In Rolla, university team powers to victory

Elijah Wade and Josiah Wade, brothers who are graduates of Blue Springs South High School attending the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, are part of a team from the university that won first place in both 2020 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Digital Competitions.

The competitions, which involve students from around the world, challenge students to design, build and operate a human-powered vehicle for practical use. Students organize into teams, raise money and solve design challenges. Josiah Wade was involved in working on the aerodynamic shell of the vehicle; Elijah Wade worked on adding innovations to the vehicle design.

The Missouri University of Science & Technology team’s vehicle was named “Greased Lightning” and had two wheels in the front and one in the back with a steel frame in a recumbent style allowing riders to recline as they pedal.

Davidson earns spot on the dean’s list

Rebekah Davidson, a Blue Springs resident, is a sophomore at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She has been named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic performance during the 2019-20 winter term.

Columbia College names dean’s list

Several local students have been named to the Columbia College dean's list for the spring semester:

• Stacey Lankard of Independence.

• Dakotah Pierce of Independence.

• Cynthia Rabus of Independence.

• Kevin Harwood of Blue Springs.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.

M.U. student earns scholarship

Taylor Simms, a 2018 graduate of Truman High School and a sophomore majoring in animal science at the University of Missouri, has been recognized with a scholarship from Campus Dining Services at the university. This scholarship is provided to students who are employed by Campus Dining Services and demonstrate reliability, initiative, teamwork, leadership, excellent grades, and who are engaged in extracurricular activities.

In addition to her classes and employment at the university, Simms volunteers at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, the MU Horse Farm and the Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She has also been honored as a Dickinson scholar in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Simms is the daughter of Jennifer and Brandon Simms.

– Examiner staff