Time out for Faith that Works
Westminster Spanish Club students took a break from their regular after-school schedule to visit a group of underprivileged children in the West County area.
Westminster students interacted specifically with a group of children who participate in a local ministry called “Faith that Works.” The ministry has a current focus on Hispanic outreach opportunities, particularly in the Chesterfield area.
The students were able to use their Spanish language skills to talk with the children at a Valentine’s Day party.
Presidential Scholar candidates named
Ten high school students from Parkway and Rockwood have been selected as part of the 3,900 candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.
Parkway students include Jan Gagstetter of West High; Andrew Dong of South High; Annika Eckenrode of Central High, and Abigail Lammers and Ryan Wahidi, both of North High. The Rockwood candidates include Catherine Lambert and Trishna Limaye of Marquette High and Brenan Cullimore, Erin Newcomer and Vinithra Madapoosi of Lafayette High.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
In April, 560 semifinalists will be chosen. Finally, one male student and one female student will be selected from each state. There also are 15 students that will be selected at-large, and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The award winners will be announced in May.
Visitation showcases giving spirit
Visitation Academy selected Variety the Children’s Charity as its designated charity for Spirit Week, an annual celebration and community fundraiser that culminates in Visitation’s homecoming festivities. Visitation has dozens of students, alumni, faculty and parents who have some connection to Variety, which serves children with physical and developmental disabilities in the St. Louis region from infancy to age 21.
But even if they had heard of the organization before, hearing classmates Caroline Eiseman and Emma Baylis sincerely speak about their experiences with Variety unlocked something for the young women of the academy. Eiseman spoke on Variety Children’s Theatre and Chorus, while Baylis spoke about Variety Adventure Camp.
“I think it helped them to see how important the organization was – and how fortunate they all are,” said Alison Stenger, Visitation math teacher and co-moderator of Spirit Week.
Working together, Visitation’s extended family raised more than $10,500 for Variety and its kids during Spirit Week.