• Students of the Month.

  • September 2019 Student of the Month - Annabelle Wenzel

    Ambition:  To attend SIU-E or Missouri University of Science and Technology and major in either mechanical or robotic engineering

    Annabelle Wenzel is an amazing student at both South Tech High School and her home school, Hancock High School.  A student in the Electronics and Robotics Program at South Tech, she recently assisted the robotics team, "The Tech Heads," to qualify for the World Tournament and then to take 13th place overall.  The team was also honored with an award for Innovation in Design.  At South Tech, Annabelle also serves as a Student Ambassador, helping to promote and support both her program and the students at South.  Her robotics instructor, Mr. Rola, when asked about her work in the program, commented, "During her time here, I have witnessed a diligent self-starter motivated by intense curiosity on how things work.  As an Electronics and Robotics Engineering student, this attitude and approach to work and problem solving is essential to a career in engineering."

    Other key points about Annabelle:

    • Member of the National Honor Society at both South Tech and Hancock
    • Is a part of Varsity-H at Hancock, a collaboration of varsity athletes who assist with Special Olympics
    • Was recognized by the Special School District School Board for her involvement in the Robotics Team
    • Was also recognized by the Hancock District School Board for her contribution to their "6:1 Diversity Club"
    • Also works as a sales associate at Kohl's

    Congratulations on your past achievements and good luck with your future!

    Annabelle was sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Crestwood.

  • October Student of the Month - Angela Deposki

    Angela Deposki is an outstanding student at Lindbergh High School where she carries a heavy class load and excels in her studies.  But her dedication, enthusiasm, and focus do not stop when the bell rings at the end of the school day.  She is also quite involved in the extracurricular program at Lindbergh, immersing herself in such activities and programs as National Honors Society, FCA, RAK Tribe (Random Acts of Kindness), Project Self, Green Machine, Sports Medicine, HOSA, and Link Crew.  Angela is an excellent example of what it means to be an active and involved citizen at LHS.

    Outside of school, Angela takes the few hours not already occupied by classes and homework and dedicates them to other pursuits.  She participates in competitive gymnastics and is involved in Worthy STL. 

    In addition, Angela helps the community around her by volunteering at Kids of Victory Camps and the Amazing Pageant for kids with special needs.  In all, Angela Deposki embodies what it means to be a well-rounded, caring, and active young woman in our community.

    Congratulations on your past endeavors and good luck with your future!

    Angela was sponsored by Lindbergh Schools.

  • October Student of the Month with sponsor (Lindbergh Schools)
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  • November Student of the Month - Ha-Young Aaron Lee

    Aaron Lee arrived at Thomas Jefferson School from South Korea when he was in the 7th grade and has excelled in his academics since that first day.  Being especially skilled in mathematics, Aaron has achieved awards in both the Excellence in Mathematics Competition and the American Mathematics Competition.  From the 7th grade through today, he has consistently earned academic achievement of cum laude or higher.

    Outside of class, Aaron has strengthened his school community by serving as the Head of Boarding Council.  In addition, he plays varsity volleyball and was voted as this year's MVP.  Aaron's service is not limited to working with activities and projects on the TJ campus.  While in St. Louis, he volunteers his time with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery; and when he is South Korea during school breaks, he spends time volunteering at the Seoul National University Hospital.  Aaron Lee is an excellent student and is dedicated to improving the community around him, thus making him truly worthy of recognition by the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Chamber of Commerce.

    Congratulations on your past endeavors and good luck with your future!

    Aaron Lee was sponsored by Computer Solutions.  Thank you Andrew Bader (of Computer Solutions) and Computer Solutions for your support of Aaron Lee and the Chamber of Commerce.

  • December Student of the Month - Luke Portell

    Ambition:  To either follow in his father's footsteps and work for Ford or continue his training in the construction trades

    Luke Portell is a student at South Tech in the Construction Trades program and has indicated how appreciative he is of the opportunities that South Tech has provided him so he can pursue his passion.  He takes pride that he is the first one present in class and the last to leave in order to make sure he is doing a job well.  Luke enjoys doing good work and he brings his sense of humor along with the job.  And he has stated that he is constantly grateful for the encouragement offered him to reach his goals.

    Luke's Construction Trades teacher has described him as a hard worker, fair, one that get along with everyone, and a team player.  Another South Tech teacher also mentioned that Luke has worked eagerly to improve in all aspects, and has made it very clear this year that he is chasing after his goals and is full of ambition.  Luke loves to take projects head on and shared that he built a wooden water slide with his grandfather this past summer.  His teachers look forward to seeing what Luke accomplishes.

    Other key points about Luke:

    • Attends Webster Groves High School outside of South Tech
    • Favorite class at Webster is science
    • Loves to participate as an aide in the Special Olympics

    Congratulations on your past endeavors and good luck with your future!

    Luke was sponsored by Fran-Ann Engraving.  Thank you Rich Bath, of Fran-Ann Engraving, for sponsoring this month.  Your contribution goes farther than you may realize.

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  • January Student of the Month - Lily Jiang, a Senior at Lindbergh High School


    Lily Jiang is truly a "Renaissance Woman" with respect to her wide and varied accomplishments in both her high school career and community involvement.  A senior at Lindbergh High School, Lily has demonstrated great dedication to academic achievement, having earned a 4.41 GPA and working toward becoming an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate.  All of this has been accomplished while also being deeply involved in both music and athletics.

    Lily has been competing with the Lindbergh Cross Country team since 2016 and has served as team captain for 2 seasons:  2018 and 2019.  In addition, she has been a member of the Lindbergh Symphony Orchestra since her freshman year and was selected as Concertmaster for both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.  Lily has also studied piano for many years and has earned I ratings at both the MMTA Conference state level competitions and Sonatina Festival evaluations.  Her summer vacations found her working as a volunteer at Barnes Jewish Hospital where she served in the endoscopy center, assisting in patient care and hospital maintenance.

    Other key points about Lily:

    • Named "Most Improved" in Cross Country in 2017
    • Earned All District Cross Country honors from 2017-present
    • Earned All State Orchestra Honors at State Solo and Ensemble Festival, 2018-2019
    • Member of Link Crew and works with A+ Tutoring
    • Inducted into National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society
    • Member of Creve Coeur Figure Skating Club, achieving both"Junior Level Moves in the Field" and "Intermediate Level Free Skate" honors

    Congratulations on your past endeavors and good luck with your future!

    Office Depot - Kirkwood sponsored Lily.  Thank you Office Depot - Kirkwood.