News about area college students
Blue Springs residents join mathematics society
Erica Teevan, Independence and Tifini Gast, Blue Springs, were recently initiated into the Missouri- Beta Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics society, at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Teevan is a junior at UCM majoring in mathematics and is a 2009 graduate of Truman High School. Gast is a junior at UCM majoring in mathematics education and is a 2010 graduate of Blue Springs South High School.
The primary purpose of KME is to join together in common fellowship those individuals who are serious students of mathematics. A candidate for membership in the KME-Missouri-Beta Chapter must be a regularly enrolled student at UCM, have completed at least three semesters of college course work and rank in the upper 35 percent of his or her class. He or she must also have completed at least three college mathematics courses with an overall B average, including one semester of calculus and at least two mathematics courses at UCM.
Students receive UCM scholarships
Area students have received Red and Black Scholarships to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. The scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen based upon their high school grade point average and ACT composite score. The scholarship is renewable and can be received for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.
- Katelyn Woodcock, Independence, received a $4,000 scholarship. A senior at Van Horn, she plans to major in fashion design and merchandising.
- Trevor Atkins, Blue Springs, received a $2,000 scholarship. A senior at Blue Springs South, he plans to attend UCM in the fall.
- Kayne R. Beeson, Blue Springs, received a $2,000 scholarship. A senior at Truman High School, he plans to major in marketing.
- Angela Lombardo, Blue Springs, received a $2,000 scholarship. She is a senior at Truman High School and plans to major in marketing.
Residents named 'Emerging Leaders'
Nancy Cooper, Jeremy Rogers and Ann Smith-Tate, all from Independence, have been selected for the Emerging Leaders Academy at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.
Offered through KU’s Public Management Center, ELA is a succession planning program targeted to promising, nonmanagerial staff to help them prepare for leadership roles in their departments and agencies.
Participants meet together 10 times over five months, with classes that combine skill enhancement around topics that are essential to effective leadership and that can be put to use immediately in any position.
Cooper works with the finance department for the city of Independence; Rogers works in the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of Independence and Smith-Tate also works with the city of Independence.
Groves scores big at debate tournaments
Page 2 of 2 - Austin Groves, Blue Springs and a sophomore at Western Kentucky University, was tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and duo interpretation at the Sterling/Hutchinson “Blue Dragon-Warrior Swing” Tournament. He was also a semifinalist in prose interpretation. At the Hutchinson tournament, Groves was tournament champion in prose interpretation and duo interpretation and placed second in dramatic interpretation.
Becker receives full tuition scholarship
Jonathan Becker, Blue Springs, was one of four students to receive a J.R. Maupin Scholarship to attend Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. The J.R. Maupin is a full-tuition scholarship. More than 200 students competed for the scholarships by being interviewed by a faculty panel and writing an essay. Becker is a senior at Blue Springs High School.
Students participate in UCM one acts
Area students contributed to three one-act plays presented by the University of Central Missouri’s Department of Theatre and Dance. The plays were presented last month at the university in Warrensburg, Mo.
- Katie Kucharski, Bates City, was the director for the “Date With A Stranger” production. She is a senior at UCM and a graduate of Blue Springs High School.
- John Markley, Independence, was the technical director for the “Date With A Stranger” production. He is a junior at UCM and a graduate of Blue Springs High School.
- Dain O’Connor, Blue Springs, was man in the “Date With A Stranger” production. He is a junior at UCM and a 2009 graduate of Blue Springs South High School.
– Kelly Evenson