Students of south county something to be proud of


It’s not news to anyone picking up the Call on a weekly basis that south county is home to outstanding students accomplishing great things.

This week’s issue features three schools that earned National Schools of Character honors, a feat that only 17 schools in Missouri and 73 schools nationwide accomplished this year.

That adds to the growing trove of honors that both the Mehlville and Lindbergh school districts are racking up.

It’s no secret that Lindbergh Schools was ranked the No. 1 academic district in the state for five years in a row and still regularly ranks in the top five. And last month, Mehlville’s John Cary Early Childhood Education Center was named the top early-childhood program in the state for large school districts.

Even more  recently, five Lindbergh High School students earned perfect ACT scores. Superintendent Jim Simpson said that he didn’t know if that had ever been accomplished by a high school in Missouri.

LHS juniors Achintya Benegal, Alex Christian, Gabriel Martinez, Matthew Meyer and Aditi Seetharaman joined an elite group of around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test nationwide and score a perfect 36. Any way you look at it, it’s an astounding achievement not just for these students and their families but for the entire community.

Not to be outdone, Mehlville’s new school of innovation Mosaic Elementary sent teams of students to compete in a competition typically reserved for high-schoolers, the Boeing Engineering Glider Challenge at Washington University.

The Mosaic Minds Robotics Club, comprised of third- and fourth-graders, was the only elementary team competing against a field of one middle school and 83 high schools. What an outstanding accomplishment.

Local students’ achievements are not just limited to academics, however.

The Oakville High School Marching Tigers Band is headed to France next year for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. They are the only Missouri band and one of just a select few in the country to be chosen for such an honor.

That follows on the heels of the Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band performing in this year’s Rose Parade.

We can’t wait to see what these students do next.

We’re sure it will be something for south county to be proud of.