Leadership and citizenship were the resounding themes as MRH students and staff huddled with St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page in the High School/Middle School Research & Design Center on Thursday. Dr. Page was accompanied by his Education Liaison, Desiree Whitlock, in a visit designed to provide student leaders with face-to-face access to high-level government figures while giving the county visitors a peek into MRH classrooms and new facilities.
The session began with a brief District overview by Supt. Dr. Bonita Jamison. Members of the MRH High School Principal's Advisory Leadership (PAL) Board participated in a question-and-answer session touching on topics around student involvement in government functions. One PAL member explained that some youth don’t feel well-connected to local governance but could benefit from enhanced, specialized lines of communication. In response, the County Executive issued the students what he called a “homework” assignment. Dr. Page asked them to create recommendations for their preferred channels of communication, including on social media, and report back to his office.
The PAL Board also accompanied Dr. Page on a half-hour tour of the new building addition made possible by passage of Proposition E in 2020. The entourage got a peek at two levels of spaces which will become occupied classrooms and offices in a matter of weeks. They also stopped by science and journalism classrooms in the existing High School.