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Heard in the Halls: 4.6.22

principia school | In honor of Women’s History Month, the school celebrated 100 years of achievement by female athletes. One of the athletes recognized is Lauren Cornthwaite (pictured, bottom row, third from right, with the Principia upper school varsity field hockey team), who played field hockey and basketball and competed on the track and field team. This summer, the new Simon Athletic Complex, a state-of-the-art fitness and performance center and gymnasium, will open with classrooms and meeting rooms that honor Principia’s female athletes and coaches who propelled the program forward.


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The nonprofit appointed two local educators to its board of directors. Missy Heinemann is part of the performing arts faculty at Mary Institute and Saint Louis County Day School, and her performance experience includes productions with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and St. Louis Actors’ Studio. Kelley Weber is the director of theater for Clayton High School. A founding member of the Mustard Seed Theatre, she also has credits with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Shakespeare Festival,  New Jewish Theatre and Metro Theatre. She won the 2020 St. Louis Circle Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her work in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur at the Tennessee Williams Festival.


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The work of six students was recognized by C-SPAN in the 2022 Student Cam National Documentary Competition. Senior Lucy Burns was one of 32 third-prize winners nationwide for her entry “The Plastic Project.” Juniors Cecilia Bartin, Thao-Vi Do, Jane Dubberke, Nora Hamilton and Brayden Maxwell were given honorable mentions. The competition asked students to create a short video about the the impact of the federal government on their life.

Kirkwood High School also earned the national championship title at the annual USA Racquetball National High School Championships. Both the boy’s and girl’s racquetball teams placed second in the nation, and KHS was recognized as “Best Overall Team.” Some 346 high school racquetball players from across the country competed in the national championship. KHS had 65 students complete, making the team the largest co-ed junior racquetball program in the country.


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Nine students received Gold Key awards from the Missouri Scholastic Art & Writing program. Gold Key winners are automatically considered for the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,the longest-running recognition program for creative teens. The students honored were Sana’a Abou Antoun, Elisa Chen, Ajay Eisenberg, Mikaela Snitzer, Jack Watts and Matthew Wehling from Central High; Miranoush Nalbandian from West High; Hannah An from North High; and Katherine Roland from West Middle School.

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