Parkway e-News Story

Student Stars

North High Girls Basketball

Congratulations to the Parkway North High School Girls Basketball team for its third place finish in the MSHSAA state championship.

After a heartbreaking loss in the semifinal to Liberty 55-54, the Vikings defeated Cor Jesu 67-54 at Mizzou Arena. This was North High’s first trip to the girls basketball state finals!

Congratulations ladies!

Four Time Spelling Bee Champ

For the fourth year in a row, West Middle eighth-grader, Gokul Venkatachalam, won the The St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLtoday.com Spelling Bee! Gokul advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. Last year, he finished third in in the national competition. Congratulations Gokul!

Also, kudos to Yara Levin, a fifth-grader from Mason Ridge Elementary, who finished in second place!

Read the Post-Dispatch story here: http://bit.ly/1GRrDi9

South High Speech and Debate Winners Head to Nationals

Five Parkway South High students will head to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas this summer. The National Speech & Debate Tournament marks the capstone of middle school and high school speech and debate activities for more than 130,000 students around the country. 

The following five South High students earned the right to compete by placing among the top competitors at the recent annual District Tournament.

  • Captain Daryani and Chase Scanlan placed third in Public Forum
  • Nick Chan and Kevin Zheng placed fourth in Policy Debate
  • Jake Skinner placed second in Student Congress. Jake qualified as the first alternate for the national tournament.

The South High team is led by teachers  Mike Hachmeister and Omar Abdel Hamid.

Central High Journalism Contest Winners

Central High students and publications were big winners in the 2015 Greater St. Louis Journalism contest. Overall, Central High earned 31 awards. 

 "Fifteen different students won 28 individual awards-- the most since I have been advising the program," says Central High teacher Tara Stepanek. To see the full list of winners, click here.

North High - Speech & Essay Winners

Two North High students are among 12 national winners in the Selma Speech & Essay Contest, sponsored by the National Liberty Museum. Evan Lehmann is a top three grand prize winner and Layla Kousari has earned honorable mention. Layla is one of 10 to receive the award from more than 800 entrants.  North High's LuAnn Fallahi sponsored both Evan and Layla in the contest.

Click here to watch videos of  Evan and Layla read their essays. 

Central High - Writing Winners

More than 20 Central High students, under the direction of teachers Jason Lovera and Nora Biggs, have won awards in the Missouri Scholastic Writing Competition. To see the full list of winners and learn more, click here

North High Student Wins Essay Contest

Abby Lammers, a North High senior, earned second place in "The Robert J. Stuckey Essay Contest," sponsored by the Friends of the Missouri University Libraries. With the second place award comes a monetary prize of $750 for Abby, and $250 for her North High teacher, LuAnn Fallahi.