Nominate a teacher

for Lee’s Summit R-7

Excellence Award

When you hear the phrase "outstanding teacher," who comes to mind? You may want to nominate this person for the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching/R-7 Teacher of the Year Award.

Twelve R-7 teachers will receive the Excellence In Teaching Award. Each award recipient will also become a finalist for the R-7 School District's annual Teacher of the Year Award. The district's Teacher of the Year goes on to compete in the Missouri State Teacher of the Year program.

Any teacher, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and any guidance counselor or library/media specialist is eligible for the program.

Former Excellence In Teaching Award winners are eligible to interview for the R-7 School District Teacher of the Year Award if nominated, although they would not be able to win the Excellence In Teaching Award again.

The recognized teachers will be selected by a committee composed of R-7 staff and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the community. The 12 Excellence In Teaching winners will be announced in April and honored at a April 11 reception in the Aspen Room at The Stanley. The Teacher of the Year will be announced at the reception.

Nomination forms are being sent home with R-7 students during January. Anyone wanting a form may also visit the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District website at http://www.lsr7.org/ and select the Excellence In Teaching and Teacher of the Year option or call 986-1017. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31.



Area students earn

degrees from KU

Several students from Eastern Jackson County were among the more than 1,300 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas following the fall 2017 semester. Degrees are officially conferred in January.

Some graduates have participated in school and departmental recognition events. Others will choose to participate in KU’s annual commencement ceremony, which will take place Sunday, May 13, 2018. More information is available at commencement.ku.edu.

Local degree candidates included:

• Gina Marie DeBarthe, Independence, Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology.

• Amanda Jane Rehani, Independence, Master of Accounting.

• Francis Steven Aubin, Lee's Summit, Master of Business Administration.

• Quinn Cable Hurshman, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

• Kyle Robert Rampetsreiter, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

• Paige Richelle Seymour, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Science in Business in Supply Chain Management.

• Randa Marie Hallock, Lee's Summit, Master of Science in Nursing.

• Allison S Logsdon, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Business Minor.

• Aleshia Nicole McNish, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

• Amanda Leigh Morgan, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

• Ryan Wayne Katz, Raytown, Bachelor of General Studies in Economics and Business Minor.

• Rachel Laura Melson, Raytown, Doctor of Nursing Practice.


Two local students

named to dean’s list

at Southeast Missouri

A pair of local students have been named to the fall 2017 dean's list at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

Abigail Becker of Independence and Baylor Massey of Blue Springs were named to the list.

Students named to the list earned at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, completed at least 12 hours of standard graded credit, achieved no grade below a B and received no failing grades in enrolled courses, including credit/no credit or pass/fail courses.

-- Compiled by Karl Zinke