Letter to Editor: Let’s celebrate academic scholarships

Congratulations to Webster Groves High School Statesman Tristen Moore for persevering through numerous disappointments on the basketball court to earn several academic scholarship offers.

Congratulations also to Kirkwood High School Pioneer Amaya Marion for her accomplishments in and out of the classroom to earn a four-year scholarship to Stanford University.

But congratulations as well to the Webster Kirkwood Times for recognizing high school students for their academic achievements.  All to often schools just feature athlete at staged “signing” events where they accept scholarships based on their performances on the field or on the court.

I have yet to see a staged media event where students are signing a letter of intent to attend college on a purely academic scholarship.  Not to take anything away from the athletes–they work hard to earn such recognition–but it is also hard to excel in academics where there are note many fans in the stands cheering you on or cheerleaders on the sidelines.

Think we could get local schools to host media “signing day” events for both academic and athletic scholarship awards?  I’d love to see it.

Ron Zager


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