Junior Sri Jaladi Wins $500 in Spark! Pitch Competition

Spark! mentor Xanthe Meyer, Bilal Danish, and competitors senior Emma Lee Francois, Parkway South senior Subah Shovik and winner junior Sri Jaladi pose for a photo after the Parkway Spark! Thomas Phelps Pitch Competition Feb. 6. Jaladi’s business, Nano Lending, aims to empower impoverished and homeless entrepreneurs by providing them with foundational products to help them start their own businesses. “It feels really good [running Nano Lending] because it's not necessarily just for money,” Jaladi said. “I think it's great to do something where this is not meant for profit and any money that's repaid back just goes back into the program.”
May 19, 2020

In the midst of anticipation and excitement at the Spark! Incubator, with $500 on the line, stands junior Sri Jaladi as he is announced as the winner of the 2020 Thomas Phelps Business Pitch Competition...

Student Spotlight: Airi Murray

Senior Airi Murray leans over the keyboard while in the midst of an amateur competition. Murray hopes to one day join the big leagues with a team of friends. “You’ll have a [competition] and it’s almost like just friends hanging together with a prize pool,” Murray said.
Senior Airi Murray enters the competitive world of eSports
November 17, 2017

Players crack their knuckles in preparation for the big game. A win in amateur leagues could mean a scholarship or a big pay day. One local competition had $40,000 to dish out to the victors. This may...

SPARK! Sets students on a pathway to success

Parkway West SPARK! students senior Suma Gondi and junior Jane Fuller participate in turtle tracking in Forest Park for the Biosciences strand with students from Parkway South.
February 20, 2017

Shadowing professionals, participating in local competitions and getting hands-on experience are some of the reasons that Parkway SPARK! Is a common alternative education program for students. SPARK!...

Students further education to prepare for future careers

Virtual Enterprise students attend the Midwest Trade show in Gatlinburg, TN.
January 26, 2017

With over 230 classes to choose from, students have access to experience a wide variety of fields of study at the high school level. Elective classes range from cooking to ceramics to scuba diving. Taking...

SPARK! students crack the code behind winning $10,000

Seniors Samuel Wait and Matt Sauer hold their oversized $5,000 checks from Globalhack V.
October 5, 2015

With over 44 collegiate and professional teams attending St. Louis’ Globalhack V coding challenge, some groups even venturing from as far as California and Canada in order to win 1st place, no one expected...

Spark! students pitch propositions

junior Allison Worth presents her book 'From the Ashes' at the competition.
September 21, 2015
Rushing through the weekly morning traffic, speeding up to beat red lights, barely making it to third hour on time: the daily routine of the typical Spark! student.

Student Spotlight: Allison Worth

Typing a chapter in
February 24, 2015

After years of wanting to write her own book, but struggling to find a plot, 15-year-old sophomore Allison Worth began writing a dystopian young adult novel. “It incorporates a lot of diversity, which...

School in India seeks English volunteers

School in India seeks English volunteers
February 10, 2015
The Parkway West Community, through COW and Spark!, partner with a school in Kerala, India, to send volunteer teachers.

Parkway Students take on the business world

The panel of judges meets before the beginning of the session.
Students pitch in hopes of transitioning ideas to reality
September 19, 2014
On Sept. 18, the 19 students involved with the Spark! program pitched a business idea to a pannel of judges – one group one $500 and a chance to make their ideas a reality.
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