English students visualize ‘Night’


Lee’s Summit grads, your opinions wanted




BSS Thespians collect food items for charity


Fort Osage senior wins SMSU award

English students visualize ‘Night’

William Chrisman sophomores who are in Kelly Peterson’s English II classes recently participated in a symbolic presentation during study of the book “Night” by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Each student decorated a butterfly that symbolized a child from the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II. Those butterflies were then hung from the ceiling. In addition, students read a poem and a child’s biography was read to the class.

If the Holocaust child survived, the butterfly remained hanging. If the child perished, students climbed a ladder and cut down the butterfly to symbolize the many deaths at the hands of the Nazis. The project helped students visualize the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.

All of the students’ butterflies will be on display at the Holocaust Museum of Houston by 2012. The museum is attempting to collect 1.5 million handmade butterflies for a “Children of the Holocaust” display. The William Chrisman butterflies will be included in this collection.

For more information on the “Butterfly Project,” visit www.hmh.org.

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Lee’s Summit grads, your opinions wanted

Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit, and Lee’s Summit West high school 2008 graduates are encouraged to participate in a graduate survey.

The survey is on the Lee’s Summit School District’s      Web site at www.leesummit.k12.mo.us/gradsurvey. It takes a couple of minutes to complete, and information gathered through the survey will be used to help school district officials make school improvements.

The percentage of Lee’s Summit students attending college or career-technical schools is also reported through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as part of its reporting for all state school districts. These statistics are included on the state’s Web site which covers a wide range of information about Missouri public school districts.

The graduate survey will be available through mid-January when the information is required to be sent to the state.

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BSS Thespians collect food items for charity

The International Thespian Society just completed the sixth year of its national community service initiative, Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat.

Among those participating was Thespian troupe 6140 at Blue Springs South High School, which collected 450 pounds of food for a local charitable food program. They joined more than 320 Thespian troupes from throughout the United States in collecting a record-breaking total of 308,069 pounds of canned and non-perishable food in this year’s campaign.

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Fort Osage senior wins SMSU award

Elizabeth L. Ingarm, Independence, has been awarded a Governor’s Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She is a senior at Fort Osage High School.

Missouri residents qualify for the Governor’s Scholarship if they are a valedictorian of their senior class after six semesters and have achieved either an ACT composite score of 30 or a score of 1,320 on the SAT. They can also qualify if they rank in the upper 3 percent of their high school class and have earned a 31 on the ACT or a 1,360 on the SAT or have been recognized as a National Merit or Achievement Finalist.

The scholarship covers incidental fees, general fees and textbook rental for up to 32 credit hours per year. It also plays for room and board and is renewable for three additional years.



– Kelly Evenson