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STL Greenhouse Plant Society Shares Scholarships with Graduates

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.

Tops at Tech Awards Announced
South Tech honored students during our 2018 Tops at Tech Banquet on Thursday, April 26th at Andre’s West in Fenton, Missouri. Each instructor selected one student to represent their major based on their performance, dedication, and enthusiasm. Families joined their students and teachers for the evening event, hosted by principal Jacob Lohse.  Congratulations to our award winners!


  • Electronics & Robotics – Clayton Bach, Affton
  • Precision Machining – Brett Schoenberger, Oakville
  • Welding – Joel Besch, Lindbergh
  • Design & Entrepreneurship –Garrett Hamm, Homeschool


  • Graphic Design – Erik Lucy, Parkway Central
  • Cisco Networking Academy – Christopher Moore, Webster Groves
  • Web & Computer Programming – Ethan Schrunk, Homeschool


  • Carpentry – Daniel Lang, Affton
  • Electrical Trades – Logan Roderick, Oakville
  • HVAC – Zach Dillon, Oakville
  • General Construction – Kristopher Triggs, Mehlville
  • Construction Methods & Materials – Abdulhafidh Ibrahim, Parkway West


  • Cosmetology – Madison Kuennen, Lindbergh
  • Cosmetology – Cortni Spann, Parkway Central
  • Culinary Arts – Cameron Harrison, Oakville
  • Culinary Arts – Hadley Shae McNeill, Ladue
  • Early Childhood Education – Destiny Quick, Hancock


  • Dental Sciences – Zerina Cizmic, Affton
  • Health Sciences – Grace Killingsworth, Oakville
  • Health Sciences – Kristen Menning, Oakville
  • Pharmacy Sciences – Marwa Mahmoud, Rockwood Summit
  • Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy –Anna Goodman, Parkway South
  • Veterinary Assistant –  Rebecca Wurl, Lindbergh
  • Veterinary Assistant – Trisha Nicole Wagstaff, Mehlville


  • Emergency Medical Technician – Nickolas Kaletka, Mehlville
  • Firefighting – Brandon Clifft, Bayless
  • Law Enforcement – Ethan Morris, Mehlville


  • Auto Body – John Jenkins, Eureka
  • Auto Technology – Leah Atkins, Maplewood-Richmond Heights
  • Auto Technology – Josh Dolenz, Bayless
  • Motorcycle & Small Engine Tech – William Cohen, Clayton
Machinists Gear Up for BotsSTL

Fast Cheese is still under construction, but will soon be ready to destroy! Precision Machining juniors Lili Rodriguez, Lauryn Giesler, and Matthew Haugsness are hard at work preparing their bot, named Fast Cheese, for competition in BotsSTL on April 21 at Ft. Zumwalt South High School.

BotSTL is a program to boost interest in and exposure to manufacturing careers sponsored by the National Tooling & Machining Association. This STEM-focused, project-based learning competition encourages confidence, teamwork, problem solving and creativity. Local manufacturing firms provide support and mentorship to student teams throughout the competition. Cultivating interest in manufacturing makes good sense for our region as St. Louis employs well over 100,000 people in the industry and opportunities and demand are expected to grow.

STROCO Manufacturing, Inc. is supporting South Tech’s team. STROCO manufactures and assembles metal products for the aerospace industry and high precision industries. South Tech’s instructors, Bob Arcipowski (Precision Machining) and Albie Mitchell (Design & Entrepreneurship), are also helping other student teams in the area prepare for the competition.

Our three-student team was drawn to compete due to South Tech’s 3rd place win in last year’s inaugural BotsSTL competition. As they construct and program their robot, they must meet weight limits while ensuring their robot will withstand the competition. Rather than designing to complete a task, Fast Cheese must instead be built to fight other robots and survive their attacks. Additionally, our students will be able to network with representatives from industry.

We are looking forward to the competition results and wish our team the best of luck!

