Presidential scholar finalists, and other school notes

04/29/2014 12:00 AM

04/28/2014 7:57 AM

Park Hill High School

Presidential Scholar finalists:

Two local students are among eight finalists statewide for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

They are Emerson E. Lee of Park Hill South High School and Jonathan D. Chu of The Pembroke Hill School in Jackson County.

The program was established by executive order in 1964 to honor some of most distinguished graduating seniors. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize those who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.

Up to 141 students are named Presidential Scholars each year.

Park Hill School District

Journalists excel:

High school students won top honors at the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s Journalism Day contest in Columbia.

Winning the highest honors, the Show-Me awards, from Park Hill South High School were seniors Katie Blechinger, Isaac Brizendine, Shelby Cooper, Megan McMullen, Joey Panella, Sara Parolin, Lauren Pusateri, Abbie Rechsteiner, Lauren Russ, Shelby Santoro and Abby Stoker; juniors Brittany Coffey, Connor Hills, Schaefer Schuetz, Kyle Vanice and Hannah Warman; and sophomores Cassandra McFarlane and Kyndal Reents.

Winners from Park Hill High School were seniors Marissa Albracht, Caitlin Flagler, Angelica Pasek, Derek Reynolds and Cody Van Hooser; juniors Amanda Battmer, Meghan Castleman, Skyler Leitterman and Micayla Rupard; and sophomores Jordan Elder and Cecile Hermanns.

Liberty High School

National Merit Scholarship:

Paul Spring, a senior, has won a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

Recipients were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

Spring received a National Merit Emerson Electric Co. Scholarship, given to outstanding sons and daughters of Emerson employees.

Park University

Student Government Association:

Northland students were elected to serve as senators for the 2014-15 academic year.

They were juniors Matthew Moratz from Weatherby Lake and Priscilla Pok from Kansas City; sophomore Jenna Newsome from Kearney; and freshmen Courtney Fairhurst, Akwy Gawg and Emma Kitelinger, all from Kansas City; and Justin Love from Liberty.

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