The Gene Steighorst Basketball Tournament bracket has been set. The tournament runs from Monday, December 9th through Saturday, December 14th. Please click on the link for full bracket.
The Festus High School Student Council is sponsoring December's "Kids' Night Out" event at Festus High School on December 14th from 1:00-5:00 PM! Take time to watch a movie, wrap gifts or have a relaxing dinner as your child(ren) enjoy a fun afternoon of Games, Arts & Crafts and Snacks! Children 5-12 years old are welcome and cost is $15 per child!
The Festus School District is announcing its release times for early dismissal before winter break begins on December 20th.
On that day, Middle School students will be released at noon. 6th grade and High School students will be released at 12:10 and students in K-5 will be released at 1pm.
Festus High School Counselor Jennifer Kline is one of four finalists for the 2020 National School Counselor of the Year. Kline is the current Missouri School Counselor of the Year. The American School Counselor Association which presents the School Counselor of the Year Award says "the award honors exemplary school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation's students, helping them achieve success in school and in life.
A panel chose the finalists based on several criteria, including school counseling innovations, exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills and contributions to student outcomes. The other three finalists represent schools in El Paso, TX; Lawrenceville, GA; and Oregon, OH.
The executive director of the American School Counselor Association says, "These School Counselor of the Year finalists have demonstrated their commitment to the values and mission of the school counseling profession. The annual School Counselor of the Year award highlights their dedication, contribution, and excellence."
The American School Counselor Association will name the national School Counselor of the Year in late fall.
Festus High School Cross Country Head Coach Bryant Wright will be inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Wright, who has been head coach at Festus for 18 years, has lead the boy's teams to 7 state championship, including the last five in a row, and the girls to two state championships. He says he is gratified to be inducted, “It’s overwhelming to realize that you are being recognized for what you’ve done, not just by someone, but by your peers. To be a part of an elite group is humbling.”
Festus Athletic Director Eric Allen credit’s Coach Wright with always being there for his runners, “Coach Wright is one of the most dedicated coaches to his athletes I have ever been around. He is committed to always getting better no matter how many championships he has won. He is an outstanding human being and this is very well deserved. “
Before assuming the head coaching position, Coach Wright served as an assistant coach on the team. He says he shares this recognition with all of his teams, “It means I got to work with some great coaches and athletes. It makes it more gratifying when I think of all of the people who have been there with me, not just the athletes, but my family and friends, and the support they have given me.”
Coach Wright will be inducted into the MTCCCA Hall of Fame at the Associations annual clinic in Columbia, MO on Friday night, December 13, 2019.