Students win yearbook scholarships

Two Blue Springs High School students were awarded college scholarships by participating in a yearbook marketing pilot program for a DECA competition. Kaylee Chappelow and Alicia Lamas will receive a $750 scholarship from Walsworth Yearbooks.

The two earned first place at their DECA district competition and will be taking their yearbook marketing project to Missouri’s DECA State Career Development Conference held at the Lake of the Ozarks on March 16-18. The Blue Springs High School DECA group worked with the Walsworth yearbook staff to implement a yearbook marketing campaign. The program’s purpose was to provide DECA members with a real-world, hands-on business experience while helping a group within the school that is a creating a community keepsake.

Swimming medalist to visit

Ryan Lochte, 11-time Olympic medalist, will be a guest presenter at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Aquatic Center’s Float for Hope Clinic.

The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 29 at the Aquatic Center. Lochte will present three two-hour sessions, featuring swimming and drills in the water. Cost for the clinic is $50 for active participation, which includes a T-shirt, admission ticket, event program and the opportunity to swim with Lochte, as well as a Q&A session plus a group photo. A spectator ticket is also available for $25, and also includes a T-shirt, event program and general admission ticket.

For more information about the event, visit the Aquatic Center’s website at

Principal Pye honored

Sycamore Hill Elementary Principal Ann Pye was presented a Resolution by State Reps. Ira Anders and Noel Torpey of Independence in Jefferson City last week.

Pye was awarded the resolution for her hard work and dedication to the Independence School District, according to Anders and Torpey. The two representatives said she connects well with parents, students and teachers and strongly believes in an educational system that will help students succeed. They also say she will be missed as this is her last school year with the Independence district.

Lloyd earns UCM scholarship

Taylor Lloyd has earned a Red and Black Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

The Fort Osage High School senior will be majoring in criminal justice. The Red and Black Scholarship is awarding to incoming UCM freshmen based on their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT composite score. The renewable scholarship may be received for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study.

- Brandon Dumsky