MISSOURI, August 21, 2023 - The American Heart Association’s school-based program, American Heart Challenge™, recently recognized  top volunteers, schools, and school districts in Missouri for their support of the American Heart and Kids Heart Challenge programs during the 2022-23 school year with the annual Missouri Heartie Awards.

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, offers a service-learning in-school fundraising program that prepares students for success by offering leadership development opportunities, community service hours and a college application booster in addition to supporting their physical and emotional well-being.

This year, winners were selected from urban and rural areas. The award recipients are as follows:

Rookie of the Year 
Shannon Turnbough - Ostmann Elementary
Jamie Lewis - Van Buren Elementary                      

Loyalty Award 
Matt Albers - Blair Oaks Elementary & Intermediate
Jenna Lucas & Jose Holliday - Rossman School    

Above and Beyond Award
Kevin Green - Blades
Anita Allen - Bessie Ellison Elementary

Coordinator of the Year
Michelle Lenk - Hawk Point and Claude Brown
Mandy Rajchart & Clint Presley - Tillman Elementary                  

School of the Year
MOSAIC School – St. Louis
Progress South Elementary – St. Peters
Martin Luther Academy – Kansas City
Central Elementary - Dexter
Holy Cross Academy - St. Louis
White Rock Elementary - Pineville

Top 10 Districts
Fort Zumwalt R-2 School District - O'Fallon
Rockwood R-6 School District - Eureka
Parkway C-2 School District – Chesterfield
Ladue School District – Ladue
Fox C-6 School District – Arnold
Hillsboro School District R-3 - Hillsboro
Lincoln County R-III School District - Troy
Dexter School District - Dexter
Strafford School District - Strafford
New Madrid School District – New Madrid

Top 10 Kids Heart Challenge Schools
St. Gabriel The Archangel School - St. Louis
Christ Community Lutheran School - St. Louis
Zion Lutheran School - St. Charles
Progress South Elementary School – St. Peters
Harris Elementary - St. Charles
Tillman Elementary School
Woerther Elementary - Ballwin
MOSAIC School – St. Louis
Old Bonhomme Elementary - St. louis
Reed Elementary School – St. Louis

Top 10 American Heart Challenge Schools
Windsor Intermediate Center - Imperial
Fort Zumwalt West Middle School - O'Fallon
St. Dominic High School – O’Fallon
North County Senior High School – Bonne Terre
Farmington Sr. High School – Farmington
Fort Zumwalt South High School – St. Peters
Crestview Middle School – Ballwin
California Middle School – California
Rockwood Summit High School – Fenton
Hardin Middle School - St. Charles

Schools interested in participating in this year’s Heart Challenge can register online at www.heart.org/getstarted.




About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 

For Media Inquiries:
Madelyn Alexander, Communications Director – Madelyn.Alexander@heart.org, 314-225-9650
For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
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