Students of the Month for School Year 2018-2019.
September Student of the Month - Haley Miller
Haley is a senior at South Tech High School in the Health Sciences Program and will obtain National OSHA-Health Care Certification, Certified Nurse Assistant Certification through the State of Missouri, CPR certification from the American Heart Association, and Patient Care Technician certification.
Haley was sponsored by Christine Lieber Agency - Shelter Insurance. Thank you Haley for all that you have done and will accomplish in the future. And Thank you Christine Lieber Agency - Shelter Insurance for your support and sponsorship of this program.
October Student of the Month - Aditti Seetharaman
Aditi Seetharaman is an impressive Lindbergh High School student, both in academics and in her extracurricular involvement. Being one of 17 International Baccalaureate candidates at Lindbergh, Aditi carries a 4.8 GPA and is ranked 3rd in a class of 549. One of her teachers commented that "Aditi is a brilliant and hard working woman that can and will go on to do great things." Suffice it to say that Aditi has captured the hearts of many of her teachers.
Aditi was sponsored by Jerde Eye Specialist. Thank you Aditi. To be ranked 3 out of 549 is an outstanding accomplishment, and certainly a harbinger of things you will accomplish. Thank you for your future. And thank you Dr. Jerde for your support of this program by sponsoring Aditi.
November Student of the Month - Caitlyn Collins
Caitlyn Collins was selected to be the Student of the Month, and is a Sophmore at Thomas Jefferson School. Her teachers describe her as having a focused attitude and a thoughtful presence in class. Caitlyn's greek teacher says, "she has her feet firmly on the ground and her hands stretched out the stars." But what is best about Caitlyn is her friendly spirit she brings each day and the loyal and kind friend she is to her classmates. They can count on her!
Caitlyn manages her challenging class load, which includes AP Physics and AP Government and Politics, with many extracurricular's. She is a student ambassador, and is also a member of the prom and spirit club. Year round she is a volunteer at the St. Louis zoo and does gymnastics. She hopes to attend the College of the Ozarks for Psychology.
Caitlyn was sponsored by Computer Solutions. Thank you Andrew Bader (of Computer Solutions) and Computer Solutions for your support of Caitlyn and the Chamber of Commerce.
December Student of the Month - Alyssa Spalding
South Technical High School is nominating Alyssa Spalding, a senior in our Law Enforcement program to be Sunset Hills Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month. Alyssa has demonstrated she is a dependable and even-tempered leader who consistently takes responsibility for the care of her fellow classmates and excels in both her program and academic studies.
Alyssa earned the rank of lieutenant in her first year of Law Enforcement. Instructor Sue Gibbons noted Alyssa’s gift for leadership early on saying, “I watched her helped students with their equipment, motivate them during physical training (even though she was tired herself) and almost every day after being dismissed she would inspect the classroom for anything that was out of place or accidentally left behind.” Gibbons is confident Alyssa will earn lieutenant ranking again this year.
Alyssa is an outstanding academic student at Oakville High School where she carries a 3.6 GPA, but the character she displays consistently and effortlessly deserves recognition and appreciation. She also works part-time at her family’s restaurant in Columbia, Illinois and cares for her younger brother daily. She was selected for National Technical Honor Society last year and also won the Presidential Academic Education Excellence Award. She is also an active SkillsUSA member and participates in the film club at Oakville.
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center sponsored Alyssa. In the photo Mr. Charles Lucier, of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is shown with Alyssa.
Thank you Alyssa and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.
Proudly sponsored by Lindbergh Schools
January Student of the Month - Madalyn McPike
Madalyn McPike has amassed an impressive record at Lindbergh High School, both academically and personally. Her dedication to her academics has been consistent and exceptional for all four years at LHS, where she has taken all honors level courses and is currently enrolled in five Advanced Placement classes (all college level). Her cumulative GPA is 4.617 which shows that she not only extends herself but also has tremendous success. Madalyn's teachers describe her as intelligent, friendly, hard-working, and someone who brings life to everyone around her.
As if Madalyn isn't busy enough with her academic schedule, she is also a member of the nationally ranked Lindbergh Flyerette Dance Team, serving as co-captain this year. In this capacity, she organizes practices, community service projects, and other events. Madalyn excels in what she does because her compassion and respect for others is a part of who she is. Madalyn is a natural leader, a well-rounded and dedicated student, and loves helping other people.
Other key points about Madalyn:
- Is a Shining Stars Coach, where she works with a dance team for Lindbergh students with special needs
- Is a member of the National Honors Society, volunteering her time for the school and community
Congratulations on your past endeavors and good luck with your future!
