Liberty High School
State and national recognition:
Two graduating seniors have been selected for Missouri Scholars 100.
Christopher Vlanis and Yuxuan Xiao have been named to the statewide program honoring 100 of the top academic students in the graduating class of 2013.
The students have grade-point averages of at least 3.75, are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class and have taken upper-level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. Attendance, school citizenship, extracurricular activities and scores on college-entrance exams also are considered in the selection process.
Xiao also has been named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, a group of students from across the country chosen for their superior achievements, leadership, personal character and involvement in community and school activities.
More than 3,900 students submitted essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and transcripts to be considered for the program.
Drew Gallamore from Platte County R-3 High School and Mari Rivas from Park Hill High School were elected officers to serve at the state level of SkillsUSA.
Rivas also placed first in team competition at the SkillsUSA State Competition in April along with Madeline Sherman from Oak Park High School and Cody Young from Park Hill High School.
The team of Ryan Barkalow and Sierra McCollum from Staley High School and John Hart from Liberty High School also placed first.
Individual first-place winners were Kayla Davis from Liberty High School, Ben Kubart from Park Hill South High School and Zach Sinnett from Park Hill High School.
The winners will advance to compete with other outstanding career, trade and technical students at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and SkillsUSA Conference in June in Kansas City.