Blunt accepting nominations to military academies

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo, is accepting applications from young Missourians who are interested in competing for nominations to the U.S. Military Service Academies.

Nominations to the Air Force, West Point, Merchant Marine and Naval Academies are available for qualified applicants.

Applicants must be between 17 and 23 years of age, U.S. Citizens and legal residents of Missouri. A committee of Missouri residents will review nominees’ files and present their recommendations to Sen. Blunt for a formal nomination in December. Nominees are evaluated using the “equal and competitive” method for selection and on the basis of personal merit that include evidence of character, leadership, scholarship and motivation.

Interested applicants can apply at under the Student Center section, which will also allow them to continually check the status of their application. All applications must be received on or before Oct. 31, 2014.


Theater wins Blue Star Award

Fort Osage High School’s theater department received the 2014 Starlight Blue Star Award in Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction, Tier I for their production of “Disney’s High School Musical.”

Starlight Theatre in Kansas City showcased outstanding achievements and talents of local high school musical theatre students and called FOHS’s theatre department to accept the Blue Star Award on its stage May 22.

Patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Blue Star Awards program recognizes exceptional achievement in musical theatre at the high school level in the greater Kansas City area.


Going purple for kids

Lee’s Summit Elementary Principal Tracy Sample and librarian Sarah Eckert dyed their hair purple and spent the entire night on the school’s roof May 27 since students met their reading goals.

Students were urged to earn 10,000 points in Accelerated Reading, a program students use to take comprehension quizzes after reading books. If students met this goal, Sample and Eckert promised to dye their hair and sleep on the school’s roof. The challenge was based on the book, “Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind.”

“Students not only reached their 10,000 point goal - they smashed the goal by earning 18,129 points,” said Sample. “We are so proud of our students and can’t wait to see what new goals they achieve next year.”


Ford dealer raises $5,380

Automobile dealer Blue Springs Ford raised $5,380 for the Odessa High School through Ford Motor Company’s National Drive 4 Ur School program.

Since the program started in 2007, more than $16 million in donations have been generated for high schools nationwide.

– Brandon Dumsky