Blue Springs student

named Iowa Western

Presidential Scholar

Iowa Western Community College recently announced its Presidential Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year, and Blue Springs resident Mahaylee Peterman was chosen as one of 29 students selected from across the region for this honor.

Peterman, a 2017 graduate of Blue Springs High School, is the recipient of the Iowa Western Trustees Presidential Scholarship worth up to $10,000.

Students awarded presidential scholarships have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership skills at the high school level. The scholarships are renewable for up to four semesters, provided students maintain a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) while attending Iowa Western. In addition, the recipients must continue developing leadership abilities and assist the president of the college with various alumni and fundraising events.

Grain Valley student

accepted into MSSU

accelerated medical

school program

Brady Garmon of Grain Valley is one of 26 incoming freshmen who have been accepted into the Yours to Lose-Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program, which will launch its first cohort at the start of Missouri Southern State University’s fall 2017 semester.

An exclusive, one-of-a-kind partnership with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, the program allows a cohort of Missouri Southern students to be admitted to KCU’s new Joplin medical school at the same time they are accepted to MSSU. As pre-med students, they will obtain their bachelor’s degree in biology during an accelerated, three-year course of study before seamlessly transitioning into their first year of medical school. The program will not require them to take the Medical College Admission Test.



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

on dean’s list 

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.


Two local students

named to dean’s

list at SE Missouri

A pair of local students earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2017 semester from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

Abigail Becker of Independence and Kayla Rivers of Lee's Summit were named to the list.

Students named to the list earned at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, completed at least 12 hours of standard graded credit, achieved no grade below a B and received no failing grades in enrolled courses, including credit/no credit or pass/fail courses.


Local students earn

dean’s list honors at

South Dakota State

Three local students earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2017 semester at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.

To earn dean's list distinctions in SDSU's colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk received a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Students from 29 states and 25 foreign nations are on the list.

Local students honored included:

• Taylor Joy Mays, Grain Valley, College of Education & Human Sciences.

• Madison Jay Chapman, Lee’s Summit, College of Arts & Sciences.

• Mikayla Indy Akers, Oak Grove, College of Education & Human Sciences.


Independence students

claim degrees from

Oklahoma Baptist U.

Three Independence residents earned degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University following the spring 2017 semester.

The students received degrees during Oklahoma Baptist University’s 103rd Spring Commencement May 19 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee, Okla. The University conferred degrees upon 330 undergraduate students during the ceremony, including these local students:

• Alexandra Lanphear, Independence, nursing, magna cum laude.

• Charles Lanphear, Independence, international business, summa cum laude

• Bradley Thatcher, Independence, CCCM with a student ministry emphasis


Area students

named to dean’s list

at William Jewell

Several local students received recognition from William Jewell College for the 2016-17 academic year recently at the annual Celebration of Honors ceremony on the college’s Liberty campus.

The following local students were recognized for their achievements:

• Michele Rowan, Blue Springs, senior nursing and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, was named to the Phi Epsilon Honor Society for finishing in the top 10 percent of the graduating class.

• Maria Topi, Blue Springs, senior history major, received the U.R. Pugh Memorial Scholarship for achievement as a history major.

• Aubrey Kent, Independence, junior biology major, received the Monte Harmon Award for an outstanding junior biology major.

• Gabrial Goering, Independence, junior elementary education major, received the Ida Coffman Award for an outstanding junior in elementary education.

• Kaylee Miller, Independence, senior studio art and secondary education major, received the Ida and Mabelle Glenn Music Scholarship for outstanding achievement for someone preparing to teach art.

• Katherine Watts, Independence, junior accounting major, received one of the two Austin Cooper Edwards Acting Awards.


Independence student

earns academic honor

At Oklahoma City U.

Briana James of Independence was named to President's Honor Roll for the spring 2017 semester at Oklahoma City University.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during a semester and maintain a GPA of 3.9 or higher to meet the President's Honor Roll requirements.


Lee’s Summit

student named to

SAU dean’s list

Kathryn Cooper earned a 3.5 or higher GPA for the spring 2017 semester, securing a position on the dean’s list for Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark.

Cooper is a sophomore chemistry pre-health major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.


Blue Springs student

earns degree from

Clemson University

Jennifer P. McClanahan of Blue Springs graduated from Clemson University with a Master of Science in Biological Sciences.

McClanahan was among more than 3,400 students who received degrees in the four May 11 and 12 commencement ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum.


– Compiled by Karl Zinke