ladue horton watkins high school
Junior Jeffrey Wang (pictured above) graduated from the rigorous 32nd annual Research Science Institute (RSI) this summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RSI stresses advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences and engineering. This year, Wang completed a research paper entitled Effects of Variable Flux and Beam Energy in Nitrogen Ion Treatment on Single Photon Emissions of Defect Centers in hBN under the direction of Professor Dirk Englund at MIT’s department of quantum photonics. Only 52 students from the U.S. and 30 international students were invited to attend the free six-week program.


the college school
Eighth-grader Elliott Notrica has created quite a name for himself on the local cooking scene. He started cooking at the age of 5, and it remains his passion. In March, he won the Kid Chef contest hosted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (He was a finalist the year before.) He also won the Grade School Gourmet competition with Dierbergs. He used those skills over the summer to teach a class called From Farm to Table for 8 to 11 year olds. Also, Notrica helped host a Culinary Banquet with St. Louis chef and food industry powerhouses Kevin Nashan, Josh Galliano, Cassy Vires and Josh Allen. The dinner party helped Notrica raise funds to attend a culinary and arts summer camp in Maine.


st. joseph’s academy
A biennial tradition had big results this year. A school record of 172 students, faculty and staff donated their hair in support of organizations that provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss due to cancer or other illnesses. The campus ministry team organizes the event every other year, allowing people time to grow out their hair. This year, the donations benefited Children With Hair Loss and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Pictured: Patsy Hennessey and Kate Sullivan


kirkwood high school
Senior Cara Palombo, an honor student who takes voice and dance lessons, began participating in musical theater at age 8. This past summer, she took on a new role when she was chosen to direct 42 area students in the Arch City Kids Theater Troupe’s (ACTT) performance of The Story of Tonight. ACTT spreads awareness of Type 1 diabetes and has donated more than $250,000 to JDRF in the past two years.