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DESE Names 2018-19 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year as part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program. Committees comprised of peers and key stakeholders for each Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) area selected the 32 teachers, who are each now eligible for the 2019 Missouri teacher of the year award.

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Missouri Students Participate in Multiple Competitions at International HOSA Leadership Conference

Members of Missouri HOSA-Future Health Professionals participated in the organization’s annual International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, from June 27-30. HOSA is a state and international organization for students interested in and preparing for health careers.

More than 260 Missouri students from 42 Missouri HOSA chapters participated in 47 competitive and five recognition events, resulting in 23 top-10 finishes and 33 individuals and chapters being recognized for their service and leadership.

Missouri High School Students Celebrate Top-10 Finishes at National Leadership Competition

Missouri members of Future Business Leaders of America brought home 42 top-10 finishes from the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Md. The students competed in events in the fields of business, finance, and information technology, including 3D animation, website design, banking and financial systems, and sales presentation. Each of the events mirrored education standards while challenging students to engage in creative problem solving in real-world scenarios.

Fifteen of the students celebrated first-, second-, or third-place finishes:

Missouri Students Win Big at National SkillsUSA Competition

Nearly 300 Missouri high school and college students joined more than 6,000 students from around the country in Louisville, Kentucky, June 25-30 for the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades. The students competed against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in fields such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assistance and culinary arts.

Charter School Renewals, Revised Literacy Requirements, MSIP Update Highlight June Board Presentations

Two new State Board of Education members, Carol Hallquist and Peter Herschend, were sworn in Thursday as the board held its first meeting in six months. Five previous meetings were cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. 

The board approved multiple recommendations and received status updates from staff members of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday. 

Missouri Students Honored by U.S. Department of Education

Two Missouri high school students were chosen as members of the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, as announced by the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Michelle Li (Ballwin; Marquette High School, Chesterfield) and Alexander W. Donovan (Chesterfield; Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis) were named as Missouri’s U.S. Presidential Scholars, joining 161 combined representatives from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad.