Kearney High School
Academic accolades: Graduating senior Sam Oxandale is among 100 top students in the state chosen for the 2014 Missouri Scholars program.
Schools nominate students for the program based on a grade-point average of at least 3.75, high scores on college-entrance exams, excellent attendance, exemplary school citizenship and involvement in activities. They also must rank in the top 10 percent of their class and have completed upper-level courses in math, science, English and a foreign language.
Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.
Park Hill School District
National ranking: Fourth-graders in the Bridges gifted program won first place in the National Current Events League contest.
A fifth-grade team came in second. The contest requires students to answer questions in areas such as general news, arts and entertainment, science and health, business and finance and sports.
Fourth-graders on the top ranking team were Nathan Carrillo, Krishna Grandham, Sally Green, Nathan Hilzinger, Lucas Johnson, Hayden Klein, Megan Lee, Jana Liu, Mark Mason, Justin Stryker and Anna Verhoff.
Members of the fifth-grade team were Jordan Austin, Erik Bergstrom, Grant Bergstrom, Sam Brook, Caroline Connolly, Rory Fitzmorris, Alex Harms, Matthew Kruse, Holly Modlin, Annika Owens, Katelyn Parsons, Storm Reif and Mia Toigo.
Graduate degrees: Northland students were awarded master’s degrees during spring commencement ceremonies.
Earning master of business administration degrees were Ginger Bland of Kearney; Aaron Campbell, Hannah Easley and Jonathan Meriweather, all of Kansas City, North; Angela Smith of Gladstone; Brenda Snyder of Platte City; David Turner of Avondale; and Robert Williams of Parkville.
Master of education degrees were awarded to Dana Magee of Kansas City, North; Lori Mertz of Smithville; Heather Oldham of Liberty; and Kerry Purtle of Smithville.
Earning master of public affairs degrees were Joshua Lansdale of Platte City; David Pike and Allison Willmann, both of Kansas City, North. Brian Easley of Kansas City, North, and Sarah Totten of Parkville were awarded master of health care administration degrees and Brianna Hernandez of Kansas City, North, received a master of arts in communication and leadership.
| Compiled by Su Bacon
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