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Express Scripts UMSL Bridge Saturday Academy

Did you know that high school students have the opportunity to join a fantastic program that prepares them and their parents for college?

The UMSL-Express Scripts Bridge Program Saturday Academy is held the first two Saturdays of each month, from October through March. The academy provides an intensive 10-Saturday program for students in grades 9 through 12. Student’s will be immersed in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and college planning.

  1. Academic Skills Workshops include Math, Science and Writing: Students participate in critical thinking activities designed to enhance their ability to perform well on college entrance exams.
  2. Career Development and College Planning Workshops: Freshmen and sophomore students will be involved in structured career planning workshops developed to guide students through important key steps for career identification and effectively develop a focused career plan. All junior and senior students will be engaged in workshops structured to assist with the overall college admissions, financial aid and scholarship research process.

Program Requirements

  • All applicants must be currently enrolled in grades 9th-12th.
  • All applicants must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application, recommendation letter and middle school final grade report or high school transcript.
  • All applicants should be enrolled in or have completed Algebra.
  • All senior participants must meet with Bridge staff at least once during the Saturday Academy.
  • All participants must agree to meet attendance, performance and behavior requirements.
  • All participants are expected to complete assigned tasks and fully participate in class activities to meet program requirements.

Please note: Students who participated in previous program components must reapply for consideration.

UMSL-Express Scripts Bridge Program Saturday Academy Sessions

The 2016-2017 UMSL-Express Scripts Bridge Program Saturday Academy will be held on the first and second Saturday of each month from October 1, 2016 through March 4, 2017. All activities will be held on scheduled Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus in various laboratories and academic classrooms.

Application Process

The following documents must be submitted to the Bridge Program office to meet the below program deadline date:

  • Application Deadline
    • Friday, August 26, 2016
  • Bridge Program Online Application completed online by the student. Please complete all sections of the online application form.
  • Recommendation Letter completed by your high school counselor, administrator or instructor and submit to the Bridge Program Office. (Note:This is not a requirement for returning Bridge participants.)
  • High School Transcript (All 9th grade students are required to submit a copy of their 8th grade report card.)

Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday, August 26, 2016: APPLICATION DEADLINE
  • Friday, September 9, 2016: Final Acceptance Notification
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016: Saturday Academy Kickoff Orientation
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016: Saturday Academy sessions begins
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017: Award Recognition Ceremony

Program Meeting Dates

  • October 1, 2016
  • October 8, 2016
  • November 5, 2016
  • November 12, 2016
  • December 3, 2016
  • December 10, 2016
  • January 14, 2017
  • February 4, 2017
  • February 11, 2017
  • March 4, 2017
6 Students Place at Welding Competition

On April 15th  the South Tech Welding Technology students competed at Midwest Technical Institute in Springfield, IL at the annual High School welding competition. This competition was divided into two flights (A and B) based on experience.  South Tech had 6 students who placed, earning trophies and 4 students also earning cash prizes totaling 1,350. Congratulations to the Welding students and their teacher, Adam Holt.

  • Alec May placed 1st overall (flight A) receiving a $500 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Vincent Indelicato placed 1st overall (flight B) receiving a $500 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Connor Chambliss placed 2nd overall (flight A) receiving a $250 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Alex Poertner placed 3rd overall (flight A) receiving a $100 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Maxx Holtwick placed 5th overall (flight A) receiving a trophy.
  • Erica Mutzbauer placed 8th overall (flight A) receiving a trophy.

Author and speaker Dr. Donna Beegle shared her experiences with SSD staff during presentations last week at South Tech.

Dr. Beegle is the author of “See Poverty, Be The Difference,” and “An Action Approach to Educating Students Who Live in the Crisis of Poverty.” Donna’s inspiring story and work have been featured in newspapers around the nation and on National programs such as PBS. Dr. Beegle, who grew up in generational poverty, offered strategies to better communicate with those living in poverty and insights to help staff connect with students.

