Belton Middle School students swept the top three spots in the computer-aided design segment of the recent Technology Student Association (TSA) regional competition, and brought home other top honors as well.
“Our school was the only school that attended in TSA attire,” said sponsor Mary Cummings. “We not only did well, we looked amazing. The hosts gave us rave reviews.”
These Belton students finished among the top three in their events:
▪ CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Foundations: first place, Noah Alsup; second place, Natalie Walters; third place, Jordan Calder.
▪ Digital Photography: first place, Cassidy Freeman; third place, Liz Grube.
▪ Inventions and Innovations: first place, Liz Grube and Sherry Kelley.
▪ Junior Solar Sprint: first place, Katie Grube, Mason Walker and Jase Banks.
▪ Mass Production: 1st place, Liz Grube and Ari Frank; second place, Cassidy Freeman and Amelia Drydale.
▪ Problem Solving: first place, Jillian Golden and Piper Holloway.
▪ Off The Grid: second place, Cassidy Freeman, Noah Alsup and Ari Frank.
▪ Promotional Marketing: first place, Ari Frank.
▪ Structural Engineering: third place, Noah Alsup and Natalie Walters.
▪ Technical Design: first place: Ari Frank and Sherry Kelley.
▪ Website Design: second place, Caitlin Morrison, Keegan McCracken, Katie Grube and Sean Hennessey.
TSA members from Belton High School students were invited to be judges.
“The Nerd” comes to Ray-Pec stage
“The Nerd,” a comedy about a young architect burdened with a problematic visitor, is being presented this weekend by the Raymore-Peculiar High School Theatre Department.
Performances were scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 12-14 and 2:30 p.m. April 15 at the school’s Academy Theatre, .
The cast includes Ian Van Horn as architect Willum Cubbert, Tiffany Wylde as his girlfriendTansy McGinnis, Logan Daniels as his best friend Axel Hammond, Nate Thurman as Warnock Waldgrave, Angel Patterson as Clelia Waldgrave, Nick Hime as Thor Waldgrave and Peter Dyreng as the visitor, Rick Steadman.
Working behind the scenes are Dane Schnake as the director, Karla Penechar as the technical director, Peter Dyreng as the scenic designer, and Pam Schnake, Kay Connelly and Michael Connelly as production assistants. The assistant director is Matthew Stewart. The stage managers are Trevor Diepenbrock and Riley Linn. The master carpenters are Caden Maxwell, Trevor Diepenbrock and Riley Linn. The master electrician is Caden Maxwell. The sound designer is Nick Hime, and the sound engineer is Ella Schnake. The lighting designer is Riley Linn. Props masters are Molly Loman and Zach Scott.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. They can be reserved through the box office line, 816-892-3999, extension 2400. Free child care will be provided.
Ray-Pec, Harrisonville singers qualify for state competition
Raymore-Peculiar and Harrisonville high schools are sending a number of vocal musicians to the state music festival in late April after the students qualified at the district competition.
From Ray-Pec, these vocal soloists received superior “I’ ratings at the district level: Tayler B. Bates, Becca Bessette, Katie Clewell, Kiara Galloway, Lucas Hagelin, Kylie Hansen, James Kelley, Denton Meehan, Sam Reicher, Sarah Scott, Song Waltz and Carinne Williams.
Ray-Pec vocal ensembles receiving superior ratings were the double quartet of Rebekah Scott, Song Waltz, Tayler B. Bates, Katie Clewell, Vito Brattin, Logan Daniels, Jacob Elliott and Jacob Joslyn; the senior trio of Sarah Scott, Song Waltz and Chely Stratton; the mixed quartet of James Kelley, Kylie Hansen, Chely Stratton and Robbie Keays; and the men’s quartet of Vito Brattin, James Kelley, Lucas Hagelin and Jacob Elliott.
Harrisonville vocal soloists earning the top rating included Briana Chiodini, Tabitha Davis, Steven Lafferty, Peyton Holden, Sierra Skinner, Carolyn Schrock, Jose Fernandez, Skylar Lite, Susanna Tracy, Lily Maxwell, Peyton Goss, Rebekah Bartlett, John Coday and Izabelle Shaddox.
Also headed to state with superior ratings are a Harrisonville women’s trio comprising Rebekah Bartlett, Sierra Skinner and Hannah Bartlett; a men’s trio composed of Peyton Holden, Alek Baker and Nick Austin; and a women’s sextet including Kaylee Tieman, Sydney Graves, Maizy Szudarski, Tara Barnard, Alexis Royal and Lily Maxwell.
Band students headed to state
Forty Raymore-Peculiar High School band students, in 33 events, qualified for state after last month’s district competition. Harrisonville is sending a contingent as well.
Harrisonville musicians earning “I” or superior ratings on instrumental solos were Selah Norman, flute; Trinity Register, tuba; Tori Bratcher, flute; Makayla Strong, trombone, and Dillon Pippin, horn. Also advancing to state with a superior rating was a brass quintet composed of Mycah Akin, Parker Rowland, Chrysalin Martin, Makayla Strong and Trinity Register.
From Ray-Pec, these instrumental soloists qualified for state with superior ratings: Cory Atteberry, Montana Prickett, Zane Brown, Addy Wright, Jaren Jones, Doug Adolphson, Kayla Hermsmeier, Morgan Payne, Jacob Buerge, Abigail Kurtz, Aeryn Mitchell, Alexis Thornhill, Luke VanDyne, Tammy Yang, Miles Goodwin, Sage Buckley, Lucian Howlett,Zaren Jathaul, Cate Wilhite, Kiersten Grier, Justin Elliott, Ivory Coleman, Mika Craig, Darren Fields, Cassidy Elrod, Cheyanna Scott, Brooke Hord, Jay Schroeder and Tristan Vitti.
Also qualifying from Ray-Pec were a trombone trio comprising
Madison McCamish, LeeAnn Haag and Josh Camp; a flute trio of Jordan Miller, McKenna Sloan and Lilah Manning; a trombone quartet consisting of Mike Staudinger, Diana McGinn, Blake Wagner and Doug Adolphson; and a sax trio of Jordan Mayberry, Gracie Allan and Miles Goodwin.
Three Belton schools recognized by Project Lead the Way
Three Belton schools have been recognized as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for providing broad access to science/technology learning through PLTW programs.
They are Hillcrest STEAM Academy, Belton Middle School/Freshman Center and Belton High School.
The criteria varied for the elementary, middle and high school levels, but in general, the schools had to provide a certain number of PLTW courses or modules and meet a threshold for student participation. Test scores were considered at the high school level.
Project Lead the Way is a national non-profit that helps schools stimulate student interest in science and technology through courses in in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. The programs are offered in more than 10,500 schools across the country.
Nominations sought for Ray-Pec volunteer honor
The Ray-Pec Council of PTAs is seeking nominations for PTA Volunteer of the Year.
Nominations should be sent by April 19 to Debbie Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 1019 Country Lane, Raymore, MO 64083. They can also be turned in at school offices.
Forms are available at https://mo-raymorepeculiarschools2.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/14825.
Cass-Midway presents ‘Brigadoon’
The vocal music department at Cass-Midway High School is presenting “Brigadoon,” a musical set in a mythical Scottish village.
Performances have been scheduled for 7 p.m. April 12 and April 13, with an optional dinner preceding the April 13 production.
General admission to the shows is $3 for students 12 and under and $5 for adults. Prices for the dinner and show are $5 and $10, respectively.
Email email@example.com to make a dinner reservation for April 13.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat