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Oak Park senior wins thespian scholarship, and other school notes

Oak Park High School

Scholarship winner:

Mariah Studebaker, a senior, was awarded a Missouri Thespian Performance Scholarship for $1,000.

She competed at the 2014 Missouri State Thespian Conference and was recognized for her outstanding performance.

Liberty North High School

Outstanding orators:

The speech and debate team won the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conferene championship.

The first team all-conference event champions were Emma Allman and Lauren VanNess in duo interpretation; Kelsey Barnes in Lincoln Douglas debate and in prose; Quinn Mars/Raj Patel in public forum debate; Raj Patel in foreign extemporaneous and in original oratory; Jessica Pittman in U.S. extemporaneous; Melissa Pittman and Jessica Pittman in policy debate; and Lauren VanNess in storytelling.

The first team all conference winners were Emma Allman, humorous interpretation; Luce Apollon, Lincoln Douglas debate; Katherine Herrick, dramatic interpretation; Chandler Hiatt, student congress; Alex Klein, Lincoln Douglas debate; Quinn Mars, U.S. extemporaneous; Melissa Pittman, original oratory; and Derek Rogers and Kendall Stockard in policy debate.

The second team all conference were Luce Apollon, prose; Courtney Carr, storytelling; Caitlyn Fuller, dramatic interpretation and humorous interpretation; Dylan McCloskey, student Congress; Dylan McCloskey and Taylor McCloskey, public forum debate; Sydney Nardini and Justen Willhite, duo interpretation; Kendall Stockard, foreign extemporaneous; Jake West and Sarah Venier, policy debate; and Justen Willhite, poetry.

National Center for Women and Information Technology

Computing awards:

Northland students were among 16 Missouri and Kansas female high school students recognized for computing achievements and interests.

In an awards ceremony at Cerner Corp., Kayla Purvis, a junior from Platte County R-3 High School, was honored along with Liberty High School students Sarah Hartley, a junior, Isabelle Matthys, a junior, and Sydney Scholes, a freshman.

Award recipients were selected based on their aspirations to strengthen the technology workforce, cultivate innovation and increase participation of women in information technology.

Staley High School

Winning artwork:

Nina Bui, a senior, won first place in the Sixth District Congressional Art Contest.

Bailey Becvar, a senior, earned second place and an honorable mention in the contest.

More than 50 entries from high schools in the district were submitted. Bui's work will be exhibted in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

Both students were presented awards at an art reception on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Park Hill School District

Broadcast journalists:

The Student Television Network chose two Park Hill students to be presenters at the national conference in March.

From Park Hill High School, Jordan Elder, a sophomore, will introduce the keynote speaker. From Park Hill South, Shaefer Schuetz, a junior, will present at the closing ceremonies.

Winning writers:

Mikala Petillo and Candice McCoy received 2014 Missouri Regional Scholastic Writing Awards.

Petillo earned the Gold Key award for a personal essay and will advance to national competition. McCoy was awarded an honorable mention. They will be recognized at the Language Arts Write to Learn conference on Feb. 28.

Their work was selected from 700 submissions statewide.

Spellers excel:

Peyton Wiewel, a sixth-grader at Plaza Middle School, won the Platte County Spelling Bee championship earlier this month.

Ashley Gilland, an eighth-grader at Congress Middle School, placed second. She and Peyton will advance to the Northwest Regional Spelling Bee in St. Joseph in March.

Quinn Bieberly, a Plaza sixth-grader, earned fourth place and will serve as an alternate. Competing in the bee were 42 students from four school districts.