Students nominated to service academies

Two Lee’s Summit high school students have been nominated to the U.S. Service Academies.

David Mershon of Lee’s Summit North High School has been nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and Brennan Rialti of Lee’s Summit High School has been nominated to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. They were nominated by Congressman Sam Graves.


Tech students get police car

The Fort Osage Career and Technology Center received a patrol car from the Blue Springs Police Department. The car is set up as if it was still being used, equipped with emergency lights, siren, and a prisoner cage. It will provide real world learning for the Law Enforcement/Crime Scene Investigation program students and play an essential part in teaching them how to conduct traffic stops and protect traffic crash scenes. “Such realism helps to make the training these students are receiving more realistic as to what the environment would be like when they would be working,” said Officer Cory DeVaul, instructor at the Career and Technology Center.

Cheer squad places first

The Fort Osage Competition Cheerleading Squad took first place in the Advanced Co-ed division in St. Louis. Along with being the top squad in the competition, they also won two individual awards: Best Use of Stunts and The Showmanship Award. The squad will soon leave for Dallas, Texas to compete in the NCA National Competition.


Farrell earns scholarship

Michelle Farrell, an Elementary Education major from Blue Springs, was named a recipient of the Voncille Bowen Huffman Scholarship for the fall 2013 semester. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship along with 20 other recipients. To be eligible for the Huffman Scholarship, a student must be attending school full-time and pursuing a degree in teacher education while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

– Brandon Dumsky