Students, staff recognized at April 23 board meeting
Students, staff recognized at April 23 board meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the April 23 Board of Education meeting.

BRIDGEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Basketball accomplishments
Donovan Irving, a third grader at Bridgeway, is a member of the Let it Fly Elite 2029 basketball team that is ranked No. 1 in the country based on coast-to-coast prep in their age group. The team qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union National Tournament and was the champion of the Coach T Classic in March. In addition, Irving was named the second/third grade boys division MVP of the Reebok Presents Snoball Classic.

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PATTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Speak Hard conference
Sophomore Kayla Anderson was invited to attend Speak Hard, a day-long conference where students collaborate with their peers and learn more about issues such as bullying, suicide prevention and teen dating violence. Following the conference, students are empowered with new information and return to their communities ready to educate adults about these issues. Anderson used her knowledge about House Bill 270 to speak to legislators about nicotine and the possible impacts of vaping on school campuses. She was chosen for Speak Hard because of her leadership, advocacy interest and interest in developing public speaking skills.

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HOSA international qualifiers
Sixteen students from Pattonville High School recently competed in the state HOSA Future Health Professionals competition, and nine advanced to the international competition. Senior Will Polster was named an international qualifier after placing first in the researched persuasive writing and speaking event. Freshmen Loudin Cato, Sarah Etwaroo, Chloe Kerwin and Ponon Masokano placed second in the original medical innovation event and will advance to the international competition. The final group that advanced to the internationals included Teidrick Banks, Mario Jauregui, Sam Vaclavik and Griffin Wick, who placed third in the HOSA Bowl. In addition, seven other students advanced to state. Mikayla Bridges and Melanie Rivera Nunez competed in the prepared speaking event. Marisa Ruggiero competed in the human growth and development event. Juniors Teryn Battle, Richa Boara, Becky Giang and Haley Swift competed in the HOSA Bowl. Teacher Jamie Jobe is their advisor.

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FAST swim sectionals
Three Pattonville students in the FAST swim team participated in the 2019 Speedo Region VII Spring Sectionals. Chaska Cox-Potter, Chris Tobar and Philip Tso competed in two events at the event in Columbia. Of more than 70 teams from seven states, the boys finished 56th in the 200 medley relay and 61st in the 400 medley relay.

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Varsity drill team nationals
The Pattonville varsity drill team earned eighth-place in medium hip hop and 16th in the medium pom division at the national competition sponsored by the National Dance Association (NDA) in Orlando, Florida. Members of the team include Kinzi Boyer, Allison Brown, Molly Hanford, Amaris Kirksey, Renee Neal, Summer Parker, Zoie Redfern, Emily Reyes, Katie Ridings, Hannah Schamber, Hailey Sparacio, Lacey Swanson, Izzy Tucker, Kasey Yancey and Kamauri Younge. They are coached by Rose Acres Elementary School teacher Grace Burgos.

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Girls wrestling honors
Eight students on the girls wrestling team earned All-Conference honors. Junior Autumn Otis was a state qualifier and named All-Conference First Team. She is the school’s first girls wrestler to qualify for the Missouri state championships. Other wrestlers named All-Conference First Team included Da'viona Bonner and Esther Gbloesse. Additionally, the following students were named All-Conference Second Team: Mikayla Bridges, Lucy Ndungu, Brittany Strasburger, Isabella Tucci and Camilla Wilkerson. Brent Mueller coaches the team with the assistance of Paige Mueller, Jake Kim, Mike Moeller and Michael Oosdendorp. This is the first year for girls wrestling in Pattonville. Missouri added girls wrestling to the list of sanctioned sports this year, and Pattonville's team had nearly 20 wrestlers.

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Boys basketball honors
On the boys basketball team, senior Julius Erby was named All-District and All-Conference Second Team. Freshman Kellen Thames was named All-District and All-Conference Honorable Mention. Sophomore Alijah Carter was also named All-Conference Honorable Mention. The team was coached by Kelly Thames with the assistance of Antonio Bryant, Travis Harris, Jason Ohlsen and Dominic Varner.

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Girls basketball honors
On the girls basketball team, senior Niya Danfort was named All-Conference First Team and junior Kelsey Mack was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. They were coached by Doug McGhee with the assistance of Corey Lewis.