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Heard in the Halls: 3.25.20

webster groves high school
Juniors Zora Thomas, Elise Wilke-Grimm and Jaden Fields (pictured at top, from left) were selected to join Quill and Scroll, an international honor society for high school journalism students. The nearly century-old organization recognizes and encourages student achievement in the field.

national geographic geobee 
Rossman School fifth-grader Connor Blake (pictured) and North Kirkwood Middle School sixth-grader Truman Kim will head to the National Geographic GeoBee state competition in Columbia, Missouri, at the end of this month to compete as semifinalists. The top scorer from each state will travel to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a
championship competition.

kirkwood school district
Checkmate! The district recently hosted its annual Elementary Chess Tournament with 118 players in kindergarten through fifth grade. Fourth-grader Bill Blinn, fifth-grader Oliver Burkemper and second-grader Kiran Brosch (pictured from left) all earned perfect scores by winning four consecutive games. KSD has more than 400 chess players annually, just at the elementary level.

givens elementary school/steger sixth grade center
Congratulations are in order for principal Howard Fields III, who was named National Distinguished Principal from Missouri by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Fields has gotten national and international attention for his efforts to expand curriculum, mentor future educators of color and address diversity and inclusion.

westminster christian academy
The school celebrated Black History Month with a special We Are One program highlighting the contributions of African-American educators and institutions in St. Louis. The West Side Missionary Baptist Church gospel choir performed, and superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley of the School District of University City spoke.

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