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Lindbergh, Mehlville off to a great start this year

Mike Anthony
Executive Editor
September 19, 2012 - Though the new school year has been under way for roughly a month, Lindbergh Schools and the Mehlville School District already have achieved great academic success.

For example, we reported last week that Lindbergh High School is one of just four high schools in Missouri and 269 K-12 schools nationwide to receive the prestigious 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Less than 1 percent of the nation's more than 100,000 schools were recognized this year.

"This is the highest honor our educators can achieve — winning Blue Ribbon is like winning the Nobel Prize of education," Lindbergh Schools Superintendent Jim Simpson stated in a news release.

In addition, both districts can be proud of their National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists.

Six Lindbergh High School seniors have been named semifinalists — Vidhan Srivastava, RJ Mohr, Tiffany Lee, Ananya Benegal, Becky Bavlsik and Allison Mather.

In Mehlville, Oakville High School senior David Gerding and Mehlville High School senior Kristin Lenz have been named semifinalists.

Nationwide, roughly 16,000 seniors were named semifinalists. These eight academically talented seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, which will be awarded next spring.

Complete coverage of these National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists is available by visiting the Call's award-winning website at

Great things are happening every day in Lindbergh and Mehlville schools, and the Call is using a variety of platforms to report these achievements.

For example, visit our website to view a video of a First Responder Barbecue hosted by Bernard Middle School students to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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