Cass County Democrat Missourian

Three Cass students recognized on Veterans Day

Belton High School Scholar Bowl team members include (from left) Sherry Kelley, Tara Hartenbower, Ashleigh Waggoner, Brendan Thompson, Mitchel Wells, Coach James Carter, Taylor Emond, Megan Myers, Raymond Maynard and James McBrayer.
Belton High School Scholar Bowl team members include (from left) Sherry Kelley, Tara Hartenbower, Ashleigh Waggoner, Brendan Thompson, Mitchel Wells, Coach James Carter, Taylor Emond, Megan Myers, Raymond Maynard and James McBrayer.

Future veterans recognized at ceremony

Sherwood High School Principal Bryan Himes added a new element to the school's annual Veterans Day Ceremony: recognizing the three students who already have enlisted in the military.

Tristan Hutchison completed the Army's basic training last summer and will go to Advanced Individual Training in the summer of 2019. Matthew Thorup, who wants to repair Blackhawk helicopters, has enlisted in the Army and will complete basic training next summer. Kyler Roberts plans to be a nuclear engineer for the Navy and will complete basic training next summer.

Hutchison told classmates that he was inspired to serve by a man named Leonard, who was drafted into the military decades ago. Although it wasn't his choice and he never saw combat, Leonard was ready to do what his country needed. Leonard's last battle, against cancer, was one he didn't win.

Leonard was Hutchison's grandfather, and the grandson completed his basic training exactly 50 years ago after Leonard did. Hutchison said he will serve to keep his grandfather's memory alive.

Harrisonville posts community survey

The Harrisonville School District has been holding meetings with patrons in recent weeks and now has posted a survey to obtain more community feedback as it plans for the future. The survey will be open through Nov. 28. Among other things, it asks respondents to identify the district's biggest strength, the area it most needs to work on, the main obstacle preventing all students from succeeding and the one thing the district can do to positively affect student achievement.

Go to https://goo.gl/forms/wwhwmZ1DnOKAxHin1 to take the survey.

Belton finishes second at Scholar Bowl

As its new season got underway, the Belton High School Scholar Bowl team finished second on Nov. 10 at the William Chrisman Tournament, losing only to the eventual champions from North Kansas City.

Sophomore Captain Mitchel Wells was named to the All-Tournament Team, averaging 60 points per game.

Students of the Month at Ray-Pec High

Two civic groups have selected four Students of the Month for November at Raymore-Peculiar High School.

The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club chose Ethan Holman and Crystyn Campbell, while the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club selected Zachary Paszkiewicz and Riley Linn.

Drexel kids honored for gratitude

Drexel Elementary School has recognized two students for demonstrating gratitude, the character trait being emphasized in November.

The honorees are Kevin Hall for kindergarten through third grade and John Hrabovsky for grades four through six.

Soccer shootout champ

Harrisonville sixth-grader Katelyn Miller was the statewide winner at the recent Knights of Columbus Soccer Shootout in Jefferson City.

She qualified in the girls, age 11 group by winning the local event in Harrisonville, the district event at Pleasant Hill and the regional competition in Lee's Summit

The national winner will be determined by points earned in all competitions.

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