The scholarships awarded this year were done remotely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We wish we would've been able to award these in person, but, circumstances beyond our control prevented that. In spite of that, we hope all the winners carry on in their pursuit of higher education!
Zoe Krause has been involved in many things during her time at Brentwood, thanks to the small size and ability to try it all. Some of her favorite activities include student council, volleyball, soccer, dance team, and musicals. She was also a National Honor Society Officer her senior year, as well as chief editor of Brentwood's online newspaper, The Nest. Zoe is so grateful to all the teachers at Brentwood, especially since she has attended Brentwood schools since kindergarten. If she could give any advice to other Brentwood students, it would be to take a shot at anything you have an interest in, and be ready for many new doors and paths to open and explore. Zoe will be attending the University of Missouri Columbia to major in journalism and hopefully minor in art.
Contessa Smith will be attending Fontbonne University this fall. She plans to double major in art and theatre. Contessa has always been passionate about the arts, and was heavily involved in Brentwood High School's art and theatre programs. Her hope for college is to refine her skills as much as she can and begin the next chapter of her life doing what she loves. She is grateful to those who supported her artistic endeavors over the years and to everyone who made her time in the art and theatre programs precious and memorable.
Ben Barkofske will be attending the University of Missouri-Columbia in the fall, where he plans to major in Nursing. He was a Brentwood High School student since freshman year. As a Brentwood Student, he was involved in numerous organizations and clubs including National Honor Society, Student Council, and the Soccer and Tennis teams. He is very grateful for his experiences at Brentwood High School and will miss it a lot.
Benjamin Haug has been a part of the Brentwood community since he was eight years old. From his first year in fourth grade to his final year as a senior, Ben has participated in ten different extracurriculars and founded the Brentwood Middle School Speech and Debate team. Ben is incredibly grateful for the resources and flexibility the Brentwood community offered him during his time at McGrath, BMS, and BHS. Ben plans on attending either The George Washington University in D.C. or the University of Birmingham in England to study Human Geography.
William Ma will be attending Saint Louis University to major in biology and plans to continue studying into medical school to reach his dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon one day. As a student at Brentwood, William has taken initiative and participated in a variety of activities including serving as a National Honor Society officer, president of French Club, member of Student Council, and member of French Honor Society. William has also participated in wrestling, track, and basketball. Additionally, William has played piano for 9 years. He is grateful for receiving this award and wants to contribute to society and make a difference in the lives of others in the future.
Nathan Butler will be attending Bellarmine University to study physics. During his time at Brentwood High School, he was very involved in almost every club and activity that was offered. He played 4 different varsity sports throughout and was lucky enough to be captain for some of them. He was involved in many clubs, such as Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, German Club, and International Thespian Society. He was a FCA Huddle Leader, German Club Leader, ITS Officer, and NHS Officer during his senior year. He was also a part of the scholar bowl team. He is really thankful for everything that Brentwood has offered him over the last 4 years of high school. He is grateful to receive this scholarship and looks forward to making a difference in the world thanks to the generosity from the Brentwood Alumni Association.
2019 Scholarship Awards
Brentwood Students, Counselor, and Brentwood Alumni Association Committee members:
Row 1, LtoR: Gino Kler, Maggie Callahan, Meghan Haug, Lindsey Trieu, Madhumathi Vijayalingam
Row 2, LtoR: Sandy Kurre LaGarce, Debbie Schott Bott, Linda Alexander Smith, David Pentland, Marcia Hunsinger Werremeyer
Gino Kler will be attending Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis through the 3 + 2 program to earn two bachelor’s in Math and Computer Science. He has played piano for 10 years and frequently plays at jam sessions around town. He participated in the JazzU Program at JazzSTL for two years. Gino has been a member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society. He received the seal of biliteracy in German and hopes to study in Vienna for a semester. He is excited to begin this new chapter of his life!
Margaret (Maggie) Callihan was delighted to be a finalist for the Brentwood Alumni Association Scholarship. As a student at Brentwood High School, she has been involved in many activities and clubs including: three varsity sports, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club. She was also enrolled in the A+ program where she earned tutoring hours by volunteering at Mark Twain Elementary School (her alma mater). Spending time in the classroom further supported her career path into education. In the fall, Maggie will be attending the University of Missouri - Columbia where she is planning to major in Elementary Education.
Meghan Haug, as a student at Brentwood High School, has been involved in many clubs and activities. She is the president of Student Council, a member of National Honor Society, an officer of the Speech and Debate team, and plays 2 varsity sports. She will be attending Truman State University in the fall, where she will major in nursing.
