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SGHS Students Recognized for Leadership Conferences
SGHS Students Recognized for Leadership Conferences
Bailey Otto
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Each summer, many Ste. Genevieve High School students are chosen to represent our district at leadership conferences throughout the state of Missouri. Closures and cancellations have upset dozens of events for our Ste. Genevieve R-II family, including these wonderful experiences. Some conferences have cancelled, others postponed and one has shared a promise to welcome these students into next year’s program. We want to congratulate all of these students; they were recognized because of their leadership skills and potential, we are incredibly proud of them and their achievements.

Missouri Scholars Academy

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School sophomore Peyton Bequette, daughter of Chris and Johna Bequette, who was nominated to attend Missouri Scholars Academy during the summer of 2020. Founded in 1985, the academy is a three-week academic residential program for 330 of Missouri’s upcoming juniors held on the University of Missouri - Columbia campus. The program is based on the premise that Missouri’s gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential. The program is funded through the University of Missouri, the Missouri Legislature, a fee from those students attending, and through contributions from alumni, parents and businesses and corporations around the state. Ste. Gen. Vision Care sponsors local student participation in the program.

Missouri Leadership Seminar

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School sophomore Abigail Moore, who was chosen to take part in the Missouri Leadership Seminar during the summer of 2020, and to SGHS sophomore Paige Huck, who was chosen as an alternate attendee for the program. Abigail is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Moore, and Paige is the daughter of Dan and Heather Huck. The seminar is held at the University of Central Missouri campus and seeks to give student government leaders, academic achievers, athletes and others the opportunity to learn about topics that impact their lives today and in the future. While the Missouri Leadership Seminar was cancelled this summer, all 2020 nominees will be extended an invitation to attend MLS in 2021 (schools will be encouraged to nominate a sophomore for next year in addition to their nominee for this year.)

Missouri Rotary Youth Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School sophomores Elizabeth Basler and Isabel Basler, who were chosen to take part in the Missouri Rotary Youth Leadership Academy during the summer of 2020 at the William Woods University campus in Fulton, Missouri. Elizabeth is the daughter of James and Linda Basler, and Isabel is the daughter of Paul and Kathleen Basler. The academy is a four-day service leadership program that introduces Rotary’s “Service Above Self” philosophy. The curriculum, developed and administered by professional educators, includes a personality self-assessment, team building activities, and a two-day service project simulation. The Ste. Genevieve Rotary sponsors local student participation in the program.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School sophomore Kylee Clayton, who was chosen to take part in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program during the summer of 2020, and to SGHS sophomores Kali Schweigert and Corey Simmons, who were chosen as alternate attendees for the program. Kylee is the daughter of Russell and Melanie Clayton, Kali is the daughter of Kim Brown and John Schweigert, and Corey is the son of Kenneth and Jessica Naeger. HOBY is held at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. The seminar is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. The students were selected based on leadership, academics and character. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve (a chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs), sponsors local student participation in the program.

Sophomore Pilgrimage

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School sophomore Haley DiMercurio, who was chosen to take part in the Sophomore Pilgrimage during the summer of 2020, and to SGHS sophomore Lana Kemper, who was chosen as an alternate attendee for the program. Haley is the daughter of Tiffany and Joseph DiMercurio, and Lana is the daughter of Toby and Della Kemper. The Sophomore Pilgrimage is held in Jefferson City, Missouri. This project promotes good citizenship and enables students to see state government in action. Students watch elected officials in session and are presented with a Certificate of Merit in Citizenship. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve (a chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs), sponsors local student participation in the program.

Missouri Boys State

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School juniors Bryce Barley, Devin St. Clair and Luke Basler for being chosen to participate in the 2020 American Legion Boys State of Missouri program. Bryce is the son of Mandy Smith and Scott Barley, Devin is the son of Cheryl and Ron Wohlstadter and Eugene St. Clair, and Luke is the son of Eric and Julie Basler. Missouri Boys State is an eight-day hands-on experience focusing on the fundamentals of government at the University of Central Missouri campus. This program invites these students to develop their leadership skills through going through the motions of governmental processes. Nearly 1,000 student leaders build an entire state government in a single week. The three students were selected based on their leadership, academics and character. The American Legion Post 150 sponsors local student participation in the program.

Missouri Girls State

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School juniors Haley Wooldridge and Sydney Eisenbeis who were chosen to take part in Missouri Girls State during the summer of 2020, and to SGHS junior Vela Lightle, who was chosen as an alternate attendee for the program. Haley is the daughter of Amanda and Jeff Wooldridge, Sydney is the daughter of Kathy and Rick Eisenbeis, and Vela is the daughter of Gina Lightle. Missouri Girls State is held in Warrensburg, and the program is a hands-on experience focusing on the fundamentals of government where students learn to develop their leadership skills through going through the motions of governmental processes.

Mini Medical School — MIZZOU

Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve High School junior Sydney Eisenbeis who was accepted into MIZZOU’s Mini Medical Camp for the summer of 2020. Sydney is the daughter of Rick and Kathy Eisenbeis. This program provides high school students interested in careers in medicine the opportunity to preview what medical school will be like. Mini Medical School offers an introduction to patient-based learning; special sessions with clinical and research specialists; hospital tours; hands-on experience in anatomy, microbiology and clinical skills; meaningful interactions with current School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff; seminars on college and medical school application processes and life as a medical student; and more.