HAZELWOOD • From kindergarten through graduation, teachers could always count on Tanner Whitworth.
The Hazelwood West High School senior and shortstop on the baseball team did not miss a single day of school since starting kindergarten in 2006.
Whitworth's perfect attendance record over 13 years topped 2,200 consecutive days of class, with not even a single missed period in high school. Whitworth also attended Russell Elementary and West Middle schools.
“I don’t think I’ve ever discovered a student who was presented with actual history and thought it was boring,” says Keith Baker, who has taught the subject at Edwardsville High School for 20 years. “It’s about functional education. History has to come alive. The connections have to be introduced, and then students can start asking questions. They’ll learn that history is not only tremendously complicated, but it is also tremendously interesting.”
As if on cue, a student within earshot responds: “What you’re saying is true.”
CLAYTON — They said she would never talk again, but Lauren Murphy will deliver the commencement address Monday for her alma mater, Fontbonne University.
Murphy, 31, was hit by a car while jogging in Los Angeles on a business trip six years ago. To save her life, surgeons had to remove parts of her brain that were dangerously swollen, including the left temporal lobe.