Students perform at The Groves

Several students from across Eastern Jackson County performed holiday music for residents at the Groves retirement community on December 14. Among the students were Persephone Phillips of Sugar Creek, Elizabeth Ralston and Sharon Kramschuster of Lee’s Summit, Morgan and Madison Moretina, Katie Schaefer, Dakota Godfrey, Daniel Orozco, Tammy Sanders, Gabriella and Felix Gonzalez, all of Independence. The performers’ ages ranged from 7 to 16 and all study music under the instruction of Grace Kohan at her home studio.


Local students in Park societies

Park University students from the Eastern Jackson County area were newly inducted as National Society of Leadership and Success members at the university on December 8. The 34 students with an exemplary academic record were invited to join NSLS and among the area students were Sheena Burton of Independence, Samantha Danielson of Blue Springs and James Vreeland of Independence.

The Pi Upsilion Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at Park University has announced its newest inductees. The society recognizes adult learners who have excelled in their undergraduate degree programs. Nicholas Ryan Norton of Blue Springs, Stephenie Rachelle Eaton, Rhonda Wynne Statham, Jeanine Varady, all of Independence, and Taylor L. Whipple of Lee’s Summit were among the local inductees.


Satterley is 'bag a book' winner

Seventh grader Meghan Satterley of Brittany Hill Middle School was this year’s winner for Price Chopper’s annual “Bag Your Favorite Book” contest. The metropolitanwide contest lets students design an original cover of their favorite or assigned book by a teacher. This year the contest received nearly 9,000 entries, says Price Chopper. Satterley was awarded a classroom party and a $500 donation for her school library.


Trailridge team qualifies in robotics

Trailridge Elementary Problem Solverz and Megabots robotic team competed at the First Lego League tournament at Bingham Middle School in Independence on Dec. 7. Both team qualified for the Regional FLL Championship and will head to Union Station in Kansas City on Jan. 18. In order to qualify for this competition, a team has to be strong in four areas: robotic game, core values and project and robot design.

LS West helps shelter

Lee’s Summit West High School students and staff donated $645 in Wal-Mart gift cards for survivors of domestic abuse. The staff and students’ donation was part of a community service project for Hope House, a domestic violence shelter in Lee’s Summit. They also collected toys for Hope House’s holiday store for children and parents that reside in the facility.

- Brandon Dumsky