William Jewell College
Master's hooding ceremony: Nine teachers were awarded graduate degrees on the campus in Liberty.
The master of science in education-differentiated instruction degree is the college's first graduate program. Classes began in the summer of 2014 and were open to practicing teachers.
The graduates were Patrick Casey, Kim Kimbrough and Alexandria Malaponti from Lewis Elementary School in Excelsior Springs; Kristine Schemmel from St. Charles School in Oakview; Sara Haley and Elizabeth Harrahill from Southview Elementary School in Kearney; Susan Lynn from Liberty North High School; and Jade Elliott from Fox Hill Elementary School in Kansas City, North.
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Gina Boltz who teachers in Lincoln, Neb., also earned the degree.
Differentiated instruction requires teachers to use research-based instructional strategies to meet the needs of every student.
Park Hill High School
Scholarship recipient: Bianca Mathi, a Park Hill graduate, was awarded a Red and Black Scholarship at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
The scholarship is awarded to freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade-point average and composite score on the ACT. Mathi's scholarship for $500 a year is renewable for eight semesters of undergraduate courses.
Platte County R-3 High School
Teacher recognized: Brian von Glahn, director of vocal music, was named the Outstanding Director for the Northwest area of the Missouri Choral Directors Association.
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