Missy Williamson

Two graduates of City Academy were presented with the City Academy/Wells Fargo Alumni Service Award during an annual luncheon held at the school on Friday, February 22.

Mark Haymon, a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory School, and Missy (Shawn) Williamson, a senior at Whitfield School, were chosen for the award, which was established in 2012 through a partnership between City Academy and Wells Fargo Advisors. Both students graduated as sixth graders from City Academy in 2007.

“We are thrilled to honor Mark and Missy with this award,” said Michael Zuccarello, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Advisors. “Through scholarship and commitment to service, both demonstrate the qualities of leadership that their schools and Wells Fargo Advisors have identified as the building blocks for success: hard work, integrity and a focus on others in the community. It is such a pleasure to recognize them as outstanding examples.” 

City Academy is located at 4175 North Kingshighway. Founded in 1999, the school is the only private, independent elementary school in St. Louis providing scholarship support to 100 percent of its students. The school currently serves 165 students from ages four through the sixth grade. City Academy’s mission is to provide an exceptional and affordable education for promising children whose opportunities are limited due to economic and geographic factors. Tours are available daily.


Bowling for Scholars April 12

Registration now is under way for St. Louis Community College’s ninth annual Bowling for Scholars event slated for 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Tropicana Lanes, 7960 Clayton Road in Richmond Heights.

The event is sponsored by STLCC’s auxiliary services department. Proceeds from the event help students purchase or rent textbooks and instructional materials for their classes.

Online team registration is available through the STLCC Foundation website or go directly to Bowling for Scholars Online Registration and Payment

(https://secure.touchnet.com/C22523_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=3&SINGLESTORE=true).The fee is $100 per team of five bowlers and includes ball and shoe rental and a commemorative T-shirt. Corporate sponsorships also are available.

The event also includes a silent auction and raffle, as well as an online auction at Bidding for Good (www.biddingforgood.com/stlccbowlingauction) that runs March 25-April 8. The list of online auction items includes memorabilia, electronics, hot air balloon rides, travel and unique experiences.

Previous Bowling for Scholars events have raised more than $203,500 and have helped 1,700-plus students.

For more information, contact Ellen Gough at 636-422-2030 or egough@stlcc.edu.


Pathways to Prosperity

Preparing students in Missouri for the jobs of the future is the focus of a new partnership that is bringing together educators, policymakers and employers.

State leaders participating in the Pathways to Prosperity Network met February 7 in St. Louis to continue their work on developing a system of "career pathways" designed to help high-school students succeed in college, other types of training and the workplace.

The program is a collaboration between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and business and community leaders.

"Pathways to Prosperity will provide an innovative way to prepare students for postsecondary education or training and a career," said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "The program focuses on defining and developing students' abilities through rigorous academic and technical education and guiding the students toward successfully entering the work force."

The initiative began last year when Missouri was one of six states selected for the program. Participating states create education and career opportunities for students based on regional economic and work force needs.

Missouri's pilot project is currently under way in the St. Louis area where the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working with the Department of Economic Development to establish three Innovation High Schools in the St. Louis, Pattonville and Ferguson-Florissant school districts. The Innovation High Schools will offer specialized training, internships, apprenticeships, and dual credit classes that will give students the opportunity to earn college credit.

Nicastro said the program will eventually be expanded to other parts of the state.

The Pathways to Prosperity initiative links high school and higher education curriculum with the needs of the labor market and provides information to students and their families so they can make informed decisions about education, training and career options. The project also involves employers providing students with learning opportunities and hands-on experience in a workplace setting and working with those students as they transition into the work force.

Preparing students for college, other postsecondary training and a career is one of the primary goals of the Department's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which aims for education in Missouri to be ranked among the top 10 states by 2020.

Missouri's Pathways to Prosperity steering committee is being chaired by Dr. Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools and June Fowler, vice president of corporate and public communications at BJC HealthCare.

In addition to Missouri, other states participating in the Pathways to Prosperity initiative include: Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Tennessee. California and Georgia are in the process of joining the initiative.

More information about the Pathways to Prosperity initiative can be found at .

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