Lindsey Trieu will be attending UCLA in the fall. The most impactful clubs that she has been a part of at Brentwood High School are Debate, Friends of Rachel, and Student Council. She thinks Brentwood High School’s small size has allowed her to grow to her full potential and flourish more than she would have at a larger school. Lindsey also thinks it has made it easier to be involved in numerous clubs and college credit classes while still getting the opportunity to play a big role and get to know her teachers and classmates. Her four years at Brentwood have definitely prepared her for life in college, and they have taught many unforgettable life lessons. She will forever be grateful for all of her experiences at Brentwood High School.
Madhumathi Vijayalingam has lived in Brentwood for all her life and has attended Brentwood schools since kindergarten. She is best known for having a ridiculously long name that few can pronounce or spell correctly. During her senior year she has been able to take on many leadership roles in her extracurriculars, including being co-president of Friends of Rachel, vice-president of Debate, officer of National Honor Society, a senior dancer in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance), and captain of field hockey. She also volunteers at various hospitals and senior living homes throughout St. Louis. This fall, Madhumathi will be attending UMKC for their accelerated 6 year med program. She appreciates the Alumni Association and Brentwood schools for all of their support! Thank you for this generous scholarship!
2018 Scholarship Awards
Brentwood Students, Counselor, and Brentwood Alumni Association Committee members:
L to R: Front row: Mahoto Sasaki, Caroline Vandervoort, Emma Stoverink, Hunter Brown-Scott, Matt Redfering, Jackson Wright Top row: Jenny Klug, BHS Counselor, Linda Smith '61, Sandy LaGarce '61, Marcia Werremeyer '66, David Pentland '56, chair.
Mahoto Sasaki is currently undecided about where to go to college. His major is also undecided, but he plans to major in the STEM field. His extracurricular activities include teaching Japanese and math to fifth graders at the St. Louis Japanese Language School, planning school events in the student council, participating in National Honors Society, learning about Spanish culture in Spanish club, and playing on the varsity soccer and tennis team.
Caroline Vandervoort will be going to University of Missouri next year. She will be majoring in nursing, intending to be either a nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse. She enjoys spending time with children, as she babysits and works in the nursery at her church frequently in her free time, along with cooking and baking, and reading. She is excited to relax by the pool this summer and vacation to California and Canada.
Through high school, Emma Stoverink has been involved in many clubs and activities. She is the president of Friends of Rachel, an officer for National Honors Society, and a member of student council. Emma has volunteered many hours at the Brentwood Early Childhood Center and created a free coding camp for middle school girls at the Brentwood Library. She has also attended two years of Kode With Klossy and won the youth division of GlobalHack VI, an international hackathon. Emma will be attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL to major in computer science and business management.
Hunter Brown-Scott will be attending Truman State University where he will major in psychology. He has participated in National Honors Society, German National Honors Society, and Soccer. Hunter enjoys spending times with family and friends, playing tennis and soccer, and playing video games.
Matthew Redfering will be attending Truman State University this fall, where he will be majoring in accounting. He has been a member of Student Council and NHS. He also played roller hockey, ice hockey, and soccer. Matthew works at OB Clark's in Brentwood.
Jackson Wright will be attending Webster University in the fall to study Game Design. During high school Jackson was also enrolled at South Technical High School where he studied computer programming. During high school, he was a member of National Honors Society. He is looking forward to his future at Webster!
2017 Scholarship Awards
MISHAL AZEEM Mishal emigrated to the US from Pakistan as a young child and recently became a US citizen. She was active in soccer, field hockey (where she was selected as team MVP), Spanish Club (where she served as president), Future Educators of America, and STUCO (Student Council). Mishal plans to attend Southeast Missouri University and study software engineering.
KERRY CLARKE Kerry was adopted from Russia and, like Mishal, has really adapted to life in Brentwood. She played field hockey and served as manager for the wrestling team. Kerry was a member of GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance), French Club, and was inducted into the French National Honor Society. Kerry is planning on studying psychology at Lindenwood University.
ANNAGRACE CONWAY AnnaGrace was another active senior serving in STUCO and as president of Friends of Rachel. She was a member of National Honor Society, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), the softball team, and was chosen to represent Brentwood at the HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) State Leadership Conference. She plans to attend Fontbonne University and study Early Childhood Education.
AILEEN FRAZIER Aileen was active both academically and athletically. She played soccer and field hockey (serving as captain) and kept wrestling stats. She also was a cheerleader. Besides serving as STUCO VP, she was involved in NHS (National Honor Society), French NHS, French Club, Robotics and FCA. After graduating, she plans to study Plant Science at Purdue University.
EMMA LOCHMOELLER Emma participated in STUCO and was a member of both NHS and French NHS. She played soccer and field hockey. Emma plans to attend SEMO (Southeast Missouri State University) and study Nursing.
SKYLAR SAPPINGTON Skylar was Brentwood’s Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete, having lettered in Basketball, football, and baseball and achieving Academic All-State status. He was a member of NHS and FCA and served as Class Treasurer in 11th grade. Skylar will be attending Missouri Science and Technology to play football and study engineering.
STEPHEN SUNTRUP, JR. Stephen was also quite an athlete at BHS, participating in basketball, football, baseball and wrestling. He was a member of German Club, STUCO, and NHS and was an Academic All-State. A recipient of the Jack Buck Student Achievement Award, he will be attending Elmhurst College to study Communications.
KASIA WHITE Kasia was an active young lady at BHS achieving 3rd place in the MCCGA Winter Percussion Championship while participating in BHS band/winter percussion. She also made a name for herself in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 100 Neediest Cases Art competition with a 16th place finish in 2015 and a 21st place finish in 2016. Besides her work in the Arts Club, Kasia participated in German Club and German NHS, Book Club, and GSA. Kasia will be attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to pursue a career in Graphic Design.
2016 Scholarship Awards
Left to Right: George Clements, Jr. ’57, Justin Redfering, Lindsey Jones, Yumino (Yumi) Sasaki, Marcia Hunsinger Werremeyer ’66, Sotiria Karanikolas, Mark Madras ’74, Edward (Eddie) Wright, Sandy Kurre LaGarce ’61, Mary Katherine (Kate) Gilmore, Seamus Saunders, Noah Lee, David Pentland ‘56.
Photo by Sarah Thomas '16
Kate Gilmore Kate was delighted to be a finalist for the Brentwood Alumni Scholarship. As a student at Brentwood High, she has been involved in many clubs and activities, including Student Council, where she was the president. In the fall, Kate will be attending the University of Missouri-Columbia where she will pursue a career in Physical Therapy.
Lindsey Jones Over the years at Brentwood, Lindsey was a part of many organizations, clubs and activities that helped make every day, over the past four years, exciting. She ran German Club and Friends of Rachel, was a part of the leadership team of Student Council, and was a member of National Honor Society. In addition to clubs, she also participated in helping get a fall color guard team and was a member of the drumline. Outside of school, Lindsey can be found at Dance Project St. Louis improving her dance skills. Next year, she will continue to dance as a dance minor while majoring in Special Education at Avila University. Her favorite part of high school has been feeling like she made a difference, and she cannot wait to make a difference world-wide.
Sotiria Karanikolas Sotiria was asked by her father, during her sophomore year, if she wanted to attempt school in the United States, from her native Greece. After hours of contemplating this big decision, she decided she could not pass on the excellent education system offered by the U.S, even though it would be heartbreaking to leave family and friends behind. She thought she would have two years to get used to the different culture and language before receiving a college education where expectations are even higher. It would also be a unique experience to meet different people and expand her horizons. As a senior at BHS, Sotiria was a vice president of her class, a field hockey player, and a new member of the debate team. She also plays the piano, having taken lessons for eight years in Greece.
Noah Lee Noah, son of Sherman and Denise Lee, has participated in debate, robotics, soccer, tennis, marching band, winter drumline, National Honor Society, and Student Council. He also helped found the tennis team. Next year Noah will be attending Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.
Justin Redfering Justin has been in the Brentwood school system from the beginning, starting at Mark Twain in kindergarten, to the last day of senior year. He has been involved in many clubs, including student government, debate, and National Honor Society along with many school sports including baseball, tennis, and soccer. In addition, he also played club ice hockey at Ladue. That is leading him into tier two Junior A hockey next year, where he will be playing for the Niagara Whalers and taking online courses through Indiana University.
Yumi Sasaki Yumi moved to Brentwood from Japan her kindergarten year, and has gone throughout Brentwood School District for almost 14 years. She especially enjoyed classes like art, science, and German in high school. Yumi is keen on learning about how the world functions, playing sports, making paper art, and learning new languages. She will attend Washington University in St. Louis the coming school year and plans to study some branch of biological sciences.
Seamus Saunders Seamus will be attending Loyola University of Chicago in the fall. He will be studying International Relations. Seamus intends to pursue a career in politics.
Eddie Wright Eddie is the son of Ed Wright, Jr.’67 and Joanne Sivier and continues a long Wright family tradition of attending Brentwood schools. Born in Saratov, Russia in 1998, Eddie was adopted and brought to the USA when he was 11 months old.
