The Belton High School Scholar Bowl team recently claimed its first-ever Greater Kansas City Suburban Blue Conference title by sweeping four matches against Raytown South, Platte County, Kearney, and Winnetonka.
The Pirates averaged 300 points per game, according to a release from the district.
Junior captain Tara Hartenbower led Belton with 130 points, while seniors Jake Zink and Michael Thompson each scored 90. Freshman Mitchel Wells earned 50 points, senior Jack Jonathan scored 40, and senior Aidan Freeman helped mop up points in bonus rounds.
First adviser returns for NHS induction at Drexel High
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Drexel High School marked its 40th National Honor Society last month with a luncheon and candlelight ceremony conducted by NHS President Paul Orton.
The new members are Logan Cochran, Andrea Cordell, Makenna Finley, Jayklin Smith and Mackenzie Winfield.
Among the guests were a charter member and former teachers. Ron Granger, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College and founding adviser of the Drexel chapter, shared some personal and professional experiences.
During high school, Granger said, his fellow National Honor Society members created a culture that encouraged him to be better in all aspects of life.
He desired that for Drexel High students when he began the NHS chartering process during the 1977-78 school year.
Small handprints, high school know-how create reading tree
Five student artists from Harrisonville High School have left their mark on the Harrisonville Early Childhood Center.
Jodi Fischer, library media specialist at the Early Childhood Center, saw an idea for a reading tree mural and contacted high school art teacher Melissa Chaney for help.
HHS students Julia Wehmeyer, Emily Hegendeffer, Jordan Shore, Gwen Miller and Lauren Burlingame worked on the mural, which is in the hallway between the art room and library.
After the older students finished, children from the ECC added their handprints to create leaves for the tree. The high school students returned to help with those finishing touches.
High marks for HHS jazz musicians
The Harrisonville High School Jazz Band performed at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival last month and earned “I” ratings from all the judges.
The jazz band performed three selections: “Kaleidoscope,” which featured solos by Landen Laizure and Kaitlin Sheldrake; “Stormy Weather,” with solos by Sheldrake and Tori Bratcher; and “High Maintenance,” with solos by Zach Austin and Brad Cox.
Four individual “Outstanding Musicianship” awards were presented to Austin, Sheldrake, Cox and Luke Grimes.
Channeling The Bard
Harrisonville High School sophomore Michael Schuhler represented his school Feb. 25 at the 34th annual Shakespeare Competition at the Kansas City Public Library.
The competition was co-sponsored by the library and the Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union. Each student selects, memorizes and presents a Shakespeare monologue — up to 20 lines — and a sonnet.
Ray-Pec thanks church volunteers
The Raymore-Peculiar school board recently thanked Real Life Church for work by its members to remodel and organize the Panther Closet to support Ray-Pec students.
Church members also provided child-care services at the Good Neighbors, Strong Community conference in February and participated in the Ray-Pec Foundation 5K last year.
Harrisonville award nominations due March 31
The Harrisonville School District is seeking nominations for its end-of-the-year awards. The deadline is March 31.
The Educator of the Year Award is presented to a teacher who has had a special impact on students in the district.
The Support Staff Employee of the Year is designed to show the district’s appreciation for non-certified employees — which includes secretaries, nurses, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service and maintenance workers.
The Outstanding Community Involvement Award recognizes a Harrisonville Schools staff member for his/her involvement in the community.
Nominations can be submitted through www.harrisonvilleschools.org.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat