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National Merit Scholarships, and other school notes

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Recipients selected:

Two Northland high school students have been named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners.

They are Emerson E. Lee from Park Hill South High School and Clayton Del Pico from Smithville High School.

Recipients are selected from among state finalists for their combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college.

Students from the Liberty High School and Pembroke Hill School have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. The awards are financed by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations, and they are the first National Merit scholarships to be announced.

Paul T. Spring of Liberty High received the National Merit Emerson Electric Co. Scholarship. Tyler P. Spinks of Pembroke Hill received the National Merit Bayer Scholarship.

Park University

Campus leaders:

Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards were among honors acknowledged at a banquet on the campus in Parkville.

Northland leadership award winners were Smithville sophomore Tiffany Goodier; and from Kansas City, North, senior Adam Hix, graduate student Kelvin Igumbor, junior James Jarrard, senior Myles Ortiz, senior Arthur Vollbrecht and senior Minnie Washington.

The awards are named for Howell, a 1944 Park graduate and an international leader in pediatrics and hospice care.

Park Hill School District

Artists acclaimed:

Superintendent Scott Springston selected art for the district’s 52nd annual Art Festival.

More than 2,500 original works were entered.

Those chosen for the Superintendent’s Awards were Grace Atwood, a third-grader at Tiffany Ridge; Morgen Agesen, a sophomore at Park Hill High School; Morgan Akey, a junior at Park Hill South; Maddox Bane, a fourth-grader at Chinn; Grace Dantzscher, a sixth-grader at Plaza Middle School; Alyssa Frazier, a junior at Park Hill South; AnnaBelle Gorombey, a second-grader at Hawthorn; Avery Guthrie, a fourth-grader at Graden; Anneliese Herlyn, a fifth-grader at Renner; Kylie Hoffman, a senior at Park Hill South; Madelyn Morrow, a first-grader at Union Chapel; Meghan Muller, a fourth-grader at Prairie Point; Judiann McMahon, an eighth-grader at Congress Middle School; Erica Mast, a junior at Park Hill; Grant Pace, a sophomore at Park Hill South; Cadence Sackuvich, a fourth-grader at Line Creek; Valeria Sanchez, a fifth-grader at English Landing; Cole Smith, a junior at Park Hill; Faith Schupman, a sophomore at Park Hill South; Alyda VanAsselt, a third-grader at Southeast; and Rowan Wilson, an eighth-grader at Lakeview Middle School.

Their artwork is displayed in the district office.

Three seniors from Park Hill South received top honors for their portfolios: Shannon Brouk, first place; Raven Jennings, second; and Madeline Keller, third.

Liberty North High School

Historians excel:

Michaela Scarrow will advance to national competition after placing second in the historical documentary category at state history day competition.

Michaela’s research project was titled “Mental Disabilities: From Cursed Beings to Equal Citizens.” She will compete in June at the Kenneth E. Bering National History Day Competition.

Also participating in the state contest were Kaylee Chase and Molly Hedrick, who submitted entries in the historical research paper category.

Park University

Journalists win:

Northland students won awards for their work on the student newspaper, The Stylus, at the annual Missouri College Media Association conference.

Winning second place were Andi Enns from Parkville in investigative writing and Jasur Rakhimov from Kansas City, North, in sports illustration photo.

Zach Olmstead, a graduate of Kearney High School, placed third in entertainment review. Stuart Brewer from Parkville placed third and won honorable mention for sports column.

Karen Eckman from Parkville received honorable mention for news writing.

The newspaper won the Sweepstakes and Best Newspaper awards.

North Kansas City School District

Outstanding orators:

Dominic Hernandez, a senior at Oak Park High School, won second place in state competition.

He placed in humorous interpretation at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Tournament in Speech and Debate.

Also competing were Dalton Anderson, a senior at Staley High School; Caleb DeWitt, a freshman at North Kansas City High School; and Lauren Mills, a junior at Oak Park.