Student achieves ACT perfection

Francis Howell High senior Gary Rudolph scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam. Rudolph also is ranked in the top 3.5 percent of his class with a GPA of 4.54. He currently is enrolled in the gifted program and is in the National Honor Society. His favorite classes are music theory, advanced placement (AP) chemistry, and advanced placement physics. He enjoys AP chemistry for the class interactions and enjoys the curriculum in music theory. Rudolph also is in the FHHS Marching Band and serves as the drum line section leader. He has won the Mozingo Snare Drum ...

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Foreign language master

Marquette High French teacher Della Thompson believes a good foreign language educator is someone who not only cares about students but also has a passion for languages. Her passion was honored recently by the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM), which recognized her its 2014 Distinguished Foreign Language Educator. “This prestigious award is presented each year to an outstanding Missouri teacher who has significantly and positively impacted foreign language teaching and learning,” said FLAM President and Eureka High French teacher Janice DeNure. As the recipient of the award, Thompson will represent Missouri as a nominee for the Central States Conference ...

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High school boys swimming

Parkway West won the annual Parkway Quad that was held at Parkway North. The Longhorns finished first with 414 points. Parkway Central was second with 383. Parkway North came in third with 294 and Parkway South was fourth with 263. “It is a great meet for all of the high schools,” Parkway North coach Bart Prosser said. “It’s kind of like a bragging rights meet. It is good and bad to have it so close to the conference meet. The good is that it gives a good sense of how quick you might swim in conference the following week. It’s ...

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Chaminade faces Vianney in Class 4 sectional soccer game

It’s time for another rematch with a Metro Catholic Conference team for the Chaminade Red Devils. Coach Mike Gauvain’s squad defeated St. Louis University High 3-2 in overtime to win the Class 4 District 4 championship match last Saturday at Chaminade. Now, the Red Devils (22-1-1) will be playing Vianney in the sectional on Tuesday (Nov. 4). Chaminade is the host but the game will be played at 7 p.m. at De Smet. Chaminade does not have lights and the game would have had to start at 2:30 p.m. That didn’t work for Vianney so the site was changed. “We ...

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Business: A champion for change

PEOPLE Elizabeth Phelps has been named assistant tourism director for the city of St. Charles. She most recently served as government relations director for the city of Farmington, New Mexico. Phelps is originally from St. Louis, and previously worked at Laumeier Sculpture Park. • • • SSM Medical Group has announced the addition of Dr. Ahmareen Khan, who joins Dr. Mohsin Ehsan at their new office at 400 First Capitol Drive, Ste. 100, on the campus of SSM St. Joseph Health Center. • • • Malorie Mattingly has joined Favazza & Associates, LLC, a St. Charles-based accounting and business consulting ...

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Residents urged to shop local

The St. Charles County Council has endorsed a resolution urging residents to shop local this holiday season and beyond. The council approved the resolution at their Oct. 27 meeting, calling for local residents and businesses to “shop local St. Charles County.” Similar resolutions have come before the St. Peters and Lake Saint Louis boards of aldermen and other city governing boards. Colene McEntee, the county’s public affairs coordinator, said the resolutions are part of a combined effort by area officials to encourage economic development.  Officials say buying local both strengthens employment and local businesses and provides more retail sales tax ...

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Holiday Inn razed to make way for Courtyard by Marriott hotel

St. Peters officials say that they hope to have a new hotel opened by December 2015 on the site of the old Holiday Inn on Veterans Memorial Parkway, just west of Jungermann Road. The present 200-room building on the site is in the process of being torn down. “If you had an opportunity to go by there it looks like a bombed-out building in Beirut about 30 years ago,” City Administrator William Charnisky told the city’s Board of Aldermen at its Oct. 23 meeting. Charnisky said the demolition is expected to be complete by the end of December with construction ...

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‘Ageless Remarkable’ honoree

When 19 adults aged 75 and older are honored on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the 12th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala, St. Charles County resident Sr. Cordula Wekenborg, SSND, will be among them. The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System holds the event each year to demonstrate that age is  no more than a number and to recognize older area residents who are “reshaping the face of aging in the region,” spending their golden years in pursuits such as traveling, continuing their careers and embarking on new ones, and supporting their favorite charities. Sr. Cordula, 82, is a retired ...

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Journey to state championship raises Holt to new heights despite loss

Getting blanked without a run in the Class 4 championship game was not exactly what the Holt Indians had planned for Saturday, Oct. 24, at Killian Sports Complex in Springfield. The softball team had its state title hopes washed away thanks to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Lee’s Summit Tigers. But for Holt, which finished 26-6, this season was not just about winning a title. It  was about making a run to the state championship game and enjoying the journey. “I think that was the best part about this experience for the coaches, our players and parents ...

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Prep hockey season preview

It's time to drop the puck on high school hockey for the 2014-15 season. The season begins Nov. 3 and concludes in February at the Scottrade Center where the Challenge Cup and Wickenhauser Cup championship games will be played.

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