Park Hill High School
Outstanding orators: Three students earned top honors at the National Debate and Speech Tournament, a week-long high school championship competition in Birmingham, Ala., this summer.
Placing third overall in public forum debate were recent graduates Matt Hayes and Jake McFee.
Jackson Elder, a senior, qualified as a semifinalist in congressional debate.
Park Hill High School was recognized as one of the top 20 debate schools in the country with an award of excellence.
More than 3,500 high school students competed.
North Kansas City School District
State winners: The Missouri Journalism Education Association honored district students for their work in writing, photography, designed and video storytelling.
Gabryelle Campbell from North Kansas City High School won the Portrait of the Year award for her work on the yearbook.
From Oak Park High School, Allee Armitage and Max Gruschka won the Feature/Sports Feature Package state award in the broadcast category.
From Staley High School for work on the school news magazine, Emilie Kerr won the Newspaper Front Page Design award and Portrait of the Year state award. Haylee Roberts won the Sports Story of the Year award.
Academic awards: Student volleyball athletes earned All-State Academic honors.
Students from North Kansas City High School were Emma Burke, Hannah Ethridge and McKenzie Koppe; and from Winnetonka High School, Jocelin Egeland, Joelle Egeland, Rachael Flanery, McKayla Jameson, MaKayla Power and Maggie Williams.
To qualify the students must hold at least a 3.6 grade-point average for the first semester and participate in 75 percent of the varsity volleyball matches.
Su Bacon/Special to the Star
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