Brentwood debate shines in Mexico, MO; resident earns 2nd chair in statewide band

The Brentwood Debate Team “experienced fantastic success” at the War of the Words invitational tournament in Mexico, MO, Dec. 4-5, according to team coach, Robyn Haug. She had this report:

“We had a wonderful time in Mexico and the kids made us proud. Meghan entered three events and advanced out of preliminary rounds in all three. She has earned an award in Radio Speaking every time she has entered it this year!

Brentwood debaters host tourney, successfully compete

The Brentwood High School debate team recently hosted a tournament for 20 schools including several hundred students, according to Brentwood debate team coach Robyn Haug. Brentwood’s team is a young one this year, and Haug said she was nervous hosting with such an inexperienced team, “but they have done nothing but prove how wonderful they are all year.”

Brentwood not only hosted, but also successfully competed. The following students won awards:

Zach Arrindell: 1st Place Prose Interpretation
Alayna Yacoub and Contessa Smith: 2nd Place Duo Interpretation
Ben Haug: 4th Place Storytelling
Hank Wall: 5th Place Humorous Interpretation
Meghan Haug: 5th Place Radio Speaking

In another recent tournament — the largest in the state so far this year — Brentwood’s novice team competed at Ladue High School against 31 other schools, and the varsity team competed at Clayton High School against 35 schools. There were around 500 entries at each school and several hundred student competitors, Haug said. These Brentwood students earned awards at the Clayton-Ladue Invitational:

Program Oral Interpretation

Zach Arrindell: 1st Place
Kyra Brown: 6th Place

Duo Improvisation

Sofia Flores / Madison Lawrence: 6th Place


Ben Haug: 1st Place
Zach Rahaman: 6th Place

Prose Reading

Madhumathi Vijayalingam: 3rd Place


Brentwood, MRH score high in statewide rankings

Both Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights school districts scored well in in the 2017 Niche ranking of school districts. Niche analyses academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, test scores, college data, and ratings collected from Niche users, according to the web site. Brentwood School District was ranked 12th in the state overall. It received an ‘A’ for academics, teachers, health and safety; an ‘A-‘ for diversity; ‘B+’ for clubs and diversity; and ‘B’ for college readiness. It was also ranked the ninth best place to teach in Missouri.

Brentwood baseball player signs to play in college

Brentwood senior John Bischoff on Monday signed to play baseball at McKendree University, in Lebanon, IL.In the 2015-16 season, as a junior, Bischoff batted .283, had an on base percentage of .459, with 20 RBIs. Brentwood baseball outlasts MRH in 8
Brentwood, MRH are top seeds in baseball district tourney

Brentwood School District passes Sunshine Law test

The Brentwood School District passed a test by the Missouri State Auditor’s office to see how well it complies with the Missouri Sunshine Law. In August, Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office sent sent letters to 326 of the more than 4,100 public entities in Missouri asking for a copy of the minutes of the last meeting in 2015 and other basic pieces of information, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The letters were not sent on the state office letterhead, to provide a clearer picture of what an average citizen might experience when requesting information. The Brentwood School District received the letter and responded in a timely manner and met all the criteria.

Brentwood school superintendent to retire

Brentwood Superintendent of Schools David Faulkner announced in a letter mailed to students’ homes that he told the board of education in the fall that he plans to retire. Faulkner was appointed superintendent in July, 2012. Faulkner first entered the district in 2004 as the high school principal. He became assistant to the superintendent in 2008. He worked in the Clayton and Ladue school districts before coming to Brentwood.

Brentwood School District gets top score

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on Monday released its annual report on the academic health of Missouri school districts with their Annual Performance Reports. Brentwood was the only St. Louis area school district to score a 100 percent. Brentwood School District last year also topped the St. Louis area with a 99.3 percent score.

Senator Sifton honors Brentwood student

Brentwood High School junior Emma Stoverink was on the winning ‘Youth Division’ team at the GlobalHack VI coding competition at Chaifetz Arena in October. On Friday at Brentwood, Missouri State Senator Scott Sifton presented Stoverink with a proclamation. Brentwood student wins coding competition

The coding event, GlobalHack VI, brought together software developers, graphic designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from around the world to work toward solving the problem of homelessness.

Brentwood student wins coding competition

Brentwood High School student Emma Stoverink was on a winning team at a coding competition at Chaifetz Arena Oct. 21 – 23 to help solve the problem of homelessnes. The event, GlobalHack VI, brought together software developers, graphic designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from around the world to solve the problem, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Stoverink and others posted about the experience on Twitter:

Brentwood debate team: young, fired up

The Brentwood High School debate team has earned plenty of awards in the nine years it’s been around; this year it’s more about how young and inexperienced the team is than actual success, debate team coach Robyn Haug said. The team is mainly freshman and sophomores — along with some juniors who don’t have a lot of debate experience — who are fired up and earning awards in competitions that would seem to be too difficult for them, according to Haug. “We are young and inexperienced and are still moving forward and winning conference awards, and that is what is so exciting!” Haug sent these photos of the team. Brentwood Schools is on Twitter at @BrentwoodMoSD; Brentwood College & Career at @BrentwoodHS_CC.