Eddie has played many sports over the years and has achieved many honors, highlighted by his All Conference honor in soccer this year as he again led the team in goals scored. He also lettered in baseball at BHS. One achievement Eddie is very proud of is teaching himself to skate and play hockey. After falling down many times at a grade school birthday skating party, he was determined to learn to skate and play the sport of his native land. Eddie spent many hours by himself at the Brentwood Rec Center and eventually became a talented defenseman for the St. Louis Rockets and played in a state championship final game. That same determination and work ethic helped him succeed in soccer. Eddie also has volunteered many hours with the Missouri Special Olympics, helping athletes at many tournaments in the last few years.
Eddie was a member of National Honor Society and German National Honor Society at the high school and will be attending Maryville University to study Sports Business Management. He greatly appreciates this scholarship from the Alumni Association and hopes to make Brentwood proud as he goes through his college experience.
2015 Scholarship Awards
Left to right: George Clements ‘57,Nathan Deimeke, Mark Madras ‘74, Cierra Lucas, Austin Koster, Sandy Kurre LaGarce ‘61, Pam Plagenz Ross ‘68, Lauren Macy, Marcia Hunsinger Werremeyer ‘66, David Pentland ‘56. Photo by Barbara Clements
This year there are 4 awardees each receiving $5000.
Nathan Deimeke Nathan Deimeke will be attending Mizzou in the fall. He will not play any sports in college, but will join intramural basketball just for the fun of the game. Nathan’s intended major is Chemical Engineering. He played basketball for three years at BHS, and was part of National Honor Society.
Austin Koster Austin has attended Brentwood School District all of his life. His mother, Shannon, is a special education teacher at BHS, and Austin is one of many Brentwood graduates in his family. His brother, Sean, graduated in 2012 and his grandfather, Forrest Zinn, graduated in 1947. While at Brentwood High School, Austin played four years of Varsity Football, was the first Captain of the newly founded Brentwood High School tennis team, has been a huddle leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the President of the debate team. This year, Austin and his debate partner were the Conference and District Champions in debate. He is also a 4-time state qualifier and 3-time national qualifier in debate.
In addition to all of his extracurricular activities, Austin has worked part time jobs at both Chick-Fil-A and Offi ceMax. Austin is planning on attending Truman State University in the fall and majoring in Physics. Editor Note: Austin has already stepped up to the plate volunteering to be BAA’s representative for BHS Class of 2015.
Cierra Lucas Cierra has attended Brentwood School District since kindergarten and has been involved with many activities. During high school, Cierra played on the soccer, volleyball, and field hockey teams. She was also a part of Color Guard and has been on the cabinet for Student Council, helping out with many community service activities. Outside of Brentwood activities, Cierra works at the Saint Louis Zoo where she assists with the educational programs. Next year, Cierra will be attending Coastal Carolina University and majoring in Marine Science.
Lauren Macy Lauren will be attending Mizzou in the fall and plans on going in undecided, but she has an interest in Health Sciences. During high school, she played volleyball for all four years, managed the girls’ basketball team, a part of French Honor Society, Art Works, and Spanish Club. Lauren was also on honor roll for all four years.
2014 Scholarship Awards
This year there are 4 awardees each receiving $5000. This year all the awardees are attending Missouri schools, Truman In Kirksville, St. Louis Community College, Missouri State in Springfield and University of Missouri in Columbia.
Alexandria (Lexi) Nicole Brown Lexi came to the Brentwood School District in the second semester of 8th grade. Since, she has enjoyed the many outstanding opportunities available in a smaller district including debate, robotics, Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Diversity Club. Lexi was selected to attend Missouri Girls State in the summer of 2013, as well as named the KMOX 2013 Student of Achievement. During her final year at Brentwood, Lexi finished a course of study that resulted in more than 30 college credit hours and the distinction of being the class Salutatorian. She served as president of National Honor Society, president of Spanish Honor Society, team leader of robotics as well as prom queen. Lexi chose Truman State University in Kirksville, MO to study Physics and Math.
Jaclyn (Annie) Caragher Annie plans on attending St. Louis Community College for two years and then transfer to a university. Her career goal is to become a physical therapist. She chose this because helping other people is something that she really enjoys doing. Annie was also a patient of a physical therapist and physically got to see exactly what was done, and could easily envision herself in the physical therapy field. Helping a person is one thing, but seeing them get through an injury is another, and that is something that Annie cannot wait to see.
Connor Ryan Hancock Connor recently graduated from what he believes to be the greatest high school in the nation. His life started in northwest Indiana, where he went to school until fifth grade. From there, his father's job required the family to move to St. Louis, where Connor began at Brentwood. He made friends very quickly and loved it from the first day. In high school, he played football and baseball, and stayed busy in National Honor Society and other clubs. He will be attending Missouri State University in Springfield, MO next fall. Until then, he is working full time painting apartments and houses for his father.
