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  • Inspiring Projects Win Trip to DC for Two WGHS Students

    High School sophomores Morgan Daniels and Carmen Lumpkins won the grand prize—a trip to Washington D.C.—in this year’s Proud Past-Inspired Future (PPIF) contest at Webster Groves High School. Proud Past-Inspired Future provides an opportunity for African-American sophomores and juniors here to create expressions (poems, music, draw- ings, etc.) that re ect both an appreciation for their history and aspirations for their future. For their winning entries, Morgan submitted a personal vir- tual museum exhibit and Carmen wrote a song, “All About Me.” Runner up awards of $200 went to Junior Stephanie Blake and Sophomore Karrie Smith.

    In April, the grand prize winners will accompany teachers Julie Burchett and Dana Miller on a trip to Washington, D.C. There, they will visit the National Museum of African American History, tour the Capitol, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and more.

    A reception to honor the contest participants will be held the evening of Monday, May 4 at the High School. The community is invited to meet the stu- dents, see their PPIF entries and hear the students talk about their DC experience. Learn more about PPIF at, and send an email to if you’d like to receive a per- sonal invitation/reminder about the reception. PPIF is an initiative of the An Inspired Future Foundation, implemented in collaboration with Webster Groves High School. PPIF was founded by Webster residents and WGHS parents, Chuck and Laura Reynolds.

    Students honored are, at rear left to right, Stephanie Blake and Karrie Smith and in front, left to right, Morgan Daniels and Carmen Lumpkins.

    High School Students’ Designs Featured at Lindenwood Fashion Show
    Story by Ainsley McDermott

    Three budding fashion designers from Webster Groves High School had the opportunity to show off their creations recently at the Lindenwood Uni- versity Fashion Show. The girls are Daeja Anderson, Greta Eames and McKenna Williams.

    Daeja, a junior, made her sophisticated golden gown for homecoming. She used an Asian-inspired design that includes a contrasting red lining. Greta, who is a sophomore, made a two-piece garment that includes a cotton oral v-neck top and denim shorts bottom that was inspired by styles of the 1960s and ’70s. Sophomore McKenna found the yellow gingham fabric for her dress at her great-grandmother’s home. Once she laid eyes on it, she said she knew immediately what to do with it: a short dress with a handsewn bow in front.

    From left, Daeja Anderson, Greta Eames and McKenna Williams pose in the garments they designed at the Lindenwood University Fashion Show. Photo by Shari Meyers

    Steger and Hixson Teams to Participate in Book Battle this Spring

    Teams of students from both Hixson Middle School and Steger Sixth Grade Center are preparing to com- pete in the 14th Annual Pattonville Areawide Mid- dle School Book Battle May 6. The Book Battle gives them the opportunity to meet and discuss current books of interest, from a variety of genres and read- ing levels. A committee develops questions for each book. Teams from each middle school will compete at Pattonville Heights Middle School.

    The Steger team is at left, with Hixson students at right.