|Students, staff recognized at March 13 board meeting|
|Thursday, March 22, 2018|
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the March 13 Board of Education meeting.
DePaul art exhibit
Thirteen Pattonville students had artwork selected for display at SSM DePaul Hospital as part of a show themed around black history month. The students' work was displayed in the hospital cafeteria. The following Drummond Elementary School students had art included: Ella Hollis, Akira Kendrick, Allahna Lacy, Mackenzie Swann and Dylan Wilkins. Their art teacher is Josie Cammarata. From Parkwood Elementary School , students Santana Barnes, Elise Merrick, Emilio Morales and Bryson Still had art selected. Their art teacher is Janel MacLean. Holman Middle School students whose art was chosen are Angel Hale, Kori Hopkins, Lauren Keller and Brooke Stewart. Montie Richter is their art teacher.
Do the Right Thing Award
Parkwood first-grader Aria Kuhn was selected as a Do the Right Thing award honoree after being nominated by her teacher, Greg Stoltz, for baking cookies for the Pattonville fire department during Thanksgiving break.
Pattonville High School
National Merit finalist
Senior Grace Skelton was named a finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition. She is among approximately 15,000 students nationwide earlier named semifinalists who met all the requirements to advance to finalist standing in the competition. Skelton is among the Top 1 percent highest scorers in the nation on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 1.5 million students enter the National Merit competition each year. Of those, some some 50,000 with the highest Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) Selection Index scores (critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program as either a Commended Student or a semifinalist. All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2018.
Breaking school record
Sophomore Richa Boara twice broke the school record in the 100 meter backstroke. Boara’s first record-breaking time of 1:04:63 beat the record of 1:05.40 set in 1995. This new record time stood for 12 days, and Boara broke her own school record in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:04.14 at the conference swim meet at Rockwood Summit High School.
All-American basketball game
Senior Tyra Brown was named a finalist to play in McDonald’s All-American basketball game. Only 48 students across the country are selected to play on the team out of more than 700 nominees.
Top 25 football players
Two students were selected as a Top 25 football player in the St. Louis metro area. Quarterback Kaleb Eleby, who graduated in December, and running and defensive back David Ellison will be recognized at an awards banquet in May by the St. Louis Tom Lombardo Chapter of the National Football Foundation. They played on the Pirate varsity football team that team placed second in the Class 5 state championship in November.
Artist exhibit selections
Celia Friedrich and Grace Skelton had work selected for display in the annual juried exhibition at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s Young Artists’ Showcase. At the exhibit's opening reception, Friedrich received the Nanda Silva Prize, which is a $250 award, for her drawing "Caged." Skelton received honorable mention for her mixed media drawing, “Submersed,” in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and placed third for mixed media drawing. At the Florissant Valley Community College High School Art Exhibit, the following students had their work selected for display: Talia Sinclair, photograph; Skelton, who earned third place for her teapot; and Susana Solorzano Hidalgo, photograph. Solorzano Hidalgo also had a photograph selected for display in the juried photography exhibition for high school students in the May Gallery at Webster University. Kelli Dornfeld teaches photography, Scott Fader teaches ceramics and Beth Kathriner teaches drawing.