Fort Osage students take part in Rep. Graves’ Future Leaders Academy

Nine students from Fort Osage High School were among the more than 200 high school students from across northern Missouri who came together at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph on Oct. 17 to participate in Congressman Sam Graves’ annual Future Leaders Academy.

Students were nominated by their high schools based on academic performance, civic engagement and demonstrated leadership ability.

Fort Osage students participating included Jonathan Barker, Fran Burnett, Amanda Daniel, Jillian Epperson, Kaden Krysa, Nicole Overbay, Michael Reddick, Aspen Treadwell and Haleigh Wilson.

Topics discussed included military leadership, learning from your leadership mistakes, and women in leadership. Speakers included representatives from Missouri Western State University, Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing, Northwest Missouri State University and the United Way of St. Joseph. Dr. Mark Laney, CEO of Mosaic Life Care, was the keynote speaker.


Truman Heartland scholarship deadline set

The Truman Heartland Community Foundation is taking applications for the more than $200,000 in scholarships for students.

The deadline for its general scholarship application is Dec. 31. Applicants have until Feb. 1 to submit additional documents for each scholarship that is a potential match. Scholarships may require additional items, including transcripts with final fall 2019 grades, essays, letters of reference or statements about participation in certain activities.

Some scholarships are not included in the general scholarship application. Deadlines and requirements for these stand-alone scholarships vary.

In 2019, Truman Heartland awarded $319,000 in scholarships to 214 local students.

Visit to learn more and begin the application process. For questions or assistance with scholarships, please contact Rachael Cassiday Watkins at or 816-912-4185.


Blue Springs student earns degree from Upper Iowa

Keith Gaither of Blue Springs earned his bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Gaither graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in July.


Graceland students elected to positions

A pair of local students were among the several Graceland University students who were elected by their peers to the Graceland student government. They office at the start of the fall semester.

Andrew Sheehy of Blue Springs was elected as the Academic Student Council president.

Alexander DeHaan of Independence was elected as speaker of the Senate.

Several students from Eastern Jackson County were among the Graceland students elected to the 2019-20 House Council, including:

• Abbie Williams, Independence, was elected as Council Of Student Activities representative for Shalom.

• Addison Wilson, Independence, was elected as intramural representative for Agape.

• Casey Main, Blue Springs, was elected as Council Of Student Activities representative for Paloma.

• Dylan Fox, Lee’s Summit, was elected as house president for Cheville.

• Eli Martin, Independence, was elected as Council Of Student Activities representative for Agape.

• Grace Wayman, Blue Springs, was elected as chaplain for Solah.

• Ian Wilson, Independence, was elected as house president for Agape.

• Natalie Harper, Lee’s Summit, was elected as Council Of Student Activities representative for Amici.

• Samuel Pratt, Lee’s Summit, was elected as chaplain for Cheville.

• William Weston, Independence, was elected as senator for Agape.

• Zachary Grover, Lee’s Summit, was elected as Academic Student Council representative for Cheville.


Graceland students win Freeman Award

One Graceland student-athlete in each varsity sport was honored with the annual Freeman Award, an honor presented to a Graceland senior who, in their junior year, earned the highest cumulative grade point average in their sport.

The local students to receive this achievement:

• Tabitha Watson, Sugar Creek, dance team

• Carter Wiley, Independence, men's golf

• Dylan Fox, Lee’s Summit, men's soccer


MCC awarded $140,000 apprenticeship grant

Metropolitan Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges.

The Expanding Community College Apprenticeships initiative is led by AACC, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, to increase the number of registered apprenticeship programs and services throughout the country.

The nationwide ECCA project will be conducted over three years and will train 16,000 registered apprentices. MCC is currently training more than 120 apprentices, with nearly 50 of them in the MCC Registered Apprenticeship program. MCC launched its skilled trades apprenticeship program in the fall of 2017.

– Compiled by Karl Zinke