whitfield school | Congratulations to Lai Jeon Williams! The junior was the second place winner in the 2022 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Youth of the Year competition, receiving a $3,500 scholarship. Lai Jeon and three other finalists were honored Oct. 26 at the nonprofit’s Great Futures Gala. She was recognized for her dedication and service to the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club and her academic achievement at Whitfield.


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For Hispanic Heritage month, students learned about the ingredients and spices used in Latin cooking by making salsa. At the end of the unit, students held a party, bringing in various ingredients and preparing different types of salsa. A panel of judges, including superintendent Dr. David Ulrich, judged the five salsa varieties prepared. The class also presented a mural they created with the saying “Todo el mundo sonrie en el mismo idioma,” which translates to “Everybody smiles in the same language.”


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Fourth-grader Nevaan Singh received the Global Award 2022 from Climato Reformers, a nonprofit dedicated to educating people about the effects of climate change. The award recognizes students between the ages of 5 and 15 who help raise climate change awareness. Nevaan was honored for creating educational videos on the subject that were shared on social media and YouTube.


Students in the lower school got into the autumn spirit with pumpkins. The cross-curricular activities included reading activities, pumpkin carving and investigations into how many seeds pumpkins of varying sizes have inside. Pumpkin Week wrapped up with a science demonstration, where teachers demonstrated the force needed to pop a pumpkin with rubber bands, used a chemical reaction to create a jack-o-lantern face and made a pumpkin erupt with “elephant toothpaste” (a mix of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap).