Gracemor Elementary School
Educator recognized: Cynthia Kupka, principal, received the Richard Noll Outstanding Public Service Award from Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.
She was recognized for outstanding work in revitalizing and strengthening neighborhoods and inspiring others to go above and beyond in promoting and enhancing the community.
Kupka has served as Gracemor principal for 15 years.
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Liberty North High School
Singer selected: Caitlyn Fuller, a senior, was chosen for the Missouri All-State Choir.
She scored in the top six of some 130 sopranos from the Kansas City area who auditioned. This will be the second year Caitlyn has sung with the choir.
Platte County R-3 High School
Seniors honored: The National Merit Scholarship Program recognized three students as scholastically talented.
Spencer Kunz was named a National Merit Semifinalist in the competition.
Nathan Gurgens and Madelyne Hartleroad were named National Merit Commended Students.
The students were chosen based on comprehensive qualifying exams they took as juniors.
To advance to the level of finalist and to compete for scholarships next spring semifinalists must fulfill several requirements.
Commended Students rank among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students nationwide.
Lewis and Clark Elementary School
Poster winners: Two students placed first in the School Bus Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation.
Winning the kindergarten through second-grade division was Destiny Chen. Kamryn Clemens won first in the third- through fifth-grade division. Their posters now advance to the national level.
The students received $50 gift cards.
Su Bacon, Special to The Star
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