New Mark Middle School
Aspiring historians: Three students finished in the top six statewide in the Missouri National History Day competition.
They were Clare Cunningham and Kelsey Vogel for their documentary on the Negro Leagues, “Rights and Responsibilities of African American Baseball Players: Only the Ball was White,” and Nina Cassaway for a paper on Brown vs. the Board of Education.
Nearly 600 students from 83 schools submitted 338 entries in five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance and Website. The theme was “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”
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Park Hill South High School
Educator honored: Jennifer Holden, debate teacher, received a third diamond award from the National Forensic League at the national tournament.
The award is given to teachers and coaches who demonstrate a history of excellence and service to debate and speech students and is based on the cumulative success of the students.
Diamond Coach Awards represent excellence and longevity. Coaches can earn diamond awards at five-year intervals.
Holden was presented the award at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in June.
North Kansas City School District
State driving champion: Zachary Snow, transportation driver, won first place in the Rookie-Conventional Division of the annual Missouri State Road-eo Safety Competition.
The event is a safety skills contest for Missouri school bus drivers. To earn first place, Snow completed a written exam, inspected a bus with hidden defects and performed over a 10-station skill course in a set time frame.
| Su Bacon, Special to The Star
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