|Students and staff recognized at April 9 board meeting|
|Monday, April 15, 2019|
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the April 9 Board of Education meeting.
REMINGTON TRADITIONAL SCHOOL
Missouri Law Day Essay Contest
Daniel Clifford, a fifth-grader at Remington, placed second in the fourth- and fifth-grade category of the Missouri Law Day Essay Contest. His essay focused on the powers, checks and balances and origins of the three governmental branches. The contest was sponsored by the Missouri National Education Association and the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section.
PATTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Missouri Scholars 100
Two seniors at Pattonville High School were recognized by the 2019 Missouri Scholars 100 program. Will Polster was selected for the program and Victoria Lofland was selected as honorable mention. Missouri Scholars 100 is a statewide program, sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic graduating students. Selection is based on a formula that uses a student’s GPA and ACT or SAT score and an academic decathlon that consists of 10 events, including being an exemplary citizen, taking upper-level courses and being ranked in the upper 10% of their class.
Young Artists' Showcase Juried Exhibit
Two students had art selected for the juried Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase. Senior Sydney Beins had a watercolor titled “Spiffy Pom” chosen, and senior Celia Friedrich had an acrylic painting titled “Hanging by a Thread” selected. Around 370 students submitted artwork and less than one third were accepted. Their artwork was on display at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in March. These students are in teacher Beth Kathriner’s AP Studio Art 2 class.
UMSL Bridge program
Students who completed the University of Missouri-St. Louis Bridge Program are Richard Dunbar, Jaylen Greenlee, Amiya Holmes, Jeffrey Kircus, Kevaughna Nelson, Ayiana O'Neal, Kendall Perine and Tyler Wright. The Bridge Program offers classes in subjects like math, writing skills, career and personal development and college preparation.
Jazz band festival honors
The jazz band and jazz ensemble from Pattonville High School placed third at the Jazz at the Meadows festival, a large festival comprised of around 100 performing ensembles from the Midwest. Five students earned Outstanding Musicianship awards for their performance. They are Chad Jones, for trombone in a jazz combo and jazz ensemble; Daniel Mamrenko for percussion in jazz ensemble; Thomas McFarland for vibes in a jazz band and percussion as part of the jazz ensemble; Alex Newett for trumpet in jazz band; and Simon Wacker for bass as part of the jazz combo. They are directed by Denny McFarland, Sara Deutschmann and Anna White.
Cheerleader national honors
The Pattonville varsity cheerleaders placed fifth at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championship. Members of the cheerleading team include Alliah Allen, Maddie Ambrosecchia, Lexi Blount, MaKayla Harden, Quincie Howard, Kesley Kobielusz, McKenzie Massey, Nicole McDaniel, Tori Miniex, Skylar Monnig, Hannah Rodgers, Sofia Serra, Peyton Smith, Amaya Washington and Kathryn Wentz. Their coaches include Kallie Hunt, Audrey Masek, Fred Shatto and Amy Tran.
SSD Special Ambassador Award
The administrative team at Pattonville High School was selected to receive a Special Ambassador Award, the highest honor given by the Special School District (SSD). The award is presented to community members who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the students and staff of SSD. The administrative team includes: associate principal Bob Thompson; assistant principals Dr. Dana Burns, Dr. Jon Fitzgerald, Gene Grimshaw and Odetta Smith; and activities coordinator Bob Hebrank.
TEACHER, SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Employees who were nominated for Teacher and Support Staff of the Year were honored at the April 9 board meeting.
Building-Level Teachers of the Year
The following educators were named the Teacher of the Year for their school: Meredith Keough from the Pattonville Early Childhood Center; Mollie Ahlers from Bridgeway Elementary School; Amanda Starwalt from Drummond Elementary School; Kristen Buescher from Parkwood Elementary School; Nicole Mikel from Rose Acres Elementary School; Barb Klepner from Willow Brook Elementary School; Allison Grigone from Remington Traditional School; Ed Stevens from Holman Middle School; Laura Lancaster from Pattonville Heights Middle School; and Jeremiah Simmons from Pattonville High School.
Building-Level Support Staff of the Year
The following staff members were named the Support Staff Employee of the Year for their building: Cindy Brooks from early childhood; Susan Peroutka from Bridgeway; Tracy Cook from Drummond; Kim Sims from Parkwood; Rungsee Suvansri from Rose Acres; Roxanne Comens from Willow Brook; Florida Jenkins from Remington; Bertha Doyle Sneed from Holman; Kim Upson from Pattonville Heights; Donna Sellers from the high school and Ida Cothrine from the Learning Center, representing the district services group.
Elementary Teacher of the Year nominees
Middle school Teacher of the Year nominees
High school Teacher of the Year nominees
Support Staff of the Year nominees