Auto Body Cruises STL Shops

Auto Body students were given a 4 shop tour of St. Louis last month which included a visit to the Classic Car Studio (CCS), the filming location of the program “Speed is the New Black” which airs on Velocity.  Owner of CCS, Noah Alexander, showed the students around the entire shop and allowed them to get up close views of some of the vehicle restorations that have been featured on the show.

Giving this kind of access and attention to our students reinforces one of the goals Alexander had for  “Speed”.   He was asked by the online publication Hagerty what he hoped audiences would take away from show when it premiered in 2017 and he replied, “This is an industry where it’s hard to find people who are good with their hands and who can create and build things—and finding these people gets harder every year. Part of the reason for this, I think, is that the education system doesn’t really provide a lot of opportunities for kids who might be inclined toward these kinds of skills. I know when I was in school I never knew that this was something I could be doing. I figured I would be in a cubicle somewhere selling life insurance, or maybe I’d be a doctor or a lawyer. I just knew that if I didn’t have some kind of corporate future, I’d be a nobody. I really want to inform another generation of kids that they can do this. Let’s show kids what’s possible. If they want to go to college, great. If not, that’s fine, too. They can go become a skilled craftsman or a tradesperson or an entrepreneur. They can do really well at those things in life.”

Students also toured two Schaefer Collision Centers and Central Auto Body and discovered South Tech grads at both locations.  At Schaefer, students were hosted by 2014 graduates Bradley Beckham and Kyle Neely.  Both have been employed by Schaefer for several years.  Additionally, Neely hosts his own Facebook site called “Blue Collar Kyle” in which he does demo videos and hosts discussions on auto body repair.

Central Auto Body is owned by South Tech graduate Chris Becker who gave our students lots of information about upcoming needs in industry and opportunities for our students.

Industry tours and visits like these help South Tech ensure that our students graduate with real world skills.  To learn more about openings in our transportation programs, visit our programs page at http://southtechnical.org/programs/. Additional information about the sites visited can be found at the following links:  CCS – http://www.classiccarstudio.com/speedshop/, Schaefer Auto Body – http://www.schaeferautobody.com/, Central Auto Body – https://www.carwise.com/auto-body-shops/central-auto-body-rebuilders-inc-maplewood-mo-63143/469791

Web and Computer Program Visit Maritz Corporation

The Maritz Corporation recently hosted an Information Technology (IT) Extravaganza for our Web & Computer Programming students. On April 18th, students were treated to a panel discussion, lunch, and tours of IT departments.

Denise Gibbs, a DBA-SQL at Maritz and advisor to our program, put together the visit and speaker panel. Her goal was to help students realize the wide variety of IT professions open to them. Students heard speakers from several departments who shared their backgrounds, described the education required for their position, and answered student questions. Speakers included: Valerie Gemmingen – MITS HR, Michael Gorzel – NOC Operations, Jerry Johnson – Big Data, Mark Renaud – Windows Administration, Joe Epplin – Application Development, Lisa Spahr – Project Management, and Amy Detzel – Security. Gibbs has served on our advisory board for over 30 years and graduated from our former O’Fallon Tech campus. Epplin and Harwell also serve on our board. Students also learned about several tools currently used in quality application development such as Hadoop, Ploymer, Swagger, Angular, AOP, Spring, VM Management, Jump Box, and AWS.

Leah Harwell, an applications developer and 2009 South Tech Web & Computer Programming graduate, also met with students and shared information about her post-secondary education and her Maritz career. Allowing our students to see Tech alumni in their work environments is always an engaging experience for them.

Students toured the Network Operating Center, which runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During a tour of the server room students learned about the programming and systems analyst positions at Maritz along with other supports. , the server room, the area where programmers and systems analyst reside and other parts of the Maritz Corporation.

Beginning to build the real world skills required for a career in information technology is one of the many benefits of participating in a South Tech program. For more information about Web & Computer Programming or to apply, please visit: http://southtechnical.org/programs/.

