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Contact: Meredith Pierce
April 29, 2015 (314) 345-2367
ST. LOUIS, MO. April 29, 2015 – Saint Louis Public Schools celebrated high school students who excel at balancing school work and athletics at the fourth-annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon on April 29, 2015. The event, which is sponsored by the St. Louis Rams, recognized athletes who successfully complete the athletic season while maintaining a 3.25 GPA or higher.
“I’m so excited that the students in the Saint Louis Public Schools are excelling in academics and sports,” said Travis Brown Sr., emcee for the event. Mr. Brown is a retired SLPS athletic director who is currently working on special projects, including the Scholar Athlete Program, for SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin R. Adams.
This year, SLPS recognized its largest group yet—501 scholar athletes (190 more than the first year), including 14 seniors who achieved the honor each of their four years of high school. The event began with lunch, where scholar athletes interacted with peers from other schools and table role models—adults who are successful in law, medicine, business and other fields and who have a connection to athletics, including representatives from the St. Louis Rams organization.
Among the esteemed table role models were orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard C. Lehman, world-record-holding sprinter Ivory Crockett, St. Louis Cardinals Vice President of Communications Ron Watermon, Missouri Higher Education Board member Mike Jones, and Molly Higgins, vice president of corporate communications and civic affairs for the Rams.
Monsanto General Counsel Reuben A. Shelton gave an inspirational keynote address, and St. Louis Rams veteran linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar provided words of encouragement to the students, drawing on his own experiences as the son of a single mother who pushed him to excel on and off the field.
Each scholar athlete received a certificate signed by Dr. Adams and a special 2014-15 Scholar-Athlete lapel pin to commemorate the occasion. The event was held at the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.