Husky Joe’s Coffee Shop is now open on Friday mornings at Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School.
Teachers and other staff members can place their orders on Thursday for the next day. Choices include hot and iced coffee, hot chocolate and flavored creamers. Other items have included muffins and breakfast pizza.
Teachers Monica Wyatt, Pat Appleton and Amy Hansen are spearheading the project, which generates money for the district’s Caring About Nutrition program. Husky Joe’s customers can either pick up their orders or have the treats delivered to their classrooms.
Traffic safety efforts are tops in state
Harrisonville High School has been honored as the 2018 Team of the Year for Missouri Traction, a youth traffic safety leadership training program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
A group of Harrisonville students and staff received the award after a presentation last month during the 2018 Traction Reunion and Expo in Jefferson City.
During the last two years, 30 Harrisonville students have participated in Traction summer conferences and hosted a one-day event last fall in Harrisonville. At these conferences, students create a plan of action and then implement those plans throughout the school year.
Many Traction activities have been organized by the school’s SADD chapter — including Red Ribbon Week guest speakers and an assembly, seat-belt checks, buckle-up pavement painting, and after-game activities such as volleyball, kickball and wiffle ball tournaments and movies.
Many groups at Harrisonville help stage a mock accident before prom every other year. In addition, students serve on the Harrisonville Cares Coalition — which also includes local law enforcement, city officials, school representatives and others. The coalition meets regularly to discuss driving and pedestrian safety.
In addition to the title, the school received a $500 grant.
KC SuperStar semifinalists announced
A Raymore-Peculiar senior, Song Waltz, is among 23 area high school students chosen as semifinalists for the 2018 KC SuperStar singing competition.
They will compete at the June 4 semifinals in the hope of moving forward to win the grand prize of a $10,000 scholarship. Smaller amounts will be awarded for second through fourth place.
The competition, in its ninth year, is sponsored by The Jewish Community Center in Johnson County. More than 200 students registered to audition by singing a song without accompaniment.
The other semifinalists, identified by name, school or school district and class year:
The semifinalists, including school their school district and grade, are: Lauren Howard, Lee’s Summit, freshman; Alyssa Mendoza, Shawnee Mission, senior; Kaylin Miller, Kansas City, Kan., sophomore; Hudson Watts, Lee’s Summit, senior; Jalen Dickerson-Sanders, Leavenworth, junior; Jacobo Barriga, North Kansas City, senior; Bret Kibler, Lone Jack, senior; Reagan Dreiling, St. Thomas Aquinas, sophomore; Kadisyn Kircher, Blue Valley, junior; Cael Kuhn, St. James Academy, freshman; Willa Walberg, Olathe, freshman; Song Waltz, Raymore-Peculiar, senior; Paige Padgett, Lansing, junior; Jaeda Dickens, West Platte, freshman; Erika Kolseth, Blue Valley, freshman; Joseph Rziha, home school, junior; Maurissa Cunningham, Kansas City, Mo., junior; Jam Navarro, Pembroke Hill, sophomore; Emma Mathieson, Shawnee Mission, sophomore; Andru Garrett, Grain Valley, senior; Devion Williams, St. Michael the Archangel, senior; Madelyn Padget, Blue Springs, sophomore; Madi Toman, Paola, senior.
DECA students are Atlanta-bound
Two DECA members from Cass Career Center and one from Raymore-Peculiar High School qualified for international competition after earning a top spot at the state DECA contest.
By earning fourth place in Business Services Operations Research, Harrisonville High School seniors Lanie Carl and Susana Tracy earned the right to compete at the International Career Development Conference, on April 20-25 in Atlanta.
Ray-Pec will be represented in Atlanta by Maddie Welty, who placed fifth in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling.
Belton High presents ‘Don’t Drink the Water’
An all-freshman cast will star in a Belton High School production this week of “Don’t Drink the Water,” a political comedy in which boisterous American tourists are accused of being spies in a Communist country.
Performances were scheduled at 7 p.m. on April 5-7 in the Belton Middle School/Freshman Center Forum. Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults.
DARE essay winners announced in Harrisonville
McEowen Elementary School fifth-grader Carter Roberts received a medal and a DARE lion for being the overall essay winner, which was announced at DARE graduation ceremonies last month. DARE is an education program designed to curb substance abuse.
Other class essay winners included Hailey Bagby, Elizabeth Holman, Aron Leach, Audrey Coffey, Quincy Carter, Cooper Appleman and Lily Tarwater.
Former Kansas City Chiefs player John Lohmeyer gave the keynote address.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat