Truman trial team

does well at state

The Truman High School Mock Trial team ranked 2nd of 16 teams after preliminary rounds at the State Mock Trial competition in St. Louis on March 28 through 30. Truman won 7 of 9 ballots in the preliminaries and quarterfinals and placed 4th.

The Mock Trial team consisted of student attorneys Meagen Brown, Mitch Herrick, Alyssa Dockins, Kara Smith and Marina Rojas and student witnesses Garret Schnackenberg, Teal Sadler Mariah Whitmire, Alyssa Dockins and Marina Rojas.


Bissell inducted

in honor society

Catalina Marie Bissell of Blue Springs is one of the 120 first-year students inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma honor society at Emporia State University. Phi Eta Sigma is the national scholastic honor society for students with an average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 sclae. It is the greatest scholastic distinction a first-year student can attain.

Principal goes bald

James Lewis Elementary principal Todd Nurnberg had his head shaved after his school raised over $2,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. An assembly was held Friday morning where the entire school could watch their principal get his head shaved.

“I challenged the school to raise $1,000 for Pennies for Patients,” said Nurnberg. “I told them if they met the goal, I would shave my head. This was a six day fundraiser. By day three they had blown the $1,000 mark out of the water.”

And on top of it, the school sold raffle tickets to have students shave the principal’s head. They have raised an additional $600.

Butkovich competes

in Geographic Bee

Sunny Vale Middle School student Koba Butkovich was one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 Missouri Geographic Bee at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly on Friday. The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states to compete at the state level. The winner of the state bee will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Missouri in the National Geographic Bee finals. The national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. Plus the national winner will travel with his or her family to the Galapagos Islands to experience geography firsthand.


Daubendiek receives scholarship

Fort Osage High School senior Sarah Daubendiek was named the 2014 John and Kathyrn English Memorial Scholarship winner, and will receive a four-year renewable scholarship worth a potential $4,000. The high school band member, athlete, Girl Scout and active FFA member maintains grades that keeps her in the top 10 percent of her class. Her parents are Bill and Janet Daubendiek of Sibley.


Broadcasting finalists

Lee’s Summit North High School broadcasting students became finalists in an Acura commercial competition. LSN will be awarded $5,000 if their spot wins the most votes. Four schools, along with LSN, created a commercial for Hendrick Acura. The commercial receiving the highest number of votes through the contest website will win the top prize. Voting ends on April 15 and individuals may vote once every 24 hours at , or visit the LSNHS school webpage.


MCC helping St. Joe students

Northwest Missouri State University and Metropolitan Community College announced a partnership with the St. Joseph School District to provide space and resources that will assist St. Joseph high school students who are eligible for A+.

MCC will utilize four classrooms and equipment in the Northwest St. Joseph Center, located at the Green Acres Building at 3500 N. Village Drive in St. Joseph.

“This initiative will help us serve eligible students to pursue an associates degree with MCC with very little cost,” said Dr. Utpal Goswami, MCC-Maple Woods campus president. “It is our hope that the availability of this opportunity will encourage more students to pursue A+ eligibility while in high school.”

MCC will host an open house at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the St. Joseph Center. Additionally, an information session for parents and students is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Classes for eligible students begin Monday, Aug. 18.

- Brandon Dumsky