LSNHS celebrates homecoming

Students, staff and families celebrated homecoming with the annual Lee’s Summit North High School parade Sept. 14 in downtown Lee’s Summit. The LSNHS Homecoming football game is scheduled for Sept. 15 with the dance Sept. 16.  

LSHS news program named 2017 Broadcast Pacemaker finalist

A program produced by Lee’s Summit High School students is among the nation’s top scholastic broadcast news programs recently recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association.

A Nov. 9, 2016, Tiger Broadcast news show was among 15 finalists in the association’s Pacemaker competition. Editors of the 12-minute program were Jaclyn Berry and Jared Newell. Adviser is Elaine McDonald. The broadcast is available at this link.

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award and is often called the Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best.”

The NSPA Pacemaker award has a rich tradition and started just a few years after the organization was founded in 1921. The Pacemaker was added for broadcasting in 1996 to reflect its growing importance at the high school level. Each school entered three programs from the 2016-2017 school year. A team of three judges from College Broadcasters, Inc. viewed each entry discussing its strengths and weaknesses.

The judging team praised the overall quality of the entries: “The Pacemaker-winning entries stood out for their quality, not only in the production, but in the stories being told, the writing, editing and hosting, and the willingness to tackle controversial topics. These were exceptional newscasts start to finish.”

Shows were divided into live and pre-recorded categories. The frequency of the broadcast was also considered with daily shows competing in a category, with weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or less-frequently in another.

The 15 Pacemaker finalists included 14 high schools and one middle school representing eight states. Of the 15 Pacemaker finalists, eight will be named Pacemaker winners. In all, there were 55 entries.

Insights and observations from the judges about the Pacemaker winning broadcasts will be posted when the Pacemaker winners are announced along with professional bios of the judges. Broadcast Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention, Nov. 16-19 in Dallas.

The 2017-18 Tiger Broadcast staff, attired for Homecoming Spirit Week.

Three LS R-7 School District students named National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists

Three students from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District were recently named National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists through the national program. Students recognized are Joshua Foster, Alex Geoghegan and Maggie O’Connor, Lee’s Summit West High School.

Recognized students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarship Awards, worth close to $33 million, to be offered next spring. There are approximately 16,000 semifinalists throughout the United States.

Joshua Foster is the son of Susan Foster and Kevin Foster. At Lee’s Summit West High School, Joshua participates in Symphony Orchestra, Chess Club, robotics, Scholar Bowl, Science Bowl, Spanish Honor Society and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate

Alex Geoghegan is the son of Laura Geoghegan and Sean Geoghegan. At Lee’s Summit West High School, Alex participates in cross country, track, Una Voce Choir, concert choir, Missouri Scholars Academy and is an IB Diploma candidate. He also scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college admissions exam.

Maggie O’Connor is the daughter of Katie Prevost-O’Connor and Brian O’Connor. At Lee’s Summit West High School, Maggie serves as debate co-president and was elected Youth in Government Clark State Convention governor, Spanish Honor Society president and National Honor Society officer. She is a member of Kindness Council, Titan Ambassadors and Student Senate. She is also an IB Diploma candidate and was selected for Missouri Scholars Academy. ​

LSHS Scholar Bowl to host Tiger Trivia Night Nov. 5

The Lee’s Summit High School Scholar Bowl Team will host Tiger Trivia Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 5 at the school’s lecture hall, 400 SE Blue Parkway. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Scholar Bowl Team.

In addition to the trivia contest, the fundraiser will include a silent auction and drawings throughout the evening. Auction items at last year’s event included tickets to sporting events and autographed Royals memorabilia. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. Ages 14 and above are welcome, and organizers are asking that small children not attend.

Teams of up to eight people may participate for $80, and individual registration is $15 per person. Individuals will be placed on a team with others registering individually. This year’s Trivia Night features a VIP table package, available for $100 for eight team members. The VIP package includes a mulligan sticker for each round, one double down sticker, eight raffle tickets, eight beverages and two large bowls of popcorn.

Space is limited, and early registration is recommended. To register your team, please contact Diana Lehman at or (816) 986-2000, extension 7266.

