Summit Christian Academy senior Rachel Moore is one of six Missouri students who reached the Gold Medal Level for the Congressional Award, a program to “recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people.”
The award requires students to complete tasks in four different areas. Moore, who began the effort four years ago, has completed more 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development, and 200 hours of physical fitness. She also organized a four-night and five-day expedition to Texas designed to foster resourcefulness, flexibility and teamwork.
She’s been a volunteer with Reach Out and Read Kansas City, a program that focuses on early childhood literacy.
Moore and her family will travel to Washington D.C. in June for a national awards ceremony. A state ceremony is scheduled for July.
“I would highly recommend this program to teens interested in serving others, gaining skills and learning about themselves,” Moore said in a news release. “Through this program, I have deepened my commitment to living out my values and persisting to achieve a big goal.”
After graduation, Moore plans to study mechanical engineering and pursue a career in that field.
High school singing contest auditions coming
Calling all teenagers who like to sing: It’s time to register to audition for the ninth annual KC SuperStar competition, which aims to identify the best high school singer in the Kansas City area.
The grand prize is a $10,000 scholarship. Scholarships of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 also will be awarded for second through fourth places.
Auditions will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 4 as well as from 5 to 7 p.m. March 7 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th St. in Overland Park. The center, known as The J, produces KC SuperStar.
Vocalists should prepare to sing one song of their choice, without accompaniment. Individuals from all backgrounds, representing all musical genres and Kansas City area neighborhoods, are encouraged to try out.
Singers need attend only one audition.
To register, visit kcsuperstar.org or facebook.com/KCSuperStar to submit a registration form. Up to 25 performers will be chosen to compete in the June 4 semifinals with the final event scheduled for Aug. 26.
SCA crowns Courtwarming royalty
Summit Christian Academy’s Courtwarming king and queen were crowned Feb. 16 at halftime of the basketball game against Butler High School.
The winners were announced during Friday’s basketball game against Butler.
Another milestone for Highland Park
Highland Park Elementary School has earned Lighthouse School of Academic Distinction status from Franklin Covey Education for the school’s Leader In Me program.
All grade levels at Highland Park have been involved with Leader In Me since 2013. The school earned Lighthouse School status in the spring of 2017, and the newest designation augments that.
The Academic Distinction status recognizes Leader In Me schools that have met rigorous requirements and shown exemplary academic growth or proficiency according to state accountability standards. Highland Park’s ranked in the 90th percentile in Missouri.
Other R-7 schools participating in Leader In Me are Pleasant Lea and Prairie View elementary schools.
Public invited to R-7 Town Hall session
The Lee’s Summit School District is cooperating with Link 2 Lee’s Summit to present a Town Hall meeting on Feb. 26. The conversation will focus on several topics, including the district’s instructional programs and school district facilities as well as goals and plans for the future.
The session will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Missouri Innovation Campus, 1101 N.W. Innovation Parkway. It’s open to the public.
“Meaningful involvement of our families and community members is the foundation of our school district’s success,” Superintendent Dennis L. Carpenter said in a release, “and this Town Hall offers our stakeholders another opportunity to hear directly from the school district and to participate in this two-way conversation.”
Carpenter will be among the R-7 officials speaking at the event.
Link 2 Lee’s Summit is a local podcast and online news service. Residents can submit questions through Facebook (facebook.com/link2leessummit), Twitter (@lstownhall) or email (email@example.com). Attendees also can submit questions during the event.
SCA debate results
The Junior High Debate Team at Summit Christian Academy recently took second place in the small-school sweepstakes at the Paul Kinder Tournament in Blue Springs.
Among the individual winners: Spencer Dickey and Zach Chinnery placed second in Experienced Debate, Kandace Gill and Kaitlyn Gregg took third in Experienced Debate, and Nate Bartlett and Will Osborne took second in Novice Debate. All are in the eighth grade.
The High School Debate Team recently competed at the Winnetonka High School tournament, where sophomore Kennedy Cooper went to the semifinals in Informative Speaking. Freshman Ryan Wagy placed seventh among 48 competitors in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and sophomores Bryce Ferguson and Austin Wilson took fourth place among 49 teams in Public Forum Debate.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to the Journal