Kearney School District
Educator honored: Kearney Middle School teacher Mindy Gray has been named the 2017 Outstanding Project Lead the Way Gateway Teacher.
She has been with the district since 2006 as the Gateway to Technology instructor.
Gateway to Technology is a program for middle-school students designed to encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as to develop problem-solving and teamwork skills.
Gray was recognized at the annual Missouri Project Lead the Way Conference earlier this month in Blue Springs.
North Kansas City School District
Cheerleading champions: Staley High School cheerleaders won the grand championship in state competition at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
The Falcons’ cheer squad posted the highest overall score during the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association tournament and placed first in the super-large division.
Winnetonka High School’s cheerleaders placed second in the small division of the competition.
Liberty North High School
Aspiring scientists: A team of students from Liberty North placed second in computer science competition at the Avila Science and Mathematics Challenge for Young Women.
Team members were Olivia Carlile, Erin Ellington, Gabrielle Hightower, Stephanie Medley, Cassidy Norris, Nishat Shah, and Emily Windsor.
They also placed fourth in overall competition.
Outstanding orators: The Liberty North speech and debate team placed third at the Lee's Summit West Tournament.
Individual winners were Garrett Williams, first place in humorous interpretation and informative speaking; Will Bendure, third in Lincoln Douglas debate; and Parker Kirtley, third in Lincoln Douglas debate.
Students from 41 schools competed.
In novice competition at Lee's Summit North, Garrett Lampert placed third in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.
Compiled by Su Bacon, Special to The Star
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