The student body makes a wish come true


Debra Klevens

LOCO Sponsor Linda Ceriotti, Make-A-Wish® Missouri Development Manager Mark Turnipseed, Parkway West Senior Make-A-Wish Foundation Ambassador Catharine Conway, LOCO Student Body President Victoria Bezzole and Principal Jeremy Mitchell present the check to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

At a school wide Pep Assembly on Friday, March 8 the Longhorn Council donated a check to The Make-A-Wish® Missouri for $7,126.08. The majority of the proceeds were raised at the senior  vs. junior Powder Puff game, during Homecoming Week.  Additional proceeds were raised at the Wednesday, March 6 Mr. Longhorn pageant and school-wide sporting events.

“We started at all our home football games and worked West High’s concession stand with 20 volunteers knowing our monies made throughout the season were going to The Make-A-Wish® Missouri.  During each home football and basketball game, we also sent students with our “Wish Bucket” to collection donations,” LOCO Sponsor Linda Ceriotti said.

The contribution will benefit the Make-A-Wish® Missouri.

“I am so very proud to be a Longhorn and to be the advisor to such a wonderful group of individuals who focused this year on one philanthropic piece!  Because we were so focused and dedicated to our cause we raised $7,126.08 for Make-A-Wish® Missouri and Missouri’s Kids For Wish Kids® program!!!  I am so very proud of all of our West High Students and the community in which we live!!!  We raised these monies throughout the year in various ways,” Ceriotti said.

Make-A-Wish® Missouri grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities.

“The students at Parkway West raised enough money to make a child’s wish become a reality,” Make-A-Wish® Missouri Development Manager Mark Turnipseed said.

For more information about the Make-A-Wish® Missouri go to