If you would like to donate cash or an auction item, please send to Diana Lehman, Scholar Bowl coach, LSHS, 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64068. Checks should be made out to LSHS. In appreciation of donations, the Scholar Team will display your company’s logo and/or company name throughout the event.

LS R-7 ACT college-entrance exams are well above state and national averages

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students taking the ACT college-entrance test scored well above state and national averages, according to results recently released from the 2016-17 school year.

R-7 students averaged a 21.9 on the composite score, compared to 20.4 for the Missouri average and 21 for the national average.

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students also scored above the state and national averages in all four specific subjects tested – English, mathematics, reading and science.

A total of 1452 Lee’s Summit R-7 students took the ACT test during 2016-17. This is an approximately 5.3 percent increase over the number of R-7 students taking the ACT test during 2015-16.

Due to a change in state assessment procedures, all students in the Class of 2016 and Class of 2017 at Missouri public high schools took the ACT test at school during their junior year. In addition, some students may choose to take the test again after this initial test with the students responsible for the test fee. For students taking multiple ACT tests, their highest score is counted by their colleges. The ACT score included in the district average is the most current ACT test taken by the student.

The ACT is America’s most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The writing test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

Daphne Mack receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for September

Daphne Mack was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for September. She is a counselor at Lee’s Summit Elementary.

The award is presented to one employee each month who is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staff committee.

“Daphne is a vital part of our close-knit team,” said a colleague. “Her vibrance and love for the students is often the heartbeat of our school.”  

LSWHS accepting vendors for annual Holiday Mart on Dec. 9

Calling All Vendors! Lee’s Summit West High School is hosting the sixth annual Holiday Mart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Lee’s Summit West High School, 2600 Ward Road. The Holiday Mart Committee is currently accepting vendor applications.

To obtain a vendor application or for additional information, please email Ruthie Paulson at Sponsoring organization is the Lee’s Summit West Journalism Parents Group, and the proceeds from the event benefit the journalism program for senior scholarships, equipment for the program and program needs.  

High-school journalism students will be on hand to assist vendors in loading and unloading during set up/take down times. Each vendor is asked to donate an item for a donation/give away during the event. Vendors are asked to provide their own table and display or table rentals are available.

Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools plan homecoming events

All three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools are preparing for homecoming events this fall, including community parades, football games and dances.

Lee’s Summit North High School’s homecoming parade will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. The homecoming football game will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 with the dance at 8 p.m. Sept. 16.

Lee’s Summit High School’s homecoming parade will begin at 4 p.m. Sept. 15. The homecoming football game will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 with the dance at 8 p.m. Sept. 16.

Lee’s Summit West High School’s homecoming parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5. The homecoming football game will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 with the dance at 8 p.m. Oct. 7.

All three parades will take place in downtown Lee’s Summit.

Dr. Dennis Carpenter meets with local retired teachers

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District superintendent, recently spoke to the Jacomo chapter of Retired School Personnel on Sept. 6.

Dr. Carpenter was named Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent last winter and officially began working for the district on July 1. Since being named superintendent during January, he has been meeting with a variety of individuals and groups throughout the community. With the start of school in August, he is also visiting each R-7 school and department over the school year’s first months.

Dr. Carpenter spoke to the group of more than 60 retired educators about the district’s commitment to meeting the needs of all students, enrollment growth and facility improvements. He also praised the Lee’s Summit R-7 community for its support of its schools and students.

Nominations accepted for Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame

Deadline to submit nomination is Nov. 10

Do you know a Lee’s Summit High School alumnus who deserves induction into the LSHS Hall of Fame? The Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for this special honor. To have your nomination accepted for consideration for the spring induction ceremony, please send it to Lee’s Summit High School by Nov. 9.

Nomination forms are available in the main office of Lee’s Summit High School and on the Hall of Fame Web Page at this link.

Lee’s Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates in the school’s Hall of Fame since 1997. Approximately five alumni are inducted each year during a dinner ceremony. Plaques featuring the honorees are also displayed on a “Wall of Fame” at Lee’s Summit High School.

Completed nominations should be returned by Nov. 10 to Tracy Bertoncin, LSHS assistant principal, LSHS, 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64063. Nominations may also be e-mailed to

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