Students, staff recognized at Jan. 24 board meeting
Students, staff recognized at Jan. 24 board meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Read about the students and staff who were recognized at the Jan. 24 Board of Education meeting.

KeturahGadson.jpgUnited States Senate Youth Program
Pattonville High School senior Keturah Gadson was named as one of two students to represent the state of Missouri as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), which will be held in Washington D.C. in March. Approximately 100 students are selected nationwide each year to participate in this week-long government and leadership education program and receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Participants are chosen through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide. The U.S. Senate created USSYP by resolution in 1962 to provide an opportunity for talented youth who have demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. The program enables students to interact with the highest-level officials from each branch of government during this intensive week. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Two high school juniors or seniors are selected from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) overseas to attend. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations.

QuestBridge College Prep Scholar
Pattonville senior Micah Thompkins was named a College Prep Scholar through QuestBridge. He was recently awarded a full scholarship to Northwestern University. He was one of 767 finalists in the program. QuestBridge's College Prep Scholarship program provides opportunities to help outstanding juniors prepare to apply to top colleges and provides scholarship opportunities for them as seniors.

National Journalism Education Association recognition
An article by Pattonville sophomore Brittany Bell was selected by the National Journalism Education Association to be featured on Flipboard as one of the best pieces of high school journalism in the United States. The article, “DiSalvo has alopecia areata, is feeling free without her wig,” was one of 10 stories selected for the online magazine each month. Bell's story is published in January's magazine and is entered into the year-long “Story of the Year” contest. Brian Heyman is her journalism teacher.

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Artsonia Artist of the Week
Pattonville junior Grace Skelton was selected as the winner of Artsonia's Artist of the Week contest for the week of Dec. 11. Artsonia selects 12 art submissions in each of four age groups from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade to be a finalist in each week's contest. Skelton was included in the 10th- through 12th-grade category. Visitors to the Artsonia website vote to determine each week's winner in each category. Artsonia is an online kids' art museum. Skelton was enrolled in graphic design and ceramics last semester and is in drawing and sculpture this semester.

Presenter at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Pattonville High School social studies teacher Katherine Korte presented at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in November. She co-presented on “Learn with the World: Connecting Students in Global Virtual Projects,” where she talked about how educators can begin providing global interaction in the classroom.

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