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Rock Bridge’s Niyonzima Etienne named Gates Millennium Scholar

SCHOOLS: ROCK BRIDGE HIGH

By KATIE MORITZ

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Rock Bridge High School senior Niyonzima Etienne was named one of the 1,000 nationwide recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship will pay for Etienne’s undergraduate education at Missouri State University, where he plans to earn a degree in construction management.

According to the program’s website, the scholarship can be used at the university of the recipient’s choice, and is awarded based on academic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

Niyonzima Etienne

Etienne, who was born in the Congo, was a refugee in Tanzania until he moved to the U.S. with his family in 2007. When he came to Columbia, he spoke no English. But he was a quick learner, and soon wanted to teach English to other African refugees in the area.

In an interview with Etienne earlier this year, he said the three needs of refugees that must be met for them to have successful lives in the U.S. are English language skills, transportation and employment. Etienne began teaching refugees English in his living room every week. He also travels to churches and hospitals with them to act as a translator. In February, he was helping 10 families.

Earlier this year, Etienne was named one of six distinguished finalists in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors middle and high school students for outstanding community service.

Upon receiving a construction management degree, Etienne hopes to employ refugees to help build structures in their communities. Etienne will graduate from Rock Bridge on May 21.

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Columbia students raise money for Japan

SCHOOLS: COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By RACHEL LIJEWSKI

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Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan’s east coast and killed more than 10,000 people, Columbia Public School students have initiated a number of ways to raise money for Japan relief.

The combined efforts of Columbia’s public schools have raised more than $4,500 to donate to the American Red Cross for Japan relief, and money is still trickling in from schools across Columbia.

A fundraising campaign for Japan at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School began with Rhonda Hafner’s second-grade class. The second-graders focused on Asia during the school’s multicultural night on April 28, so when Hafner started a penny drive for Japan, it fit in nicely with the class project.

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Local DECA members to compete in international competition

SCHOOLS: ROCK BRIDGE, HICKMAN HIGH; ROCK BRIDGE-GREEN MEADOWS-BEDFORD WALK-CEDAR LAKE

By KATIE MORITZ

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Thirteen Columbia Area Career Center students from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools are eligible to advance to the DECA International Career Development Conference in late April. These finalists were part of a group of 41 Columbia students who competed at the DECA state competition March 13 through March 15 at the Lake of the Ozarks. More than 1,600 Missouri high school students competed at state.

DECA is an international program for high school students that teaches business and marketing skills. Many DECA members go on to study business management or marketing in college or enter the workforce in related jobs, CACC DECA Advisor Scott Fuenfhausen said. Fuenfhausen himself worked in advertising for 17 years before becoming a teacher, marketing everything from Twinkies to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

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Rock Bridge student newspaper, yearbook win big at J-Day

SCHOOLS: ROCK BRIDGE HIGH

By KATIE MORITZ

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Led by adviser Robin Stover, the Rock Bridge High School yearbook and newspaper staffs walked away from Missouri Interscholastic Press Association J-Day, a high school journalism competition, with 14 awards and 22 awards, respectively.

High school publications are judged at J-Day based on school size, and awards are given in five categories: newspaper, yearbook, photojournalism, broadcast and diversity of coverage. Two levels of individual student awards are given: ShowMe, or first place, and Superior, or second place. J-Day judges award ShowMes to a maximum of 10 percent of entries per category. There is no limit to how many Superiors can be awarded.

For senior Kristen Williams, yearbook co-editor-in-chief, the biggest accomplishment of the April 5 event was taking home the All-Missouri award, the highest J-Day honor, for last year’s yearbook, themed “Making My Mark.” Pages for this year’s book also earned awards. All in all, the yearbook, Flashback, scooped up four ShowMe awards and 10 Superior awards.

“It’s nice to know that those pages are good for this year’s book,” Williams said.

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Hickman, Rock Bridge students named National Merit Scholarship finalists

SCHOOLS: ROCK BRIDGE, HICKMAN HIGH

By KATIE MORITZ

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Twenty-five Columbia students have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. High school students who have taken the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test are eligible for the program. Of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT nationwide each year, about 50,000 top scorers are identified. From those top scorers, about 15,000 students are chosen as finalists.

Find out who the Columbia finalists are after the jump.

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Rock Bridge student chosen for international science program

SCHOOLS: ROCK BRIDGE HIGH

By KATIE MORITZ

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Tyler Griggs went away to learn about rockets, medicine and math. He came back with international friendships.

The Rock Bridge High School junior was one of 238 high school students from 26 U.S. states and 27 countries chosen by Honeywell, a company that produces consumer products and aerospace systems, for a weeklong science program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

“There were people from (a lot of) different countries; all of the accents and the cultures combined in that area,” Griggs said. “Everyone loved everyone, there was no drama. Like, you know, high school drama.” Continue reading

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Rock Bridge showcases diversity, features international fashion

SCHOOLS: ROCK BRIDGE HIGH

By KATIE MORITZ and CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

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During lunch period on Wednesday, Feb. 23, international flavor wasn’t being served up in the lunch line — it was strutting on the catwalk.

As part of its four day-long Global Village event, Rock Bridge High School held the International Fashion Show during its two lunch periods. Students and staff donned the traditional clothing of cultures around the world and walked an elevated wooden runway set up in the foyer in front of the main office.

The show featured clothing from Nigeria, Japan, Iraq and other countries.

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Rock Bridge High School senior Laura Torrado walked the runway in a guayabera, a traditional Latin American dress shirt decorated with patch pockets and rows of tiny pleats. An exchange student from Colombia, this is her first time participating in the high school’s fashion show. Seeing the other models’ fashions was her favorite part of being in the show. Continue reading

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