Northland Career Center
National contestants: Students represented Missouri in the National Leadership and Skills Competition in Kansas City.
Marisol Rivas, a junior from Park Hill High School, was elected as the 2013-2014 Missouri SkillsUSA vice president.
In the competition, placing in the top 10 were Kayla Davis of Liberty High School in criminal justice, Ben Kubart of Liberty in major appliance repair technology and Zach Sinnett of Park Hill in job interview.
Teams of students who competed were Ryan Barkalow of Staley High School, John Hart of Liberty and Sierra McCollum of Staley on the human services team and on the chapter display team, Marisol Rivas of Park Hill, Madeline Sherman of Oak Park High School and Cody Young of Park Hill.
Career and technical education students from all over the country participated.
Liberty High School
Dancers excel: Members of the Varsity Sapphires team were named All-Americans at the Universal Dance Association camp in Omaha.
They are Trystan Brown, Bailee Day, Jessie Fullinwider, Haley Klein, Lakie Spencer and Mikaela Vittoria. Day, Klein and Vittoria were invited to return to camp in 2014 as staff members.
The varsity team earned first place in home routine and received a bid to the association's national competition in 2014 in Florida.
Other members of the varsity squad are Taylor Bargfrede, Avery Boll, Hannah Doherty, Tori Fowler, Kelsey Hampton, Brittany Holtzclaw, Sydney Mills, Alex Palzkill, Sydney Perkins and Taylor Stufflebean.
The junior varsity team also placed first in home routine and both teams earned awards and honors.
Junior varsity Sapphires are Aubrey Bennett, Olivia Book, Payton Dykes, Madison Hissong, Isabella Shemwell and Sadie Zipsie.
Platte County R-3 High School
Teacher chosen: Jamie Wiegel was accepted to attend a two-week research program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory this summer in Tennessee.
Wiegel is among 20 instructors selected nationwide to be a Siemens Teachers as Researchers fellow. The program brings science teachers together with laboratory scientists to collaborate on topics of national interest such as energy, nuclear physics, neutron science and biological systems.
Teachers receive educational materials to share with their students when they return to the classroom.
Kansas State University
Graduates: Northland students were awarded master’s and doctorate degrees during spring commencement ceremonies on the campus in Manhattan.
Awarded a doctorate were Anthony Goldsby in horticulture and Christine Reyes in curriculum and instruction, both from Kansas City, North.
Students earning master’s degrees were Kenra Winkler-Ebling of Gladstone in interior architecture and product design; Jessica Luczak in music and Jane Ridge in academic advising, both of Liberty; Rachel Barth of Parkville in landscape architecture; and Michael Stephen of Platte City in adult, occupational and continuing education.
From Kansas City, North, master’s degrees were awarded to Stephen Bader in operations research, Felicia Balestrere in interior architecture and product design, Margaret Bierschwal in interior architecture and product design, Katherine Connelly in architecture, Vaughn Kohler in English, LaTonya Stewart in adult, occupational and continuing education and Richard Stewart in adult, occupational and continuing education.
Academic accolades: Northland students were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, a national all-discipline honor society.
New members include Katherine Connelly and Joyce McCawley, both graduate students from Kansas City, North, and Tyler Santoro, a junior from Parkville.
To be selected, juniors must rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class and graduate students, in the top 10 percent.
Student researcher: Miguel Valdes from Liberty was among undergraduate researchers whose work was featured in a symposium on the campus in Manhattan.
Valdes, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, participated in the Developing Scholars Program that provides students opportunities to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive academic, social and financial support for their projects.
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