Two seniors from William Chrisman High School have been honored by the Rotary Club of Independence as students of the month.
• James Bailey Jr. is a football standout, earning all-conference, all-metro, all-state honors, as well as Suburban Middle Six Offensive Player of the Year and Examiner Offensive Player of the Year. In track, he earned all-conference, all-metro, all-district and all-state, as well as being a five-time state medalist and state champion.
Outside of school, he has helped with Project Shine, painting elementary schools, and has volunteered at youth football camps.
He plans to attend the University of Western Illinois to play football and study physical therapy and sports management.
He is the son of Polly Bailey and James Bailey Sr.
• Brioenne Burns is a McCoy Award recipient and earned North Kansas City all-academics and all-tournament honors. She is a member of National Honor Society. She is a three-time all-conference team, three-time all-district, Lee's Summit North all-tournament, and two-time and three-time Ray-Pec all-tournament team, plus Truman all-tournament team.
She is a four-year varsity starter on girls basketball at Chrisman.
Outside school, she has played piano since age 4 an violin since sixth grade.
She will attend Stephen Foster Austin State University, majoring in biology and playing basketball. She plans eventually to get a doctorate in medicine.
She is the daughter of Frederic and Tamara Burns.