Platte County R-3 High School
State recognition: Geoff Heckman, counselor, has been named Missouri School Counselor of the Year by the Missouri School Counselor Association. He now advances to national competition
The association also recognized Heckman as Secondary School Counselor of the Year.
Heckman has served as counselor at the high school since 2014. Chad W. Sayre, principal, said Heckman has been instrumental in supporting an emphasis on college and career readiness and in developing a strong counseling program.
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Heckman is currently president-elect for the state association and will take office in July of 2017. He also belongs to national, regional and Greater Kansas City school counseling associations.
Heckman was recognized during an awards ceremony at the Missouri association’s fall conference in Osage Beach.
Liberty North High School
Outstanding orators: Speech and debate students earned top honors at the Raymore-Peculiar tournament.
Isaac Keller won first place in radio speaking. Mattie Seley and Whitney Wilson placed second in public forum.
Winnetonka High School
Elected to office: Marena Draskovich was voted in as a 2016-2017 Northwest District Officer at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Marena, Braden Rowe of Platte County R-3 High School and Molly Soltis of Park Hill High School competed at the national conference this summer and placed 14th in Career Pathways: Law, Public Safety and Security.
The team qualified for national competition by placing first in district and state competition. They competed nationally with other career, trade and technical students.
Su Bacon, Special to The Star
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