Fort culinary arts on display

Every spring, Powell Gardens invites chefs and other culinary enthusiasts to demonstrate recipes featuring ingredients grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden, the nation’s largest edible landscape. Fort Osage Career and Technology Center Culinary Arts students and instructor Lisa Burgess have been invited to present a demonstration as part of the series. Second year students will be demonstrating healthy recipes that can be made in your home. The event takes place Friday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Open-Air Missouri Barn in Powell Gardens, 1609 NW U.S. 50 in Kingsville, Mo.

Career center honored

Student of the class of 2014 from the Fort Osage Career and Technology Center have received the High Schools That Work Award of Education Achievement. The Southern Regional Education Board gives this award to high school seniors who have completed a challenging program of study and demonstrated readiness for employment and college. The Award recipients are: Justin Collyott, Blue Springs South High School - CSS2; Jesse Harris, Blue Springs South High School - CSS2; Nikki Harvey, Fort Osage High School - Health Science; Alex Siefker, Fort Osage - Ag Science; Chad Sutton, Fort Osage - E-Studies; Austin Booth, Grain Valley High School - CAD/Engineering; Caitlin Bush, Grain Valley - E-Studies; Hope Groff, Grain Valley - Health Science; Miranda Hursman, Grain Valley - EMT; Kirsten Montez, Grain Valley - Health Science; Hunter Peterson, Grain Valley - E-Studies; Ashlynn States, Grain Valley - Culinary Arts.

Students qualify for the award by completing a college-preparatory course of study in at least two of three subject areas; completing a concentration in a career-technical area; and meeting readiness goals in all three subject areas of the High Schools That Work Assessment.


Art on display at capitol

Stephanie Mennemeyer, an art teacher at Lee’s Summit Elementary, has installed a permanent student art exhibit in the Missouri State Capitol. Supported by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education Association and Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, the Inaugural Senate Exhibit was recently hung at the Missouri State Capitol. Through the approval of the Capitol Commission, MAEA and MAAE were able to install a permanent Art Gallery in the hallway that connects the Senate parking garage and the Capitol Building. “The senator were ecstatic for the opportunity to be involved in the selection of art to represent their district and are overjoyed with the first installation,” said Mennemeyer. Teachers had the opportunity to digitally submit up to four pieces each in their school’s senate district through Artsonia. Senators then selected their top four pieces to represent their district for the 2014 year. The Inaugural Exhibit was hung in March and will be displayed May through July.

Stock-savvy sixth graders

A Cedar Creek Elementary Achieving Student Potential in Reaching and Expanding team recently won first place the Stock Market Game in Missouri. The team of sixth-graders began with $100,000 and by the end of 10 weeks their portfolio was $126,196.89. The Cedar Creek team competed against more than 600 teams in the state, including both elementary and high school teams. The students were honored at an April 17 banquet. Team members are Dawson Gulley, Max Bilton, Anthony Thompson and Jeremy Zurbuchen.

– Brandon Dumsky