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When Elizabeth Miller first visited Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School before becoming its head of school this summer, the feature of the campus that made the biggest impression was a statue of Jesus with his arms wide open. “When I asked about it, I was told all are welcome here,” she says.
BRIAN HALL, chief marketing officer for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, has been named chairman of Christmas in St. Louis Foundation, which produces Macy’s Festival of Lights and the Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade.
F. SCOTT GALT, SARA MELLY, ANNA SELBY, B. SCOTT EIDSON and NANCY HAWES have joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP as partners; M. COURTNEY JACKSON and JONATHAN SHULAN joined the firm as associates.
Hot off the press…Ten local women are being lauded for their leadership and community service as this year’s WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT honorees. They are: KIM EBERLEIN (Volunteer Leadership), SHEILA GREENBAUM (Social Justice), MARGARET ISRAEL (Health Education), SALLY KATZIF (Women’s Empowerment), VERONICA McDONNELL (Health & Arts), MERRY MOSBACHER (Community Betterment), PEGGY NELSON (Health Advocacy), BRENDA NEWBERRY (Civic Responsibility), MARIAN NUNN (Youth & Family), and VIDA ‘SISTER’ PRINCE (Multicultural Leadership). The Class of 2013 will be celebrated during an awards luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton on May 2. For reservations, call Sarah Thorowgood at 421-2005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got an app for that? ALEXA MILLER does! The St. Louisan is the developer of the StagePage Concert App, a free iOS app that allows concert-goers to document their experience in a multimedia scrapbook. When THE RASCALS recently reunited in Port Chester, N.Y., for the first time in 40 years to perform Groovin’, Good Lovin’, and other 1960s hits, Miller was in the fifth row, using her app to create a virtual scrapbook of the event. Following the concert, she and her father, PAUL MILLER, joined group members and the E Street Band’s STEVEN VAN ZANDT for dinner. Van Zandt, who inducted The Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, masterminded The Rascals’ Once Upon A Dream reunion, which alternated live performances with a million-dollar multimedia production retracing the band’s story. To find out more about StagePage, visit stagepageapp.com.
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery hosted the 7th annual 'Over the Top for Tots' ladies luncheon in St. Charles. The event benefited the Nursery's Healing Hearts Program, which provides art and play therapy for children who need help mending their broken spirits. Some 500 attendees enjoyed shopping, a live auction and a cake decorating contest; and honored the contributions of Pat Kulik, and Kara and Mike Gatto to the Nursery. Pictured: LN's Trish Muyco-Tobin and Millie Cain.
Ambassador Nancy Brinker was named Person of the Year at the George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University. Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer organization and a former U.S. Ambassador. Pictured: Walker School of Business dean Benjamin Akande, Webster president Elizabeth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Webster provost and senior VP Julian Schuster.
Every year, Sr. Lucie Nordmann, head of school at Villa Duchesne, is happy when she hears the same story from recent graduates who have gone off to college. “They’re sitting in class and they see another female with their class ring. They instantly connect and realize they’ve both had a Sacred Heart education," she says. "Our most recent senior class has gone to 48 different colleges and universities. It’s amazing to me how that one simple symbol, their class ring, is recognized universally across the country. The students here belong to something much bigger than this one school in St. Louis.”
Unless you’ve graduated from a particular school, you may not know how or why it got its name. We delve into the history behind some local schools and the meanings of their monikers.
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Oak Hill students participating in an art exchange interact with their counterparts in Taiwan.
Out with the fried foods, fatty meats and sugary sweets and in with the whole grains, lean fish and fresh fruit. Local schools have overhauled their lunch menus in an effort to make healthy food accessible—and enjoyable—for students.
ROSSMAN SCHOOL’S FIFTH GRADE CLASS raised more than $1,000 for Kids Against Hunger? Students also assembled more than 756 packages of food to be shipped to Haiti—enough to feed 14 children for an entire year!
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School�s nature trail was designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation? Since its dedication in 2011, the nature trail has become an integral part of the school curriculum. Pictured: Oak Hill kindergarteners identify signs of spring while hiking through the Certified Wildlife Habitat on campus.
KATIE WRIGHT (1) has been appointed to the United States Selective Systems Board.
St. Louis is now home to the WORLD’S LARGEST CHESS PIECE, as certified by the folks at Guinness World Record. The 14-foot, 16-inch tall piece—a king—is 6-feet wide at the base. It was unveiled earlier this week to kick off the U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in the Central West End. Tournament play began May 8 and will run through May 20.
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Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is known for its tradition. A member of the international network of Sacred Heart Schools that was founded in France at the end of the French Revolution, Villa Duchesne was built in 1929. “We are a school with a very rich history in traditions while providing a very 21st-century education,” says Therese Hagemeister, director of enrollment management. “Much of our learning is individualized and project-based, rooted in Cognitive Learning Theory.”
Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund has elected FELICE JOYCE as president. New board members are TERRY BERNSTEIN, GRETTA FORRESTER-GAFFNEY, BARBARA NIKOLYCHIK, DORTE PROBSTEIN, NANCY RODNEY and MEGHAN SHEEHAN.