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Bulletin Board: Teams advance in FIRST LEGO League competition

The Seuss Scientists (from left) are Scott Allred, Kate Allred, Ben Hughes, Myles Allred, Brendan Benigno and Marta Allred.

The Seuss Scientists (from left) are Scott Allred, Kate Allred, Ben Hughes, Myles Allred, Brendan Benigno and Marta Allred.

Teams advance in FIRST LEGO League competition

The Seuss Scientists, a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team representing several West County schools, recently participated in an Eastern Missouri Qualifier.

Coaches Scott and Marta Allred of Wildwood Middle; Kate Allred, an eighth-grader at LaSalle Springs Middle; Ben Hughes, a fifth-grader at Ridge Meadows Elementary; Myles Allred, a fifth-grader at Ridge Meadows Elementary; and Brendan Benigno, a fifth-grader at St. Alban Roe make up the team.

Each year, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. For this year’s theme – “World Class – Learning Unleashed,” – the team studied how they could help people learn to swim better. They proposed having swimmers wear waterproof ear buds so they could communicate with coaches using walkie-talkies in order to help them perfect their swimming technique.

The Seuss Scientists spoke with several experts who thought this was an excellent idea, and compiled all their research into a rhyming ‘Seuss-like’ television news broadcast for their project presentation. For the robotics portion of the competition, they programmed a robot to perform various missions, receiving the “Robot Performance” award for the highest score in their division.

They also received high marks in the final component of FLL, which is exhibiting use of the league’s Core Values, including teamwork and gracious professionalism. The team earned the Champion’s Award, which recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience.

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Also competing in the FLL competition were Oviya Srihari from Rossman School, Ishwarya Samavedhi from Ellisville Elementary, Shivashri Ananthamurugan from Visitation Academy and Mini Ravichandran from Ballwin Elementary.

As their project presentation, those students presented an innovative solution to improve underperforming schools in St. Louis by partnering them with higher-performing schools.  The students won the Best Robot Performance special award and the Championship Award.


Donation accepted to help fund radio station

Rockwood’s Board of Education, on Dec. 4, approved an anonymous donation of $5,000 from a local resident to be used toward equipment needed for Rockwood Summit High’s startup FM radio station.

District officials said the school was recently awarded an FCC license to become an FM radio station; however, they needed to raise money to purchase a transmitter (which costs $3,500) and antenna (which costs $1,500), as well as to provide installation and an Emergency Alert System box (costing $3,000) required by the FCC.

Officials said the radio station will benefit not only the radio production class at Rockwood Summit, but also the entire school and Fenton community, as broadcasts will be to that entire area.


Outstanding Hispanic students recognized 

Three Rockwood students have been identified as outstanding Hispanic high school students by the College Board.

Gabriela Avila and Erin Nischwitz of Lafayette High and Brianna Marsh of Eureka High were chosen by the 2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program as among the highest-scoring juniors nationwide who took the PSAT/NMSQT and designated themselves as Hispanic. The recipients also achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher by the end of their junior year.


Eagle Scout project provides cemetery kiosk

An Eagle Scout project in Manchester will ensure that relatives of Harugari Cemetery occupants can easily identify their ancestors’ burial location and inform the public of this small piece of Manchester history.

Jackson Winters, of Troop 750, sponsored by the Wren Hollow Elementary PTO, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout last month following the completion of this project. For his project, Winters constructed a kiosk with historic information regarding the Harugari Cemetery. He also provided an updated map of gravesite locations so that identification can continue for future generations.

The Harugari Cemetery was established in 1877 as a burial ground for a secret German society called “The Order of the Harugari,” formed as a way for German immigrants to preserve the German language and culture. An arch marks the entrance of the cemetery on Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester, not far from the city’s Paul A. Schroeder Park.

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