Park Hill School District
Musicians chosen: High school students qualified by audition to perform with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.
Selected from Park Hill High School were Abby Bowser, junior, horn; Barry Chang, senior, oboe; Annie Chen, senior, violin; James Cookinham, senior, trombone; Kaleb Hascall, senior, percussion; Corey McNab, junior, viola; and Payton Vahldick, junior, trumpet.
Musicians chosen from Park Hill South were seniors Nathan Choi, double bass; Christopher Mathisen, cello; and Chloe Uhrmacher, French horn.
Martin Luther Academy
Geography winners: Ben Graves, a sixth-grader, won the school's second annual Geographic Bee earlier this month.
Christian Hinrichs, an eighth-grader, was the runner-up, and Alex Kroenke, a sixth-grader, placed third.
The competition for students in fourth through eighth grade is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
The academy is a private Christian school at 7112 N. Overland Drive in Kansas City, North.
Kansas State University
Honors awarded: Tyler Santoro from Parkville earned the university's top graduation honor.
Santoro graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering during fall commencement on the campus in Manhattan. To earn the honor, students must hold a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.95.
North Kansas City School District
Schools honored: District middle schools have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2014-2016.
The schools earned the distinction for representing Apple's vision of exemplary learning environments by creating programs of innovation, leadership and educational excellence.
Middle school teachers worked with Apple Professional Development and district trainers to learn how to use the iPad to help students create movies, prepare proposals for their schools, conduct research for designing an emergency ramp, create iBooks and other uses.
| Su Bacon, Special to The Star
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