KCI Rotary Club Speech Contest
Park Hill winners: Two seniors earned first and second place in the club’s Four-Way Test scholarship contest.
From Park Hill High School, Jacob McFee placed first and earned a $1,000 scholarship. From Park Hill South, Emma Patterson placed second and earned a $500 scholarship.
The students wrote essays about what the Rotary Four-Way Test means to them. The test is four questions that cover ethical and moral issues to be considered in all communications.
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Winnetonka High School
Pursuing health-care career interest: Students interested in medicine have been selected for the Summer Scholar Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
They are Arfon Abdi, Ayan Farah, Asase Jewel, Emily Reed and Audrey Thompson.
The program includes a physician speaker series, experience in clinical laboratories and a medical simulation laboratory and observation of emergency services, rehabilitation services, internal medicine and nursing services.
Of more than 300 applicants, 60 students were accepted.
North Kansas City School District
School bus fleet wins national award: The district was honored with the “Transit and Mobility” award at a national expo earlier this month in California.
The district was recognized for converting to school buses fueled by compressed natural gas this year. The change has resulted in significant savings in fuel costs and an increase in fuel economy and has cut down on greenhouse emissions.
Lon Waterman is the transportation director for the district.
Platte County R-3 High School
Graduating seniors chosen: Six students were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Platte County Education Foundation.
They are Alli Bergstrom, Tori Farr, Jewel Fivecoat, Stephanie Laures, Hunter Long and Rain Punsiri.
Park Hill School District
Students selected: Five sophomores were chosen for the Missouri Scholars Academy this summer.
They are Brian Francis and Maya Yildirim from Park Hill South High School; and Hirad Hirad, Cooper Sturm and Kameryn West from Park Hill High School.
The academy is a three-week academic program on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. Statewide, 330 gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school are chosen.
North Kansas City School District
Outstanding journalists: Seniors have been named to the 2016-2017 Honor Roll by the Missouri Journalism Education Association.
The honorees are Mariah Thompson from North Kansas City High School; Allee Armitage, Oak Park; and Adam Freese, Tinh Nghi Ngo and Lindsey Norby, all from Staley.
To qualify for the honor roll, students must hold at least a 3.75 grade-point average and have worked in student media for two or more years. The students are nominated by journalism teachers or advisers.
Graduating seniors honored: Twelve students were named to the Kearney bank’s Junior Board of Directors Class of 2017 at an awards ceremony on May 2.
They were Reid Alexander, Tristan Bevan, Jonathan Bradfield, Jennifer Cates, Nathaniel Fehr, Chloe Gillespie, Emmalyn Pratt, Brooklyn Shumate, Jeremiah Smith, Evan Waddell and Matthew Waddell, all from Kearney High School; and Joseph Pluenneke from St. Piux X High School.
The students learned about budget management, financial planning and the importance of a good credit score through a program sponsored by KCB Bank. They used a computer simulation to manage a fictional bank by making loans, building a portfolio and budgeting for advertising and staff.
Winning the bank management simulation with a total net income of $1,915,000 were Bradfield, Pluenneke, Shumate and Smith.
Park Hill High School
Aspiring authors: Short stories by three sophomores will appear in Truman State University’s literary journal, “Chariton Review.”
The writers were Chloe Arnold, Jayme Roth and Regan Smith. The short stories were part of a the Young Voices of Missouri project.
More than 300 short stories from 40 schools were submitted.
Su Bacon, Special to The Star
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