Distinctions

We love to celebrate our incredible students and amazing staff! Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, you'll be able to find all student and staff distinctions here on our website. Some of these distinctions will also be featured in our print Mehlville Messenger!

Aug 18, 2022

Missouri Teacher of the Year semi-finalistJosh Groh
Josh Groh, a third-grade teacher at Oakville 
Elementary School, was named a semi-finalist for the 2023 Missouri Teacher of the Year award. This distinction was earned by just 17 teachers from across the state. Mr. Groh was previously named a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year for the St. Louis region, Mehlville School District Teacher of the Year and Oakville Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Aug. 10, 2022
Missouri Retired Teachers Association grant recipientValerie Hoette
Valerie Hoette, speech and language pathologist for Mehlville Early Childhood, received a classroom grant of $500 from the Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MRTA). Hoette was awarded the grant to support a phonological program she's launching this year to remediate severe to profound speech disorders in children ages 3 to 5. The goal of the program, Mehlville Phonology-Articulation-Listening Skills (PALS), is to provide a more intensive model of therapy services to help students overall speech development process more quickly. 

July 25, 2022
MHS MajorettesNational Champion baton twirlers
The Mehlville High School Majorettes were named national champions in both the High School Dance Twirl and High School Halftime categories at the America's Youth on Parade national baton twirling championships hosted at the University of Notre Dame. Team members include class of 2022 graduate Jenna Carter; seniors Emma Bradford, Lauren Cagle, Miles King, Shelby Knobbe and Hannah Wiszkon; and juniors Emma Hemmelgarn, Cadence Hernandez, Paige Kilper, Kyleigh McCourt and Alaina Phillips. The Oakville High School Tiger Twirlers also finished Top 5 in the country! 

July 19, 2022
Emily FiascoJeopardy! Champion 
Emily Fiasco, a graduate of Mehlville High School and current assistant band director at Buerkle Middle School and Washington Middle School, achieved a lifelong dream of appearing on Jeopardy! Mrs. Fiasco appeared in four episodes, winning the daily championship three times. Her total winnings over the four episodes was more than $88,000. 

July 8, 2022
MHS HOSA studentsHOSA-Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference
Current and former Mehlville High School students were honored at the HOSA - Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference. Alex Norrenberns, a class of 2022 graduate, was recognized as Missouri HOSA's Outstanding Leader. Kelly Tuong, a class of 2022 graduate was honored for documenting the MHS chapter's events in HOSA Happenings. Additionally, Emilee Goebel, a class of 2022 graduate, earned a spot on the stage for her performance on the health care issues exam, and Lisa Hang, a senior, served as a voting delegate to elect the new executive committee in her new role as Missouri HOSA vice president.

July 7, 2022

Missouri Regional Teacher of the YearJosh Groh
Josh Groh, a third-grade teacher at Oakville Elementary School, was named a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year for the St. Louis region. This distinction is only given to ten teachers in our area and qualifies Mr. Groh to submit an application for Missouri State Teacher of the Year. During the 2021-2022 school year, Mr. Groh was named Oakville Elementary Teacher of the Year and Mehlville School District Teacher of the Year.

July 6, 2022
Zach HendrixSkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
Zachary Hendrix, a senior at Mehlville High School, traveled to Atlanta with other students from South Tech for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Zach and his partner earned a bronze medal in a contest against other coders and designers from schools nationwide. The competition involved a job interview, a coding and design exam, and an 8-hour website build.
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