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October 01, 2006

Thirteen Percent of Missouri's National Merit Semifinalists Hail from Parkway

Forty-three Parkway students have been named National Merit Semifinalists this year, which is the highest number in recent years and the most of any school district in the state. Of the 331 Missouri students selected as National Merit Semifinalists this year, 43 hailed from Parkway. While Parkway's student population represents less than one percent of the state's total, it represents 13 percent of the state's National Merit Semifinalists. Following are the Parkway semifinalists: Central High: Jennifer Cahill, Sean Gallagher, Zachary Gallagher, David Gao, Shaobo Gu, Emmeline Kuo, Anatoliy Kuznetsov, Lauren Schlosser, Jessica Scully, Eliana Turner and Ryan Wang. North High: Katherine Gaertner, Adee Heiman, Lindsay Keller, Eva Pearlstone and David Witzling. South High: Jonathan Gunasingham, Linda Holyoke, Mariam Nawas, Christopher Park, Pengcheng Wang, Margaret Williams, Jing Xue and Cissy Yang. West High: Emily Flynn, Angela Gao, Layla Hazemi, Mir Inaamullah, Katherine Kaiser, Stephen Koblin, Ram Kollipara, Haoran Li, Singer Ma, Brian Pownall, Nandan Prasad, Andrew Schneider, Christine Tiffin, Connie Tsai, Lucy Wang, Frank Xing, Sherry Yan, Tiffany Yang and Louis Zhang. The National Merit Scholarship program is an annual academic competition, which identifies seniors who represent the top of their graduating class. This is measured by their performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), which measures the likelihood of success in college. Of the 14 million juniors who take the PSAT, only 16,000 advance to the semifinalist category.

Eight Parkway Students Honored for STARS Research

Eight Parkway students recently won awards for Excellence in Research from the 2006 Pfizer-Solutia Students as Research Scientists (STARS) program. Hang Gao, Central High; Haoran Li, West High; Nilu Rath, Albert Zheng and Amit Shintre, North High; and Jing Xue, Jessicah Hard and Pengchang Wang, South High were among 15 Parkway students and 48 other St. Louis area students who were accepted into this six-week intensive summer research program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). The STARS program pairs students and teachers with research mentors from UMSL, Saint Louis University, Washington University and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, to experience various aspects of the scientific enterprise. To complete the program, each student must present a scholarly paper based on their research findings. All 63 research papers were assigned to a research category depending on the student's area of study.
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Parkway Alumni Association Hall of Fame

The second class of the Parkway Alumni Association Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Lakeside Chalet. Reservations can be made by calling (314) 415-8074. To learn more about the 2006 inductees to the Hall of Fame, visit the Parkway Alumni web site at:
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College Savings Plan for Missouri Residents

Missouri has a Section 529 college savings plan known as MOST that helps individuals and families save for college expenses through a tax advantaged investment plan. The plan features significant federal and state tax benefits, including a state income tax deduction of up to $8,000 per year ($16,000 if married filing jointly) for Missouri taxpayers. All earnings on the plan are tax free if the money is used for your children's college or other post-secondary education expenses. An account can be opened for as little as $25.00. Your child does not need to attend a college in Missouri for these tax benefits to be received. For further information, call 1-888-414-6678 or go to
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