Assistant Principal John E. Thomas Chosen for Excellence Award; Teacher Jessica Haskins Receives Presidential Award
High School Assistant Principal John E. Thomas received a 2020 Excellence in Education Award from the St. Louis American Foundation this year in recognition of his “dedication to education and leadership in the classroom and community.” He was honored at the foundation's 33rd Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Virtual Gala in October and received an educator grant for $500.
Jessica Haskins, who teaches mathematics at the High School, received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching earlier this year. Two teachers from each state are chosen for the award, the highest honor given by the federal government to math and science teachers. The Presidential Award recognizes outstanding teachers nationwide for their contributions in teaching science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science. A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists and educators at the state and national levels evaluate the applications. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
John E. Thomas, Jessica Haskins
Three Honored in National Merit Scholarship Competition
Three High School students have been honored as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are Justin Barker, Caitlin Noel and Fiona Smith. These seniors are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide recognized this year for top tier scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.