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VIDEO: Centennial Plaza at Clayton High School is Dedicated

The ceremony happened Tuesday morning.

Supporters applauded Tuesday to dedicate a new plaza meant to highlight the facility's entrance and serve as a community gathering place.

"It's been a labor of love," said Sue Hodapp, who co-chaired the CHS Centennial Plaza Fundraising Committee and whose son, Andy, is a sophomore at the school.

The project evolved and overcame challenges to become something larger in scope than organizers had initially planned. She said she hopes people reflect on 100 years of excellence at CHS when they see the plaza, that once stood next to the building.

Dr. Louise Losos, principal at CHS, said she is "thrilled" to see the project completed. It is the culmination of long-term construction at the school and the school's 100th anniversary.

She hopes the plaza helps visitors identify the school's front entrance and sets it apart from other schools in their minds.

"I think it looks great," said Carol Staenberg, whose family was one of two Platinum Donors to the project. She assisted with planning and other components of the project. Her three daughters attended CHS including her youngest, Leah, who graduated last year.

Donors included a variety of families and businesses, including Clayton-based and HWP Rigging.

Charlie Brennan, a Clayton parent and KMOX 1120 AM radio host, emceed the dedication. It was scheduled to take place outdoors but happened inside because of rain.

John Gatewood and his wife, Anne, served as Gold Donors for the project. Their son, Tony, is a junior at CHS. They contributed to the plaza as an expression of thanks.

"Clayton's done a fantastic job with our son's education," John Gatewood said.

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