Students, staff recognized at Oct. 24 board meeting
Students, staff recognized at Oct. 24 board meeting
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the Oct. 24 Board of Education meeting.

Parkwood Elementary School
Featured for fund-raising
Fourth-grader Alivia Ball was featured on the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) blog. Ball, who has a tree nut allergy, organizes a lemonade stand to raise money for FARE's Food Allergy Heroes Walk. She raised nearly $2,500 for this year's walk.

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Pattonville Heights Middle School
Do The Right Thing Award
 Aidan White, a seventh-grader, was selected as a Do the Right Thing award recipient. White volunteers to read to pets at the Humane Society in Maryland Heights in the Best Buddy Center. He was nominated by Greg Stoltz, the teacher he had in kindergarten at Parkwood Elementary School. Stoltz said of White, “He believes in helping others, whether they are a person or a furry friend.”

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Holman Middle School
DePaul Art Show
Twenty-three students at Holman had artwork selected as part of the DePaul Health Center Art Show. The theme for the year is peace and unity in our community. Students selected for the show are Stephanie Bartram, Yanely Castellanos, Micah Dalton, Pathra Dedkhad, Daniela Edilma, Cesar Estrada-Lopez, Angel Hale, Cecilia Hernandez, Jessica Hurtado, Matt Jacobi, Tahjmia Jimerson, Lauren Keller, Guadalupe Lopez Chanocua, Kameron McCain, Chloe Rhodes, Joanna Sansoucie, Sydney Shafer, Isabella Stark, Angel Stewart, Brooke Stewart, Daonne Wallace and Lizzy Zacheis. Art teacher Montie Richter teaches these students.

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Pattonville High School
Fred Saigh Youth Leadership Program
Matthew Feldewerth was selected to the 2017-2018 Special Education Foundation Fred Saigh Youth Leadership Program. Eighteen high school students were selected for the year-long program, which provides leadership training in areas such as giving back to the community, appreciating differences and local government and a volunteer project. Feldewerth is the first student from Pattonville selected to participate in this program.

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Grammy Camp
Raven Hayes was selected to attend Grammy Camp, a five-day summer camp in Los Angeles hosted by the Grammy Foundation. Selected high school students learn about a career in the music industry. Lessons are taught by music professionals as well as guest industry professionals to provide valuable insight and give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. Campers focus their learning in one of the following areas: audio engineering, electronic music production, songwriting, performance, music journalism and video production and motion graphics. Hayes participated in the business track.

National Merit Program
Two students from Pattonville were recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Grace Skelton was named a semifinalist and has the opportunity to continue in the competition to earn a National Merit Scholarship. Semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. To become a semifinalist, Skelton had to submit a detailed scholarship application, including information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstration of leadership abilities, employment and honors received. In addition, James McMahon was selected as a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Program. Commended Students placed in the top 50,000 scorers of students who entered.

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Outstanding Student Leader
Lydia Young was named an Outstanding Student Leader by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. She is one of 56 high school students chosen to attend the annual leadership conference sponsored by the St. Louis County Department of Human Services and Washington University. During the conference, attendees work with faculty to enhance their understanding of community issues and increase their motivation to continue to contribute to the St. Louis region.

NCTE presenter
Kenneth Lopinot, an oral communications and English teacher at Pattonville High School, was invited to present at the National Council of Teachers of English national convention in November. Lopinot will be part of a panel speaking on “Influencing the Future Now: National English Honor Society Nurtures the Passion for English.” The conference brings in thousands of educators from elementary teachers to college professors to administrators and other professionals.

Research Teachers Conference
Science teacher Ken Smith was one of 200 science research teachers selected to attend the 2017 Research Teachers Conference in October. The conference took place in Washington, D.C., and was sponsored by the Society for Science and the Public. During the conference, attendees learned about best practices and how to troubleshoot challenges they may face in supporting students in independent research.

NCI 30 Leaders in their Thirties
Assistant Principal Dr. Jon Fitzgerald was selected as a recipient of the North County Incorporated (NCI) Regional Development Association's Salute to 30 Leaders in Their Thirties Award. Honorees are recognized for making a mark in their careers in civic work. “North County’s impressive young business leaders are making a strong impact in our community professionally and through volunteerism," said Rebecca Zoll, NCI president and CEO.

Bridgeway Elementary School
NEA 30 Under 30 Educators
Bridgeway fifth-grade teacher Allison O'very was named one of the National Education Association's (NEA) 30 Under 30 Educators. These educators were selected due to their commitment to their students, peers and profession and for building networks for support, growing their skills and becoming leaders in education and the NEA.