Student Spotlight – Marquez Rice of FHU

Posted on 12/16/2016
Student Spotlight – Marquez Rice of FHU

Every month during the school year, the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) Board of Education welcomes one of the District’s best and brightest to represent the student body on the dais during their meeting. In December, Francis Howell Union (FHU) High School sent senior Marquez Riceto be the honorary Board member for the evening. Rice is an example of the dedication put forth by students in the District, his hard work will take him to Ranken Technical College to study Information Technologies, and beyond.

Rice, the son of Marcus Thompson and Nicole Zimmerman, began attending FHSD at the start of his freshman year. “He is such a responsible young man that understands how to maximize the opportunity of attending FHU,” said Lisha Ewing, an educational support counselor at FHU. “His teachers would describe him as a respectful, hardworking, caring young man who is determined to always put his best foot forward.”

There are so many things Rice loves about FHU, from the teachers to his classmates. But one thing really sets the school apart for Rice – the solidarity between a diverse group of students all trying to improve their lives. He said of his classmates, “To see a group of people from so many different backgrounds come together to learn is awesome.” For Rice, it’s an example of the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr., coming true – that though people may come from different backgrounds or experiences, they still seek to better themselves and those around them. He said, “I really believe MLK did something great to gather people together regardless of their race, gender, or culture for a common purpose of accomplishing good.”

“The school is full of students unique to his or her own story,” Ewing said, “and each journey has brought students to FHU as a stepping stone to the next great thing.”

For Rice, that next great thing is a career in Information Technology, and he will pursue a two-year degree from Ranken Technical College in the fall. Upon the degree’s completion, Rice plans to attend either Maryville University or the University of Missouri in order to attain a business degree that will give him the tools to run and own his own business.

Ewing said, “With Marquez’s hard work, powerful presence, and respectful demeanor, he is headed for success, and we at Francis Howell Union are proud to have him represent us as Honorary School Board member.”

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