Hometowners – Published July 6, 2018
July 06, 2018
Zachary Hartfelder on May 23 became the 123rd Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 981 out of Westchester Elementary School in Kirkwood. His Eagle Scout project consisted of managing the building of a GaGa Ball Pit for Greentree Community Church, located in downtown Kirkwood. Hartfelder, a recent graduate of Kirkwood High School, will attend Missouri S&T in the fall.
Ryan Sullivan, who recently completed eighth grade at Hixson Middle School, built two conductor podiums for the Hixson and Steger Sixth Grade Center orchestras, as an Eagle Scout project. He presented the podiums to strings teacher Leah Poe.
Sullivan with Leah Poe, strings teacher at Steger & Hixson
Ryan Sullivan, a 2004 Kirkwood High School graduate, was assistant conductor and administrator as part of the Dallas Symphony Chorus' Scandinavia tour in June. The tour is part of the chorus' 40th anniversary season, "A Celebration of Singing." The chorus will perform in Sweden, Estonia and Finland with works such as Duruflé's "Requiem," Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," and a world premiere commission "Proud Music of the Storm." Sullivan is the son of Dan and Anita Sullivan of Glendale.
Kirkwood resident Heidi Veron recently joined the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis Board of Directors. She is self-employed as a facilitator and planner and contributes her time and expertise to several area nonprofits.
Webster Groves High School graduate Claudia Petersen received the Presidential Leadership Scholarship from the University of Montana in Missoula, the school's premier freshman scholarship. She will be a freshman at the university in the fall and plans to study wildlife biology.
Michael Kurth, a 2005 Kirkwood High School graduate, recently graduated from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University with a master's degree in divinity and a certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music. Kurth was awarded the prestigious John Wade Award For Excellence in original expository preaching. He will be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in September 2018, and has accepted a position as priest associate at Christ's Church in Rye, New York. Kurth is pictured with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Justin Welby. He is the son of Carla and Chris Kurth.
Michael Kurth with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Justin Welby
Twenty-one Webster Groves High School Latin students received medals in the National Latin Exam, placing them among the top Latin students in the country. Gold recipients: Latin I - Owen Culver, Katherine Heddens-Kocher and Fiona Smith; Latin II - Leah Cooke (perfect score) and Patrick Lee; Latin III- Luke Burbee. Silver recipients: Latin I - Ashley Cimarolli, Lydia Beggs, Colin Meiner, Rowan Taylor, Angel Nguyen, Liam Gunn, Henry Tomiser, Sarah Kaul, Jared Epps, Hannah Jansen and Caitlyn Boyle; Latin II- Nathan Buckley; Latin III - Conor Noel and Sterling Smith; Latin IV- Matthew Lehmann.
Kirkwood resident Bernard A. Reinert, founder of and a principal in Reinert Weishaar Attorneys at Law, has been inducted into the Saint Louis University Law Order of the Fleur De Lis Hall of Fame. A SLU graduate, he received his bachelor's degree in 1958 and his LLB in 1962. During the induction ceremony, Reinert was lauded for his professional successes, his contributions to the legal profession and to his community. He has a national reputation as a practitioner and publisher on suretyship and fidelity bond legal issues. Reinert has been an active volunteer in Kirkwood, including serving as a member of the Kirkwood School Board from 1976-1991, and has been chairman of the city of Kirkwood Civil Service Commission since 1992.
Austin Haga, who recently completed eighth grade at North Kirkwood Middle School, won third place in the Missouri Peace Officers Foundation's annual essay contest. Every year, the foundation invites eighth grade students from across the St. Louis area to submit an essay about a relevant topic or current event. This year's writing prompt was: "Social Media: Bringing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?" Haga submitted his essay as part of an assignment for Melissa Banjak's eighth-grade language arts class. For his third-place finish, he won a $100 cash prize. Eureka Police Chief Mike Wiegand presented him a check.
Austin Hoga with Eureka Police Chief Mike Wiegand