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Grade-school students played tug-of-war during a fundraising walk-a-thon. Students from Paxton, Rising Star and Siegrist elementary schools participated in the fundraiser.
Grade-school students played tug-of-war during a fundraising walk-a-thon. Students from Paxton, Rising Star and Siegrist elementary schools participated in the fundraiser. Submitted photo

Platte County R-3 School District

Walkers raise funds: Students from Paxton, Rising Star and Siegrist elementary schools participated in a walk-a-thon to benefit the schools and the American Cancer Society.

More than 1,300 students participated in the Platte City Schools Parent/Teacher Association’s annual fundraiser. Students walked around the track at the high school and stopped along the way at hula hoop, soccer, tug-of-war and photo stations.

The walk-a-thon raised more than $1,100 for the cancer society.

Park Hill School District

Academic accolades: Grant Pace, a senior at Park Hill South High School, earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT this year.

More than 1.8 million students nationwide took the test and 1,407 earned a perfect composite score.

Pace also was recently named a 2016 National Merit semifinalist. Other semifinalists from Park Hill South are Grace Heinerikson, Ellie Holder, Mohammed Jaffri, Keegan Justis and Shaelyn Kessler.

From Park Hill High School, Jacob Cogley is another semifinalist. These students are eligible now to compete for National Merit Scholarships.

Also from Park Hill High School, Ian McBride and Christopher Winkie were recognized for exceptional promise as National Merit Commended Scholars. Commended students are among the highest scorers on the the qualifying tests in the fall of their junior year.

North Kansas City School District

Singers selected: Students were chosen by audition for the KC Metro District Choir 2015-2016. They can now try out for the Missouri All-State Choir.

From North Kansas City High School, choir members are Natalea Bonjour, Vinh Em, Joshua Kelley and Isaac Lee; from Oak Park, Sarah Collingsworth, Steven Horn and James Swofford; and from Winnetonka, Hersan Coello.

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