At the Technology Education Association of Missouri (TEAM) annual state contest and awards program, Nipher Middle School students finished with high marks in several categories. Gideon Weinberg, Andrew Troy, Nate Raeber, and Jason Heisner competed in the Mechanical Drafting Division with their Engineering Design Problem Projects. Nate, Jason, and Andrew won Grand Award medals for finishing at the top of their division. Gideon received a perfect score on his project. Emerey Gross won a Grand Award for being the top in her division for a billiards rack she designed and made in her Woods II Class. Carly Smith and Avery Campbell received a “1” rating for the oak bench they designed and built in their Woods II Class. The Missouri TEAM Contest was held on May 10 at the Margaritaville Resort at Lake of the Ozarks and over 350 student projects from across the state entered the contest. The project-oriented competition is for technology education students in grades 6-12 and is designed to promote and improve scholarship, craftsmanship, and technology in industrial technology education and pre-engineering. The Nipher technology education classes are taught by David Jackson.
Kirkwood High School (KHS) students in Advanced Placement Language and Composition Class and Journalism class submitted essays to the 19th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest sponsored by the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. KHS students took the top three spots: Cooper Menne (11th grade) won 1st Place for: Improving the World from Modern Hate Kate Schreiber (12th grade) won 2nd Place for: Finding Meaning Would Change Our World Grace Johnson (11th grade) won 3rd Place for: A Trail Blazed by Words, Treaded by Heroes Students received $300, $200, and $100 respectively for placing in the writing category. For the writing contest, students wrote a poem, newspaper article, story, play/dialogue, or essay. Entries were judged on content, originality, quality of expression, and accuracy. The contest theme this year is inspired by a powerful quote from Anne Frank, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Frank family going into hiding in the “Secret Annex” in Amsterdam. The Advanced Placement Language and Composition Class is taught by Katie Meyers and the KHS journalism class is taught by Mitch Eden.
At the regularly scheduled Kirkwood School District Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 23, the board unanimously approved the recommendation for the hire of Dr. Jeremy Mapp as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Kirkwood School District. Dr. Mapp currently serves as Director of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity for Lindbergh Schools. He was previously assistant principal of Keysor Elementary School in KSD, where he led the social-emotional learning work for students and staff with a priority on building relationships. His additional experience as a former elementary and middle school teacher and a house parent at Joe’s Place, a home for homeless teenage boys in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, gives him a K-12 perspective of supporting students of diverse backgrounds.