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Independence Rotary honors Independence students of the month

Tasha McGee, Tyler Harris, Jami Ruckman and Justin Lewis have been selected as Students of the Month by the Rotary Club of Independence.

McGee is a senior at Truman High School and has received two academic letters and MAP recognition; is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society; participates in the A-plus program and is a McCoy Award recipient.

In addition, she is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Spanish Club and the Key Club; is a four-year varsity wrestling manager and is involved with Patriots Assisting Truman students.

In the future, McGee plans to attend Central Baptist College in Conway, Ark. to receive a bachelor’s degree in missions. She would then like to become a missionary in a Spanish-speaking country. Her parents are Steve and Tonna McGee.

Harris is a senior at Truman High School and is an Eagle Scout with five Eagle Palms in Troop 228; is a McCoy Award recipient; has earned three varsity letters in cross country; is a 2008 all-conference cross country team member; is a two-time Examiner All-area cross country team member; has earned two varsity letters in track and one academic letter and was the 2008 Homecoming King.

In addition, he is a member of the marching band, Jazz Band, Spanish Club and National Honor Society; participates in the Truman heartland Foundation Youth Advisory Council; is a board member for the Patriots Assisting Truman Students; is a former senior patrol leader for Boy Scouts; participates in a church youth group and is the women’s basketball team manager.

In the future, Harris plans on attending a four-year college or university to major in either communications or a math-related subject. He hopes to continue working as an intern at ACS Electronics. His parents are Keith and Liz Harris.

Ruckman is a senior at Truman High School and has earned academic and MAP awards throughout high school and is a McCoy Award recipient.

In addition, she is a member of the cross country and track teams; participates in band and jazz band; plays the piano; is a member of the national Honor Society and is on the Youth Advisory Council.

IN the future, Ruckman plans to attend Graceland University where she will study some sort of science. She has always wanted to become a dentist, but is also considering biomedical engineering. Her parents are Ralph and Brenda Ruckman.

Lewis is a senior at William Chrisman High School and is vice-president of the Student Council and was vice-president of the Junior Class.

In addition, he is a member of the Science Club and Scholars Bowl; participates in the A-plus program and is a DARE Camp counselor during the summer.

In the future, Lewis plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo. to study information technology. His parents are Chris and Terri Lewis.

St. Mary's juniors visit Truman Library

The St. Mary’s High School Junior Class recently participated in the White House Decision Center at the Truman Library where they discussed ending the war with Japan. Using a supplied decision-making matrix, students role played President Truman, members of his cabinet as well as military officials. The White House Decision Center provides an authentic setting for students to apply the skills of research, analysis, decision-making, leadership and communication.

Blue Springs
The Blue Springs High School PTSA is once again sponsoring the annual “Senior Breakfast.” This is a student-only event for the class of 2009, where they get to have breakfast, win prizes in a raffle have a great time celebrating their final year.

The committee is currently seeking prize donations for the event. There are approximately 535 students in the senior class this year. The goal is to provide around 150 prizes. Donations of prizes, monetary donations, gift baskets or gift cards are being excepted.

For more information, please contact Sue Beegle at or by telephone at 816-365-1949.