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Ray-Pec High sets All-State Choir record

Representing Raymore-Peculiar in the All-State Choir are (front row, from left) Kylie Hansen, Katie Clewell, Tayler B. Bates and Becca Bessette; and (back row) Chloe Coons, Matthew Stewart, Sam Reicher and Gabby Sharp.
Representing Raymore-Peculiar in the All-State Choir are (front row, from left) Kylie Hansen, Katie Clewell, Tayler B. Bates and Becca Bessette; and (back row) Chloe Coons, Matthew Stewart, Sam Reicher and Gabby Sharp. Courtesy photo

Ray-Pec sets All-State Choir record

Raymore-Peculiar High School has set a record for the number of students selected for the All-State Choir — the highest honor that a high school singer can receive in Missouri.

Eight students, including three alternates, were selected after mid-October auditions during the West Central All-District Honor Choir gathering in Oak Grove. Raymore-Peculiar singers represent one-third of the all-state spots available for the district.

The previous school record was set in 1998 when six Ray-Pec students were selected for the All-State Choir.

Representing Ray-Pec this year are sopranos Becca Bessette and Kylie Hansen; soprano alternates Chloe Coons and Tayler B. Bates; alto Katie Clewell, tenor Gabby Sharp, tenor alternate Samuel Reicher and bass Matthew Stewart.

Their teacher is Stephen Rew.

Call it a block party

The Harrisonville Parents As Teachers program hosted “Blockfest” on Oct. 23, with 11 stations and many different kinds of blocks for young children and their parents.

“Blocks are a great way to build creativity, language, social-emotional and problem solving skills,” said Parents as Teachers educator Amanda Davis.

Parents as Teachers is open to all Harrisonville district families with children under school age. The program hosts a play group from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday when school is session. For more information, visit the Harrisonville Parents As Teachers Facebook page or call 816-380-4421, extension 2804.

Belton grad makes college color guard as freshman

Michaela Miller-Stout, a member of Belton High School’s class of 2018 graduate of Belton High School, is the school’s first color guard graduate to advance to the college level, according to records kept by Belton Color Guard Director Matt Uppman.

The freshman is a member of the Golden Griffin Color Guard at Missouri Western University, where she is majoring in theater/cinema.

Staffers eat well as students practice

Guided by teacher Christina Hocker, eight students in The Panther’s Den culinary class served their first lunch pop-up last month for employees at Raymore-Peculiar High School.

On the menu were chili, cornbread and salad.

The culinary kitchen is next the library media center.

Faith in action benefits Timber Creek

Timber Creek Elementary School has a friend in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Members of the Raymore church have donated school supplies, clothing, shoes and headphones for students — and have “adopted” some for the holidays.

The congregation also has provided popsicles for field day, paid off overdue student lunch accounts and provided people to mentor and read with students.

At its meeting on Oct. 18, the Raymore-Peculiar school board recognized St. Paul’s for its generosity.

Top FFA trapshooter

Ethan Inman, a junior at Harrisonville High School, was the highest scoring among 96 students competing in the Area FFA Trapshooting League over five weeks this fall.

He shot a 215 out of 250 to win the individual award.

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