Oak Park High School
Outstanding orator: Agnes Rieger, a senior, won first place in the national competition of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.
She received a scholarship of $18,000 for college. In the legion’s Constitutional Speech Contest, Rieger won with an oration titled “Let’s Talk About Pennsylvania.”
She advanced to the national level after winning the state championship. Students participated in three rounds of competition in Indianapolis. In addition to a prepared speech, they also spoke extemporaneously about a randomly assigned constitutional topic.
Liberty High School
Selected to academy: Benjamin Anderson and Emma Pletcher are among 330 gifted students statewide chosen to attend the 2013 Missouri Scholars Academy.
The academy is a three-week residential program on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. The curriculum includes intensive instruction, guest speakers, performers, discussions, career education and social activities.
Gladstone Rotary Club
Scholarships awarded: Five students in the North Kansas City School District received college scholarships from the Gladstone Rotary Club.
They were Jake Chamberlain from Winnetonka High School; Courtney Wiggins from Oak Park High School; and Lauren McCroskie, Brooke Ravencraft and Courtney Ravencraft from Staley High School.
Nearly 40 students applied. Recipients were selected based on an application, a written essay, school activities, academic achievements and career interests.
The Gladstone Rotary Club awards scholarships annually to Northland graduating seniors and partners with area schools throughout the year in community and academic service and in support of international projects and the goals of Rotary International.
Platte County R-3 School District
Grants awarded: The Platte County Education Foundation announced recipients of classroom grants for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Proposals were approved for Cheri Bonsignore of Paxton Elementary School, Jamie Klingenberg of Barry School, Kim McGinnis of Great Beginnings Preschool, Cathryn Poe of Platte City Middle School, Stephanie Seigel of Pathfinder Elementary School and Shari Waters, assistant principal at Platte County R-3 High School.
The grants will be used to improve student retention and classroom engagement and to increase technology usage.
Martin Luther Academy
Funds raised: Students in kindergarten through eighth grade donated $1,001.50 to the American Heart Association’s Hoops/Jump Rope for Heart campaign.
The students raised money by jumping rope, Hula Hooping and shooting baskets in support of heart health awareness.
Martin Luther Academy is a private Christian school at 7112 N. Overland Drive in Kansas City, North.
Park Hill School District
Broadcast journalists excel: Graduating seniors received regional and national recognition.
Paxton DiBlasi from Park Hill High School and Rachel Schisler from Park Hill South High School received internships to work the Student Television Network’s convention in 2014 in Orlando, Fla.
The students were runners-up for the network’s Student of the Year.
Otto Gaiser, a Park Hill High graduate, received a Student Production Award from the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in October.
In addition, the Park Hill South daily program, “South Side Scoop,” was one of three high school newscasts honored by the chapter with an honorable mention.
| Compiled by Su Bacon