Year-long fundraising for Support Dogs

As part of a year-long philanthropy project, the Chesterfield Day School sixth-grade class recently presented a check for more than $2,000 to Support Dogs, Inc., a national nonprofit organization which offers highly skilled assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities. Students raised the funds throughout the 2013-2014 school year by sponsoring bake sales, manning concession stands and other fundraising activities. However, the majority of the funds were raised through the school’s sixth-grade musical, “School House Rock Live! Jr.” Janice Brennan, a trainer from Support Dogs, Inc., thanked the sixth-graders, their parents and teachers for their generosity, noting that the students are ...

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Perfect ACT scores

Several local high school students scored an impressive 36 – the highest possible score – on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Those students include Abby Lammers and Ryan Wahidi from Parkway North and Catherine Lambert of Marquette High. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite ...

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Thomas Sowell – Cease the Cease-Fires

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened. It is understandable that today many people in many lands just want the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop. Calls for a cease-fire are ringing out from the United Nations and from Washington, as well as from ordinary ...

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Weldon seeks to win third in a row at Metropolitan Amateur Championship

Kyle Weldon recently returned the Jim Tom Blair Trophy that the winner of the Metropolitan Amateur Championship keeps until the next tournament. His name is etched on there twice. Weldon, who will be a senior at Kansas State this fall, has a chance at history when the 24th annual tournament gets underway at Westwood Country Club. The Parkway South graduate is one of only three men who have won the region’s top amateur championship back to back. Now he aims for three in a row. Why not”? “I don’t think I feel pressure much at all,” Weldon said. “It’s more ...

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Kansas City woman wins Mid Amateur Championship at Greenbriar Hills Country Club

 Ellen Port was denied the championship in the recent Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s Mid Amateur Championship that was held at Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood. Port and defending champion Mindy Coyle, of Columbia, were disqualified for playing the wrong tee. Carmen Titus, of Kansas City, ended up the winner after being the runner-up last summer. The 36-hole stroke play tournament for amateur women aged 25 years and older entered it’s fourth year in the popular event.  A total of 53 women teed it up in two divisions of play.  The Championship Division played at 5,415 yards and par 71 while the ...

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Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum tabbed for Team USA U17 club

  It is definitely a summer that just keeps getting hotter and better for Chaminade basketball standout Jayson Tatum. Tatum, a junior to be at Chaminade, who was recently named the number 1 player in the nation in the Class of 2016 by Scouts.com has been selected to play for and will be representing his country as a member of the USA U17 basketball team. Tatum, a 6-foot-9, guard/forward was picked to be a part of the final 12-man roster that will play in the 2014 FIBA U17 world championships in Dubai, United Emirates Aug. 8-Aug. 16. The tryouts began ...

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National Braille Challenger takes third place

Richie Tienter, a third-grade student at Westridge Elementary, placed third at the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles on June 21. Tienter competed in the freshman group that represents the top 12 scores of third- and fourth-grade students across the nation. “When they announced his name for third place winner freshman division, I don’t know who was more excited – him, his dad, or me!” exclaimed Tienter’s mother, Ann.“ “Richie’s thirst for knowledge is contagious for those around him,” said teacher Elizabeth Cook. “He continues to set and achieve challenging goals for his progress in and out of the classroom. ...

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Amateur golf

Frankie Thomas, who will be a junior this fall at Marquette, showed he will be a force to be reckoned with come spring in golf for the Mustangs. Thomas finished fourth in the Class 4 state tournament in May. He has put himself among the upper echelon of state golfers with his victory in the Missouri Golf Association’s Junior Amateur Championship. There were 131 youngsters taking part in the tourney for boys ages 14 to 18 at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex just north of Kansas City. Thomas won the state junior tournament with a two-day score of 139, posting  ...

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De Smet Jesuit’s Jimmy Barton returns for chance to play Mizzou basketball

Jimmy Barton is spending his summer in Columbia getting adjusted and doing what he loves – playing basketball. The De Smet Jesuit graduate and Des Peres native is planning to walk onto the Missouri Tigers this season. The all-time single season and career assist leader at De Smet decided to leave Houston Baptist after his freshman season and play closer to home. “I’ve been in Columbia since June 30,” Barton said. “I’m really excited to be a part of Missouri.” A 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard, Barton said, “Houston Baptist was a good experience for a year. It just wasn’t a ...

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Rockwood graduate studies turtles in Hawaii

Marquette High 2014 graduate Leyna Stemle has a passion for turtles. Earlier this summer, Stemle worked with the St. Louis Box Turtle Project. In partnership with the Tyson Environmental Research Fellowship (TERF) and the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT), she worked with the Saint Louis Zoo and Washington University scientists to better understand turtle ecosystems. In July, Stemle travelled to Hawaii to shift her focus from box turtles to sea turtles by studying the Ho’okipa green sea turtle. Working with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF), she helped educate tourists and locals about the turtles in general and about their ...

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