Education briefs for Dec. 29, 2011.

Two local students elevated with DECA

Two local students have been elected statewide officers in Missouri DECA, a group that promotes entrepreneurship.

Emily Miranda, from Blue Springs South High School, was elected state vice president. Cara Hartwig from Blue Springs High School was elected state reporter.

Members from the two schools recently joined more than 500 DECA members from across the state at the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election in Lake Ozark, Mo.

Each candidate is required to take a test, appear before a screening and nomination committee, prepare campaign materials and give a campaign speech to the entire delegation in attendance.

Two nominated to service academies

Ethan Millsap, Blue Springs and Tanner Ginavan, Independence, have been nominated to service academics by Congressman Sam Graves.

Millsap, a student at Blue Springs High School, was nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Ginavan, a student at Fort Osage High School, was nominated to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

The nomination system is a competitive process because the various military academies hold selective admission standards. Students interested in being appointed to a service academy can find out more information by contacting Graves’ district office in Liberty, Mo. or by visiting his website at

Nowlin carolers made their rounds

The Nowlin Middle School Choir spread some holiday cheer during a caroling trip the week of Dec. 12. The choir sang at Independence City Hall, Sugar Creek Elementary, Korte Elementary, Three Trails Elementary, The Groves and the Independence School District central office.

Fort Osage students honored for rabbits

A group of FFA students in Fort Osage schools recently had an opportunity to compete in an American Rabbit Breeders Association show.

The rabbit projects are conducted at the student’s home or at school. The student is responsible for the care and upkeep of the rabbits.

Winners included BreAnne Houghtaling, with her junior black otter mini rex doe and her senior black otter mini rex buck, both selected to compete in the final best of breed. She also placed high in the class with her senior black mini rex doe and senior black mini rex buck.

Megan Speiser received best of variety with her senior sable buck. She also won best of variety with her senior blue otter Netherland dwarf buck. Other first-place awards were for Kira Jenner’s junior tort mini rex doe, Kelsey Adamson’s senior red mini rex buck and Sydney Harper’s senior silver martin Netherland dwarf doe.

Several students placed second, including Trapper Callahan, with his senior black Havana buck, and Tiffany Janes’ broken black Havana doe.  Mindie Radford, Destanie Valdepena, Sam Smith, Nicole Snider, Sabrina Moore, Miranda Oles and Shannon Ellis also attended the show and placed high in their individual classes.

Chrisman cheerleaders to host cheer clinic

The William Chrisman varsity cheerleading squad is hosting a cheer clinic next month.

The clinic is 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at William Chrisman. The cost is $25. Registration is due by Jan. 13.

Girls in kindergarten through fifth grades can attend. The girls will then have the opportunity to cheer during the varsity girls basketball game Jan. 30.

Information about registering is on the Independence School District website, Information is also available by emailing Heather Wells, or Stacey Mitchem,