Harrisonville High School senior Nick McCleave was named the All School Outstanding Graduate at the Cass Career Center’s year-end awards ceremony. He studied agriculture there.
McCleave’s name will go on a plaque in the main hall of the Career Center. He also received the Joel Mathews Memorial Scholarship for $200, and the $1,500 CCC Achievement Scholarship, which is given and directed by an anonymous donor.
McCleave also won the $4,000 Jerry Tabb Memorial Scholarship.
Harrisonville seniors Kayla Stewart and Lacey Williams were runners-up. Each received a $500 CCC Achievement Scholarship.
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One student from each of the center’s sending schools was honored as Outstanding Sending School Senior.
Those recipients were Adrian senior Remington Pittman, health science; Archie senior Taylor Morton, health science; Belton senior Roman Stump, automotive tech; Cass Midway senior Austin Evins, construction tech; Harrisonville senior McCleave, agriculture; Lee’s Summit senior Andrew White, agriculture; Lone Jack senior Lillian Sherlock, fire science; Pleasant Hill senior Andrew Conway, EMT, and Raymore-Peculiar senior Destinee Shehan, criminal justice/CSI.
In addition, each program at Cass Career Center recognized an outstanding junior and senior.
Those recognized were Harrisonville senior McCleave and Harrisonville junior Michelle Mars, agriculture; Raymore-Peculiar senior Quentin Thompson and Belton junior Katherine Dameron, automotive tech; Belton senior Jenna Wyatt and Harrisonville junior Ariel Hosman, criminal justice/CSI; Midway senior Dawsen Zumwalt and Lone Jack junior Tyler West, construction tech; Adrian senior Courtney Jones and Belton junior Brittni Kilton, English IV; Pleasant Hill senior Andrew Conway and Raymore-Peculiar junior Katelynn Jungling, EMT; Lee’s Summit senior Spencer Reiff and junior Erin Wylie, fire science; Adrian senior Ashlee Burris, health sciences; Harrisonville senior Brooklyn Airrington and Harrisonville junior Madison Barnes, marketing; Harrisonville senior Logan Fordyce and Lee’s Summit junior Caleb McCommon, math IV; and Lone Jack senior Jacob Wilmoth and Raymore-Peculiar junior Cole Penn, welding.
A number of other scholarships and awards were given out at the April 30 ceremony.
Counselors’ group honors two from Sherwood High
During the 2018 Administrator Appreciation Breakfast last month, the Central Missouri School Counselors Association honored Tara Carter of Sherwood Cass High School, with her therapy dog Noble, as Secondary School Counselor of the Year.
Her principal, Bill Stackhouse, was recognized as Administrator of the Year.
Many Sherwood staffers wrote letters of recommendation, expressing how positive it is to work with both colleagues.
“No two people at our school are more devoted to the well-being of our student body,” one faculty member wrote. “The energy encompasses our entire staff and even our students. I’ve never worked in a better school district.”
Ray-Pec snags two state tech championships
Members of the Raymore-Peculiar Technology Student Association won two championships at the state TSA competition last month in Rolla.
The team of Bryanna Gordon, Trent Oberlander, Amanda Vega and Ryan Jones placed first in “on demand video.” In this category, a team of two to six students must write, shoot and edit a 60-second video on-site during the conference.
Cory Atteberry emerged victorious in computer-aided design engineering. Zach Kerfoot placed second in that category.
Others from Ray-Pec with second-place honors were Harrison Jones and Cameron Gillespie in computer integrated manufacturing; and Bryanna Gordon in digital video production.
Monthly honors at Career Center
Cass Career Center has named its Students of the Month for April and May.
The April honoree is Erika Portugal, who is enrolled in the adult practical nursing program. Staffers say she loves learning, and they describe her as persistent, positive and helpful to others.
For May, the center recognized Noah Mills, a Harrisonville High School student in the marketing program. He is described as respectful, responsible, reliable and someone who leads by quiet example.
The award is sponsored by the Cass County Elks Lodge #2791.
Pleasant Hill takes state prize for dramatic interpretation
For the first time, a student at Pleasant Hill High School has earned a state championship in a “main event” at the state speech, debate and theatre competition, the district said.
That milestone was reached by Mackenzie Beaman, who competed in dramatic interpretation.
Her victory marked the third time that Pleasant Hill has won a state championship of any kind in speech and debate.
Ray-Pec’s ‘The Diviners’ wins statewide prize
Drama students from Raymore-Peculiar High School have won the state championship for the one-act play “The Diviners.”
Ray-Pec students also won other awards at the state speech, debate and theatre tournament April 20-22 at Missouri State University in Springfield.
Second-place awards went to the Readers Theatre performance of “The Fundamentals of Caregiving” and to Ella Schnake in storytelling
Logan Daniels and Trevor Diepenbrock placed fourth in duet acting, and Tevin Chavez placed fourth in prose reading.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat