News Brief

News Brief: Moore named ‘Senior of the Month’

Senior Gabriela Moore was named January senior of the month.
Drama teacher Todd Schaefer nominated Moore senior of the month for her performance in his class and positive influence on her peers.
According to the announcements, Schaefer described Moore, “Gabriela was an amazing role model in the class and really offered consistent good examples to her fellow classmates. She is a positive role model for her peers showing good work ethic and diligence in these times.”

News Brief: Juniors to take PSATs on Tuesday

Juniors at Webster Groves High School will take the PSAT on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
The test familiarizes students with the format and test questions on the SAT. Students who take this test may become eligible to win a National Merit Scholarship. This scholarship amounts to $2,500 to be put towards education at the user’s college of choice. 

Mr. Webster Pageant goes virtual

This year’s annual Mr. Webster Pageant has adapted to being completely virtual. The pageant is being organized and put on by the marketing class, similarly to how it has been in past years. 
All contestant videos are available for viewing on the Mr. Webster Pageant YouTube page (Mr Webster Pageant 2021 – › watch). Voting ends Jan. 15, at midnight. The voting form is linked in the description of each video.

News Brief: Echo staff earns NSPA First Class ratings

National Scholastic Press Association gave First Class ratings to the 2019-20 print version and to the 2020-21 online version of the Echo.  
According to the NSPA website: “As part of the critique process, all student media are scored in several categories, including coverage, writing and design.”

News Brief: High school to move to face-to-face instruction

High school plans to move to hybrid method. Freshmen and new students will go back on Nov. 12, and everyone else on Nov. 13.

Students will be split into two groups. A-K will go in the morning from 8:25- 11:25, L-Z will go in the afternoon from 12:25-3:25. The hour in between will be used for cleaning. All students will be expected to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks. 

News Brief: District offers lunch, breakfast

Webster schools are now offering to distribute food to students for $1.75-$2.80 (elementary) and $2.80 – $2.85 (seventh-12th grades) .
A parent or student can pick up the meals from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The students’ guardians can get something as well for $3-$3.40 (adult.)

News Brief: St. Louis libraries to offer free online tutoring

As part of the Digital Equity Initiative, the St. Louis County library system is introducing free online tutoring. The new live tutoring program is available every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The program is available to any St. Louis students K-12, and also handles homework help and test prep assistance.

More information about the program can be found here.

News Brief: Echo staffers earn honors

All four Echo staff seniors have earned places on the National Scholastic Press Association and Missouri Journalism Education Association honor rolls.   Also, JournalismSTL has released its ratings and awards for its 2019-2020 Spring Contests.

News Brief: CSPA announces Gold Circle winners

Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced the winners from its 37th Gold Circle Awards program.
Three Echo staffers were Gold Circle winners.  Senior Ethan Weihl won first place for his Video News Package “Students Walkout to Raise Climate Change Awareness,”senior Lindsey Bennett won third place for her News Feature “New Program Facilitates Student-Created Businesses” and graduate Sean Mullins won a certificate of merit for his Entertainment Review “Electric Retrospective – Review: ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Reflects Poorly Upon Interactive Media.”

News Brief: New STUCO officers named

Student Council members voted for officers on April 3.
Officers for the 2020-21 school year will be junior Sarah Ahrens as president, sophomore Bella Ferrell as vice-president, sophomore Scarlett Patton as secretary, sophomore Gabriella Ramirez as treasurer and sophomore Hannah Heimann as historian.

News Brief: Drama to present ‘Broadway Revue’

Drama students will perform Broadway hits for the department’s annual “Broadway Revue” in the auditorium Friday, Feb. 7,  at 7 p.m.
Some plays to be represented in the revue include “Mean Girls,” “Les Miserables” and “Little Women.”
Tickets are $5 and sold at the door.