To be in Malissa Mobley’s first-grade classroom at Gateway Elementary School in the Carr Square neighborhood is to be immersed in color, music and motion. Ms. Mobley’s classroom is a reflection of her effusive personality and an indication of how she fully engages her students. “I want them to use their talents,” she says. “We do a lot of chanting and music because that’s the best way they can retain information. I use a lot of colors, and I’m hands-on. I want them to feel it when they’re learning.”
Matthew Billings has been chosen by the World Science Foundation as one of 45 high school students internationally as "World Science Scholars."
Billings is a senior at Chaminade high school and the son of Matt and Patti Billings of St. Louis.
While the foundation notes in a press release that Billings and his fellow scholars have demonstrated exceptional math skills, they also possess "the kind of sustained motivation, curiosity and passion for solving broader problems."
Of the 82 Missouri students who graduated in May and scored perfectly on the American College Test, 46 of them were from the St. Louis area, according to the ACT national office.
The most students with perfect scores were from St. Louis University High School, with seven.
The average composite score for class of 2018 Missouri graduates was 20. A perfect score is a 36. More than 68,000 students took the test as juniors, and more than half of them took the test two or more times.
Coffin competitors rise to the challenge • All six of the aspiring coffin-dwellers who took Six Flags of St. Louis’ challenge to spend 30 hours in a wooden coffin went the distance Sunday.
Each won their coffin, two gold season passes for 2019, $300 and other prizes.
The challenge started at 1 p.m. Saturday with a “laying to rest ceremony,” and ended at 7 p.m. Sunday with a “raising from the dead.” Competitors were required to stay in the coffins the whole time, except for a six-minute bathroom break every hour and a series of mini-challenges.