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Harrisonville High faculty selects Students of the Month for April

Kurt Poisal and Bethany Cox are April honorees at Harrisonville High School.
Kurt Poisal and Bethany Cox are April honorees at Harrisonville High School. Photo provided

Faculty members at Harrisonville High School have chosen seniors Bethany Cox and Kurt Poisal as the Students of the Month for April. They were selected for their character, citizenship and academics.

Cox is the daughter of Damon and Dawn Cox. She is a member the leadership team for the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and also is involved in softball, track and National Honor Society.

Outside school, Cox is a leader for the Heart of Life youth group. She plans to pursue a degree in intercultural studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Poisal, the son of Cindy Tomasic and Bob Poisal, was captain of the Harrisonville High basketball team and also is involved in football, FFA and Future Business Leaders of America.

His hobbies include fishing and working on his family farm. Poisal plans to use his A+ benefit for two years at MCC-Longview then major in accounting at the University of Central Missouri.

Three from Belton headed to Missouri Scholars Academy

Belton High School sophomores Kaleb Parks, Brendan Thompson and Ashleigh Waggoner have been chosen to attend this summer’s Missouri Scholars Academy, a three-week academic program at the University of Missouri for gifted students going into their junior year.

The curriculum focuses on the liberal arts and stimulating extracurricular activities. The academy allows students to learn with peers from around the state.

Ray-Pec teams up with Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and Ray-Pec School District have established a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, which fosters friendships between adults and children facing adversity.

To learn how a student may participate as a Little Brother or Little Sister, visit or contact the student’s school counselor.

Anyone interested in being a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple may visit the website or contact Jodie Huston, executive director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation, at

Harrisonville names award finalists

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation, along with the Harrisonville School District, has named finalists for the two prestigious awards given at the end of every school year.

Finalists for the Educator of the Year include Brian Bliss, Harrisonville High School communication arts; Lisa Hern, Harrisonville Elementary School music, and Justin Sharp, Harrisonville High School math.

Finalists for the Support Staff Employee of the Year include Cheryl Bearden, McEowen Elementary School principal’s secretary; Jennifer Beavers, district social worker; Kathy Eckert, Harrisonville High School accompanist; and Robin Kroenke, long-term substitute at the Harrisonville Early Childhood Center.

The winners will be announced during the district’s End-of-the-Year Celebration at 11 a.m. on May 25 in the Harrisonville High School Performing Arts Center. The community is invited.

Students make films in French and Spanish

Harrisonville High School foreign language students brought home awards earlier this month from the University of Central Missouri Foreign Language Film Festival.

A film created by French students, “Dans la Tête d’un Tueur,” which translates to “In the Mind of a Murderer,” was honored for Best Use of Language. Amber Street, Thomas Rushly and Briseida Chavez were involved in making it.

Additionally, “Amigos y Enemigos,” or “Friends and Enemies,” created by students in the Spanish V class, earned Best Comedy, Advanced. Those who worked on it included Kelsi Knoche, Brennan Travis, Nick Laughlin, Mallory Kimbell and Hannah Gibbs.

Ray-Pec book drive

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation is collecting new or gently used books suitable for children and young adults through May 4.

Drop books in the Ray-Pec Cares barrels at the Shull Early Education Center, any K-5 or middle school building, at the Raymore Chamber of Commerce, or the Ray-Pec administration building.

Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat