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!

Nov. 29, 2022
OHS girls tennis All-ConferenceTennis Postseason Honors - Oakville High School
Oakville High School sophomore Michelle Gruden was named 1st Team All-Conference in singles tennis. Gruden was also named 2nd Team All-Conference for doubles with her partner, junior Mia Nusinovic.

Nov. 29, 2022
Kiwanis Terrific Kids - Bierbaum Elementary School
Bierbaum Terrific Kids
Bierbaum Elementary School students Ava McDonald (second grade), Leyla Aliyeva (third grade) Andy Karahodzic (fourth grade) and Yaman Alnabki (fifth grade) were named Terrific Kids by the Kiwanis Club of South County.

Nov. 29, 2022
Soccer Postseason Awards - Oakville High School
OHS soccer award-winners
Oakville High School seniors Mohammed Al-Kenani and Isaac Lillard, and junior Sam Lurkins were named All-District and 1st Team All-Conference. Additionally, seniors Parker Flens, and Zach Pommer; junior Mirza Selimovic; and freshman Will Hanak were named 2nd Team All-Conference. Senior Emir Mustajbegovic received the Conference Sportsmanship Award.

Nov. 29, 2022
Swimming Postseason Awards - Oakville High School
OHS swimming All-Conference
Oakville High School seniors Aidan Baker, Max Sullivan and Devin Townsend; juniors Trent Batten, Ben Pantazo, Jake Pantazo and Brayden Zimmerman; sophomores Ben Govero and Amar Nuhanovic; and freshman Ethan Le were named to the All-Conference team for swimming. Batten, B. Pantazo, J. Pantazo and Sullivan were state finalists in both 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. 

Nov. 29, 2022
Kiwanis Terrific Kids - Forder Elementary School
Forder Elementary Terrific Kids
Forder Elementary School students Yadi Suegrim (second grade), AnnMarie Boyer (third grade), Marli Cobbs (fourth grade) and Shane Flieger (fifth grade) were named Terrific Kids by the Kiwanis Club of South County. 

Nov. 18, 2022
MNEA Student of the Month - November
MNEA November Student of the Month
The Mehlville National Education Association (MNEA) honored Melanie Wong, a fifth-grade student at MOSAIC Elementary School, as its Student of the Month for November. Melanie was recognized for being a helpful, kind and motivated student.

Nov. 18, 2022
Award-Winning Student Journalists - Oakville High School
OHS journalism students
Oakville High School journalism students received awards for their work on the yearbook and Tiger TV.  At the Journalism Educator Association (JEA) National Student Media Contest, Senior Layla Halilbasic earned a Superior rating for Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life. This is the highest possible rating, earned by only 75 students across the country. Senior Belma Mujakic earned an Honorable Mention rating for Yearbook Copy/Caption: Academics. The yearbook also placed seventh in Best in Show for High School Yearbook/224-278 pages at the National Scholastic Press Association Best of Show Awards. Halilbasic, Mujakic and senior Lejla Pozegic served as editors-in-chief. 

Additionally, junior Sawyer Bess earned an Excellent rating for Video Package Editing from JEA, while senior Katie Schroeder earned an Honorable Mention rating for Broadcast Newswriting.

Nov. 18, 2022
Football Postseason Awards - Oakville High School
OHS football All-Conference players
Members of the Oakville High School football team received All-Conference honors for their performance on the field this season.
  • Jack Bishop: Co-Lineman of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference OL
  • Ethan Venable: 1st Team All-Conference RB, 1st Team All-Conference DL, Sportsmanship Award
  • Drew Lanzarini: 1st Team All-Conference KR, 2nd Team All-Conference WR
  • Josh Baranovic: 1st Team All-Conference DB
  • Nadeem Jalali: 1st Team All-Conference SLASH
  • Emir Mustabegovic: 1st Team All-Conference K
  • Joey Bradley: 2nd Team All-Conference QB
  • Riley Hughes: 2nd Team All-Conference OL
  • Will McIver: 2nd Team All-Conference LB
  • Will Michel: 2nd Team All-Conference LB
  • Damien Moore: 2nd Team All-Conference RB
  • Joe Romano: 2nd Team All-Conference DB
  • Terrell Cook: Honorable Mention All-Conference DL
  • Chase Forbus: Honorable Mention All-Conference OL
  • Zach Hough: Honorable Mention All-Conference WR
  • Mihkel Johnson: Honorable Mention All-Conference DL
  • Jonathan Weissman: Honorable Mention All-Conference DL
  • Keaton Wodicker: Honorable Mention All-Conference OL

Nov. 17, 2022
Missouri All State Children's Choir
Elementary All-State Choir Students
Bierbaum Elementary School fourth-grade students Belma Karic, Jacquez Le and Philip Rolfe, and Rogers Elementary School fourth-grade student Brooklyn Newsome were selected to the Missouri All-State Children's Choir.

Nov. 17, 2022
Madelyn WinterHigh School Heisman - Oakville High School
Oakville High School senior Madelyn Winter was named a High School Heisman recipient. This distinction is given to student-athletes who succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

Nov. 16, 2022
Football Postseason Awards - Mehlville High School
MHS football team All-Conference
Several members of the Mehlville High School football team received postseason accolades for their performance this year. Junior Josh Winston was recognized for his play on both sides of the ball, earning 1st Team All-Conference honors as a tight end and as a linebacker. Senior Jonathan O'Shea was also named 1st Team All-Conference. Four members of the Panthers defense earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors. Those players are seniors Gabe Scott and Michael Stephan, and juniors Kaleb Gucciardo and Mason Nienhaus.

Nov. 15, 2022
St. Louis All-Suburban Band - Oakville High School
OHS All-Suburban Band students
Five members of the Oakville High School Band auditioned and earned a spot in the St. Louis All-Suburban Band. Seniors Jared Hasty and Thomas Kallaos, and juniors Rachel Kauffman, C.J. Ottenlips and David White are now qualified to audition for Missouri's All-State Band.

Nov. 15, 2022
Softball Postseason Awards - Mehlville High School
MHS Softball postseason awards
Members of the Mehlville High School softball racked up All-Region, All-District and All Conference honors for their play on the diamond this season. Sophomore Lily Douglas was named 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Conference, in addition to being named Suburban Conference Pitcher of the Year. 

Senior Emily Vassolo and sophomore Claire Parish were each named 2nd Team All-Region, 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Conference. Senior Gabi Moen earned 2nd Team All-District and 1st Team All-Conference Honors.
MHS softball coach Tim Ode
Seniors Madison Anderson and Taylor Trevisano, and sophomores Rylie Harper and Morgan Ulrich were named 2nd Team-All Conference. Sophomore Nichole Goebel earned the Conference Sportsmanship Award.

Head softball coach Tim Ode was also awarded for the Panthers' tremendous season with Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Nov. 15, 2022
Volleyball Postseason Awards - Oakville High School
OHS Volleyball award-winners
Several members of the Oakville High School volleyball team received postseason accolades for their performance on the court this season. Sophomore Nina Cillo and junior Addie Czuppon were each named 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Conference. Junior Sami Simokaitis was named 2nd Team All-District and 2nd Team All-Conference. Senior Caitlyn Price and freshman Izzie Rysanek round out the All-District team with 2nd Team honors. Senior Lexi Rysanek was also named Conference Sportswoman of the Year.

Nov. 14, 2022
Volleyball Postseason Awards - Mehlville High School
MHS volleyball All-Conference recipients
Two members of the Mehlville High School volleyball team received postseason honors for their play this season. Freshman Addie Mask was named 2nd Team All-Conference, while junior Nerma Hrsic received the Conference Sportsmanship Award.

Nov. 14, 2022
Kiwanis Terrific Kids - Blades Elementary School
Blades Elementary Terrific Kids

The Kiwanis Club of South County celebrated four Blades Elementary School students as Terrific Kids. Recipients include second grader Gus Engel, third grader Lilly Kate Smith, fourth grader Ari Maloku and fifth grader Adna Bosnjak.

Nov. 11, 2022
St. Louis All-Suburban Band - Mehlville High School
MHS All-Suburban Band students
Mehlville High School junior Tyler Langford was named to the St. Louis All-Suburban Band. Additionally, freshman Eva Brown and juniors Sam Herbig and Luke Mitchell were named alternates. This distinction qualifies all four students to audition for Missouri's All-State Band.

Nov. 10, 2022
Dr. Patrick KeenoyDistinguished Principal Award
Rogers Elementary School principal Dr. Patrick Keenoy received the Distinguished Principal award from the St. Louis Suburban Elementary Principals Association (SLESPA). This award recognizes elementary and middle school principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staff in their learning communities. Learn more.

Nov. 10, 2022
Mehlville High School Tennis All-Conference
MHS tennis All-Conference

Five members of the Mehlville High School tennis team earned All-Conference honors. Junior Stephanie Wong was named 1st Team All-Conference in singles, as well as 1st Team All-Conference in doubles with her partner junior Alaina Johnson. Doubles partners junior Emily Wilder and sophomore Annabelle Meyer were named 2nd Team All-Conference. Senior Rachel Trosky earned the Conference Sportsmanship Award.

Nov. 9, 2022
High School All-State Choir
OHS all state-choir students

Oakville High School junior Ava Chancellor and seniors Mackenzie Earney and Madelyn Winter were named to the Missouri All-State Choir.

Nov. 9, 2022
MHS high school Heisman recipients
High School Heisman - Mehlville High School
Mehlville High School seniors Jenna O'Shea and Matt Wolf were named High School Heisman recipients. This distinction is given to student-athletes who succeed on the field, in the classroom and in their community. In addition to being chosen to represent MHS, Matt was also chosen to represent the entire state as Missouri's High School Heisman.



Nov. 4, 2022
Middle School All Suburban Honor Band
All-Suburban Honor Band students

Students from all four Mehlville School District middle schools were selected to the St. Louis All-Suburban Honor Band. 
  • Bernard Middle School: Soma Baban, Landon CernichSopia NelsonEverett RaybornGabe Skinner, Elijah Skinner and Mary Wilson 
  • Buerkle Middle School: Sakura Henry and Zaide Rosse
  • Oakville Middle School: Reid AkersNoah CatesRamsay MarkusMichael Scheffer and Corin White
  • Washington Middle School: Cedar Fitzpatrick and Elliott Parai

Nov. 1, 2022
Oakville High School softball postseason honors
OHS softball award winners

Several members of the Oakville High School softball team received honors for their play this season: 
  • Mary Tutwiler (senior) - 1st Team All State, 1st Team All Region, 1st Team All District, Conference Suburban Yellow Pool Player of the Year
  • Addie Frank (freshman) - 2nd Team All State, 1st Team All Region, 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Conference
  • Lily Kahle (senior) - 2nd Team All Region, 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Conference
  • Amelia Wiesler (sophomore) - 2nd Team All Region, 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Conference
  • Madison Rhyne (senior) - 2nd Team All Region, 1st Team All District, 1st Team All Conference
  • Savannah Hesse (senior) - 2nd Team All District, 2nd Team All Conference, Conference Sportsmanship Award
  • Morgan Kovach (sophomore) - 2nd Team All District, 2nd Team All Conference
  • Reagan Kemp (sophomore) - Honorable Mention All Conference
  • Lexi Kahle (sophomore) - Honorable Mention All Conference


Oct. 31, 2022
Grace Kestler and Deja Robinson
All-Conference Girls Field Hockey - Oakville High School
Oakville High School senior Grace Kestler was named 1st Team All-Conference in field hockey. Additionally, senior Deja Robinson was named 2nd Team All-Conference.

Oct. 28, 2022
All-Conference Girls Golf - Oakville High School
OHS All-Conference girls golf
Several members of the girls golf team at Oakville High School received postseason honors for their play this season. Seniors Sarah Hinkamp and Ana Wilson were named 1st Team All-Conference. Seniors Avery Bangert and 
Gracie Lickteig were named 2nd Team All Conference. 

Oct. 26, 2022

Kiwanis Club Terrific Kids - Beasley Elementary
Beasley Elementary Terrific Kids
Beasley Elementary School second-grade student Mia Barajas, third-grade student Alyssa Alexander, fourth-grade student Elmina Ganibegovic and fifth-grade student Eamon Davis were named Terrific Kids by the Kiwanis Club of South County.

Oct. 26, 2022
The Lions Club Peace Poster ContestBernard peace poster students
Bernard Middle School eighth-grade students Lily King and Caylie Armistead finished first and second in the Lion's Club Peace Poster Contest. Lily's poster earned her $100, and her work will move on the international level with an opportunity to win $5,000. Caylie's second-place finish earned her $50.

Oct. 24, 2022
Jenn Rich
Emerson Excellence in Teaching
Jenn Rich, 
an English language arts teacher at Oakville Middle School, was named Mehlville School District's Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for the 2022-2023 school year. This award is presented annually to teachers in the St. Louis area who are examples of excellence in the field of education.

Oct. 19, 2022
EXTRA CREDIT on Stage at Powell
SLSO educatorsJen Garrison Brown, Washington Middle School band director; Emily Fiasco, Buerkle Middle School and Washington Middle School assistant band director; James Hahn, Buerkle Middle School band director; and Kriste Ludwig, Blades Elementary School music teacher; were selected to rehearse and perform with members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. On Oct. 7, they joined other music educators from our area to perform with SLSO in a free concert called EXTRA CREDIT on Stage at Powell. 

Oct. 18, 2022
Melia OestreichSt. Louis All Suburban Choir - Mehlville High School
Mehlville High School junior Melia Oestreich was named to the St. Louis All-Suburban Choir.

Oct. 17, 2022
Missouri Highway Patrol inspection
Bus safety inspection

The Mehlville School District Transportation Department received a 100% on their inspection from the Missouri Highway Patrol. This involves a surprise visit from an inspector who reviews around 30 buses in the district's fleet.


Oct. 12, 2022
Will RafteryMercy Sports Medicine Athlete of the Month
Will Raftery, a senior on the Mehlville High School soccer team, was named a Mercy Sports Medicine Athlete of the Month for September. Recipients are nominated by coaches and selected by a committee. 

Oct. 12, 2022
Eva BrownDistrict champion golfer
Mehlville High School freshman Eva Brown shot an even-par 71 at the Class 3 District 1 girls golf tournament to finish as the individual district champion. Brown was five shots ahead of the second-place finisher. Additionally, finished as the Class 3 runner-up at the state tournament, finishing just 1 stroke behind the leader.

Oct. 10, 2022
Ava ChancellorOpera Theater St. Louis Artists in Training program
Oakville High School junior Ava Chancellor was selected for the 2022-23 Opera Theater St. Louis Artists in Training program. Ava will have the opportunity to study voice with college professors and perform in recitals and masterclasses with world-renowned opera performers. She is one of just twenty students from across the region accepted to the program.

Oct. 10, 2022
St. Louis All Suburban Choir - Oakville High School
OHS All-Suburban Choir students
Eleven Oakville High School students were selected to the St. Louis All-Suburban Choir. Honorees include seniors Sarah Brutton
Ellie Dong, Mackenzie EarneyRyan Lisle, and Madelyn Winter; junior Ava Chancellor; and sophomores Wyatt Cary, Kenzie Christopher, Mazie Menkhus, Amy Menz and Maggie Schrader. Brutton, Chancellor, Earney, Winter and Lisle also qualified to audition for Missouri All State Choir in November.

Sept. 27, 2022
National Merit Scholarship HonoreesNational Merit Scholarship Honorees
Three Mehlville School District seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program. Lisa Hang, Mehlville High School, and Thomas Kallaos, Oakville High School, were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. This honor was received by only 16,000 high school seniors from across the country and qualifies them to advance to the next round of the competition. Additionally, Luke Roth, Oakville High School, was named a National Merit Commended Scholar. These awards were based on their performance on the PSAT during their junior year.

Sept. 21, 2022
Ella Burns and Tommy HennessyChamber of Commerce Students of the Month
Mehlville High School senior Ella Burns and Oakville High School senior Tommy Hennessy were named the Southwest Area Chamber of Commerce's students of the month for September.

Sept. 17, 2022
Mehlville NEA Students of the Month
NEA September Students of the Month

Buerkle Middle School seventh-grader Logan Brotherton and Forder Elementary School fifth-grader Emma Stuckel were named Mehlville NEA's students of the month for September.

Sept. 16, 2022
Lily DouglasSt. Louis Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week
Mehlville High School sophomore Lily Douglas was named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week! In 3 games, Lily, who plays for the Panthers softball team, stuck out 45 batters while also recording a pair of multi-hit games at the plate. This is the second consecutive season that Lily has been named Athlete of the Week

Sept. 12, 2022
OHS senior Ronaldo FarelasNational Hispanic Recognition Award
Oakville High School senior Ronaldo Farelas received the National Hispanic Recognition Award (NHRA) from College Board. To be eligible for College Board's National Recognition Programs, students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, score in the top 10% of their state on the PSAT, and earn a score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams. 

Aug. 30, 2022
OHS student election judgesExcellent primary election judges
Three Oakville High School students worked as student election judges for the primary election on Aug. 2, and were recognized for their excellent service by the St. Louis County Election Board. Congratulations to seniors Nathan AlanoAlex Corp and Thomas Kallaos

Aug. 29, 2022
Truman Book Trailers contest winnersTruman Book Trailers
Oakville Middle School eighth-grade students Addie HebdenPaige HeitzPayton Miller, and Jack Navin competed in the Truman Book Trailers contest and had their entries selected for display on the Missouri Association of School Librarians website! The competition involved reading a book and creating a one minute video trailer to promote it. View the winning entries.

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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