Another Student Accepted Into the St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Congratulations to Ashyln! Ashlyn Carrico received notification that she has been accepted into the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP). STLCOP is competitive seven-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

Ashlyn, a senior in the Lab and Pharmacy Tech major said she chose South Tech to see what the career of Pharmacy is all about.

Her teacher, Mrs. Melscheimer, said she is a focused and hard-working student. Congratulations Ashyln on this impressive achievement!

Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to the three South Tech students who have been awarded $500 scholarships from the St. Louis Master Gardeners. The student winners are Joseph Hayes, a culinary student who will be attending St. Louis Community College; Tiffany Torrence, a vet assistant student who will be attending Mizzou and Madison Holtz, an early childhood student who will be attending St. Louis Community College.

The Master Gardeners have certainly done a lot for South Tech. In addition to these very generous scholarships, they maintain the greenhouses, beautify our grounds and teach our culinary students to grow and use herbs. We are extremely appreciative of their contributions to our school.

The Master Gardeners pictured here are Zickrick and Alberta Chulick.

SkillsUSA State Championship Results

On March 31st and April 1st South Tech SkillsUSA students put their CTE skills to the test in the annual Missouri SkillsUSA State Championships held at State Technical College in Linn, MO. With 92 students competing, 42 medals were earned in a wide variety of categories from hands on skills, leadership, and written contests with 8 gold, 25 silver, and 9 bronze. Scholarship money to State Technical College was awarded for all 3 levels of medals. Four students will now go on to the National Championships in Louisville, KY in June. These students are:

  • Jillian Bardenheier – Gold Medal in Cosmetology
  • Kiersten Green – Gold Medal in Customer Service
  • Amber Longwell – Gold Medal in Automotive Refinishing
  • Alex Juelfs – Gold Medal in Welding Sculpture

See below for a list of all medal winners and respective contests.

2016 Missouri SkillsUSA State Championship Medal Winners
Lashaun Hymes Action Skills Silver
Grant Gegel Automated Manufacturing Silver
Justin Gilbert Automated Manufacturing Silver
Ricky Hochecker Automated Manufacturing Silver
Amber Longwell ** Automotive Refinishing Gold
Allison Taylor Basic Health Care Silver
Connor Lange Building Repair Gold
Jacob Lichtenstein Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Kaleb Nixon Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Isaiah Reyland Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Joseph Venable Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Patrick Way Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Antoine Wooldridge Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Innocent Niyibizi Computer Programming Silver
Jillian Bardenheier ** Cosmetology Gold
Alana Beal Career Pathways Silver
Claudia Swyres Career Pathways Silver
Jocelyn Wilson Career Pathways Silver
Employment Application Process Silver
Camille Durr Culinary Arts Technical Information Gold
Kiersten Green ** Customer Service Gold
Adam Nischwitz Electronics Technical Information Silver
James Beiser Electronics Technology Bronze
Sam Whanger Firefighting Bronze
Jesse McClanahan Internetworking Silver
Steven Eddy Mobile Electronics Installation Silver
Matthew Coffman Power Equipment Technical Information Bronze
Patrick Wooten Power Equipment Technical Information Gold
Anthony Truong Related Technical Math Silver
Michael Brown Web Design Bronze
Kenneth Sweet Web Design Bronze
Maxwell Buckel Web Design Silver
Alianna McCormick Web Design Silver
Alec May Welding Bronze
Alexander Clark Welding Fabrication Bronze
Maxx Holtwick Welding Fabrication Bronze
Jared Jacquot Welding Fabrication Bronze
Alexander Juelfs ** Welding Sculpture Gold
Cody Sehie Welding Sculpture Silver
Mavrick Alexander Welding Technical Information Silver
Alan Carlson Welding Technical Information Silver
Erica Mutzbauer Welding Technical Information Gold

** indicates students going on to Nationals in Louisville, KY in June

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