Parkway School District celebrates academic achievement with their annual ‘Spirit of Excellence’ ceremony. This year was special as it marked the 20th anniversary of this annual event that started in a little restaurant on Lindell Boulevard, in downtown St. Louis, recognizing just 10-15 students.
‘Spirit of Excellence’ started with the idea that in order to eliminate the achievement gap in African American students, we must provide a community for other African American students to see students who look like them all around the district who are high achievers just like themselves”, said Dr. Stacey Myton , District Counselor for Parkway School District.
This year, the number of African-American students honored has increased to 426 students in grades 3-12 with a GPA of 3.5 or above.
With this added growth the event moved to several locations before finally settling to where it takes place currently at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri, St. Louis campus (UMSL).
Spirit of Excellence provides an opportunity for African-American students to feel recognized by their peers, teachers, family and the Parkway community.
Parkway is a public school district serving eight municipalities in western St. Louis County. The district operates twenty-eight schools with a total of 17,229 students with 15.6% of the student body being African-American.
The Spirit of Excellence occurs in the month of February, as part of Black History month observance.