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Blue Star Awards Musicals win:

Northland drama and music students have received recognition from Starlight Theatre.

Competing for awards in achievement and excellence in musical theater productions and performances were 116 students from 43 Kansas City area high schools.

Winners were Liberty High School for scenic design and construction in “A Christmas Carol,” Park Hill High School for lighting design in “Sweeney Todd,” Kearney High School for costume design in “Wonderful Town” and Winnetonka High School for hair and makeup design and for technical crew in “Hairspray.”

Individual students were nominated for Blue Star Awards: from Kearney, Olivia Gallo; from Platte County R-3 High School, Sarah Regan; from Park Hill, Sydney Benton, Payton Dishman, Daniel Lewis and Jalen Redmond; and from Winnetonka, Justin Olive and Yuki Sakata.

Park Hill School District Administrators recognized:

The Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association honored Lezlee Ivy, principal at Plaza Middle School, as Middle School Principal of the Year.

The association recognized Deborah Miller of Park Hill High School as Assistant Principal of the Year.

Liberty School District Top honors:

High school students in industrial technology and Project Lead the Way Classes won championships in state industrial technology competition.

From Liberty High School, the state champions were Lucas Carrell in woodworking-open division, Michael Coday in architectural drafting, R.E. Girvin in woodworking and Gavin Stark in mechanical drafting; and from Liberty North, Alex Lapp in West Point Bridge Designer Competition.

St. Charles School Run/walk fundraiser:

St. Charles Borromeo Parish will sponsor a 5K run and 1-mile walk on Saturday, Sept. 7, to raise money for its school renovation project. The St. Charles Chargers’ Challenge starts at 7:30 am at the school, 804 N.E .Shady Lane Drive, Kansas City.

Proceeds from the inaugural run are earmarked for improvements to the 61-year-old Northland Catholic School. The estimated $915,000 renovation includes new windows, stucco façade, and electrical upgrades needed for a new air conditioner and heating system.

“St. Charles is the oldest Catholic School continuously operating in Clay and Platte counties and we want to ensure our longstanding tradition of excellence in Catholic education continues for future generations of Northland residents,” said Joseph Totton, pastor of St. Charles Parish.

Registration is $25 for runners and $20 for walkers and includes a pancake breakfast after the race. Family and friends can buy tickets to the breakfast for $7. Participants who register by Aug. 27 will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the benefit run. Registration for the run, which winds through mature, tree-lined neighborhoods of Gladstone, is available online at