North Kansas City School District
Journalists recognized: Two high school students were named to the 2015 All-State Journalism Team: Marissa Hubbard, a senior at Staley High School, and Madison Russell, a junior at Oak Park High School.
Statewide, 10 high school journalism students were chosen based on their leadership, energy, dedication and expertise. To qualify, students were nominated by their advisers, members of the Missouri Journalism Education Association.
Hubbard worked on the school newspaper staff for three years and is a member of Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society. She has earned regional, state and national journalism awards.
Russell has worked on the school news magazine for two years and will be editor-in-chief next year. She is a member of Quill and Scroll.
Members of the all-state team will receive a certificate and an engraved pen.
St. Gabriel School
Stellar spellers: Students earned top honors at the district level of the Modern Woodmen speech contest earlier this month.
Joshua Wright, an eighth-grader, placed first and Sophia Swavey, a sixth-grader, placed second. They now advance to state competition on Friday.
The theme for this year was national landmarks.
Joshua has won previously. In 2014, he placed first at district and second at state.
Leaders recognized: Students, faculty and staff were honored at an awards ceremony on the campus in Parkville.
Northland recipients of the Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards were Kriti Kafle, a senior from Parkville, and Matthew Moratz, a senior from Weatherby Lake.
The award is given to students who exemplify integrity, inclusiveness as a global citizen, responsibility and respect in word, work and conduct.
James Jarrard, a senior from Kansas City, North, was named Park Servant Leader of the Year.
The award is given to a student who has worked effectively with others for positive change.
Nora Gedei, a graduate student from Parkville, received the Graduate Assistant of the Year Award.
The award is based on reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and unique contributions to the university. Gedei, a 2012 Park graduate, is now pursuing a master of business administration degree.
Robert Kao of Parkville received the Student Organization Adviser of the Year Award. He is the adviser for Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and an assistant professor of finance.
Kearney High School
Chosen for state program: Brent Threlkeld will attend the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum this summer at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
The forum is designed to provide leadership and career training for high school students with disabilities. Participants are selected based on their leadership potential.
Brent has been assigned a project to complete before the forum in July. He is collecting items for hospital care kits' for families spending extended time at a hospital with loved ones.
Kansas State University
Academic achievers: Grant Ferland of Kansas City, North, and Grit Vece of Weston are new members of Phi Kappa Phi, a national all-discipline honor society.
Members are selected based on academic excellence.
Ferland is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. Vece is earning a doctorate in adult, occupational and continuing education on the campus in Manhattan.
Park Hill South High School
Winning council: The school’s student council received the Gold Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils.
The award is given based on the council’s school service, spirit, community involvement, student and teacher recognition and leadership training activities.
Student council officers are Mackenzie Stout, president; Emma Ehlers, vice president; Grace Dunker, treasurer; Taylor Burdiss, secretary; and Cole Reser, secretary of state.
The council earned the Gold Award last year, too.
| Compiled by Su Bacon, Special to the Star
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