Madalyn was sponsored by the Lindbergh Schools
February Student of the Month - Matthew Ma
Ambition: To attend either Stanford or Northwestern and study business management, economics, or computer science
Matthew Ma from Thomas Jefferson School has been selected as the Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for February. Matthew is an excellent student, having ended last quarter as Summa Cum Laude while taking 4 Advanced Placement courses. His teachers describe him as "passionate and prepared while always providing thoughtful comments to class discussions."
At TJ, Matthew is highly involved in the Robotics team. The faculty advisor for the group says that "Matthew is a pivotal force for our robotics team. He organized our judge competition, prepared an award-winning video script, and has been crucial to success during competitions. He goes out of his way to truly teach the younger students in our club. Overall, he is as important and impactful outside of a classroom as he is inside a classroom."
Other key points about Matthew:
- Involved with the International Thespian Society
- Has worked each school play (7 so far) in set design and stage tech
- Volunteers at many local events such as the Earth Day Festival, Festival of Nations, and Robotics competitions.
Congratulations, Matthew, on your past endeavors and good luck with your future!
Matthew was sponsored by Dr. Eric Jerde of Jerde Eyes Specialist in Sunset Hills
March Student of the Month - Sam Shepard
Sam is enrolled in the Law Enforcement program at South Tech where he has achieved distinction at several levels: SkillsUSA District First Place, SkillsUSA State Fourth Place, and the South Technical Professionalism Award. His leadership and scholarship have also been recognized by his being named South Technical Law Enforcement Student Lieutenant. He is also a student at Lafayette High School, he has been recognized with the Presidential Academic Achievement Award and the Lafayette Scholar Athlete Award. He has served as a High School Band Volunteer, a Special Olympics Volunteer, and member of the Student Renaissance Club. Samuel has also participated in AFJROTC and was a member of their Drill Team. In the community, Samuel has volunteered with Operation Clean Stream, Salvation Army, Sunshine Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and more.
Sam was sponsored by Brady Houska Goosehead Insurance Agency
Our March and April Student-of-the-Month were both
celebrated during our April Luncheon.
April Student of the Month - Brenna Bartholmew
Brenna has been chosen by the faculty because of her excellent academic record, involvement in a variety of school activities, and her focus toward her future. She has earned a 4.6 GPA and is ranked 8 out of 549 students in her graduation class – all while taking extremely difficult courses and being involved in her school. Her teachers agree that to describe her as gifted is an understatement. For example, Brenna has exhausted all of the math options that LHS has to offer and is currently enrolled in Calculus 3 through Mizzou Online – while taking her already challenging class load.
Brenna has earned the respect of her teachers and peers because of her character, intelligence, and work ethic. Her AP French 5 teacher said, "Brenna is one of the most intelligent students with whom I have ever worked!” In addition, Brenna has been named a National Merit Finalist; is a member of the Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band; is active in Tri-M, Link Crew (Vice President); National Honors Society; and plays in the Pep Band, Woodwind Choir, All-Suburban Band and All-State Band.
Brenna was sponsored by St. Thomas Holy Spirit Church
Sonora Halili, our May Student of the Month was sponsored by Minuteman Press - Kirkwood. Sonora attends Thomas Jefferson School.
May Student of the Month
Sonora Halili is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson School, coming from Albania. She is attending as a distinguished recipient of a Charles E. Merrill, Jr., Eastern European Scholarship, and is also an Acworth Foundation Scholar. Sonora is an impressive student, having earned the distinction of Summa Cum Laude yet again this quarter. She approaches all of her subjects, including AP Physics, with an unmatched voracity and inextinguishable curiosity. She is always prepared and participates in all of her classes, two characteristics that appear to be cornerstones of her academic successes.
Sonora approaches extracurriculars, friendships, and community service with the same amount of care and consideration she gives to her coursework. She has participated in nearly every school-sponsored service project offered this year, and was recently elected by her peers to "Head of Lists," a coveted leadership position amongst the student body. As a sophomore, college still feels far away, but the faculty is confident that she will pursue that process like she pursues all of the other things in her life--with a great deal of passion, commitment to excellence, and a huge smile on her face.
Other key points about Sonora:
- Is involved with the student neewspaper
- Is a member of the Spirit Club and the Prom Committee
- Takes a full load of subjects, including Advanced Algebra and Trig; Advanced Language and Literature; AP Physics; Culture, Tradition, and Change; and Set Design
Congratulations, Sonora, on your past endeavors and good luck with your future!