Lindbergh’s Academic All-Stars shine

Lindbergh Schools honored 1,600 students in grades four through eight for their outstanding academic achievement at three Academic All-Stars evenings. The event is made possible by several community business sponsors. Above, Superintendent Jim Simpson jokes around with Izzy the Grizzlie, mascot for the Gateway Grizzlies, on Nov. 25.

Lindbergh Schools honored 1,600 students in grades four through eight for their outstanding academic achievement at three Academic All-Stars evenings. The event is made possible by several community business sponsors. Above, Superintendent Jim Simpson jokes around with Izzy the Grizzlie, mascot for the Gateway Grizzlies, on Nov. 25.

Lindbergh Schools honored 1,600 students in grades four through eight for their outstanding academic achievement during three Academic All-Stars evenings in November and December.

The event, in its fifth year, is made possible by several generous community business sponsors, according to a district news release.

Elementary and middle school students who score at the proficient or advanced level in all subject areas of the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests are eligible for Academic All-Stars.

At each program, All-Stars are greeted by Lindy, the Lindbergh Schools mascot, and enjoy a high-intensity — and high volume — blacklight show by the Lindbergh High School Drumline.

“It is an honor to be able to reward students for their hard work and dedication,” Superintendent Dr. Jim Simpson stated in the release. “Our MAP test scores have been No. 1 in the state among K-12 districts for four consecutive years, and these students are a shining example of that great achievement.”

Academic All-Stars is funded by generous sponsorships from St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Eagle Bank and Trust Co., Dr. Kevin Coleman at Millennium Pain Management, and Dave and Patti Bueker — Red Key Realty.

In addition, students receive prizes from McDonald’s, Crestwood Bowl, Gateway Grizzlies, Wehrenberg, Culver’s, Incredible Pizza Company, Mobil On the Run and Smugala’s. Additional sponsors who make the event possible include Call Newspapers, Sign-a-Rama and S&S Screen Graphics.

“We extend a sincere thank you to all of our community sponsors who recognize the importance of academic achievement and honor these students by making this event possible,” Simpson stated in the release.