Independence students

attend summer academic

program at Missouri

Three students from the Independence area are among Missouri’s brightest high school students who attended the Missouri Scholars Academy June 11-July 1 at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Taking part were Fort Osage High School students and Independence residents Lewis Chastain and Megan Hall and Raytown High School student and Independence resident Tanner Ludwig.

MSA began in 1985 and provides 300 rising high-school juniors the opportunity to expand their educational and social skills. This year, scholars spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, selecting a major and minor course of study from a range of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and the humanities. Students at the academy represented nearly every county in the state.

Outside the classroom, students participated in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country.  Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University headlined the Academy’s Teacher Appreciation Day activities. Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy discussed the 2017 total solar eclipse.


Local students earn

scholarships to the

University of Missouri

Leaders of the Kansas City Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association presented 28 local, incoming freshmen with scholarships to the University of Missouri. The scholarships, totaling more than $50,000, were presented on Wednesday, July 12, at the Chapter’s annual reception at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

Several of the students receiving scholarships were residents of Eastern Jackson County.

In addition to the awards given through the Chapter’s Alumni Scholars program, the chapter has established an endowed scholarship to fund annual gifts to students demonstrating financial need. This is the fifth year that scholarships are awarded from that fund.

Local recipients included:

• Hanine Alhaydar (Raytown)

• Dalton Archer (Fort Osage)

• Kadie Clark (Blue Springs South)

• Luke Eaton (Blue Springs South)

• Wyatt Fields (Lee’s Summit North)

• Warren Haralson (Lee’s Summit)

• Alexander Harvey (Fort Osage)

• Sareen Khakh (Blue Springs South)

• Connor Lovelace (Lee’s Summit)

• Haley Smith (William Chrisman)

• Connor Young (Lee’s Summit North)

The Kansas City Chapter holds two, annual events to support its fundraising endeavors. The Black & Gold Tiger Ball is a creative black tie event held in April, and the Friends of Mizzou Tiger Tailgate & Auction is a family event held each August at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.

Over the past 10 years, the Kansas City Chapter has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships to area students.


Blue Springs student

attends Robotics Camp

at U.S. Space Center

Georgia Stone of Blue Springs recently attended Robotics Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.

Stone was part of the Robotics Camp program, which is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in engineering. The mission of Space Camp Robotics is to show trainees how engineers develop solutions for real-world problems using real-world technologies. At all age levels, trainees use state-of-the-art robotics systems to compete in air, sea and land activities and missions. Using the Office of Naval Research’s SeaPerch undersea robotics, Stone and the other trainees test payloads on an unmanned aerial vehicle, all while strengthening teamwork and leadership skills. At the end of their missions, the teams arrived in time to graduate with honors.

More than 750,000 trainees have graduated from Space Camp and its sister programs since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA Expedition 48 astronaut Dr. Kate Rubins. 



Local students

receive UCM


Paige Crain, Grain Valley, was awarded the H. Keith Stumpff Scholarship in Mathematics during the Mathematics Awareness Week Banquet at the University of Central Missouri.

Crain is a senior at UCM pursuing a degree in the math education and mathematics.

The H. Keith Stumpff Scholarship is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for a student pursuing a degree in mathematics or mathematics education.

Marissa Torres, Blue Springs, was awarded the Luroff H. Williams Scholarship in Mathematics during the Mathematics Awareness Week Banquet.

Torres, daughter of Jim and Becky Torres, Blue Springs, is a UCM senior majoring in secondary math education.

The Luroff H. Williams Scholarship in Mathematics is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for a student pursuing a degree in mathematics education at UCM. 


Local students,

instructors honored

by Park University

Several local students and instructors were honored for their leadership achievements of Park University students, faculty and staff during the 2016-17 academic year by the Office of Student Life and the Park Student Government Association, which co-hosted the 22th annual Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership Awards on April 19 on the university’s Parkville Campus. The event is named for Howell, a 1944 Park graduate and an internationally renowned leader in pediatrics and hospice care.

Local honorees included:

Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Awards: This award is given to students who distinguish themselves uniquely as leaders regardless of position or title. Recipients represent the spirit of a Park University by: pursuing integrity in every endeavor; inclusiveness as a global citizen; are responsible and respectful in word, work and conduct; are aware of the implications and rewards of their education; truthful in every action; and excellence in modeling the Park University lifestyle.

• Haley Weatherford, senior business administration/marketing major, Independence (Blue Springs South High School)

Outstanding Class Member Awards: Honors one male and one female student from each class who best represents their class in service to, and participation in, Park University.

• Logan Trowbridge, junior chemistry major, Blue Springs (Blue Springs South High School)

Dusing-Proudfoot Award: This award is given to honor an outstanding contribution by a Park University faculty or staff member. It is named in honor of two former Park University professors, Albert Dusing and Merrill Proudfoot, who worked at Park for more than 20 years each and are respected for their academic and teaching betterment of students.

• John Noren, Ph.D. associate professor of sociology, Blue Springs


Independence student

earns academic honor

at Bob Jones U.

Seth Sanders, a junior history major of Independence, was among approximately 500 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2017 President's List.

The President's List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester at the Christian school in Greenville, South Carolina.


Independence student

inducted into Phi Kappa

Phi Honor Society

Kassidy Wilson of Independence was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Wilson is pursuing a degree in animal science at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Wilson is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. 


Local students earn

UCARE awards

from Nebraska

The University of Nebraska in Lincoln has awarded stipends to 88 undergraduates – including two from Lee’s Summit – to participate in research with a faculty mentor this summer.

Nebraska's Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience Program supports undergraduates to work with faculty mentors in research or creative activities. Undergraduate students receive stipends of $2,400 to engage in intensive research or creative activity for 20 hours per week. The students' projects span across academic disciplines including engineering, chemistry, modern languages and literatures, psychology, art and art history, architecture, special education, and fisheries and wildlife.

The students also will have opportunities to participate in mentoring workshops and activities with undergraduates from other institutions who are participating in Nebraska's Summer Research Program. In August, both groups of students will present posters on their research and creative activities at a campus research symposium. For more about undergraduate research at Nebraska, visit http://ucare.unl.edu.

Area students who received summer UCARE awards included:

• Elly Glazier, Lee’s Summit, nutritional science and dietetics – "The Effect of Increased Dietary Protein on Body Protein Breakdown and Anabolic Sensitivity of Bone and Skeletal Muscle During Calorie-Restricted Weight Loss."

• Alexis Krepps, Le’s Summit, biological systems engineering – "International Genetically Engineered Machines Team."


Lee’s Summit student

earns master’s degree

from Southern Miss.

Ryan Argotsinger of Lee’s Summit earned a degree in the University of Southern Mississippi held spring commencement.

Argotsinger earned a master’s degree in business administration.


Local students

named to dean’ list

at Harding University

Three local students were among more than 1,300 students who were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2017 semester at the school in Searcy, Arkansas.

Local students making the list included:

• Anessa Bridges, French major, Independence

• Dallas Herrmann, mathematics education major, Blue Springs

• Kara Herrmann, Spanish and preprofessional health science major, Blue Springs

To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.


Blue Springs student

earns dean’s list honors

at Belmont University

Malena Marcase of Blue Springs qualified for the spring 2017 dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Approximately 30 percent of Belmont's 7,700 students qualified for the Spring 2017 Dean's List. 


– Compiled by Karl Zinke