Meet the glories of Missouri


Graphic by Debra Klevens, photos by Wagner

14 students from Parkway West High School were nominated the Glory of Missouri awards.

In the early 1920s, 14 virtues were engraved on the Missouri House Chamber walls: knowledge, liberty, equality, law, justice, fraternity, education, progress, honor, truth, virtue, temperance, enterprise and charity. To honor students who embody these virtues, the Glory of Missouri award was created. Many Missouri schools honor this tradition and at West, 14 students are chosen — one for each principle. The recognized seniors will travel to Jefferson City on April 11 to receive plaques for their awards and tour the capitol building.

We interviewed teachers that know these students well but did not necessarily nominate them to find out why they feel these students deserve their awards.