JANUARY 2020 - PRESENT
We were fortunate to have a talented nursing staff leading us through a challenging year. Twenty-two Parkway nurses are nationally board-certified. Our nurses account for over 20% of nationally board-certified nurses in the state of Missouri. In January of 2020, Katherine Park was named Missouri’s School Nurse of the Year. Formerly a school nurse at Pierremont Elementary, she now acts as interim director of Health Services for the district. Also, Carolyn Kluttz received the Missouri School Nurses’ Association Rising Star Award recipient. Carolyn currently serves students at Northeast Middle.
Eleven time zones and 8,000 miles did not stop fifth-grader Nandu Rakesh-Nair from logging into class with a positive attitude. Due to pandemic travel restrictions, he and his family were unable to leave India in March where they had traveled for a family emergency. Nandu wanted to stay enrolled at Craig with his friends even if it meant logging into class in the middle of the night from India. Nandu’s commitment to learning inspired his peers and teacher daily. He and his family plan to return home this spring.
MARCH 2020 - PRESENT
Parkway students made a difference in our community during the pandemic. Lily, a kindergartner at Barretts Elementary, built 3D printed masks for healthcare workers last spring. Over the summer, Central High students Ethan and Jordyn Gegg (pictured right) printed 3D face shields and tension release bands for multiple long-term care facilities. Roselyn Chen joined peers from neighboring districts to create the nonprofit STL CRET (COVID-19 Response Teens). Her team donated over 3,100 cloth masks to hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. Chen used Parkway’s Instagram account to teach the community how to craft their own masks.
AUGUST 2020 & JANUARY 2021
North High’s Brian Reeves received Missouri’s Outstanding Music Educator of the Year award. In August 2020, Reeves also received the Luther T. Spayde Award of Excellence from the Missouri Choral Directors Association. During his tenure, Reeves has led his choirs to 24 consecutive exemplary ratings at the MSHSAA State Large Ensemble Festival. When asked what’s the secret Reeves revealed, “Our belief system is ‘Great Music, Better People.’ We challenge ourselves with the music we create. An ensemble in any area of music works together to create beauty. To do that, people have to be accountable to one another. That comes with a certain expectation of character. If we did those things, we would be better and the music would be better too.”
Elegan Kramer, former North High physics teacher, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The honor, which is the highest award given by the U.S. government to K-12 teachers of math and science, comes with $10,000 from the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Kramer taught at North High for 13 years and is now a virtual developer for Parkway’s new Virtual Campus.
FALL 2020 - SPRING 2021
West High junior Paige Wehrmeister became Parkway’s first girls wrestling state champion after winning the MSHSAA Girls Wrestling State Championships in her weight class. “It’s a nice added bonus to be the first girls wrestling state champion, but I’m honestly happiest that my hard work paid off.” said Wehrmeister. Paige finished the season 23-0. She plans to continue wrestling in college after her senior year. The West Girls Wrestling team is coached by Zeke Allison and assistant coaches Chip Allison, Hope Swaney, Murray Reich and Jeff Schlote.
Photo by: Durwood Tenney, St. Louis Sports Photography
Six West High students qualified to join 27 teams from across the country to compete in the Cyberpatriot, a national youth cyber defense competition. The competition positions students as newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Through a series of online competition rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and are asked to find and fix cyber security vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. Dhruv Agarwal, Yusuf Hacking, Sri Jaladi, Skyler Ji, Shane Liu and Kesava Viswanadha make up the team MOpatriot.
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