Hometowners - Published July 8, 2016
July 08, 2016
Kirkwood High School rising senior Jordan Zimmerman recently earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Nationally, less than 1/10th of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. He plays cello in the high school orchestra, is a member of the cross-country team, captain of the robotics team, leads the KHS Mock Trial Team and is a member of the KHS National Honors Society. He is considering a career in engineering or biochemistry.
Webster Groves High School graduate Thomas A. Fortney, M.D., graduated from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine this May. He is a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society and will be commencing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in July.
Bess Thomson Wilhelms of Kirkwood recently received a master of arts in teaching degree from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
Kirkwood High School student Jack Kavanaugh, a member of Boy Scout Troop 981, has earned his Eagle rank and has been presented with the Eagle Court of Honor Award. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Project, Kavanaugh designed and built multiple high shelving units for the fellowship room at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood.
William Doyle Fries of Kirkwood recently received a B.A. degree in mathematics and religion from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
Kirkwood residents Marguerite Riddle and Tim Yahl were recently honored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can award to volunteers.
Riddle's involvement has included assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 313, an instructor at University of Scouting, National Youth Leadership Training and Wood Badge training courses. Yahl has guided many young men to achieve Eagle, helped start Venturing Crew 685, and has chaired the Fall Fun Rally, one of the largest Venturing events in the country.
Webster Groves resident Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Webster University, has been selected for the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) program by the United States Department of Defense. The program explores the relationships between the military and civilian organizations. The experience will entail a week in August where Schuster and others selected for the program will be guests of Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter. Their week-long JCOC journey, which can include participation in military exercises, training and demonstrations, will follow discussions with senior officials at the Pentagon.
Bryan Herberg of Kirkwood has joined McGrath & Associates as a project engineer/estimator responsible for estimating, project scope development, subcontractor coordination and scheduling. Herberg has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from University of Missouri-St. Louis/Washington University. He has six years of experience in mechanical contracting.
Madeline Muller, a 2016 Nerinx Hall graduate, has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy. She was nominated by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Kirkwood residents Monica Macheca and Matthew Munfakh both recently graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Macheca received a bachelor of arts degree in economics; Munfakh received a bachelor of science degree in finance.
Peterson & Sullivan
Hixson Middle School students Jessica Peterson and Sean Sullivan recently received the school's Thomas M. Franey Award for community service. Peterson's accomplishments include developing an anti-bullying program for a school in the Ritenour District. Sullivan built stands for stringed instruments at Webster Groves High School for an Eagle Scout project.
Anne Torrence Lord of Kirkwood recently received a bachelor of arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
Jack Killeen and Irene Ryan, 2016 Webster Groves High School graduates, have been named to the National Scholastic Press Association's 2016 Honor Roll of Student Journalists. The honor roll recognizes students who have worked on an NSPA member publication for two or more years and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale.