Thursday, June 28, 2018
WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met with U.S. Presidential Scholars Michelle Li and Alex Donovan. Michelle is from Ballwin and recently graduated from Marquette High School in Rockwood. She will be attending Cornell University in the fall. Alex is from Chesterfield and is a graduate of Mary Institute and Country Day School. He will be a freshman at Stanford University. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:
“The title of U.S. Presidential Scholar is given to just a few of the country’s most outstanding students, and I’m proud that two of this year’s honorees call Missouri home. Michelle and Alex exemplify the best and brightest of our state, and I know their dedication and drive will continue to make us proud. I congratulate Michelle and Alex on their remarkable achievement, and wish them the best as they begin their college careers in the fall.”
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in the classroom. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars. The program was established in 1964.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met Jackson Cooper, who won the Missouri National Geographic Bee, and his family. Jackson, a seventh-grader from University City, went on to represent Missouri at the National Geographic Bee Championships in Washington, D.C. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:
“Jackson is already mapping out a bright future, he’s a sharp student and it was a pleasure to chat with him about our shared favorite subject – social studies. Congratulations on winning the Missouri National Geographic Bee and representing our state on the national stage, Jackson.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society and has been held every year since 1989.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, received the Voices for National Service Congressional Service Award. Blunt also toured and met with students at Ewing Marion Kauffman School in Kansas City before the award presentation. Blunt released the following statement after the award presentation:
"Investing in national service programs is an investment in our students, communities, and young leaders. Programs like AmeriCorps, which funds City Year and Teach for America, instill in their participants a deep-seated appreciation for service and community. During my visit to Ewing Marion Kauffman School, I spoke with two teachers who had served in Teach For America and continued to build their careers in Kansas City schools after leaving the program. Oftentimes, people will end up staying in the communities they serve and make them even stronger. Their dedication is inspiring, and makes these programs a huge asset to our state. I'm proud to support the work they do in Missouri and across the country, and honored to receive the Voices for National Service Award."
As Labor/HHS subcommittee chairman, Blunt has supported resources for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which includes programs such as AmeriCorps. In this year's government funding bill, Blunt secured a $33.6 million increase for CNCS to mobilize volunteers to help Americans by strengthening education, helping communities recover from natural disasters, as well as other volunteer missions. Voices for National Service is a coalition that supports national service infrastructure.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met Rebekah Paxton, Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year for the U.S. Army. Rebekah lives in Harrisonville, Missouri. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:
“Rebekah is a shining example of the best of our country. When her family needed her after her father was injured as a combat medic, Rebekah went above and beyond at home while taking on a heavy academic course load, playing varsity sports, and volunteering. Despite all the challenges that have come her way, Rebekah has continued to excel and give back to her community. She is an extremely impressive young lady and I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”
Operation Homefront recognizes seven young people, six of them each representing a branch of the armed forces, as Military Child of the Year Award recipients. They are selected for their volunteerism, scholarship, leadership, as well as other criteria. The seventh award, the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation, recognizes a military child who has designed a creative solution to a local, regional, or global challenge. Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that supports our military families. Rebekah will be recognized tonight at a gala in Washington, D.C.