Kearney School District
Administrator recognized: Bill Nicely, superintendent, was honored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators at the spring conference.
Nicely was recognized for being a nominee for the Robert L. Pearce Award, presented annually by the association for excellence in education and community leadership. He was nominated by members of the association’s Greater Kansas City District.
Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair
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Northland students excel: Clay and Platte county students won awards for outstanding projects in the 65th Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair this month at Union Station.
Students in fourth through 12th grades throughout Kansas City competed in the fair.
The most outstanding projects earned Academic Awards. In the Intermediate Division, first-place winners were Ava Henry and Sarah Sackett from Heritage Middle School and Brianna Chirpich and Crystal Comer from St. Patrick School; second-place winners were Jayden Le, Malachi Luna and Donte Price from Topping Elementry School and Ainsley Dillon from Heritage Middle School.
Earning first place Academic Awards in the Junior Division were Liberty Middle School students Abby Geier and Ashley Sudmann.
Senior Division first-place winners were Audra Hessenflow, Sydney Oberdiek, Kaitlin Larison and Leah Plummer, Megan Kottman and Nealie Niemeier, all from West Platte High School.
Science and technical organizations presented special awards for projects meeting their own criteria.
Special Award winners from Heritage Middle School were Ainsley Dillon, Ava Henry, Sarah Sackett and Ava Wolesky; from Liberty Middle School, Abby Geier, Ashley Sudmann, Ashley Sunderman and Emily Valentine; and from St. Patrick School, Diana Nguyen and Serena Pham; Brianna Chirpich and Crystal Comer.
West Platte High School students winning Special Awards were Taylor Binkley and Sadie Kleman, Clara Davies and Sydney Sweeden, Wyatt Kleman, Megan Kottman and Nealie Niemeier, Lea Moose, Sydney Oberdiek and Thomas Tharp.
West Platte School District
State winners: Three teams advance to international competition after placing in the Destination Imagination competition in Joplin.
Qualifying for the Global Finals of the creative problem-solving competition were West Platte High School students Devin Learue, Conner McNair, Jaime Portoles, Jack Summers and Jonah Vandel who placed first and Andy Cicha, Ciara Davies, Dylan Lock, Colby Regnier and Blake Schoon who placed second.
A team of elementary students also placed second and will advance to the international contest in May in Tennessee. Team members were Kristen Crockett, Addison Rinehart, Emma Roebling, Libby Vandel and Emily Van Natta.
More than 17,000 students from 45 states and some 15 countries will compete in the Global Finals.
Kansas State University
Undergraduate honor: Michael Cesena of Kansas City, North, was among undergraduate students whose research was featured in a poster symposium earlier this month on the campus in Manhattan.
Cesena participates in the Developing Scholars Program, which pairs students and their research projects with a faculty mentor. Students receive academic, social and financial support while they investigate an area of interest to them.
Cesena is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering.
Su Bacon, Special to The Star
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