Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

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NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP > Seven students honored * Seven students from the St. Louis region are among hundreds named last week as winners of the National Achievement Scholarship.

Winning the awards are: Carissa C. Bell, Belleville West High; Michael A. Robinson, Marquette High; Alexis V. Anderson, Whitfield School; Emil D. Beckford, St. Louis University High; Maya F. Dunlap, Metro High; Asa J. Royal, Lafayette High; and Marcus Brooks Polk, who attends Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

The scholarships are administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which awards millions of dollars in scholarships annually based on academic performance and scores of the preliminary SAT.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program specifically recognizes black high school seniors.

Nine students in Missouri and 45 in Illinois were among the 800 who will collectively share $2 million. Most awards are for $2,500.

MISSOURI SCHOOLS > Missouri House advances additional sex education requirement * Students in Missouri schools could learn about the dangers of online sexual predators and the consequences of sending sexually suggestive text messages under a measure moving forward in the Statehouse.

The Missouri House on Tuesday approved a bill that would add to the information included in sexual education instruction in public and charter schools.

Democratic Rep. Genise Montecillo of St. Louis says it's necessary to help protect children. The measure would require the inclusion of information about sexual predators, particularly online.

It also would require instruction about responsible Internet use and the potential consequences of sending sexually explicit or graphic text messages, even to friends.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

RITENOUR SCHOOLS > New principal named * The Ritenour School District has named Shane Hopper as the new principal of Hoech Middle School, effective July 1. Hopper comes to Hoech from McCluer North High School, where he has been principal since 2005. …

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