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Future Business Leaders of America students win top honors

Platte County R-3 High School

Future Business Leaders of America: Students won top honors at the state leadership conference in Springfield.

They competed against some 4,000 students from across the state in business education related contests, attended workshops and participated in networking opportunities with businesses.

The R-3 chapter received the Gold Seal Award of Merit, Membership Achievement Award and was named Gold Chapter of the Year.

Winning first place were teams of Drake Hansen, Malachi Ray and Christian Torchia; Brittany Alvarado, Lauryn Masters and Jackson Todd; and Wes Valentine, Will Valentine and Ethan Ventress.

Second-place winners were Lauryn Masters, Hannah Wood and the team of Megan Hessemyer, Ashlyn Koontz and Madison Powers.

The team of Luke Hodson, Wes Valentine and Will Valentine placed third.

Winning the Business Achievement Award “Future” Level were Lauryn Masters and Todd Jackson. Masters also received a community service award.

North Kansas City High School

Senior recognized: Carson Hlavacek placed in the top 10 students in the Kansas City area who participated in the American Chemical Society’s annual Chemistry Olympiad.

He also won the society’s Kansas City Chemistry Award and scholarship and advanced to state competition.

Park Hill School District

Journalists excel: Five students earned awards from the Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City.

From Park Hill High School, Jacob Blair, a senior, won first place for best news story.

From Park Hill South High School, Cienna Newett, a junior, won first place in newspaper computer-generated art/photo illustration and in newspaper facing page design, third place in newspaper hand-generated art and honorable mention in newspaper single page design.

Samantha Oathout, a senior, placed third in yearbook sports action photo.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Elyssa Bezner, a sophomore, for online photo gallery and to Elaina Cassity, a junior, for yearbook sports reaction photo.

Staley High School

Senior selected: Sumaiya Alam, a May graduate, was awarded a P.E.O. Star scholarship of $2,500.

P.E.O. is an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes educational opportunities for women. Sumaiya was selected to apply for the scholarship by Chapter KF in the Northland.

She was chosen based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academic record and potential for future success.

At Staley, she was president of National Honor Society, lieutenant governor for Missouri Girls State and a national qualifier in Lincoln-Douglas debate. She graduated with a North Kansas City School District Gold Medallion Honor Diploma.

She has been accepted to the six-year medical program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Missouri Scholars 100

Northland seniors named: High school graduates were selected for the 2017 Missouri Scholars 100, a program that recognizes the top 100 academic students in the state.

The scholars are Joshua Neudorf from North Kansas City High School; Dylan Lloyd and Anna Merkel from Oak Park; Kelly Decker and Chandler To from Park Hill; Sarah Komar and Carson Schutter from Park Hill South; Eliza Baber from Smithville; Madeleine Quinn from St. Pius; and Sumaiya Alam and Jennifer Harvey from Staley.

Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Students are selected based on their grade-point average, scores on college entrance exams and completion of upper-level courses in math, science, English and a foreign language. Also considered are attendance, school citizenship and involvement in activities.

North Kansas City School District

Journalists chosen: High school students were named to the National Scholastic Press Association’s honor roll.

From North Kansas City High School, honor-roll students are Paula Reyes and Mariah Thompson, seniors, and Brittney Sweet, a junior; from Oak Park, Allee Armitage, Alexavier Brown, Maddi Caton, Gabe DeLaFuente and Brett Felten, seniors; Dakota Ake, Sarah Horseman, XoeAnne Zuber and Hullale Khizirpour, juniors; and Mina Buchholz, a sophomore.

Staley journalists are seniors Adam Freese, Cindy Ngo and Andrew Simms and Winnetonka seniors are Rachel Adamson, Alyssa Magrone and Kaitlyn Minet.

To be selected, students must be exceptional journalists who have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and have worked in student publications or production for two or more years.

Su Bacon, Special to The Star

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