who despises racism and the current immature state of our society. Your kids may or may not look like the one that was shot. That is fine, however, that doesn’t mean your children are anything like him. Most commenting about him know nothing about him other than he was shot and killed. Stop comparing your children to him. It’s just to pump people up. Should black folks be mad? Absolutely. They should be mad at the people that are committing “justice” crimes that make the ...

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Security issues in Monarch

To the Editor: I am baffled. I was always under the impression that our police officers and firefighters were sworn to protect the public and their fellow first responders. But I read that a Monarch fire captain was suspended by the district’s Board of Directors for publicly disclosing a security enhancement that was recently installed to protect the district officers and board members. Further, I understand that he went so far as to make light of the district’s effort to enhance security. Since this man is a union shop steward, perhaps this was done in an effort to make the ...

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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor: Sending children back to a life of siege is what borders on madness. In recent weeks, America has been subjected to an influx of undocumented aliens from Central America, a large percentage of which have been young children. In his July 30th article, Thomas Sowell articulates that, without a comprehensive immigration policy, America cannot control its borders. I could not agree more. However, we have been unsuccessful to date at constructing said policy due to Republican intransigence. Sowell also makes the following statements: “We have no way of knowing how many of those children are carrying what ...

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‘Work with me’

To the Editor: The president keeps pleading with Congress and the Republicans to work with him on immigration, along with other matters that plague our country. Perhaps he should be pleading with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to work with the House of Representatives. The House has passed many bipartisan bills, including immigration reforms, but Sen. Reid refuses to bring them up for vote. The stack keeps getting higher. So how can the president get in front of a group of people and mislead them by saying the Republicans won’t work with him? It is Sen. Reid who won’t work ...

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New school year brings conference realignment for West County prep teams

  When the 2014-15 school year kicks off with fall sports later this week, there will be different opponents and different schedules to tackle for West St. Louis County public school sports teams. As part of a massive conference realignment that began back in 2010, schools from West County will have new conference homes in this school year. The old Suburban North, South, East and West Conference will be gone. There will be three mega-conferences that will take their place in the form of the Suburban Central, the Suburban XII, and Suburban West. The new alignment is part of the ...

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