High school news from June 25, 2010

LSHS students win technology awards

Students at Lee’s Summit High School recently received awards at the Suburban Kansas City Industrial Education Association competition and the Technology Education Association of Missouri contest.

The following students received individual awards.

Introduction to engineering and design – Michael Miller, grand award; Avery Cates, grand award; Aaron Neal, runner-up; Alan Preston, runner-up; Kelsey Angle, red ribbon; Tim Good, blue ribbon; Aaron Neal, blue ribbon; Jordan Andrews, blue ribbon; Michael Miller, blue ribbon; Avery Cates, blue ribbon; Alan Preston, blue ribbon; Bailey Reed, blue ribbon; Brendan Kane, blue ribbon; Jason Jones, blue ribbon; Ryan Hagedorn, blue ribbon and Jordan Barber, blue ribbon.

Advanced concepts in CAD (computer-assisted drafting) – Cody Horky, gold award; Corey Gaunt, runner-up; Chris Kirk, runner-up; Jason Ringer, runner-up; Brianne Letner, red ribbon; Cody Horky, blue ribbon; Corey Gaunt, blue ribbon; Amanuel Behre, blue ribbon; Chris Kirk, blue ribbon and Jason Ringer, blue ribbon.

Civil engineering and architecture – Kelsey Angle, blue ribbon and grand award.

Truman High named ‘School of Character’

Truman High School has been selected as a 2010 National Schools of Character “Promising Practices” award winner. The national organization has selected Truman’s practice, “Links of Compassion,” to serve as a model for other schools to replicate and integrate into their character education initiatives.

Students, faculty and staff from Truman High School joined together to form Links of Compassion during the holiday season. During the practice, Focus Teachers (weekly advisory class) discussed with students what compassion means to them, how they can show compassion on a daily basis, and/or how someone has shown compassion toward them.

Through this discussion students gained a deeper understanding that compassion occurs with simple acts of kindness. Focus Teachers then distributed pre-cut strips of paper that were color-coded based upon grade level and faculty/staff.

After each person received his/her strip, questions were completed on a piece of paper. These included “How will you continue to show compassion in your daily life?” or “How could you start showing more compassion on a daily basis?”

Students, faculty and staff then linked their strips together in order for them to be draped from the ceiling in the school’s main lobby.

This collaborative practice provided a physical presence to serve as a warm reminder to school community and visitors as to how all can show compassion on a daily basis.

– Kelly Evenson