Craft Fair set

for Sept. 30

The William Chrisman Orchestra Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at William Chrisman High School in Independence.

The fair, which is a free event and open to the community, will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Proceeds will benefit the William Chrisman Orchestra program.

Vendor opportunities are available. Contact Melissa Guillory at melissa_guillory@isdschools.org if interested in being a vendor or with other questions.


Franklin Smith

Elementary Craft

Fair set for Nov. 11

The Franklin Smith Elementary Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair will be held Nov. 11 at the school at 1609 S.W. Clark Road in Blue Springs.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Franklin Smith Elementary lower level.

The fair will feature more than 50 booths, concessions, a raffle and more, including Mustang Makers, booths by Franklin Smith Elementary students.

All proceeds will benefit Franklin Smith students.

For more information on becoming a vendor or with other questions, call 816-352-9574 or visit the Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/FSECraftandVendorFair/ or  https://www.facebook.com/events/458007947883318 or visit the website at http://fsepta.weebly.com/


Applications open

for Independence

Center scholarship 

Since the inception of Simon Youth Foundation in 1998, shoppers at Simon Malls, Mills, and Premium Outlets have been among SYF’s most ardent supporters, contributing millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s mission to provide support for students at risk of dropping out of high school. As a thank you to these loyal supporters, SYF again helping a graduating senior living near Independence Center take the next step on their educational journey.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to a Simon Mall, Mills, or Premium Outlets center. The application period has begun and ends on Feb. 15, 2018. Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2018 and lives in the designated community surrounding a Simon property is eligible. Applicants can check their eligibility by entering their ZIP code at syf.org/scholarships. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 toward tuition and other educational expenses at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

The SYF community scholarship program is one facet of the Simon Supports Education initiative, launched earlier this spring at all Simon properties. As part of this initiative, visitors at Simon centers can now purchase SYF Simon Visa gift cards, redeemable wherever Visa is accepted. One dollar from the sale of each bright orange, SYF-branded card will go directly to support SYF and its mission.

“The support of Simon and its generous shoppers has been instrumental in the growth and overall impact of Simon Youth Foundation,” said Dr. J. Michael Durnil, SYF President and CEO. “Providing this scholarship to deserving students in communities that Simon calls home is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for their continued support.”

In 2017, the Simon Youth Foundation awarded $1.6 million to 335 students nationwide with Independence Center alone having provided $264,000 to local students.

“The importance of pursuing education – both high school and beyond – cannot be overstated, and we feel passionately that financial constraints should never be the reason that a promising student is unable to achieve their dreams,” said Durnil. “We are proud to partner with Independence Center to help an Independence-area student take their next steps in life.”



Blue Springs student

Makes summer dean’s

List at Belmont U.

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

Eligibility for the summer session is based on a minimum nine-hour course load over 10 weeks and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.


Independence student

Named ‘Peer-to-Peer’

Leader at CMU

Central Methodist University student Makenzie Erikson from Independence is helping guide, mentor, and support fellow students through "Peer-to-Peer" at the CMU campus in Fayette.

More than 50 students are involved in the student organization, which is comprised of tutors, library assistants, lab assistants and writing associates. These leaders help their peers develop strategies to master course content, and develop the skills necessary for success.

"Peer-to-Peer provides the foundation of a community that supports faculty and students as CMU lives its mission," said Maryann Rustemeyer, director of CMU's Center for Learning and Teaching, and associate professor of English and mathematics. "These young men and women are an important part of the academic life at CMU."

Erikson is a junior currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in education-middle school math.


Blue Springs student

participates for

Dean College at

NFL season opener

Austin Moon of Blue Springs was among the more than 200 Dean College students to participate in the 2017 NFL pregame celebration held at Gillette Stadium prior to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., on Thursday, September 7.

The Dean College students, including arts and entertainment management, business, dance and sport management majors, participated as stunt card group members, banner holders and dance performers prior to the NFL opener.


Local students

named to Columbia

summer dean's list

Phillip Lopez of Blue Springs and Melissa Cureton of Independence were recently named to the Columbia College dean's list for the summer 2017 semester.

Both local students study at the Kansas City campus.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.


Blue Springs student

earns Dean’s Award

at Colgate University

Colgate University Class of 2020 member Savannah England, from Blue Springs, earned the spring 2017 Dean's Award for academic excellence.

The Dean's Award at Colgate is awarded to students with a 3.3 or higher term average.


– Compiled by Karl Zinke