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North Kansas City School District

▪ Musicians selected: High school students were selected by audition to perform with the Missouri All-State Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band.

From North Kansas City High School, all-state musicians chosen were Ryan Ganaban, Kyra Manlove and Julie Youngers; from Oak Park, Christopher Fusco, Brady O'Donnell and Gabrielle Stanley; and from Staley, Tony Kasper.

Students will perform at the 2015 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference on Jan. 31 at Lake Ozark.

Liberty School District

▪ Liberty North teacher honored: Brett Kisker was selected as a 2014 STEM Educator Innovator award winner.

He was selected by the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition, a program of the Missouri Education Chamber Foundation and Monsanto.

STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and math. He was selected for innovative teaching practices that inspire and engage students in such areas of study. He received $2,000 for his classroom.

▪ Elementary school administrators recognized: Andy Wright will receive a Missouri Distinguished Principal Award and Amy Toebben an award as a Distinguished Assistant Principal.

They were selected by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Statewide, 12 principals and 12 assistant principals were named recipients based on excellent leadership, quality education and professional growth.

Wright and Toebben will be honored at the association's conference in March.

Wright has served as principal at Franklin Elementary School since the 2006-2007 academic year. Toebben has been an assistant principal at Lillian Schumacher Elementary since the 2009-2010 school year.

Park Hill High School

▪ Administrator recognized: Deborah Miller is one of three finalists for the 2014 National Assistant Principal of the Year award.

She will receive a $1,500 grant to be used at Park Hill High School and will be honored at the National Association of Secondary School Principals conference in February. The national winner will be announced at the conference.

Earlier this year, Miller was selected Missouri Assistant Principal of the Year. She was chosen for collaborative leadership, involvement in curriculum, instruction and assessment and personalized education for students at the high school. Miller has been an assistant principal at Park Hill since 2002.

Liberty North High School

▪ Outstanding orators: Members of the varsity speech and debate team earned honors at the Truman High School tournament.

Winning first place were Conner Paulson in storytelling and Kendall Stockard in policy debate. Third-place winners were Summer Blankenship and Lauren VanNess in duo interpretation, Madison Nystrom in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Todd Rogers in policy debate.

The Liberty North team placed third among 46 schools competing.

Earlier the varsity team placed third in sweepstakes at the Park Hill South High School Tournament.

First-place individual honors were earned by Luce Apollon, first in Lincoln-Douglas debate and second in original oratory; and Dylan McCloskey and Taylor McCloskey in public form debate.

Placing third were Isaac Keller in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Todd Rogers and Cami Smith in policy debate.

At the North Kansas City High School tournament, the novice team placed second among 23 schools competing in sweepstakes.

First-place individual honors were won by Michael Chapman in dramatic interpretation and in poetry, Conner Paulson in storytelling and Elizabeth Potterf in U.S. extemporaneous speaking.

Conner Thompson placed second in foreign extemporaneous speaking. Finishing third were Tadeus Acha in humorous interpretation; Madisen Barrett and Riley Spaeth in public forum debate; Michael Gallup in Congress; and Paige Nicewaner in radio speaking.

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