|Students, staff recognized at Nov. 28 board meeting|
|Thursday, November 30, 2017|
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the Nov. 28 Board of Education meeting.
Holman Middle School
Holman students Max McFarland and Sydney Suvansri were selected for the St. Louis All-Suburban Honors Band. The Holman band is directed by teachers Adam Hall and Steve White.
Holman students Isaac Blassingame, Tara Chandler, Emma Kasicki, Brandon Slaughter, Cameron Thomas, Weston Vlahiotis and Aaron Wolz were selected for the All-Suburban Honors Orchestra. Teacher Irena Goren-Scheer directs the orchestra students.
Pattonville High School
Shriners Hospital Patient Ambassador
Senior Madelyn Hubbs was selected by Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis as a patient ambassador for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. She was one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the hospital network at the tournament. Hubbs served as a standard-bearer, meaning she carried the scores of a group of professional golfers as they competed.
Forty-six Pattonville students, including 18 current seniors, were recognized as AP Scholars following their results on last spring's AP (Advanced Placement) tests. Seniors Alisha Hill, Hannah Robinson and Grace Skelton were named AP Scholars with Honor for earning an average of at least a 3.25 on all AP exams and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams. In addition, 15 seniors were recognized as AP Scholars for completing three or more exams with grades of 3 or higher. They are: Sarah Baker, Garrett Binggeli, Makyla Boyd, Evan Clark, Samantha Esteep, Aaron Garner, Sarah Hasekamp, Caleb Hughes, Carter Kennedy, Kamilah Kirkwood, Lindsey Lorsbach, Michael Pieper, Amanda Rossel, Scott Scoopmire and Morgan Vaughn.
Sophomore Momo Kikuchi was named a state qualifier, conference champion and the 2017 Conference Golf Player of the Year. In addition, Emily Casey, Bridget Dermody, Sarah Hasekamp and Madeline Yarnell were named All-Conference Honorable Mention. The golf team is coached by David Gross with the assistance of Scott Hutson.
Six swimmers qualified to compete at the state competition. Senior Joseph Kasprzyk and Philip Tso qualified in both the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay. In addition, Nathan Moser and Christopher Tobar qualified in the 200 Medley Relay and placed 23rd at the competition. Chaska Cox Potter and Austin Goettsch also qualified for the 400 Free Relay, where they placed 29th. Anna Braswell coaches the swimmers with the assistance of Gretchen Haughey and Ashley Haar.
Cross country honors
Maryah Dominick and Lucy Ndungu were named state qualifiers in cross country. They are coached by Margaret Gender with the assistance of Kyle Hall.
Field hockey honors
Juniors Kendall Battle and Mikayla Bridges were named All-Conference First Team, and Bianca Johnson and Taylor Wooten were named All-Conference Second Team for field hockey. In addition, senior Sierra Jones was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. The field hockey team is coached by Jessica Dalton with the assistance of Mike Mooney.
Senior softball player Peyton Pfeiffer was named All-Conference First Team. Maddie Bailey, Katie Basta, Courtney Faasen and Laura Hocking were named All-Conference Second Team. Sophomore Chloe Shamel was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. The team is coached by Doug McGhee with the assistance of Rob Simpson.
Boys soccer honors
Byron Reyes Garcia was named All-Conference First Team in soccer. Eric Barcenas and Alexander Perez were named All-Conference Second Team. Marcus Christian coaches the soccer team with the assistance of Tomi Benney.
Volleyball players Megan Reese and Samantha Schuler were named All-Conference Second Team, and Helen Nelson was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. They are coached by Kyle Walsh.
Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Dana Burns, an assistant principal at the high school and Pattonville Teacher of the Year, was recognized with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Emerson annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area who are examples of excellence in their field.
Willow Brook Elementary School
Heather McCord, a Willow Brook fourth-grade teacher, was recognized with a donation as a thank you for helping others. While waiting for a flight at Lambert Airport, McCord noticed a couple getting off the plane. The woman needed a wheelchair, but no one was there to help, so McCord pulled their bags, got her a wheelchair, assisted them across the airport to catch their connecting flight and then arranged help for them for their arrival in Phoenix. The couple sent her school a donation to honor her kindness.
Hats Off to You award
Three Pattonville staff members were recognized during the fall Trauma-Informed Schools Conference with the Hats Off to You certificate of recognition. They are Teisha Ashford, Pattonville's director of student services; Teresa Gunter, counselor at Rose Acres Elementary School; and Christine Young, an instructional specialist at Willow Brook Elementary School. The recognition acknowledges these three for being trauma-informed trailblazers and for making a difference in the lives of children.