Bennet inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society

Jessica Bennett of Independence was inducted into Graceland University’s Alpha Chi Honor Society, a coeducational academic honor society meant to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students. Juniors and seniors from must place in the top 10 percent of their class to be inducted.


Local resident earns leadership award

Kiara Puente of Independence recently received the Dr. Doris Howell Leadership Award at Park University. The award is given to students who distinguish themselves as leaders regardless of their position or title. Puente is a freshman social work major.


Area schools in Project Lead the Way event

Independence, Fort Osage and Blue Springs schools will be represented in the 2019 Project Lead the Way Senior Showcase on Tuesday at Union Station in Kansas City.

The showcase will begin with an open house showcase of projects at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at noon. These projects will feature the solution to an open-ended technical problem identified by the students.


MCC hosts ‘etch and catch’ event

The Metropolitan Community College Police Department and automotive technology program are teaming up to deter would-be thieves of catalytic converters on vehicles. At the “Etch and Catch” event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 26, at MCC-Longview in Lee’s Summit. Car owners can get their catalytic converters engraved with the vehicle identification number (VIN) for free.


Philomena WIlliams earns national speech award

Philomena Williams of Independence competed in the National Christian College Forensics Invitational at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas, and in the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. WIlliams and her team team placed second and received the Fellowship Award for demonstrating strong character.


Local students initiated into Phi Kappa Phi honor society

Konstantinos Batziakas of Independence and Baylor Massey of Blue Springs were inducted into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Batziakas attends Kansas State University, and Massey attends Southeast Missouri State University.


Mackay named senator-elect

Dylan Mackay of Blue Springs was made a senator-elect at Parkville University as part of the student elections. Mackay is a senior business administration and finance major at the university.


Staton named to dean’s list at Knox College

Ellis Staton of Independence was named to the Knox College dean’s list of distinguished students for the 2019 winter term. Students must have an grade point average of 3.6 or higher during a term to be named to the list. Staton is majoring in educational studies–elementary and modern languages with an emphasis in Spanish. She graduated from Truman High School.