LOCAL SCHOOLS

Jaguar Pride member

signs University of

Missouri scholarship letter

Blue Springs South senior Ashley Chambers has signed a national scholarship letter to attend the University of Missouri to participate in its music program. She plans to double-major in music and accounting.

Chambers is a two-time all-state and four-time all-district band member for the Jaguar Pride. She has been the Jaguar Pride marching band flute soloist for the last two years.

Chambers has been invited and selected first chair flute or piccolo in the UMKC, Mizzou and Northwest Missouri State honor bands. Ashley has received top woodwind soloist at the Mid America Music Association competition.

 

COLLEGES

Local Graceland U. students

earn Alpha Chi Membership

Three local Graceland University students have earned memberships into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

Invitations are only given to juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the top 10 percent of their class.

These local students have earned this honor:

• Adrienne Fox, Lee’s Summit

• Collin McClaran, Independence

• Trenton Wahl, Independence

 

Area students receive

UCM scholarships

in mathematics

Several area students were awarded with scholarships during the Mathematics Awareness Week Banquet at the University of Central Missouri.

Mitchell Jurich, Blue Springs, was awarded the Harold and Marjorie Cooper Scholarship. Jurich, son of Linda and Edward Jurich, Blue Springs, is a junior majoring in computer science.

The Harold and Marjorie Cooper Scholarship for Computer Science is for students pursuing a degree in computer science. Undergraduate candidates must have a 3.0 GPA in their major coursework and graduate candidates must have a 3.5 GPA. This scholarship is made possible by Marjorie Cooper, Joplin.

Madelynn Baze, Grain Valley, was awarded the Luroff H. Williams Scholarship in Mathematics. Baze, daughter of Richard and Heather Baze, Grain Valley, is an incoming freshman planning to major in mathematics education.

The scholarship is for a student pursuing a degree in mathematics education at UCM. This scholarship is made possible by way of a gift from the estate of Luroff H. Williams, 32.

Allison Sparks, Blue Springs, was awarded the Edward Davenport Memorial Scholarship. Sparks, daughter of Wendy and HW Sparks, Blue Springs, is a senior majoring in elementary education.

The Edward Davenport Memorial Scholarship is available to an undergraduate pursuing a degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or one pursuing a math minor in either middle school education or elementary education, or to a graduate student pursuing elementary math specialist certification. This scholarship is made possible by the family, Sonya Davenport, Bethany Johnston and Holly Davenport and friends in memory of Edward Davenport, professor emeritus in mathematics and computer science.

Taylor Starks, Blue Springs, was awarded the Dr. Vince Edmondson Math and Computer Science Scholarship. Starks, daughter of Cynthia Starks, Lee’s Summit, and Gary Starks, Blue Springs, is a graduate student studying music education.

The Dr. Vince Edmondson Math and Computer Science Scholarship was established to honor longtime faculty member Dr. Vince Edmondson and is available to a student pursuing a degree in mathematics or computer science. This scholarship is made possible by a gift from alumna Joy Pettid, Raymore, Mo.

Paige Crain, Grain Valley, was awarded the Dr. Larry Dilley Scholarship in Mathematics Education and the Margaret Whitsett Atkins Scholarship in Mathematics. Crain is a UCM graduate student studying mathematics education.

 

Local student part

of cast of UCM play

A University of Central Missouri student, Lexi Poindexter of Independence, was a part of the cast of “Step Forward.” UCM’s Department of Theatre and Dance presented the production in April in the Highlander Theatre.

Poindexter, daughter of Amy Poindexter, Independence, is a junior musical theatre major and a 2015 graduate of Blue Springs High School.

“Step Forward” is an original devised performance involving dance, text, music, soundscape, projections, visual arts and textiles created by the student cast under guidance of Julie Mollenkamp and Ashley Miller-Scully, in partnership with the Department of Communications and the Department of Art and Design.

 

Blue Springs student

named to Who’s Who

at Central Missouri

Recognized for academic achievement as well as leadership and involvement in campus groups and organizations, Lynne O’Dell of Blue Springs has been named to Who’s Who at the University of Central Missouri.

O’Dell, daughter of Deedra O’Dell, Blue Springs, graduates this month with a degree in vocal music education. She is a 2014 graduate of Blue Springs High School.

She was one of 27 students at UCM who were selected for inclusion in Who’s Who at Central Missouri Award. It's presented to baccalaureate degree candidates who have met criteria including leadership ability; excellence of performance in scholastic work; participation in the leadership of social and service organizations and extracurricular activities; service to the institution outside of organizations; outstanding work in academic divisions and/or departments; personality; and character above reproach.

 

Blue Springs student

inducted into Mortar

Board at Alabama

Hunter Mason of Blue Springs was inducted into the Mortar Board honor society at the University of Alabama's Tapping on the Mound ceremony last month.

Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The University of Alabama's Hypatia Chapter is one of the oldest chapters in the nation.

 

Graceland University

inducts local student into

economics honor society

Aidan Martin of Blue Springs has been inducted into the Graceland University chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in economics.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is an international honor society in economics, with chapters at 690 universities around the globe. The society's primary objectives have been to recognize scholastic achievement in economics and to establish closer ties between students and faculty in economics at colleges and universities.

Candidates must have a strong interest in the study of economics, an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and at least 12 credits (semester hours) in economics with an average of at least a 3.0 GPA or better.

 

Independence student

accepted into Notre

Dame Law School

Seth Sanders, a senior at Bob Jones University pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in history, was accepted into the law program at Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. Sanders is a resident of Independence.

 

Independence student

participates in spring break

service trip to Texas

Amanda Miley, a biology major from Independence, and five other Buena Vista University students participated in an AWOL (Alternative Week of Off-site Learning) trip during spring break, enabling them to volunteer their time and service with a focus on tackling hunger and food sustainability in Waco, Texas.

The BVU participants served with World Hunger Relief, Inc., a Christian organization committed to the alleviation of food insecurity and malnutrition through sustainable agriculture and community development.

Throughout the week, the group had the opportunity to experience circumstances that are common in hunger-stricken and impoverished countries. This included residing in the "Nicaragua House," which was built to replicate middle-class housing in Nicaragua and included a tin roof and four cement walls. The group also helped tend a community garden and participated in a number of simulations while being educated on the different aspects of hunger, sustainability, and food responsibility.

Three AWOL trips took place this year, with more than 25 BVU students, faculty and staff participating. The other trips focused on sustainable social and economic development in Los Fierros, Nicaragua, and human trafficking in Atlanta.

 

Independence student

installed into Phi Eta

Sigma Honor Society

Paige Hayden of Independence was among the new members and 2018-19 officers inducted into Chapter 378 of Phi Eta Sigma national honor society for academic excellence at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, on April 26. Hayden, a biopsychology major from Independence, was inducted as a new member.

Phi Eta Sigma is the nation's oldest and largest multidisciplinary honor society for first-year college and university students.

 

Blue Springs student

joins Pi Gamma Mu

honor society

Tylin Stephens, a senior at McKendree University, was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu international honor society in social sciences during the Academic Excellence Celebration on April 26.

Stephens, of Blue Springs, is pursuing a degree in psychology. Pi Gamma Mu recognizes good scholarship and promotes service projects, publications, a scholarship program and guest lecture grants to its chapters.

 

Lee’s Summit student

part of inaugural class of

Graceland honor society

Megan Hartnett of Lee’s Summit was inducted into the Graceland University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, on April 20.

Graceland's chapter – the Alpha Phi Upsilon chapter – was founded recently, and Megan is a member of the inaugural class.

Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature and writing; and to foster literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English.

Candidates for Sigma Tau Delta must have a strong interest in the study of English, an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and at least 12 credits (semester hours) in English with an average of at least a 3.0 GPA or better.

 

Local students receive

UCM scholarships

Area University of Central Missouri students received awards at the College of Education Scholarship and Awards Reception last month.

Charlotte Bullard, Blue Springs, received the Voncile Bowen Huffman Scholarship. Bullard, daughter of Lisa and Jim Bullard, Blue Springs, is a senior majoring in elementary education. She is a 2014 graduate of Blue Springs High School.

Abigail Fortino, Blue Springs, received the Voncile Bowen Huffman Scholarship. Fortino, daughter of Sherry and Tim Page, Blue Springs, is a senior majoring in special education. She is a 2015 graduate of Blue Springs High School.

Samantha Byler, Blue Springs, received the Ted R. and Mary B. Garten Diversity Scholarship. Byler, daughter of Patricia and Chris Byler, Blue Springs, is a senior majoring in middle school English. She is a 2014 graduate of Blue Springs High School.

Margo Carman, Independence, received the Merle C. and Lillian J. Rider Scholarship in Early Childhood Education, the Merle and Maxine Rider Scholarship in Early Childhood Education, and the Fannie Faulkner Seevers Memorial Scholarship. Carman, daughter of Lorali Shockley and Dennis Carman, Independence, is a sophomore majoring in early elementary education. She is a 2016 graduate of Van Horn High School.

Megan Childs, Blue Springs, received the Ben E. Moore Scholarship. Childs, daughter of Michelle and Robert Childs, Blue Springs, is a junior majoring in technology education. She is a 2015 graduate of Blue Springs South High School.

Sarah Grumke, Blue Springs, received the Merle and Maxine Rider Scholarship in Early Childhood Education and the E.L. Crayton and Margaret B. Crayton Memorial Scholarship. Grumke, daughter of Pam Grumke, Blue Springs, is a sophomore majoring in early childhood education.

– Compiled by Karl Zinke