|Students, staff honored at April 10 board meeting|
|Wednesday, April 11, 2018|
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the April 10 Board of Education meeting.
Remington Traditional School
Law Day Essay Contest
Two students in the PEGS (Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students) program at Remington were selected as winners of the annual Law Day Essay Contest. Fifth-grader Audrey Dallape placed second and fourth-grader Daniel Clifford placed third in the fourth- and fifth-grade category. Their 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.
Holman Middle School
Vex robotics competition
Members of the fifth-grade project-based learning class at Holman Middle School competed in the Vex robotics competition after earning awards at the 4H Dolphins Tournament in the fall. The Pugs Team won the STEM project award at the qualifying tournament and advanced to the Vex State Championship where they won the Judge’s Award Trophy. The team is comprised of Mark Dwyer, Lance Fajardo, Bryan Manjarrez, Logan Monroe, Dezmond Stone, Elliott Womack and Tommy Wulf. The STEMbots team earned the Team Alliance and Excellence Award at the 4H Dolphins Tournament. The STEMbots are made up of Matthew Cutrell, Noah Griffin, Adam McNealy, Anastasiya Richardson, Matthew Schiermeyer, Donald Simpkins and Isaac Whittinghill. Teacher Cheryl Gragert coaches these students.
Pattonville High School
U.S. Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program
Randy Hartmann, a junior at the high school, completed the U.S. Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program. The program recognizes the accomplishments of young equestrians and their dedication to preparing for competitions. To complete the program, students must have at least 100 hours of riding or training and have competed in three competitions.
National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Junior Alex Newett earned a national silver medal in the fiction and fantasy category of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for his story “Comrades in Arms.” Nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted and National Medalists represent less than 1 percent of submissions each year. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognize the vision, ingenuity and talent of America’s youth and provide opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Only 20 students from Missouri earned national recognition.
Robotics super regionals
The Pattonville robotics teams completed their season with both teams qualifying for state and one team for the Super Regionals competition. Team 2867 is comprised of Clayton Austin, Greg Bahr, Slena Caldwell, Kaleb Gines, Ian McKeown, James McMahon, Summer Miller, Alex Morschl, Yasaman Mostafavi, Zane Scott, William Skaggs, Kevin Stewart, Stephaun Turner, Ben Wingerter, Jenny Wingerter and Kyle Wright. They competed in the FIRST FTC South Super Regional Championship, which is comprised of the Top 7 percent of teams in the world. To advance to super regionals, the team competed at the Missouri State Championship, where they earned the Control Award, second place Think Award and third place Inspire Award. Prior to this, the team competed at the FTC Qualifier at St. Louis Community College - Meramec, where they earned four awards and was the Winning Alliance Captain. Team 7856 is comprised of Alex Duello, Cole Dunsford, Colin Heidemann, Brendan Hilligoss, Tajh Martin, Erin McMahon, Kyle Murphy, Michael Pieper, Scott Rhinesmith, Steven Seibert, Dan Trieu, Colleen Tyarks, Sam Vaclavik and Cory Williams. The team also competed at the Missouri State Championship after earning four awards at the FTC East Conference qualifier, including being the winner of the Motivate Award and the second team picked as part of the Winning Alliance. At the Meramec qualifier, the team was the winner of the Control Award. Teachers Sue Mathis coaches these students with the assistance of mentors Brian Bateman, Charlie Hall, Gary Mathis, Carl Miller, Colin Shipley, Doan Trieu and Rick Wingerter.
Teacher of the Year building honorees
The following educators were named the Teacher of the Year for their schools: Sharon Wood from early childhood, Emily Lerman from Bridgeway, Nicole Dye from Drummond, Kimberly Dannegger from Parkwood, Mary Spitzmiller from Rose Acres, Jennifer Bober from Willow Brook, Kelley Dent from Remington, Jennifer Calva from Holman, Tracy Baker from Heights and Amy Schwendemann from the high school.
Support Staff of the Year building honorees
The following staff members were named the Support Staff Employee of the Year for their buildings: Cheryl Norfolk from early childhood, Renee Davenport from Bridgeway, Tamika Duncan from Drummond, Angela Barringhaus from Parkwood, Amy Reese from Rose Acres, David Duncan from Willow Brook, Jeannie Jones from Remington, Shannon Hill from Holman, Rodney Spann from Heights, Heidi Lanham from the high school and Tron Williams from the Learning Center representing the district services group.
Teacher of the Year nominees
Other educators nominated for Teacher of the Year include:
Support Staff of the Year nominees
Other staff members nominated for Support Staff of the Year include: