O. Peter Broeder IV, son of Pete and Jenny Broeder of Glendale, and Grace Philipp, daughter of Chris and Michelle Philipp of Weldon Springs, are engaged to be married. They are graduates of the University of Kansas where they both received master's degrees in architecture. They live in Parkville, Mo., and work for architecture firms in Kansas City: Peter with HOK and Grace for El Dorado. An August 2017 wedding in St. Louis is planned.
Kirkwood resident Vito Viola received his bachelor of science degree in business management from Western Governors University in February.
Carson Morie, with Boy Scout Troop 301 in Webster Groves, had his Eagle Ceremony on Jan. 30, 2017. For his Eagle Scout project he built two fire rings at St. Joe State Park for The Missouri Mudders. Morie is a third generation Eagle Scout.
Four Kirkwood High School students recently received honorable mention in C-SPAN's annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. Students were asked to create a five- to seven-minute video about the topic, "Your Message to Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?" The awardees and their videos are: Sarah Morgan - "Girls Just Wanna Have Representation;" Hailey Chellis - "At All Costs: Rising Costs of College in America;" Clark Shead - "Training the Badge - National Police Reform;" and Katie Judd - "The Heroin Epidemic in America."
Holly Travers, a student at Steger Sixth Grade Center, has won the Maestro Award in the St. Louis Symphony's Picture the Music contest where students listen to a specific piece of music and bring it to life with their artwork. Traver's piece, "Black and White," was drawn to the music of Dvorak's Symphony #9. Her picture will be on tour in the region and then be displayed at Powell Hall for the rest of the year.
Kristy Stephens of Webster Groves has been named executive director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri. She previously worked as an independent consultant.
Kirk Smith, a senior at the University of Tulsa and son of Webster Groves residents Dale Smith and Jean Pollard, was recently selected as a Rhodes Scholar, one of only 32 selected in the nation. The scholarship allows for two years of full financial support to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. In Tulsa, Kirk is majoring in mechanical engineering and is a member of TU's Global Scholars Program and captain of the school's cross country team.
Kirkwood High School freshman Claire Zickel received a silver medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing National Awards for her flash fiction piece, "Lily." It was selected from over 1,000 submissions received from students throughout Missouri as a state level Gold Key Winner. Her piece will be published in Missouri Youth Write, an online publication available in June 2017.
U.S. Air Force Airman Justin M. Nolden, a 2015 graduate of Kirkwood High School, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Kirkwood High School senior Khalea Edwards recently received the Princeton Prize in Race Relations award. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay recognized her, along with members of the Princeton Prize committee, during a senior class assembly at the high school. Kirkwood High School social studies teacher Madeline Raimondo nominated Edwards for the award. She is one of 27 students recognized nationally for having a significant positive effect on race relations in school and communities. All prize recipients received a $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid weekend to the national symposium on race at Princeton University April 27-29, 2017.
Tania Perez Landeiro, a fifth grader at Bristol Elementary School, has won this year's Arbor Day poster contest, sponsored by the Missouri Forestry Council, the state Department of Conservation and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri. She competed with 762 students from across the state. The theme for the contest was "How Trees Work for Your Family." She received a $100 gift card, a commemorative tree will be planted on school grounds or other location for her, and she'll have the opportunity to attend the Missouri Forestry Council's state conference where she'll be honored.