Seniors Hannah Gibbs and Nick McCleave are the Students of the Month for December at Harrisonville High School. They were selected by faculty for their citizenship, character and academics.
Gibbs is the daughter of Shawn and Audrey Gibbs. Her school activities include basketball, track, Peer Helpers and National Honor Society. She is a captain for the Wildcats’ basketball team and on the leadership team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Outside of school, she is involved in Campaigners and serves on the leadership team for her youth group. She enjoys reading, camping and mission trips.
After graduation, Gibbs plans to go to Southwest Baptist University and major in intercultural studies and Spanish.
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McCleave, the son of Randy and Janie McCleave, is involved in football, golf, Key Club, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.
He also is the FFA president for Cass Career Center and FFA Area VII in Missouri, president of the Future Business Leaders of America and a DARE camp role model.
McCleave enjoys working on the family farm, playing golf and working on old cars. He plans to attend the University of Missouri and major in accountancy and agribusiness.
DAR honor goes to Pleasant Hill student
The Mary Sibley Chapter’s Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chose Alexandra Pierce as the Good Citizen of the Year for Pleasant Hill High School.
She was selected for demonstrating the following traits: dependability (including truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality), service (including cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others), leadership (including personality, self-control and ability to take responsibility) and patriotism (including unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation).
She will submit an application and essay to be considered for a state DAR scholarship.
Courtroom experience at a young age
Cass Career Center students in the Criminal Justice/CSI program recently conducted a mock murder trial at the Cass County Courthouse on the Harrisonville square.
The student attorneys questioned fellow Cass Career Center students and selected a 12-person jury during a mock trial on Dec. 12.
Government simulation close to the real thing
Six Harrisonville HIgh School students participated in a student-driven simulation of state government, which concluded in early December in Jefferson City.
The Youth and Government Clark Convention involved 1,000 young people in eighth through 12th grades.
Three Wildcats — Max Allen, Jordan Shore and Hunter Carlton — participated in the judiciary, debating cases similar to those being presented today in appellate courts.
Will Cook, Slater Helt and Troy Litle joined the mock state Senate to help debate and create laws.
Social studies teacher Emily Terwilliger and ELL teacher Kyle Crutchfield accompanied the students.
Kids are the customers at Holiday Store
Bright Futures Harrisonville this month hosted the fourth annual Holiday Store, where any school-age child could shop for presents for family and friends.
The store is made possible through donations from the community of “inventory” for the store and volunteers who acted as personal shopping assistants and gift wrappers.
Children purchased tickets to the store for 25 cents per ticket and each item in the store at the Harrisonville Middle School gym cost one ticket.
Bobcat pride in Drexel
The north entrance at Drexel High School sports a new Bobcats logo thanks to a donation from the school’s Student Council.
The Drexel School District posted this photo on Dec. 14.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Star