Students, staff recognized at February board meeting
Students, staff recognized at February board meeting
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting.

Blooming Artists Program
Six students from Pattonville have been accepted into the Blooming Artists Project, which pairs third- through 12th-graders with local master artists. Students submit artwork they've created and a statement about their piece. Local artists are then paired with a student and asked to create a new piece of art inspired by the student's work. The student and artist meet at an interview night later in February, where the duo get to know each other and talk about their work, and the master artist can share his/her ideas for a new piece. The project encourages continued communication between the student and artist throughout the process. Pattonville students selected for the Blooming Artists Project this year are: Khayden Cole, a fourth-grader at Drummond Elementary School; Kara Griffin and Maggie Haselbauer, fifth-graders at Willow Brook Elementary School; Navy Noble, an eighth-grader, and Analiese Smith, a seventh-grader, at Holman Middle School; and Sean Foley and Celia Friedrich, both 10th-graders at Pattonville High School. They were taught by Josie Cammarata, Dawn Lynn, Montie Richter and Beth Kathriner. The project culminates in May with an exhibit at 1900 Park, an art gallery in Lafayette Square in St. Louis. There, the students and local artists are featured in a formal gallery opening, where the student's work is shared next to the local artist's piece. More than 30 students were selected for this year's program.

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McDonald's All-American Games nominee
Pattonville senior Richard Henderson was selected as a nominee for the 2017 McDonald's All-American Games. He was one of seven finalists from the state of Missouri out of more than 700 nominated high school seniors nationwide. The McDonald's All-American Games is an all-star basketball game featuring the best high school players in the country. Henderson recently signed a letter of intent to play on the NCAA Division I basketball for Austin Peay State University and recently recorded his 1,000th career point.

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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards finalist
Pattonville junior Madelyn Hubbs is one of six Missouri students named a state Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Hubbs has used her experiences being born without her left arm to give a series of school presentations over the past several years and recently helped Shriners Hospitals for Children to develop an anti-bullying toolkit that patients around the world can use in their communities. Hubbs came up with the concept after learning that a Shriners' assessment showed bullying to be the top cause of concern among patients and their parents. Hubbs will receive an engraved bronze medallion from the awards program in honor of her volunteerism. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. Local honorees were reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. 

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North American Championship game
Pattonville senior Marquis Hayes was selected to play in the 2017 North American Championship game as an offensive lineman. The game features top football student athletes in their senior year of high school. The team beat the Canadian team 33 to 11 on Jan. 28 at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Hayes has signed to play NCAA Division I football for the University of Oklahoma.

UMSL Saturday Academy Program
The following Pattonville High School students were selected to participate in this year's Saturday Academy Program, a part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Bridge Program: Laniya Anderson, Alexus Blount, Kendra Clark, Maliyah Clemoens, Allen Dotson, Kenneth Dotson, Richard Dunbar, Kortney Fauntleroy, Bria Griffith, Raven Hayes, Kayla Lawrence, Ashley McFadden, Armani Neal, Kevaughna Nelson, Andrew Peebles, Jaleya Peebles, Aeeda Talukder and Courtney Woods. The Bridge Program offers classes in subjects like math, writing skills, career and personal development and college preparation.

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National conference presenters
A workshop proposal by Pattonville social workers Cherie Magueja and Mike Siebe was selected by the Child Welfare League of America for presentation at its national conference in March in Washington D.C. The proposal, about housing and homelessness, was one of 70 selected for the conference out of more than 200 proposals submitted. The theme of the conference is advancing excellence in practice and policy: highlighting successful strategies to address the needs of children, youth and families.

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