Lee's Summit Journal

Air Force Junior ROTC Raider squad proves tough

Supporters really did get behind members the nationally ranked Air Force Junior ROTC Raider Team from Blue Springs South High School. The school’s attendance area includes northern Lee’s Summit.
Supporters really did get behind members the nationally ranked Air Force Junior ROTC Raider Team from Blue Springs South High School. The school’s attendance area includes northern Lee’s Summit. Courtesy photo

Air Force JROTC Raider squad proves tough

The Air Force Junior ROTC Raider Team from Blue Springs South High School placed second overall while competing in the All-Service Raider Nationals earlier this month in Molena, Ga. The squad now ranks as top Air Force Junior ROTC Raider team in the country, the Blue Springs School District said.

Raider is a rigorous athletic competition held among Junior ROTC programs around the country. The best squads combine fitness with leadership skills and teamwork. Raider meets combine events such as a distance run, a physical fitness test, obstacle course challenges and a one-rope bridge construction and transport course.

The Blue Springs South team consists of Logan Cobb, Jacob Crum, Nick Herman, Thomas Hooten, Isaac Hummel, Perry Hunt, Jeramiah Jones, Hayden Kolster, Chris Langston, Isidro Tamayo, Isaac Todd and Connor Wood.

The instructors are retired Col. Stan Cole and retired Master Sgt. Ray Gonzales.

Summit Christian spelling champs

Eighth-grade student Olivia Truesdale took first place among 48 competitors in the annual spelling bee this fall at Summit Christian Academy.

Sixth-grader Abigail Shanahan placed second, and third place went to third-grade student Leo Butler.

Participants ranged in age from second to eighth grade. Fifteen other students also will advance to the Association of Christian Schools International district competition on Jan. 16 at Maranatha Christian Academy in Shawnee.

They are third-grade students Jasmine Stringfellow and Olivia Prough; fourth-graders Cooper McCarty, Bella Arroyo and Kai Kim; fifth-grade students Ava Castleberry, London Stucker and Karleigh Miller; sixth-graders students Lucie Epema and Michael Ward; seventh-graders Anna Hammond, Sarah Woodall and Adrian Haack; and eighth-grade students Katie Coats and Navi McFarland.

Teens do right by social service agency

Students from all three Lee’s Summit public high schools have collected more than 8,700 pounds of canned food, boxed goods and other supplies for Lee’s Summit Social Services.

Participating in the effort were Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North and Lee’s Summit West high schools.

“We are in such a critical time of year for what our agency provides to those in need in our communities,” said Matt Sanning, executive director of Lee’s Summit Social Services. “This amount of food — collected by these incredibly giving teens — is a massive boost for us as we head into the holiday season.”

The agency serves Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lone Jack. Again this year, it will operate a Christmas Store for families in need. In addition, businesses can sponsor an “Angel Tree” with ornaments representing wish lists for local families. For more information or to sponsor a tree, call 816-525-4357 or visit lssocialservices.com.

‘Footloose’ at Lee’s Summit High

With the opening weekend behind them, theater students at Lee’s Summit High School will present three more performances of “Footloose” this weekend. The musical is based on the popular movie about a Chicago dancer’s relocation to a small town where dancing is a crime.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at the school, 400 S.E. Blue Parkway.

Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Buy them online at lshstheatre.com, or contact 816-986-2059 or tickets@lshstheatre.com for more information or group reservations.

A global focus at SCA

During International Education Week recently, 23 foreign students shared information about their countries and cultures with fellow students at Summit Christian Academy.

SCA’s international students hail from China, South Korea, Brazil, France, Russia and Peru.

As part of the observance, students of all ages experienced games and cuisine from around the world.

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