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.
Graduate recognized: Conner Carr, a graduating senior, was named a national winner of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration scholarship and internship.
The NASA scholarship program is designed to assist students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics and aviation.
Carr was one of 25 students selected nationwide.
Platte County R-3 High School
Teacher chosen: Jamie Wiegel was accepted to a two-week research program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee this summer.
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.
Academic accolades: Students earned Advanced Placement awards based on 2013 exam scores.
Receiving the highest award, the AP Scholar with Distinction, were Daniel Goering, Jordan Richardson and Gabriel Unruh.
The highest score is five. The distinction award is granted to students who average at least 3.5 on all AP exams.
Receiving AP Scholar with Honor awards were Matthew Barmann, Rhiannon Fowler, Logan Freeman, Emily Goering, George Graham, Taylor Laures, Christopher Phan, Sarah Regan, Lindsey Reichert, Claire Schlimm and Hunter Smith. These students averaged at least 3.25 on four of the exams.
AP Scholar awards for a score of at least 3 on three of the exams were granted to Delaney Brown, Samuel Danley, Rain Freeman, Haley Johnson, Luke Martin, Anais Romero-Rios, Kacie Saxer-Taulbee and David Wilson.
About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took the exams scored high enough to earn the awards.
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 must rank in the top 10 percent.
Student researcher: Miguel Valdes of 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, which provides students opportunities to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive academic, social and financial support for their projects.
Honor roll: Northland students earned semester honors for a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.75 on 12 or more credit hours during spring semester.
They were MaryAnn Matney from Dearborn; Erica Carr, Austin Conrady, Katie Croswhite, Grant Geiger, Taylor Hildebrand, Michael Luczak, Maggy Roth, Brennan Sanderford, Lindsay Stucki and Courtney Taylor from Kansas City, North; Adam Lappe from Kearney; Austin Peterson and Jarrod Zaborac from Liberty; Brendan Bishop, Bradley Martinez, Tyler Santoro, Jaclyn Scheidhauer and Tyler Tracy from Parkville; Erin Kornacki from Platte City; Adelia Hitt from Riverside; and McKenzie Veselic from Smithville.
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