STAR students honored

Fort Zumwalt West High senior Saivaroon Gajagowni has been named a 2014 winner of the LMI Aerospace Inc. Award for Excellence in Research for his work this summer as part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. Gajagowni, along with West High senior Amanda Blythe, and Fort Zumwalt South High senior Aishwarya Mogulothu, participated in the six-week program. STARS pairs high school juniors and seniors from around the country with top mentors from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Confluence Discovery Technologies and UMSL, as ...

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Klein wants to build Marquette football program step by step

Marquette coach Matt Klein picked up the first win in his Mustangs career and he hopes for many more to come as he builds the program. Klein, who was hired from Knob Noster in mid-Missouri, has the Mustangs off to a 1-1 start. Marquette dropped the season opener at home 31-7 to a strong Ritenour squad. However, Marquette bounced back last year to score a 50-13 win over Northwest on the road. “Well, no doubt any time you get a win no matter what happens or how it happens, it’s a good thing,” Klein said. “I’m really happy for our ...

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St. Peters alderman to draft bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors

St. Peters may be moving to ban the purchase of electronic cigarettes by minors and forbid them from entering so-called “vapor lounges” where they can be smoked. The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a motion by Alderman Patrick Barclay (Ward 4) during a work session on Aug. 14 authorizing him to draft a bill with the bans. The bill is expected to be considered by the board in September. Barclay said the bill would be modeled after an ordinance approved on July 21 by the Chesterfield City Council. The Chesterfield ordinance bans the sale and possession of vapor nicotine products ...

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Bravo, Thomas Sowell

To The Editor: Bravo to Thomas Sowell for taking on the DeBlasio left. My wife and I are both graduates of New York City magnet schools. She graduated from what is now the LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts. I graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. It is of interest as to how the liberal left defines minorities as African Americans and Hispanics. Are not Jews and Orientals also minorities? That these latter groups have dominated New York magnet school enrollment over the decades is, in large part, because these cultures value study and education, and ...

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Banning bullets

To the Editor: Edward James Logue, my great-grand uncle, was shot and killed in the Spanish American War, along with 236 other soldiers who died in battle; another 3,000 lost their lives to malaria. Bullets were a minor problem during the Spanish American War. In 1947, the United States successfully set out to eradicate malaria using DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). In 1972, determining that DDT was causing cancer, the United States banned its use in agriculture. In 1982, when a lunatic put cyanide in Tylenol killing seven people in Chicago, the packaging laws were altered permanently. Recently, a citizen was shot and ...

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Girl Scouts FIRST Robotic program receives funding from Monsanto

Monsanto Fund provided a grant of $25,000 to support Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics programs in 2014-15. Girl Scouts FIRST Robotics is a mentor-based program designed to cultivate interest in STEM fields, where girls will learn valuable life and employment skills by learning how to become leaders, creating ideas, solving problems and overcoming obstacles. In its 2014-15 season, Girl Scouts will organize at least 30 all-girl FIRST Robotic teams, providing age-appropriate STEM activities for four tiers of teams. To learn more, visit girlscoutsem.org or contact a local Girl Scout leader. ...

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Chaminade’s Tatum rated tops in the nation

Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum has been rated the No. 1 basketball player in the junior class in the nation by scout.com. The 6-foot-9 guard has offers to play at Kentucky, Duke, Florida, North Carolina and any other school with a scholarship to offer. He spent his summer not just playing basketball, but playing basketball for his country and traveling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to compete in the World Championships – playing on the Under-17 USA team. The two-time defending champion USA team was pushed to the limit before a close 99-97 win over Australia. Tatum played in seven games in ...

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Art Educator of the Year

Winifred Crock, orchestra director at Parkway Central High, has been named the Art Educator of the Year by the Arts and Education Council. Presented since 1992, the St. Louis Arts Awards honors individuals who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence and organizations and businesses that enrich St. Louis’ arts and cultural community. Crock will be recognized at a benefit event on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at the Chase Park Plaza. In 2013, Crock was named the Educator of the Year by the Saint Louis Symphony. In addition, she was named the Teacher of the Year for Central High for the ...

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Local schools raise thousands for American Heart Association

The Fort Zumwalt School District made history in 2014 by raising more money for the American Heart Association than any other school district in Missouri. “This year the Fort Zumwalt School District raised $100,017,” said Barb Reyering, youth marketing director for the American Heart Association. She also noted that “almost all of these donations stay in our area for research, treatments, medicine, prevention and awareness of heart disease.” Twin Chimney Elementary was ranked No. 3 in the state, raising over $18,400. “I’m really proud that our students from throughout the district made a unified effort at serious community service,” said ...

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