St. Louis Greenhouse Plant Society members presented South Tech graduates with generous scholarships and gifts today at South Tech High School.
Society members Mary Jo Anderson, Rita Zeitz, Mark Kalk, and Leon Zickwick presented the awards. The Society has been in partnership with South Tech for 8 years, using the campus greenhouse to cultivate annuals and perennials for a sale held during the first weekend of May each year. The Society uses the proceeds from their sale to establish a budget for the following the year’s crop and to donate to other non-profits. Additionally, they present South Tech scholars with awards to show their appreciation of the partnership.
Zickwick spoke to the students and congratulated them during the presentation. “This is a very special time of the year for us,” he said, emphasizing his gratitude to the school for sharing the greenhouse.
Recent graduates Emily Simmerman, Catherine Grzywa, and Cameron Harrison were our scholarship recipients along with South Tech Early Childhood Education alum Kristin Barnett. Simmerman (Veterinary Assistant) and Barnett were awarded $500 scholarships, while Grzywa and Harrison (Culinary Arts) received elaborate knife sets and scales.
All recipients are pursuing post-secondary education related to their South Tech majors. Simmerman will begin studies at SIUE in Biology/Pre-Veterinary Sciences, Grzywa will attend Southeast Missouri State to study Hospitality Management, Harrison will begin his Culinary Arts major at STLCC-Forest Park, and Barnett is finishing her coursework in Early Childhood Education at STLCC-Meremac.
Congratulations to our awards winners and thank you to St. Louis Greenhouse Plant Society for their generous gifts and continued partnership.