Monthly Update from Dr Keltner

Great things continue to happen at FZS!


As we enter a new month and return from Spring Break, we’ve been privileged to be a part of a number of exciting events and achievements.  Academic awards, along with outstanding athletic, music, and extra-curricular accomplishments are but a few of the accolades our students have received. 


Most recently, two members of our senior class have earned some remarkable honors.  Seniors Maitreyi Bhagat and Jahnavi Pydimukkala have been selected for the 2021 Missouri Scholars 100!  This is a statewide program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals that honors Missouri’s top 100 academic students in the graduating class of 2021.  Students nominated for this program have to meet criteria of an “academic decathlon” to demonstrate academic strength.  To even be nominated, requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.750, a minimum ACT score of 29 (or SAT score of 1900), be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class, have taken upper-level courses in mathematics, science, English, and foreign language, have excellent attendance and be involved in school activities.  With over 960 high schools representing more than 19,000 high school seniors in Missouri, this award is a great mark of distinction for Maitreyi and Jahnavi – they’ll be recognized at a luncheon in Columbia later this month. 


Additionally, Maitreyi and senior Hayden Karl have been named as National Merit Finalists!  Selection is based on scores from the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) and places Maitreyi and Hayden among the top high school scholars in the United States.  Earlier this year, both Maitreyi and Hayden were named as National Merit Semifinalists (quite an honor), and their advancement in this process and ultimate selection as National Merit Finalists is nothing short of impressive! 


The incredible work done by our students and teachers is a mainstay of what happens each day at FZS… all gearing up for End-of-Course exams and Advanced Placement exams in the upcoming weeks as we push towards the end of the school year.  Thank you for your support as we continue to provide the very best opportunities in education for our students. 


Kevin Keltner, Ed.D.