Parkway takes 20 percent of speech and debate state titles

Parkway schools brought home three of the 15 state championship titles at the recent State Speech and Debate Tournament at the University of Missouri. Under the leadership of West High’s Cara Borgsmille-Hurst, Keerthi Gondi and Laura Santangelo won policy debate, while Noreen Webster won original oratory. In addition, Yasmin Younis took eighth in dramatic interpretation and Gondi also took sixth in international extemporaneous speaking. Under the leadership of South High’s Mike Hachmeister, Mark Kozeny and Omar Abdel-Hamid, Brian Cheng and Jay Patel took first place in public forum debate, winning the 10th Speech and Debate State Championship in Parkway South ...

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Lindenwood football to appear on CBS Sports Network this fall

The Lindenwood football Lions will get a prime-time chance to showcase their skills to the entire nation when the Lions play in a nationally televised game during the 2014 season. That televised game, which will appear on CBS Sports Network, highlights the Lions 2014 home schedule. Lindenwood will play host to Missouri Western on Sept. 25 at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium. The game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools and will be shown nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Also, it will mark the second time that Lindenwood has appeared on national television with the other appearance ...

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Girls on the Run participants

The St. John School Girls on the Run team, captained by Jen Baker, ran their 5K downtown on May 10 with 9,000 other GOTR participants, the largest in the country. Baker, Angie Birk, Maria Clement, Deb Mayer, and Erin Shidner served as volunteer leaders at the event. The Girls on the Run team also received an Honorable Mention from the Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service for making cards for sick children in local hospitals to boost their spirits.  

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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday runs Aug. 1-3

Back-to-school shoppers will want to mark their calendars for Missouri’s annual, three-day Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which this year will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 3. During that time period, consumers will not be charged the state sales tax of 4.225 percent on certain back-to-school purchases. Clothing, school supplies, computer software, personal computers and computer peripheral devices are included in the tax-exempted items. Specifically, Missouri statute defines those items as follows: • Clothing is defined as “any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about ...

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Year-long fundraising for Support Dogs

As part of a year-long philanthropy project, the Chesterfield Day School sixth-grade class recently presented a check for more than $2,000 to Support Dogs, Inc., a national nonprofit organization which offers highly skilled assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities. Students raised the funds throughout the 2013-2014 school year by sponsoring bake sales, manning concession stands and other fundraising activities. However, the majority of the funds were raised through the school’s sixth-grade musical, “School House Rock Live! Jr.” Janice Brennan, a trainer from Support Dogs, Inc., thanked the sixth-graders, their parents and teachers for their generosity, noting that the students are ...

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Perfect ACT scores

Several local high school students scored an impressive 36 – the highest possible score – on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Those students include Abby Lammers and Ryan Wahidi from Parkway North and Catherine Lambert of Marquette High. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite ...

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Thomas Sowell – Cease the Cease-Fires

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened. It is understandable that today many people in many lands just want the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop. Calls for a cease-fire are ringing out from the United Nations and from Washington, as well as from ordinary ...

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Weldon seeks to win third in a row at Metropolitan Amateur Championship

Kyle Weldon recently returned the Jim Tom Blair Trophy that the winner of the Metropolitan Amateur Championship keeps until the next tournament. His name is etched on there twice. Weldon, who will be a senior at Kansas State this fall, has a chance at history when the 24th annual tournament gets underway at Westwood Country Club. The Parkway South graduate is one of only three men who have won the region’s top amateur championship back to back. Now he aims for three in a row. Why not”? “I don’t think I feel pressure much at all,” Weldon said. “It’s more ...

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Kansas City woman wins Mid Amateur Championship at Greenbriar Hills Country Club

 Ellen Port was denied the championship in the recent Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s Mid Amateur Championship that was held at Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood. Port and defending champion Mindy Coyle, of Columbia, were disqualified for playing the wrong tee. Carmen Titus, of Kansas City, ended up the winner after being the runner-up last summer. The 36-hole stroke play tournament for amateur women aged 25 years and older entered it’s fourth year in the popular event.  A total of 53 women teed it up in two divisions of play.  The Championship Division played at 5,415 yards and par 71 while the ...

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Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum tabbed for Team USA U17 club

  It is definitely a summer that just keeps getting hotter and better for Chaminade basketball standout Jayson Tatum. Tatum, a junior to be at Chaminade, who was recently named the number 1 player in the nation in the Class of 2016 by Scouts.com has been selected to play for and will be representing his country as a member of the USA U17 basketball team. Tatum, a 6-foot-9, guard/forward was picked to be a part of the final 12-man roster that will play in the 2014 FIBA U17 world championships in Dubai, United Emirates Aug. 8-Aug. 16. The tryouts began ...

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