Maya Binder, a seventh-grader at Pleasant Lea Middle School, was selected to attend the annual Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Summit this past summer. The national event was held July 24-27 in Minneapolis.
Maya was among 183 students from across the nation attending this event. She was selected based on her involvement in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program while a student at Sunset Valley Elementary. Maya was accompanied by Karen Reynolds, physical education coach from Sunset Valley Elementary.
Lee’s Summit R-7 schools have participated in the Fuel Up To Play 60 program for six years. Through this program and with assistance from the Midwest Dairy Council, schools were able to implement grab-and-go breakfasts at all elementary and middle schools.
The students, their teachers and the three sponsoring partners — Land O’Lakes, Ecolab and Quaker — participated in the three day event. Students worked with teachers and mentors from the partner organizations to create farm-to-table ideas included in a challenge event. Through the Innovation Challenge, the students developed student-led, innovative ideas to improve healthy eating in their schools and communities. A panel of judges selected the winning entries which were awarded grants. The Ambassador Summit also included leadership and communications training opportunities from subject matter experts and business leaders.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school health and wellness program, developed by the National Football League and National Dairy Council in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Lee’s Summit West High School will host its annual Financial Aid Night from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the school’s performing arts center.
The event is open to all area high school seniors and their families. Financial Aid Night will include information about seeking financial aid for college, as well as steps to submit the FAFSA application.
Thirty social studies students from Lee’s Summit North High School participated in the Sept. 14 annual meeting of The Missouri Bar, held in Kansas City. The students, accompanied by teachers Jennifer Mooney and Tavish Whiting, attended two plenary sessions of professional development seminars and met with members of the Missouri Supreme Court and Western Court of Appeals as well as a federal judge.
The students learned about the judicial profession and the importance of an independent judiciary within the United States. The two plenary sessions focused on artificial intelligence and the importance of storytelling to enhance legal arguments in the courtroom.
Students attending included Ahilyn Aceves-Cortes, Ally Banks, Miranda Chaffin, Anna Donaldson, Hannah Edwards, Emily Gerber, Alexis Griffin, Gigi Harris, Sabra Hasek, Victoria Jamaleddin, Amy Kilgore, Cheyenne Kitzmann, Brooke Lally, Nia Lange, Ayaan Musse, Regan Potts, Samuel Pratt, Cameron Riffle, Addy Ross, Michael Schwetz, Zakiyyah Winston, all seniors; Sarah Ahern, Danielle Barnette, Megan Carlson, Tia Kahwaji, Xavior Lewis, Olivia Little, Wyatt Thompson, Simon Zoroya, all juniors; and Keegan Pohl, sophomore.
Homecoming at Lee’s Summit High School was held the week of Sept. 10 through 16. Homecoming king and queen candidates, pictured with their escorts, are (from left) Dawson Buhr, Izzy Shackelford, Erik Holm, Erica Milligan, Cameron Pudenz, Amanda Evans, Andy Huffman, Mackenzie Gettel, Sam Jennings, Emma Melton, Jack Gerding and Jada Vanduyne. Queen candidates were Izzy, Erica and Amanda. King candidates were Jack, Sam and Andy. The king and queen were honored at the Sept. 15 football game, and they are Sam Jennings and Izzy Shackelford.
Lee’s Summit North High School will host its annual Financial Aid Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the school’s performing arts center. The event is open to all area high school seniors and their families.
Financial Aid Night will include information about seeking financial aid for college, including applying for the FAFSA.
The Lee’s Summit West High School volleyball team will host its 10th annual Dig for the Cure fundraiser Oct. 9 at the LSWHS Fieldhouse. LSWHS will compete against Lee’s Summit North High School with freshman games beginning at 3:30 p.m. and junior varsity game beginning at 5:30 p.m. The cancer survivor/fighter procession/speech will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and will be followed by the varsity game.
Event beneficiaries this year include the Center for Hope and Healing, an organization focused on helping individuals with illness and their families; Bags of Fun Kansas City, which provides toys to children with cancer and other long-term illnesses; and the Children’s Mercy Hospital Facility Dog Program/Canine Assistants, a therapy dog organization.
Dig for the Cure provides a meaningful setting for the two Lee’s Summit R-7 high school teams to work together in support of three worthy benefactors. As in year’s past, Dig for the Cure will feature a court procession to honor cancer survivors and fighters, and to pay tribute to the memory of those lost to this disease.
Advance T-shirt sales are available again this year, and anyone wearing a T-shirt to the event will receive free admission to the event. T-shirts are available for $10 at the Hy-Vee on Third Street on Sept. 23.
This year’s silent auction and raffle feature a Dig for the Cure quilt, MLB authenticated items from the Kansas City Royals, signed Kansas City Chiefs and KC Sporting items, a John Deere riding lawn mower, several theme baskets and much more.
The Bernard Campbell Middle School cheerleaders hosted their second annual Custodian Appreciation Dinner on Sept. 14. The cheerleaders provided custodians with a taco buffet, prepared and served in the school’s family and consumer sciences lab. “BCMS cheerleaders are eager to show our custodians how much we appreciate all their hard work,” according to the cheerleaders. The students are pictured with custodians at Campbell Middle School.
Lee’s Summit North High School students and staff members celebrated homecoming the week of Sept. 10 through 16. Homecoming royalty included (front row, from left) Lillian Adcock, Leana Samyn, Alexis Becker, Ally Banks, queen candidates; Jedi Chukwusom, Daniel Jaegar, Blake Gillihan, Garret Peters, king candidates; (second row, from left) David Vest, Madelyn Terry, Danielle Barnette, Xavior Lewis, junior attendants; (third row, from left) Zach Smith, Haley Jahn, Katie Dau, Peyton Anderson, sophomore attendants; (back row, from left) Katie Mead, Jackson Kemper, Rachel Hamaker, freshman attendants. The king and queen were honored at the Sept. 15 football game, and they are Ally Banks and Blake Gillihan.
Ben Hume, a Lee’s Summit West High School senior, was recognized in early September by nationally recognized filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Mr. Burns and Ms. Novick were in the Kansas City metropolitan area to promote “The Vietnam War,” a film debuting Sept. 17 on PBS.
Ben’s film about the Vietnam War was one of four student films showcased Sept. 8 at “KCPT Presents the Vietnam War: An Evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,” held in Kansas City. Two local veterans also joined Mr. Burns and Ms. Novick on stage after the screening for a conversation about the Vietnam War and its impact.
Ben entered the KCPT 19 contest, Voices of Vietnam, several months ago. Through the competition, students were asked to create a short documentary video about someone who had been impacted by the Vietnam War. At the Sept. 8 event, the four winning videos were shown. Ben and the other winners had the opportunity to meet Mr. Burns and Mr. Novick.
A student in Karrie Smythia’s LSWHS International Baccalaureate film course, Ben entered the competition as part of coursework requiring students to enter local, regional or state filmmaking contests. The subject of Ben’s film was Michael Angell, a local Vietnam War veteran.
In the photos, Ben is pictured talking to Ken Burns and being interviewed by media.