Belton High School senior Henry Hernandez, an automotive student, is the Cass Career Center’s Student of the Month for November.
Hernandez was nominated by three instructors for being a leader in his program, and displaying professionalism and respect to classmates and instructors. He also was nominated for his efforts in leading the way with community service projects and getting classmates involved.
Harrisonville staffers donate hundreds of hours
At least 200 Harrisonville School District employees provided more than 525 community service hours Nov. 3 as a way to thank the community for supporting the schools and students.
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Among the Staff Day of Service projects were painting picnic tables and hanging Christmas lights at the city park; yard work and clean-up at Casco Area Workshop, Inc., the fire department and Harrisonville Senior Housing; putting up holiday decorations, cleaning and doing laundry at the Harrisonville Animal Shelter; stuffing dental supply bags at the Cass County Dental Clinic; preparing for the Thanksgiving dinner at Our Lady of Lourdes - Harrisonville; moving and organizing a new Head Start classroom; sorting, laundering and organizing at the Cats Basement; sorting and shelving book donations for Bright Futures Harrisonville; sacking groceries and goods and other odd jobs at Price Chopper & Sutherlands; painting at Eagle Creek Church Harrisonville and Cornerstone Community Church of Harrisonville; cleaning at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church; washing police cars and cleaning out the garage at the Harrisonville Police Department; cleaning buses at Durham School Services; working at the Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry; painting nails and helping with social activities at Crown Care Center; and painting, cleaning and organizing at the Harrisonville Trade Fair.
Many brains in this operation
Jillian Kupronis’ Human Body Systems classes at Belton High School recently dissected sheep brains.
The activity helped Biomedical Project Lead the Way students gain an appreciation for the complexity of the brain. Students made observations, labeled parts of the brain, and learned about the structure and function of brain regions.
‘Insane’ number of musicians make All-District Band
Fifty-eight students from Raymore-Peculiar High School have claimed 61 spots in the West Central Missouri All-District Band.
Three also were were selected for All-District Jazz Band.
“This is an insane number of students selected from one school for a district band,” Ray-Pec Band Director John Wilson said in a release.
A number of Ray-Pec students also were chosen for the Honorable Mention Band, but these musicians were selected for the Honor Band and are eligible to compete Dec. 2 for the All-State band:
▪ Flute: Addy Wright, Kathryn McCauley and Liz Pitts (alternate).
▪ Oboe: Cate Wilhite (alternate)
▪ Clarinet: Cecilia Brown, Sage Buckley, Jack Keys, Lauren Spruill, Kaitlyn Boman, Serena Reeser and MacKinley Clark.
▪ Bass clarinet: Mika Craig.
▪ Alto sax: Kayla Hermsmeier, Miles Goodwin and Jordan Mayberry (alternate).
▪ Tenor sax: Cloey Pritchard and Tristan Vitti (alternates).
▪ Baritone sax: Hannah Marxer (alternate).
▪ Trumpet: Zane Brown, Darren Fields, Zach Paszkiewicz, Morgan Payne and Cory Atteberry.
▪ French Horn: Luke VanDyne.
▪ Trombone: Doug Adolphson, Diana McGinn and Blake Wagner.
▪ Euphonium (baritone): Katelynn Jungling and Rebecca Glass.
▪ Tuba: Kiersten Greier (alternate).
▪ Percussion Option 1 (Snare): Brooke Hord.
▪ Percussion Option 2 (Mallets):Tammy Yang.
▪ Percussion Option 3 (Timpani): Tammy Yang.
All-District Jazz Band members are Brooke Hord, drum set; Darren Fields, trumpet, and Miles Goodwin, alto sax.
Meanwhile, the Panther Pride Marching Band wrapped up its season by placing second in indoor drum line, third in indoor color guard, and third in field on Oct. 21 at the Odessa Marching Invitational.
The marching band also won the Outstanding Music Award for having the highest score from the judges on the music at the Odessa competition.
Harrisonville Royal Regiment picks up trophies
The Harrisonville High School Royal Regiment marching band placed second in its division and earned the designation of outstanding color guard Oct. 21 during the Odessa Marching Invitational.
Harrisonville placed fifth overall out of 18 bands.
The band also placed second in its division a week earlier — and fifth overall regardless of class — at the Park Hill competition.
Ray-Pec claims honors in forensics/debate
Ella Schnake of Raymore-Peculiar High School placed first in Storytelling and fourth in JV Lincoln Douglas Debate during the Lee’s Summit West Varsity Tournament in early November.
Katie Clewell placed second in Informative Speaking.
Earlier this season, Ray-Pec placed first in the individual events sweepstakes at the Blue Springs South Varsity Tournament in mid-October. Twenty-nine schools participated.
Individuals finishing third place or better were:
▪ Duo Interpretation: Becca Bessette and Riley Linn, third place.
▪ Storytelling: Ella Schnake, first.
▪ Humorous Interpretation: Ian Van Horn, first; Riley Linn, third.
▪ Program Oral Interpretation: Ella Schnake, first.
In the Novice Division at Blue Springs High School, Chiara Berry placed first in Prose Interpretation, and Zach Scott placed third. In International Extemporaneous Speaking, Kersten Randolph placed first.
At the Rockhurst Forensics and Debate Tournament on Oct. 20-21, these students placed third or better:
▪ Duo Interpretation: Alissa House and Abby Baker-Wise, first; Becca Bessette and Riley Linn, second.
▪ Storytelling: Ella Schnake, first,
▪ Informative Speaking: Katie Clewell, third.
▪ Program Oral Interpretation: Ella Schnake, first.
▪ Championship Policy Debate: Brenden Lucas and Jaden Lanza, second.
Kersten Randolph was the outstanding Novice in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Alissa House and Abby Baker Wise were named outstanding Novices in Duo Interpretation, and Gabe Abdelgawad and Kersten Randolph were named top novices in Policy Debate.
Ray-Pec won the outstanding quality team award for averaging more points per entry than any other school. The squad scored more than 11 points per entry. Ray-Pec finished second in the individual events sweepstakes at the 16-school tournament.
Harrisonville Christian elementary kids help needy
Brandi Nieto’s third-grade class at Harrisonville Christian School recently sorted canned goods at the Shepherd’s Staff Food Pantry.
Every class participates in a service project during their “Serve-A-Thon” season at HCS.