Sports Break: St. Louis High School Basketball, Football, Golf & Tennis Standouts

Sports Break: St. Louis High School Basketball, Football, Golf & Tennis Standouts

Sports editor Earl Austin, Jr. keeps tabs on high school basketball, football, golf and tennis, and updates us on college commits.

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Eight Excellent Awardees at the 2019 Salute to Excellence In Education

Eight Excellent Awardees at the 2019 Salute to Excellence In Education

The St. Louis American Foundation honored eight outstanding educators from area schools as awardees at the 2019 Salute to Excellence in Education on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Awardees:

Petra Baker – Gateway Michael Elementary School
Tina Clark-Scott – Normandy Schools Collaborative
Monica D. Diggs, Ed.D – Hazelwood North Middle School
Victoria A. Harris – Harris-Stowe State University
Kimberly Patrice Long – Nottingham Community Access and Job Training (CAJT) High School
Duane McGowan – Career Technical Education Academy and East St. Louis Senior High School
Lawerence Shields – Webster Groves High School
Tanesia L. Simmons – KIPP St. Louis High School

Powerful moment: Darren Seals talks to a teen about the vicious cycle of gun violence

Powerful moment: Darren Seals talks to a teen about the vicious cycle of gun violence

Warning: Offensive language
Youth mentor Darren Seals was at a community meeting on Sept. 12, when he received a call from a mother he did not know. She wanted him to speak to her son who was recently shot in his leg, while sitting on his grandmother’s porch.
Darren Seals invited the St. Louis American to sit in while he met with the young man, to get a better understanding on how he tries to prevent the spread of the “violence epidemic.”
This is a short clip from that one-hour meeting.

Video by Rebecca Rivas, St. Louis American reporter

Amber Mitchell is the 2019 SEMO Counselor of the Year

Amber Mitchell is the 2019 SEMO Counselor of the Year

“My personal slogan has always been ‘Every student has a story,’ and it is my job to learn their story,” said Amber Mitchell, school counselor at Ritenour High School. “When we learn their story, we get to know what’s really going on because we have students who deal with a lot of traumatic experiences. When they come in the building, that doesn’t stop at the doors.”

On Saturday, September 21, Mitchell will receive the SEMO Counselor of the Year Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala, held at the America’s Center.

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Video by Rebecca Rivas

Music by Sophia B.

Flynn Park Elementary is the 2019 Bayer School of Excellence

Flynn Park Elementary is the 2019 Bayer School of Excellence

Flynn Park has consistently made academic gains over the years, but what the school community — teachers, administrators and families alike — is really celebrating are the gains in their “social-emotional connections.”

“It’s the relationships we are building with our students,” Principal Nicalee Wilson said. “It’s the safety we are creating. It’s the positive learning environment we’re creating. That is almost immeasurable, what we’re seeing. The students have learned how to express their needs, and we are learning how to meet those needs.”

For their important work, Flynn Park Elementary was named the 2019 Bayer School of Excellence on Saturday, September 21, at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, held at America’s Center.

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Video by Rebecca Rivas, St. Louis American reporter

Music by David Charrier

Charles and Shirley Brown are the 2019 Lifetime Achievers in Education

Charles and Shirley Brown are the 2019 Lifetime Achievers in Education

The Lifetime Achiever in Education Award looked a little different at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2019 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Saturday, September 21. For the first time, the award went to a couple — Charles and Shirley Brown. Among many educators and their numerous former students, the pair of educators need no introduction.

“They come as a package,” said Kelvin R. Adams, superintendent for Saint Louis Public Schools. “They are servant leaders because they continue to give back and continue to show every effort around supporting kids and this community.”

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Video by Rebecca Rivas, St. Louis American reporter

Music by Sophia B. and Assaf Ayalon

Chandria Taylor is honored for her work in early childhood education

Chandria Taylor is honored for her work in early childhood education

Because of her ingenuity in creating a safe and fun space for all children, Chandria Taylor received the PNC Bank Early Childhood Education Award at the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, held at the America’s Center on Saturday, September 21.

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Video by Rebecca Rivas, St. Louis American reporter

Music by Paper Planes and Sophia B.

Valerie Bell is the 2019 Stellar Performer in Education

Valerie Bell is the 2019 Stellar Performer in Education

Because of her transformative work with the SLPS Foundation and many other educational initiatives, Valerie Bell received the Stellar Performer in Education Award at the 32nd Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, held at the America’s Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.

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Video by Rebecca Rivas, St. Louis American reporter

School Footage courtesy of Route 3 Films

Music by SLPSTRM and Katrina Stone

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