Martin Luther Academy
Top honors: Liam Dai, an eighth-grader, won first place in the school’s Geographic Bee.
Seventh-grader Cooper Bennett placed second and fifth-grader Alex Kroenke earned third place.
The competition for students in fifth through eighth grades was organized by fifth-grade teacher Lori Haase and sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
The academy is a private Christian school located at 7112 N. Overland Drive in Kansas City, North.
Park Hill South High School
Seniors selected: Emerson Lee and Joe Philpot were chosen as semifinalists in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars program.
They advance to state competition. Candidates are selected based on superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in the community and school activities. One male and one female student will be chosen in May from every state.
North Kansas City School District
Chosen for summer academy: Ten high school students were selected for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, a three-week residential program on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield.
Chosen from North Kansas City High School were juniors Ian DeWalt and Juliana Garcia; from Oak Park, junior Alexandra Lisenbee and sophomore Nicole Kretz; from Staley, juniors Mariah Brock and Kenna Stark; and from Winnetonka, juniors Paden Osburn and Kevin Purkaple.
The first alternate is Christina Meyers, a junior at Winnetonka. Second alternate is Paige Bliss, a junior at Oak Park.
Qualified students from across the state attend the academy to study arts, theater, dance, creative writing and music. They were selected by nomination and audition.
Liberty North High School
Journalists earn honors: Two yearbook students took home awards from the National Write-Off on-site competition in Boston.
Celeste Meyer earned an Excellent rating in copy/caption for clubs and Shelby Adkins received an Honorable Mention in copy/caption for student life. Both are sophomores.
They were among more than 5,000 high schools nationwide who competed at the fall convention of the National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association.
The Liberty North 2013 yearbook, “Ayrie,” placed fourth in the nation in its division. Editors were Jessica Bonnot and Austin Robbins, editors-in-chief; Jenna Carey, sports; Meric Schonemann, clubs; Sydnee Arnold, student life; Alison Irwin, people; Megan Fogle, classes; and Laura Haskell, photojournalism.
Winnetonka High School
Orchestra students: A Winter Strings Clinic for students in fifth through eighth grades will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the high school located at 5815 N.E. 48th St.
The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door and includes clinic instruction, a morning snack, lunch, a t-shirt and photo.
Students will perform in concert at 2 p.m. For more information, call 816-820-0786.
University of St. Mary
Students produce show: Sarah Cronkleton-Kidd of Gladstone was among cast members chosen for the university’s student-produced play.
“Reasons to be Pretty” was performed earlier this month on the campus in Leavenworth.
Park Hill School District
Stellar spellers: Peyton Wiewel, a sixth-grader at Plaza Middle School, won the district spelling bee in January.
Second place was won by Allyson Scribner, a fifth-grader from Graden Elementary School, and third place by Ellie Simpson, a sixth-grader from Plaza.
They advance to the Platte County Spelling Bee on Feb. 18.
Other students who placed in the top 15 and qualify for the county bee from Congress Middle School are Jackson Ashley, Jackson Elder, Evan Ericksen, Ashley Gilland, Trevor Stammler and Wes Nelson; from Lakeview Middle School, Morgan McGhee; from Plaza, Quinn Bieberly, Anna Cooper and Wasila Sun; from Tiffany Ridge Elementary School, Angelo Mencia-Godoy; and from Union Chapel, Cooper Mathisen.
Alternates are Josiah Berhane from Lakeview and Laura Dingman from Congress.
| Compiled by Su Bacon