Jack McGee Wright Jack will be attending the University of Missouri-Columbia next fall. He has lived in Brentwood his entire life and went to McGrath Elementary and Brentwood Middle School before attending Brentwood High School. While in high school he got involved in numerous clubs and extracurricular activities and played soccer, basketball, and baseball all four years. He was a member of the debate team in his freshman and sophomore years, and in senior year was a founding member of the robotics team. Jack was also a member of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Finally, he was a member of Purple People, student spirit group, for four years and was its leader during his senior year. He finished high school ranking first in his class. Additionally, Jack was named a National Merit Finalist, as well as one of the Missouri Scholars 100. He attended Missouri Boys State 2013 and for the past two summers has been employed at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant. He plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
2013 Scholarship Awards
This year marks a "first" in the value of BAA scholarships at $5,000.00 each for five awardees with a total of $25,000. Another "first" is the location of schools which each plans to attend.....all within 300 miles of St. Louis, namely, Creighton University, Southern Illinois University, Webster University, Maryville University, and Bradley University. Also, another "first" is the degree to which all five awardees are very involved in community as well as academics.
Joshua (Josh) McGehee Josh will attend Bradley University in the fall to study sports communication and is excited to begin chasing his dream. He has lived in Brentwood all his life and graduated from BHS with a 4.0 GPA, in the top ten of his class. He played three sports--soccer, basketball, and baseball and was captain of basketball and baseball his senior year. Other activities in which he participated were Student Council, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Purple People. He was involved in debate, theatre, the band playing trumpet and drumline. Josh considers his biggest achievement to be founding Brentwood Sportscenter, a club producing a show based off the real Sportscenter, but just about BHS sports. The show was produced each week and included stats, highlights, interviews, and other entertaining bits. With limited resources and a small staff, 28 shows were produced. He thanks Brentwood High for all it has taught him and for the encouragement he received.
Diana Lowe Diana is looking forward to start her new chapter of life next fall at Maryville University. She wants to study nursing because she loves helping others and enjoys the satisfaction the job offers. She plans to become a nurse practitioner; loves meeting new people, developing relationships, the fast-paced setting, providing care, and the flexibility in her chosen field. Diana became aware of these job-based benefits when she shadowed a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital this past year. She is the youngest of four with three brothers, all who have graduated or are still in college. Her mother, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, is now cancer free. Diana is thankful this stressed time in her family's life is over. She works every day of the week and had three jobs, while managing to get mostly A's and B's while doing it. It has been quite exhausting, but has made her a stronger person and self-sufficient.
Madison (Maddie) Aunger Maddie plans to attend SIU-Edwardsville this fall, majoring in Art with a minor in Education. She is driven to study art, and her dream is to become a high school art teacher. A Brentwood resident all her life, she says teachers at Brentwood have inspired her throughout school. She mentioned Mr. Sass, elementary art; Mrs. Bopp, 2nd grade; Mrs. Cobb, high school advisory. Most of all, she was encouraged by Mr. Rempel, high school art, who pushed her to be her best, pursue new experiences, and believe in herself. She received the Senior Art Award from Mr. Rempel and won a First Place Prize in Painting at Lindenwood Unviersity's "Students and Their Teachers Art Show." She paints in her off-time at a local college. To Maddie, living in Brentwood and attending Brentwood schools has led to her full potential.
Sam Baker Sam plans to attend Webster University next fall to pursue a career in Management and Psychology. Throughout his years at Brentwood schools, he was involved in Student Council and also became actively involved in Cub Scouts and his Congregation outside of school. He says that events, like his Bar Mitzvah, D.A.R.E. graduation, and new marching experience in band have bettered his future. As Sam entered high school, he wanted to continue to prove both his academic and extra-curricular interests. While maintaining a straight A average for four years, he dedicated himself to activities such as baseball, marching band, and winter drum line. Sam also became a major part of home life, such as helping his father cook dinner, boosting the culinary/hospitality interests he hopes to pursue; he also worked at his mother's shoe store to earn money for college and to gain working experience for the years ahead. Sam is interested in working at Walt Disney World.
Haley Holtgrieve Haley plans on attending Creighton University this fall, and at Brentwood High School, has been involved in much more than just academics. As a high honor roll student all four years, she kept a 4.0 plus grade point average, besides playing three varsity sports each year in softball, basketball, and soccer. As a senior, Haley was voted by teammates to be captain of all three sports. She was selected to be on the All-Conference First Teams in softball as a junior and, as a senior, All-Conference Honorable Mention in basketball and softball All-Conference Player of the Year. The BHS faculty selected Haley as the Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete for 2013. Haley participated in many clubs--Diversity Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club. Through National Honor Society, she learned the value of community service and how important it is to help others. She was honored at graduation as the Salutatorian of her class for having the second highest grade point average. Haley's sole dedication will be physical therapy and home care.
2012 Scholarship Awards
Since 2003, the Brentwood Alumni Association has awarded $79,000 to students, based on exceptional academic achievement, extracurricular participation, citizenship, community service, and financial aid needs. Through the generosity of alumni and charitable giving partners, BAA has been able to increase its scholarship funding every year. This year’s six recipients each received a scholarship of $3,500, presented at the May 3rd Senior Awards ceremony at BHS. These graduates stressed how important and rewarding it was to “give back” to the community and how their hard work and leadership possibilities helped make this possible. All are eager to meet the future challenge of advanced education. This year’s recipients were:
Paige Anderson Paige has a motto, as told to her by her mother: “Leave the world a better place than you found it.” She secured an admirable 4.06 GPA and an ACT/SAT score of 25 at BHS. While serving on the Debate Team, through practice, recruiting, and coaching first year debaters, she helped the Team to become one of BHS’s top debate teams in our district. In addition to working part time, Paige was a Vacation Bible School Group Leader; she made a mission trip to Canada to teach native children. Paige performed a total of 22 hours of community service for the National Honor Society the last two years and volunteered for two weeks at HandyCamp, a camp helping physically and/or mentally disabled adults for a week. She was selected for a 2011 session of Missouri Girls’ State. Paige began reinvesting in BHS through her leadership in Girlz Club, whose goal is to teach girls with developmental disabilities about social skills through crafts and fun outings. By serving as a past President of the Brentwood National Honor Society, she has guided planning of charitable events. “Giving back” in this endeavor has been extremely rewarding to Paige. She plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a major in Business.
Sean Koster Sean stated that he was deserving of this scholarship not only because of his academic abilities, but, also because of his unique leadership skills and passion to give back to others. Sean posted an excellent 4.25 GPA with an ACT/SAT score of 31. As a sophomore, he was the youngest student in the Student Council and only sophomore to hold this position. He became the youngest president, in school history, of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at BHS. A lead guitar player for the Jazz Band, he received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, first time ever for BHS, given to only one student at each school. He has served as president or captain of four different organizations—Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Captain of the Purple People, and Founder and President of Dubers United, which Sean founded with the intention of, with a few students, weekly analyzing techniques and algorithms to solve the Rubik’s Cube. This was rewarding to him because younger students found acceptance, acquired a sense of belonging, and learned much in the process. By his leadership, Sean hopes he made a positive impact on BHS and is gratified that he was able to help a student with depression, pray with someone about their problems, and offer a smile and hug to anyone who needed it on a bad day. He has worked part time as a team member in fast food and was recognized as an Outstanding Leader of St. Louis by County Executive Charles Dooley in 2011. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the Physics program.
Amy Lee Amy says that she is determined to expel “monotony” from her life. She achieved an outstanding GPA record of 4.15 and ACT/SAT score of 32, while trying nearly any kind of extracurricular activity BHS offered. Knowing that compromise was necessary, as she couldn’t do all at once, she learned her true passions, and her love of learning remained constant. She attended Missouri Scholars Academy, a three week program at the University of Missouri-Columbia for the state’s top 300 students. Choosing an academic major of Education Renovation and a minor in Pop Culture Anthropology, Amy participated in both conventional and unconventional learning activities. This was incredibly refreshing to her, in an environment with other students passionate about their education. Amy took college credit courses in her last two years in French IV and V, English III, Calculus I, Human Anatomy, and Western Civilization. In these difficult courses, she maintained a 3.98 GPA. Amy has held Commissioner positions in Student Council, played in the Band as a drum major, and was Captain of both the Pride of Brentwood Winter Guard and the French Club. Among her many awards were Soaring Eagle Merit Award and National Merit Commended Scholar. She attended many honors classes and participated on the Speech and Debate Team, Softball, Bethel Lutheran Church and Mount Calvary Lutheran youth groups, and the Brentwood Theatre Program. Amy was also a volunteer for HandyCamp, Trick-or-Treat for the Needy, Valentines for Veterans Project at Jefferson Barracks Hospital, among many other programs, and she worked part time. Amy plans to attend Missouri State University and major in Marketing.
Katherine Nikodym With a 4.16 GPA and ACT/SAT of 31, Katherine ranked second in her class. Katherine says she has worked hard for four years, so she could go to the school of her dreams. She found that school in Butler University, which she plans to attend this fall. Spending many afternoons at Girlz Club, softball practices, soccer games, Student Council meetings, and at Upward Basketball, teaching five-year olds how to play basketball, she had a very busy schedule. This scholarship will put her one step closer to making it possible to attend Butler. She plans to strive academically, help the community of Indianapolis, cheer the Bulldogs, and have a life-changing experience with people and memories she won't forget. Katherine was a National Honor Society and French Honor Society awardee. She participated in Honor classes of Physics, English, Algebra, Chemistry, and Geometry. In her last two years, she took numerous college credit courses. In athletics, Katherine played varsity softball and was designated Captain of the 1st Team All-Conference in her senior year. She excelled at soccer, too. She participated in dancing and Winter Guard. As a senior, Katherine was a Service Learning Commissioner in Student Council, organizing school and charity activities. As a National Honor Society student, she participated in various community service areas, including the makeover of a room in a homeless shelter and garden work for Safe Connections. She has had several part time jobs with responsibility during school, also. She volunteered for the Third Baptist Church food pantry, Shoes for Orphan Souls, including a Peru mission trip distributing shoes, and other charitable groups.
Christopher Reichert Christopher had an impressive GPA of 4.1136 and ACT/SAT of 34. He has excelled in both academics and extracurricular work, demonstrating leadership and giving back to the community. He says he has pushed himself to try harder each year. Christopher took six advanced college credit courses, Calculus, German V, Western Civilization, Biology, English IV, and Theatre Arts in his senior year. He was given a National Merit Commendation for past PSAT scores and has dedicated himself to extracurricular activities. Christopher has been in Brentwood Winter Drumline, played junior varsity baseball, appeared in four theatre productions, and competed on the Debate Team. He was ranked within the top 25 competitors in debate in the district and competed at national level tournaments. Christopher was named the 2011 MSHAA state champion in radio speaking. He was elected Senior Class President and was named a 2011 KMOX Student of Achievement, which is only awarded to 30 students in Missouri. As an active member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered for the St. Louis International Film Festival and helped garden at a women's shelter. He volunteered for the Brentwood 5K Run, Mount Calvary Youth Group activities, and Trick-or-Treat for the Needy. Christopher was inducted into the German National Honor Society. He received numerous debate awards during each year at BHS. Christopher intends to pursue Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University in the fall.
Alaina Youngstrom Alaina placed first in her class with scores of 32 on her ACT/SAT and a 4.1898 Cumulative GPA. She said she achieved her ranking through consistent hard work and by challenging herself during high school. Fascinated by the material in psychology and sociology classes, Alaina began volunteering at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, which led her toward two main career interests: counseling and social work. She has also participated in volunteer events and activities for BHS, Student Council and the National Honor Society, including collecting canned goods for local needy families, delivering Valentines to veterans in the hospital, and recycling plastic at Cardinal’s baseball games. Softball was a positive experience for her. She has been a Captain in Winter Color Guard, taking new members under her wing with help and support for their improvement. She believes, also, as Captain of the varsity softball team, she has made a difference in her teammates' lives. She has been a dancer in the Brentwood Dance School. With her heavy schedule difficult to balance at times, these activities played a large role in her development throughout high school. She has worked part time, also. Alaina strives to make a difference in society by giving back to the community. Honors and awards include Most Valuable Player in Softball, Top Student Award in English II, Directors' Choice Award in Winter Color Guard, Tough Cookie Award, and 2008 Rookie of the Year in softball. Alaina will attend Truman State University this fall, with a major in Psychology and Sociology.
2011 Scholarship Awards
Since formation in 2003, the Brentwood Alumni Association has awarded more than $58,000 to students based on exceptional academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, citizenship, community service, and financial aid. Through the generosity of alumni and charitable giving partners, the BAA has had the opportunity to increase its scholarship funding each year. This year’s recipients each received a $2,500 scholarship and were honored at the May 5 senior awards ceremony at BHS.
From left to right: Lauren Beatty, Nicole Coates, Ilona Kiss, Alvin Lan, Ryan Marshall
Lauren Beatty: Lauren has posted an impressive academic record, securing a 4.5 weighted GPA and an ACT/SAT score of 25. She has also earned membership in National and Spanish Honor Societies and taken courses for college credit in English, Spanish, Western Civilization and Chemistry while participating 4 years as a cheerleader and working as many as 12 hours a week. Lauren wishes to further her education at DePaul or Dayton Universities with interests in Accounting, Business and Spanish.
Nicole Coates: While Nicole believes that every person is a book, and every person is a story, she ends her high school chapter with a variety of extraordinary accomplishments. While serving as Editor of the yearbook, Student Government Advisor, Class Vice President, National and Spanish Honor Society member, Field Hockey Captain and soccer and spirit crew leader, she has earned a GPA of 4.04 and an ACT/SAT score of 24. Nicole has also secured college course credits in French at the University of Missouri and English at St. Louis University. She plans on attending the University of Missouri.
Ilona Kiss: Arriving from Hungary for a better life, Ilona and her family were forced to overcome a number of hardships. With her life experience, thirst for knowledge and quest to overcome challenges, Ilona has built an extraordinary resume for the future. She placed 3rd in her class with scores of 34 on her ACT and 2200 on her SAT. She was also was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Obama, chosen a National Merit Finalist, Duke University TIP Scholar, earned Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards and had artwork selected for exhibition in the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum. She has also served as Student Council Public Relations Commissioner, member of the National and French Honor Societies and participated on BHS’ soccer and softball teams. Ilona plans on attending Dartmouth University to major in Pre-Medicine, Biology and Japanese Art.
Alvin Lan: Alvin faced a number of changes that forced him to assume a leadership role in his family. This experience with his desire and diligence to excel has earned Alvin an impressive list of accomplishments and honors. He posted a GPA of 4.71 and an ACT/SAT score of 31 which placed him 2nd in class ranking. He was also President of the National Honor Society, President of the Student Council and earned varsity letters in cross country and soccer. Alvin was also member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Diversity and German Clubs. In preparation for college, Alvin has taken honors classes in Physics, Algebra, English, Chemistry and Geometry and advanced college courses in Anatomy Chemistry, English, German, Calculus, Western Civilization and Biology. Alvin plans on furthering his education in Germany as an exchange student.
Ryan Marshall: Ryan achieved an impressive 4.44 GPA and ACT/SAT score of 32 while earning varsity letters in football and baseball with All Conference and All District honors in baseball. He was also elected Senior Class Vice President and selected to represent BHS at the student leadership council at Washington University. He has served a number of volunteer organizations and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. As a member of the National Honor Society, Ryan has taken honors classes in Algebra, Physics, English, Geometry and Chemistry and earned 14 college credit hours by taking advanced college courses in Biology, English, Spanish and Western Civilization. Ryan plans on attending the University of Arkansas to pursue a career in law.
2010 Scholarship Awards
2010 marks the seventh year in which we have awarded scholarships to deserving students. Thanks to donor generosity, six $2000 scholarships were awarded on May 11th at Brentwood High School. A total of 12 applications were received, thoroughly reviewed and discussed by the BAA Scholarship Committee.
Samantha Coates: Plans to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia, majoring in Business and Education. She has worked regularly as a babysitter, supervising as many as 3 children at once and has been an aide at Mark Twain Elementary School. Samantha has participated in extracurricular activities and community service; her ambition is to open a chain of child care centers stretching nationwide. She says she wants "to improve the next generation by making children thrive and learn at an early age."
John Taylor Dee: Will attend Illinois Wesleyan; major will be Marketing. This member of the National Honor Society has been president of his class for 3 years and has participated in varsity basketball and football, receiving several honors/awards in the sports. John has accumulated many college credit hours and, in 11th grade, was included in Who's Who Among All American Scholars.
Margaret Ford: Plans to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia. As of interview date, she was undecided as to her major. She thoroughly enjoys art and has participated in workshops; she also placed 40th of over 300 entries in St. Louis' annual Neediest Cases contest. Margaret enjoys volunteering with the National Honor Society; in her senior year she also served as Vice President of the Society. She finds great satisfaction in community service.
Madeline O"Leary: Plans to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia, and has chosen journalism as her major. With that in mind, to prepare herself she has contributed to the BHS newspaper and worked with the yearbook staff. Madeline has contributed articles concerning issues of local interest and experience with the BHS Debate Team. While concentrating on a future in journalism, she also participated in charity activities and worked for the YMCA.
Anne Christine Vierse: Will attend Butler University with a double major in Biochemistry and Dance. Academically, she has a long list of honors and awards and has accumulated college credits for various courses including Biology, Chemistry, and Human Anatomy. Anne has participated in BHS band and is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Ballet is a great love in her life, and, while achieving such a high academic record, she has taken various courses and has been very active with the St. Louis Center of Creative Arts (COCA.)
Tom Wright: Plans to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia, and major in Political Science. He has a deep interest in politics and worked actively for one of the last presidential candidates. He is a member of the National Honor Society, having been an officer in the past year. In spite of his outstanding academic record, Tom also has played soccer, basketball, and baseball and served as captain on some of those teams. He credits the BHS Debate Team with offering great experience for qualities needed to be successful in his career choice. He also has an impressive record of volunteering.