Heard in the Halls

Heard in the Halls: 8.21.19

Photo courtesy of Patch

rossman school 
Students at the private grade school know their way around a globe. They placed first among sixth-graders, first among fifth-graders and third among fourthgraders in the 2019 National Geography Challenge. Kids in each grade take a test, and the top 10 scores are added together to create the school’s overall score. Sixth-grader Anokhi Desai earned perfect marks and was named National Student Leader of the Year. Rossman social studies teacher Erin Moore has helped students claim nine first-place titles in the contest, which is sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education.

visitation academy
The academy’s upper school recently received ‘Best All-Girls’ High School in Missouri’ accolades from niche.com, a ranking and review website. It’s the fourth consecutive year the upper school has taken top honors in the ranking. The site assesses schools based on U.S. Department of Education data, test scores, college admissions and other criteria.

Photo: Brad Smith

ladue horton watkins high school
Alumna Becky Sauerbrunn was among the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team players who celebrated an exciting World Cup championship this summer in Lyon, France. The school district has named its main Ladue West Campus soccer field in honor of the veteran defender, also a 2012 Olympic team gold medalist. The high school plans to retire Sauerbrunn’s number 11 jersey as well. “Simply put, Becky is one of the best athletes the school has ever produced,” says her former coach, Sweeney LaBarge.

kirkwood high school
English teacher Katie Meyers attended the C-SPAN Summer Educators’ Conference in Washington, D.C., to learn more about C-SPAN Classroom, a video-based instructional tool. She was one of just 29 high school teachers nationwide selected to attend the all-expenses-paid event. Each year, Meyers’ students enter the C-SPAN StudentCam Video Documentary competition, which awards cash prizes to the best current event videos submitted.

marquette high school
Senior Nicole Licavoli received a Girl Scout Gold Award for an innovative project to help students, teachers and parents use Chromebooks and Google-sponsored applications more effectively. She created a free educational website, crushcommunication.com, which includes step-by-step videos and other instructional tools. The Gold Award recognizes Girl Scouts who take on an issue they are passionate about and use it to create measurable change.