The Pleasant Hill School District has named its 2018 Educator of the Year: Tammy Vogler, counselor at Pleasant Hill High School. She was commended for her dedication and drive to complete each job to the best of her ability. “She is sought out by students and staff for advice, guidance and comfort,” the district said. “She seeks no praise or thanks for her work. There is no one who gives more of themselves or is more passionate.”
Vogler was chosen from among Excellence in Education Award winners from each district school. Others receiving the award were Ashley Gebhardt, special services teacher at the primary school; Carey Armstrong, fourth-grade co-teacher at the elementary school; Jane Bermel, who is retiring this year as counselor at the intermediate school, and Cindy McManis, art teacher at the middle school.
Also recognized at a year-end event were two classified employees who received the ABC award: Wayne Wolff, elementary school custodian, and Darlene Eslick, district general ledger bookkeeper.
HHS grads earn academic awards
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Graduating seniors were honored on the final day of class at an assembly organized by Harrisonville High School and the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.
Among the recognitions:
▪ The foundation’s Excellence in Academics program honors students who complete each year in the top 15 percent of their class. Earning the award in all four years of high school were Victoria Bratcher, Kyleigh Brown, Lanie Carl, Karsen Cesonis, Bethany Cox, Jack Dahn, Hannah Gibbs, Mallory Kimbell, Chrysalin Martin, Drake Mathews, Nick McCleave, Anna Saffels, Mason Scrivener, Kayla Stewart, Kaylee Tieman, Audrey Welhoff, Seth Wiebusch and Ryan Wilson.
Each received a $500 scholarship from the foundation.
▪ Students scoring a 30 or better on the ACT college entrance exam are inducted into the school’s ACT Wall of Fame. Achieving that milestone were Lanie Carl, Jack Charlton, Jack Dahn, Hannah Gibbs, Chrysalin Martin, Mason Scrivener and Audrey Welhoff.
▪ Each department at the high school names one senior as its outstanding student. This year’s honorees were Nick Laughlin in social studies, Makayla Strong in band, Troy Litle in speech, Cody Jones in drama, Caelen Johnson in art, Hannah Wilson in journalism, Karsen Cesonis in science, Ryan Wilson in math, Ashley Costner in communication arts, Hannah Bartlett in vocal music, Bethany Cox in French, Hannah Gibbs in Spanish, Nick McCleave in business, Gabriella Wheeler in technology, and in robotics: Jack Dahn, Hailey Mahoney, Gabriella Wheeler and Ryan Wilson.
▪ Three students were honored for perfect attendance in high school, but came to school every day long before that. Chase Laizure has had perfect attendance since fifth grade, Rachel McNeese since sixth grade and Shay Smith since seventh grade.
Kentucky Trail is National School of Character
Kentucky Trail Elementary School in Belton is one of 73 schools nationwide to be recognized as a 2018 National School of Character.
The designation came from Character.org, the nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world. Five school districts also were honored.
The award is given to schools that focus heavily on character development with a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and the community.
Kentucky Trail also is among four Belton schools to receive national Promising Practice awards from Character.org for a “specific, unique and effective character education strategy or program.” It was recognized for providing families with information and evening activities to support character education. During these evenings, parents can learn the proactive structures used with students at school.
These schools also received Promising Practice awards:
▪ Belton High School, for a program developed by the football coaching staff. It involves home visits to introduce student-athletes to the school’s character-based football program.
▪ Belton Middle School/Freshman Center, for two efforts. One calls on student-athletes to select an opposing player who has shown high character during games and and present a character medal to that person. In the other program, teachers and administrators visit the home of Character Students of the Month. placing a sign in the yard and celebrating with the students and their families.
▪ Cambridge Elementary School, for “Bunches of Character,” which fosters a caring climate by pairing older students with younger children and having them join staff members for activities and conversation.
Ray-Pec students recognized for academics
At an Excellence in Education banquet this spring, the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club honored 26 seniors, 15 juniors and 10 sophomores at Ray-Pec High School who are at the top of their class in academic achievement.
▪ Seniors: Shane Bruflat, Amy Cambridge, Mohson Choudhry, Logan Daniels, Trevor Diepenbrock, Joshua Figge, Aaron Fuller, Miles Goodwin, Amber Heath, Molly Johnson, Jillian Killpack, Cassie Kruse, Zane Lady, Shelby Martinez, Jordan Mayberry, Wesley McCullough, Jacob Meinershagen, Noah Novak, Sarah Poisner, Antonia Santamaria, Devin Schwindt, Morgan Sharp, Jacob Sibert, Hayden Smith, Chely Stratton and Tiffany Wylde.
▪ Juniors: Gracie Allan, Alicia Atkinson, Sydney Bearden, Becca Bessette, Bailey Crabtree, Olivia Grieve, Jessica Kies, Kamryn Martin, Kathryn McCauley, Morgan McIntosh, Cecelia Moss, Trent Oberlander, Megan Strauss, Jordan Wright and Tammy Yang.
▪ Sophomores: Dalton Apel, Alec Heriford, Taylor Hermsmeier, Philip Nelson, Ella Schnake, Jay Schroeder, Zoe Shriner, Tyler Swift, Bailey Trauman and Larissa Wratney.
History expedition for Harrisonville Christian
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft recently welcomed students from Harrisonville Christian School to Archives Alive, an educational program offered by the state archives in Jefferson City that takes students on a journey through Missouri history during a 45-minute performance.
“Our state has a rich history, with many famous Missourians who helped make it what it is today,” Ashcroft said. “Archives Alive gives students the opportunity to learn that history in a way that is engaging and entertaining.”
Topics include Missouri’s first settlers in the 1800s, the Civil War, Mark Twain, Thomas Hart Benton, Jesse James, Virginia Minor, Laura Ingalls Wilder, George Washington Carver and Harry Truman.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to the Democrat