Cass County Democrat Missourian

Belton children get to meet ‘Johnny Appleseed’

The Harrisonville High School drumline left Drummit at the Summit with a first-place trophy.
The Harrisonville High School drumline left Drummit at the Summit with a first-place trophy. Courtesy photo

Meet Johnny Appleseed

Adopting the persona of Johnny Appleseed, Wes Helton visited Kentucky Trail Elementary School in Belton to share some history with kindergarten and first-grade students. Helton, a Kentucky Trail parent, is on the school’s character education team and received a Pirate Pride Community Award in the 2017-18 academic year.

HHS chooses Students of the Month

Seniors Lauren Lasure and Kayson Roe are the Students of the Month for September at Harrisonville High School. They were chosen by the faculty for their character, citizenship and academics.

Lasure is the daughter of Leland and Karen Lasure. Her school activities include Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Outside school, she is involved with her youth group and Campaigners. She also worked at the Harrisonville Community Center day camp. She enjoys reading, cooking and volunteering.

After graduation, Lasure plans to take advantage of her A+ grant by attending MCC-Longview, then transfer to the University of Central Missouri to study elementary education.

Roe, who aspires to earn a medical degree, plays football and served on the football leadership council for a year. He also spent a year on the Student Council.

His hobbies include football, lifting weights, reading, video games and spending time with his family and his two dogs.

He is the son of Andy and Sherry Roe.

Tops in percussion

Two Cass County high schools earned first-place honors at the eighth annual “Drummit at the Summit” Marching Percussion Competition.

Harrisonville High School’s Royal Regiment drumline took first place in the Gold division, while the Raymore-Peculiar High School drumline finished first tin the White division.

Ray-Pec finished ahead of Liberty and Lee’s Summit North high schools, which finished second and third respectively. In its division, Harrisonville was followed by Raytown South and Smith-Cotton (Sedalia) high schools.

The competition took place Sept. 15 at Lee’s Summit High School.

Sherwood homecoming

Tucker Gudenkauf and Hope Garrett are this year’s homecoming king and queen at Sherwood High School in Creighton.

The prince and princess are Tyler Burgin and Hallie Kanzler.

Not your father’s career day

Adults representing a variety of professions spoke about more than career paths this month during “motivation panels” attended by English 3 and English 4 classes at Raymore-Peculiar High School.

The adults also discussed the importance of “soft-skills” in the workplace, focusing on the five skills taught in English 3 and English 4:

▪ Collaboration and communication with others.

▪ Innovative (outside of the box) thinking.

▪ Creating and adapting to change.

▪ Decision-making skills.

▪ Presentations to audiences.

The exercise took place on Sept. 11, and students decided which panel to attend. Before they graduate, English 4 students must complete a Senior DRIVE project — working with a community mentor and dedicating at least 25 hours outside of school to the project.