Ursuline Academy senior Adriana Esparza was named a 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The honor recognizes Esparza’s high PSAT score and grade point average. This College Board program recognizes only the top 2 percent of Hispanic students who take the PSAT.


Visitation Academy computer teacher Sarah Spaunhorst was selected as one of 50 educators from across the country to spend at week at the Siemens STEM Institute in Washington,D.C., learning how to integrate innovate science, technology, math and engineering techniques into her classroom.


Peter and the Star Catcher author Ridley Pearson hosted a Lost Boys-themed lunch at his Town and Country home to celebrate the Touhill Performing Arts Center’s production of Peter Pan. Guests noshed on a spread that included ‘I Can Fly Pizza Pie,’ ‘Smee’s Cheese,’ ‘Walk the Plank Popcorn Balls’ and ‘I Gotta Crow Cupcakes.’ The Variety Children’s Theater performance of Peter Pan runs Oct. 25-27. Pictured: Ridley Pearson and Greg Boyce


More than 150 golfers hit the green to raise some green at the 10th annual Kwame Foundation Golf Tournament, which netted more than $100,000 to fund higher education scholarships. Mayor Francis Slay, city treasurer Tishaura Jones and State Rep. Steve Webb all attended. Pictured: Ameren UE team


Fontbonne University celebrated its 91st academic year by hosting environmental advocate and radio talk show host Jean Ponzi. Ponzi’s speech was the first of several events centered on Fontbonne’s annual dedicated semester, uniting the campus community in a single multi-disciplinary unit of study. This year’s dedicated semester is ‘Sustainability, Small Steps, Giant Leaps.’


Golfers at the 32nd annual Kilo Diabetes Charity Golf Tournament had the chance to meet with legendary Big Red Cardinals Football players, including Jim Otis, Jackie Smith and coach Jim Hanifan. Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Research Foundation works to safeguard the lives of people with diabetes and vascular disease through research, education, proper care and treatment. Pictured: Jim Otis and Dr. Charles Kilo


Friends, family members, basketball fans and members of the St. Louis Blues organization attended Bubba’s Bash at De Smet Jesuit High School to celebrate the life of 1973 alum Jim Goessling. Goessling, nicknamed ‘Bubba’ in high school, was a member of both De Smet and the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ halls of fame, and served as VP for the St. Louis Blues before losing his battle with cancer last fall. The event raised $11,000 for a scholarship in his honor. Pictured: Jeff Smith, Julie Matheny, Bob Frederic, Patty Goessling, Bob O’Laughlin and Jim Kennedy


St. Louis Community College-Meramec student Rod Callies of Wildwood created the winning sculpture in Chesterfield Arts’ University Sculpture Competition. The sculpture, entitled Aspire, is now permanently located along the Stream Walk near the Chesterfield Central Park Amphitheater. Its four separate but similar steel spires symbolize the growth and aspirations of the city of Chesterfield.


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