Meek on president's list

Former Truman High School graduate Stephen Meek was named to the College of the Ozarks Spring 2014 president’s list.

To qualify for the president’s list, a student must maintain a 4.0 minimum grade point average during the semester and carry at least 15 credit hours.

College of the Ozarks is located in Point Lookout, Missouri.


Connections Center

opens for the fall

The Missouri College Advising Corps - with funding from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation - announced the opening of the Kansas City Metro College Connections Center.

The Connections Center is specifically designed to assist low-income and first-generation-to-college students increase their likelihood of being enrolled in college in the fall. The center will be open June 2 through Aug. 1 for 30 hours per week at the Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley campus’s Humanities Building, room 29, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City.

A team of high school counselors, college access coaches, university financial aid officers and representatives of the most commonly attended college and universities by Kansas City metropolitan area students will assist students with a variety of issues, such as financial aid, housing, transportation, course registration, completing admissions processes and any other necessary paperwork to ensure students are ready for college in the fall.

One-on-one advisement is available on a walk-in basis or by pre-scheduling an appointment by visiting  or call 816-604-4116. Families are welcome to accompany their students to the appointment.

An open house will be held at the Center on Wednesday, May 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Local and state officials will be present to speak about the importance of young students pursuing a “best-fit” post-secondary education.

Research demonstrates that as many as 40 percent of high school graduates who are college bound actually make it to and enroll in college in the fall, but they change their minds and end up not attending courses for many reasons, most often due to financial reasons. But research also has shown that assistance and support during the summer months increases the number and percentage that will enroll in college for the fall.


Williams earns

UCM scholarship

Taylor Williams of Blue Springs earned a Red and Black Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri.

Williams will attend UCM in the fall majoring in criminal justice.

The Red and Black Scholarship is awarded to incoming UCM freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT composite score. The scholarship is renewable and may be received for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study.


PLTW students

mentored by pros

The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and Grow Blue Blue Springs put their time and money into investing in a project designed by a group of high school students in the Project Lead the Way Engineering and Design class.

An EDC team evaluated student projects from both Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School. They looked at the original thought behind the selection of a problem, the research, the viability of the solution, the presentation and potential for being marketed. The team chose one project out of 13 others to support by having a mentor work with the group and providing up to $5,000 in seed money to launch the initiative.

This year’s project winners were Zechariah and Michael Alexander, both seniors at Blue Springs High School. They were the creators of the NFC Lock, a project designed to unlock locks by using an automated system.


Chrisman students

at state contest

William Chrisman High School industrial tech students showed off their work at the 2014 Technology Education Association of Missouri State Contest earlier this month at Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Student Cody Lambirth earned a Grand Award for his recurve bow and Tyler Kelly earned a Grand Award for his table project. Students qualified for the state contest by earning a Grand Award at the district contest in April.

Chrisman’s state participants who earned Grand Awards in April were:

• Jacob Moore - Gyroscope • Dylan Dennis - Setting Down Hammer • Mark Crowell - Drill Press • Cody Lambirth - Recurve Bow • Dylan Berry - Recurve Bow • Michael Lunceford - Skateboard • Justin Dewick/Ryan Tho - Boe Bot Design • Carlos Gonzalez - Jewelry Box • Ernie Hernandez - Box • William Elliot - Jewelry Box • Tryston Ferguson - Bread Box • RaSean Ellis - Box • Matthew Mallinson - Wall Plaque/Gunrack • DJ Steel - Cutting Board • Cody Davis - Coat Rack • Ravyn Swope - Awards Plaque • Isaiah Young - Spice Rack • Dylan Neely - Wall Plaque • Christopher White - Gun Rack • Tyler Kelley - Table • Isaac Brown - Plant Stand • Liam Sullivan - Fishing Pole Rack • Jeffrey Venneman - Table • Christopher Flagg - Computer Desk • Dylan Blackmon - Rocking Chair • Dylan Roussel - Bowl • RaSean Ellis - Bowl • Tryston Ferguson - Lamp • Tyler McReynolds - Bat

Chrisman industrial tech teachers are Scott Engelmann, Rick Gwinn, Jared Hook and Billy Diman.