Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Update: We revisit "Grace's Glendale Bus Stop," the story of a young lady who has gotten national attention for how her family has helped her overcome Down Syndrome to work a job.
Tuesday, April 2
Another holiday has come and gone and with this one, came another visit by the Easter Bunny to Grace's Glendale Bus Stop—an informal landmark in the community that has drawn regional and national attention. For the uninitiated, Grace's Glendale Bus Stop is a Facebook page focusing on literally that: A bus stop dedicated to Grace Mehan, a Glendale resident with Down Syndrome who graduated from Kirkwood High School in May 2011. The bus stop and its Facebook page were part of Grace's parents' plans to help her learn how to navigate a bus route on her own to a job in Webster Groves. The Facebook page launched nearly a year ago, on April 9, and it's been adorned with photos of local celebrities, fans, friends and neighbors who have stopped by …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Every day, Mark Schierbecker, a senior at Webster Groves High School, finds time to add to the knowledge base of one of the world's most popular online reference sites.
There’s a good chance that Wikipedia article you just read was written by a teenager. “There are 13-year-olds who are doing this from their bedrooms,” said 18-year-old Mark Schierbecker of Rock Hill. And he should know – Schierbecker has been writing and editing for Wikipedia since he was 15, when he first stumbled upon the free online encyclopedia that “anyone can edit” the summer before freshman year. “I was just blown away by it,” he said. “At the time, it had more than three million articles.” He was hooked after posting his first entry on golf swing mechanics. “It was so cool that it just went live by me hitting the submit button,” he remembered. Schierbecker, whose Wikipedia user name is Marcus Qwertyus, is about to graduate from …
Monday, May 7, 2012
After a tour of the south, three students at Webster Groves High School created an award-winning film called "Colorblind" that is now helping to promote discussion about race relations back home.
Seeing firsthand the places they’d read about in history class made the civil rights struggle come alive for three Webster Groves students. Now Hannah Davidson, Jamie Garland and Katie Ribant are helping spread the message to others back home. The three teens, now seniors at Webster Groves High School, made up the inaugural class of a new experiential learning program that sent them on a week-long tour of important Southern landmarks in the civil rights movement. See related story: Learning by Doing is Goal of Webster Groves High School's Chelsea Center The interviews, video and recordings they gathered during their trip to cities such as Memphis, Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma resulted in an award-winning documentary that is still …
Friday, February 10, 2012
After being bullied for months, Sydney Wilhelm is striving to make a difference in the lives of others faced with the situation.
A Webster Groves teen who was bullied for months at Hixson Middle School has made it her mission to spread awareness of the problem locally, statewide and through social media. Sydney Wilhelm has started a Facebook page called The Stand against Bullying, which now has more than 350 fans. She's also participated in several local speaking engagements sharing her experience and has testified before state legislators in support of bills to strengthen bullying laws. "I want to help others and let people know it's not okay to bully," said Sydney, who is now a freshman at Webster Groves High School. Her family said the bullying began in December 2009 by a group of girls at the middle school. The girls harassed Sydney by phone, in texts and on …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Kirkwood 9-year-old and diabetic Raina Foley and her family performed in Nutcracker On Ice at Webster Groves Ice Rink and raised $500 for diabetes research.
Singer, ice skater, dog lover, diabetic — all these words describe fourth-grader Raina Foley, but she’s raised more than $20,000 to find a cure for one of them. Doctors diagnosed Raina with insulin-dependant diabetes, also known as Type I or juvenile diabetes, when she was 4 years old. Her parents went to her pediatrician when she couldn’t stop drinking apple juice, a symptom her body wasn’t absorbing nutrients, and her doctor immediately sent Raina to St. Louis Children’s Hospital after checking her blood sugar. "It was like being hit by a train," said Raina’s dad, Brendan. His wife, Kathleen, agrees. "We didn’t know anything," she adds. Now, Raina, who lives in Kirkwood, is managing her life-changing illness and living the full life of a…