South Tech Sweep at State SkillsUSA Competitions!

South Tech students excelled in this week’s SkillsUSA competitions held in Jefferson City, Columbia, and Linn, MO, bringing home 39 medals. Several students, including five who competed nationally last year, are eligible to advance to the national competitions which will be held in Louisville, KY in June. SkillsUSA sponsor, Sally Difani, was thrilled with our students’ accomplishments, but even more so with their character and dedication. “All of our students represented their instructors and our school admirably. We should all be proud of what our students accomplished this week,” she said.

Congratulations to our students, their instructors, and all of our SkillsUSA sponsors. A complete list of the winners is below. Photos from the competition can be viewed here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XseqLI0jIuuPjmyH3. We will continue to add photos to the gallery as they are made available. This is TECH!

SkillsUSA Hands-On Competition Results

Joel Besch Welding 1st
Logan Blandford Plumbing 4th
Shurya Brown Commercial Baking 16th
Andrew Caldwell Mobile Electronics Installation 1st
Steven J Chalmers Internetworking 5th
Thomas Derryberry Firefighting 6th
Mark Devaughan Web Design (Team) 1st
Zachary E Dillon Sheet Metal 3rd
Nathan Fanz Diesel Equipment Technology 24th
Andrew M Fischer Sheet Metal 1st
Tim Frahm Teamworks 3rd
Joseph Haynes Mobile Electronics Installation 5th
John D Jenkins Collision Repair Technology 2nd
Lucas Johnson Building Repair Technology 3rd
Jacob Klinckhardt Mobile Electronics Installation 9th
Avery Kment Teamworks 3rd
Dominic Lane CNC Turning 2nd
Dan Lang Teamworks 3rd
Anthony J Leeker Sheet Metal 2nd
Kevin P Mccue Welding Fabrication 9th
Patrick Mcdonald Diesel Equipment Technology 7th
Hadley S Mcneill Customer Service 1st
Austin T Menning Firefighting 5th
Christopher Moore Internetworking 1st Computer Networking TI 2nd
Nathan C Muir Welding Fabrication 9th
Tim Muldoon MLR 2nd
Eric J Reinartz Welding Fabrication 9th
Juwan Rice Commercial Baking 3rd Job Demo A 3rd
Logan Roderick Electrical Construction Wiring 10th
Elijah P Stein Plumbing 5th
Kobe K Stevens Customer Service 11th
Kristopher Triggs Teamworks 3rd
John G Werner Power Equipment Technology 5th Power Equipment TI 1st
Hailey Williams First Aid/CPR 2nd
Justin P Wingerter First Aid/CPR 3rd
Jacob A Witt IT Services 2nd
Evan E Young Web Design (Team) 1st

SkillsUSA Leadership Contest Results

Leah Atkins Job Demo Open 7th
Alex Bathke Quiz Bowl 14th Related Technical Math 1st Technical Spelling 14th
Sofia Belisle Quiz Bowl 14th
Michael Bertke Quiz Bowl 14th
Chloe Bick Pin Design 2nd
Benjamin Bodily Career Pathways 1st
Jacob Brauner Medical Math 2nd
AbigailChampion Employment Application 1st
Riley Chard Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Hayley Cobb Quiz Bowl 14th
Andre Cotton Quiz Bowl 15th
Michael Crunkleton T-Shirt Design 8th
Ashlynne Dietrich Quiz Bowl 14th
Jotham Flores Job Interview 2nd
Robert Fox Employment Application 5th
Samuel Gregory Job Demo A 4th
Myles Hurt Quiz Bowl 15th
Kelaiah Killmade Quiz Bowl 14th
Benjamin Kotthoff Quiz Bowl 15th
Joshua Kuehnle Job Demo Open 2nd
Erik Lucy T-Shirt Design 5th
Julia Lutzenberger Pin Design 6th
Emily Mask Medical Math Did not compete
Christopher Moore Computer Networking TI 2nd Internetworking 1st
Hannah Mueller Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Amanda Ohlau Action Skills 1st
Lindsay Perrett Quiz Bowl 15th
Ashley Queen Action Skills 9th
Eric Ray Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Juwan Rice Job Demo A 3rd Commercial Baking 3rd
Christopher Rousan Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd Related Technical Math 5th Carpentry TI 5th
Emilie Rozanski Quiz Bowl 15th
Lilly Russo Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Jake Sage Employment Application 2nd Career Pathways 1st
Ethan Schrunk Related Technical Math 4th
Nakailah Shields-Robinson Prepared Speech 2nd
Chris Siebold Career Pathways 1st
Marcus Stokes Extemporaneous Speaking 10th
Jordan Ware Action Skills 4th
John Werner Power Equipment Tech Info 1st Power Equipment Tech 5th
Michael Winans Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Wyatt Wooden Chapter Business Procedure 2nd
Giving Back: Construction Students Help Injured Officer
Students from South Tech’s Construction Trades and Floor Layers Middle Apprenticeship programs recently spent a day giving back to our community by working on renovations at The Forder House in South County.  The home is owned by Officer Rob King, a 19 year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, who had been working on renovations of the home for the past two years. Officer King was injured on the job in January and has not been able to return to work nor resume his work on the home. Junior Alex Jacobi, a Construction student from Oakville, learned about the King family’s needs and asked instructor Dustin Meyer if there was a way he and his fellow students could help.  With the assistance of Paul Petrus, a day of service was coordinated in which our senior Construction Trades and Floor Layers Middle Apprenticeship classes worked on a variety of projects in the cabin renovation, including tile and drywall installation and some demolition. According to stlco.com, The Forder Log Cabin at 2225 Telegraph, dates back to at least 1852.  It is part of a complex which includes a main house, a cabin, and a stone storage building. The complex is named for Samuel W. Forder who purchased the land in 1852, although the cabin may have already been on the site at the time.   Working on the historic cabin in service of Officer King was a special experience for our students.  Meyer said the students appreciated getting to see the craftsmanship of the cabin saying, “The actual log cabin is still there but is mainly covered up, and there is an addition added on to the home as well. So from the outside, it looks like an ordinary house. There were a few walls inside that are gutted down to the original log cabin frame where we were able to see the structure. We all thought it was really cool and have never seen anything like it before.” Our students plan to return to the site before the year’s end to complete their tiling projects in the cabin’s bathrooms.   This project is one of many acts of community service South Tech students perform each year as they consistently use their talents and skills to help others.   SaveSave
South Tech Triumphs at FBLA State Competitions

Seven members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from South Technical High School recently traveled to Springfield, MO for the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. This five-day conference, beginning Friday, April 6, featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes, and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for middle school through college students.

New activities this year included LeadershipEDU, an in-depth focused workshop designed to help uncover a student’s true leadership potential, SpecializedEDU, a series of workshops on topics like Discovering Your Passion and Maximizing LinkedIn, and a brand new interactive conference mobile application.

Over 5,000 students and advisers came together for the event, with over 150 business education related contests running during the event; contest topics range from accounting to website design, marketing to mobile application development.

Overall, South Tech brought home many awards, including:

  • First Place in Network Design—Team of Adam Green, Andy Nguyen, and Chris Moore
  • First Place in Network Concepts—Chris Moore
  • Third Place in Network Concepts—Nathan Scott
  • Tenth Place in Network Concepts—Andy Nguyen
  • Eleventh Place in Network Concepts—Dakota Smith
  • Fifth Place in Computer Problem Solving—Nathan Scott
  • Seventh Place in Management Information Systems—Team of Steven Chalmers and Danny Fitzgerald

Of these winners: Network Design Team and 1st & 3rd place Network Concepts winners qualify to compete at Nationals in Baltimore, MD from June 28-July.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501©3. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri.

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