Platte County R-3 High School
Administrators honored: Geoff Heckman, chairman of the counseling department, has been named the Secondary School Counselor of the Year by the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association.
At the high school he has worked with students, staff and parents to develop a new guidance curriculum, to establish a parent advisory council and to support college and career readiness initiatives.
Heckman is president-elect for the Missouri School Counselor Association.
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Matt Messick, assistant principal, has been named Counselor Advocate of the Year by the association.
He was nominated by members of the high school counseling department and his peers. The honor recognizes Messick for efforts to help students make better choices.
Student leaders selected: Northland students are among those appointed to serve as resident assistants and first-year mentors for the 2016-2017 academic year.
First-year mentors include Troy Elliott of Smithville, a senior majoring in secondary education and fine art; Abby Jeans of Platte City, a sophomore majoring in elementary education; and Jessica Pham of Kansas City, North, a sophomore majoring in chemistry.
The mentors serve as role models and advise new students through first-year experience issues.
Nyshele Posey from Kansas City, North, was named a resident assistant on the campus in Parkville. Resident assistants are the primary contact and resource for those living in a residential community. Posey is a junior majoring in biology.
North Kansas City School District
Transportation services recognized: Lon Waterman, director of transportation services, has been elected as an area director to the board of the Missouri Association of Pupil Transportation.
The district’s transportation services recently received a Total Fleet Excellence Award from the Missouri Highway Patrol for a 97.4 score in the school bus inspection program.
Transportation services also was honored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for its exemplary bus maintenance program. For 20 consecutive years, the program has earned a score of 90 percent or better.
Kansas State University
Architecture graduates: Northland students are among outstanding fifth-year students whose design work won prizes.
Phillip Macaluso of Parkville, a 2016 master of architecture graduate, was a member of the team of students awarded the Kremer Prize for collaborative design achievement in their final semester. The winning project was ‘Tallgrass Prairie Orientation Station.”
Also nominated for the prize were members of the “Recycling System Vision Study for Downtown KC” project. Working on the project were Levi Caraway of Kearney and Nathan Mattenlee, David Maynard and Lindsay Stucki, all of Kansas City, North.
Liberty Kiwanis Club
Scholarship recipients: Three graduating seniors from the Liberty School District were awarded $500 scholarships.
Selected from Liberty High School were Courtney Parker and Emily Szczuka and from Liberty North High School, Ying Chow.
Students were selected based on community volunteer activities and an essay about their plans for the future.
Park Hill School District
Graduating senior honored: Chris Nilsen, a graduate of Park Hill High School, has been named by Gatorade as the Missouri Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Nilsen was selected for maintaining high academic achievement and for breaking the national high school record for pole vaulting. He plans to continue competing at the University of South Dakota.
Board of education recognized: The Park Hill School Board was one of 16 boards chosen by the Missouri School Boards’ Association for a 2016 Governance Team Award.
To qualify, members of a board must meet association certification requirements and be committed to professional development in the areas of student achievement, school law and finance, board operations and contemporary issues in education.
Board members also must participate in legislative advocacy for public schools and demonstrate a commitment to regional and statewide leadership.
Compiled by Su Bacon/Special to the Star
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