DECA students compete at International conference
Cass Career Center DECA sophomores, Douglas Croy and Bethany Travis, earned the organization's highest honors at DECA's 67th annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 24-27, 2013. The students competed in a dual role-play about Marketing Communications.
During the school year, approximately 120,000 of DECA's 200,000 student members take part in the organization's competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students' academic understanding and skills development. The top state and provincial winners put their talents to the test during the program's final round of competition in Anaheim. The DECA International Career Development Conference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors. Nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.
The opening session featured PostNet CEO and Undercover Boss guest star Steve Greenbaum. In addition to career-based competition, DECA members engaged in leadership academies and networking opportunities with over 60 internationally recognized businesses.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.
Kanies, Spencer chosen Prom King, Queen
Harrisonville High School seniors Bryant Kanies and Taylor Spencer were crowned Prom King and Queen during the 2013 HHS Prom which was held on Saturday, April 27 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Musicians earn top ratings at State
Seventeen Harrisonville High School students brought home the top rating possible at State Music Contest. The students qualified for State by earning a "I" or Superior at Districts and went on to earn a "I" or Superior at State in Columbia on Friday, April 26.
Those earning a "I" for their vocal talents include soloists David Roth, Mat Bartlett, Taylor Ricker, Austin Welhoff, and Aaron Schrock. The ensembles receiving a "I" rating were a mixed quartet consisting of Lena Quinlin, Kailey Huston, Welhoff, and D. Roth and a men's quartet including Ricker, Welhoff, Chris Roth, and D. Roth.
On the instrumental side, those soloists earning a "I" were Abagail Armstrong, flute; Amanda Armstrong, flute; Austin Welhoff, alto saxophone; Taylor Chancellor, French horn; David Roth, trombone; and Nathan Morse, marimba and snare drum. Ensembles bringing home a "I" were a flute quartet consisting of Amanda Armstrong, Abagail Armstrong, Caitlin Hargis, and Kaitlyn Patterson and a brass quintet including Jonathan Tracy, Jimmy Carotenuti, Chancellor, D. Roth, and Malachi Hargis.
HATS students share projects
Elementary students in the Harrisonville Schools' gifted program recently showcased projects for the parents and other guests.
The 34rd Annual HATS (Harrisonville Academically Talented Students) Sharing of Independent Studies and Invention Convention was held at McEowen Elementary School on April 24-25.
Third and fourth grade HATS students presented their Invention Convention and fifth graders presented their Independent Study projects. Invention Convention challenge students to be inventors. They search for something that bugs them or a need that demands a solution, then they seek to solve the challenge and build a prototype. Independent studies are in-depth research projects in which the students choose a topic and spend both class time and personal time collecting information. All students then create a media display based on their research.
Student displaying Invention Convention projects included Audrey Barnes, Drawerganizers draw dividers; Connor Everhart, Fishington's Fish Feeder automatic feeder; Josie Anderson, Cool Divides cooler dividers; Hunter Baker, SafeRemote box to protect Wii remotes; Abigail Borland, Deskor desk/locker organizer and briefcase; Kendall Fischer, Board Buddy white board marker/cleaner/eraser; George Frees, PVSeat made of rope and PVC pipe; Kiley Friend, Cocoa Burrito chocolate burrito kit; Hudson Johnson, Portable Cleats that attach to any shoe; Erison Maxwell, Ear Protectors for eyeglasses and sunglasses; Delaney McGuire, Bandage Remover liquid for painless band-aid removal; Nolan Medlin, Cherry Chips cherry-flavored potato chips; Selah Norman, Booe-shoe that converts to a warm boot; and Monte Schroeder, RC Convenience Cabinet, a remote control cooler box.
Independent Study Investigations included Facebook by Megan Allen, US Navy by Ryan Anderson, Submarines by Kyron Beavers, Great Barrier Reef by Mackina Chamberlain, Sparta by Michael Dahn, Lacrosse by Evan Filer, Leonardo da Vinci by Landon George, Periodic Table by Ethan Inman, Bald Eagles by Mason McDermed, Minecraft by Elizabeth Reece, Missouri Caves by Parker Rowland, Waldo Pizza by Michael Schuhler, and Dum Dum Pops by Amy Tracy.
Additional pictures are posted on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools
SADD hosts pre-Prom activities
As part of Prom week activities, members of the HHS SADD group conducted a seat belt check last Wednesday morning. In addition, SADD invited Highway Patrol Officer Stosberg to present information to students during an assembly, sponsored a crash simulator during lunch, and hosted a "hat" day called "Hats off to good choices."
Children go "Wild about Animals" at PAT event
ECC kindergarten teacher Heather Caldwell and her 17-month-old son Kace feed a goat during the Harrisonville Parents As Teachers Wild About Animals event. The event featured animals from the Kansas City Zoo and Palace Pony in Pleasant Hill. Children had the chance to pet the animals and learn more about them. Animals on display included chickens, pot-bellied pigs, goats, Madagascar hissing coachroaches, a tortoise, and more. The event was held at the Harrisonville Early Childhood Center. Additional pictures are posted on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools
Art students recognized for work
Several Harrisonville High School students earned top honors for their artistic talents at the recent Cass County Art Show. Those students earning recognition included Lisa Vaccaro, 1st place for Shoes; Lia Lloyd, 3rd place for Self Portrait; Rebecca Kanies, 2nd place for Men; Samantha Geier, Harrisonville Fine Art Association Special Merit for Ceramic Vase; Kathryn Yoder, 1st place for Girl on Tracks; Samantha Kimbrell, 2nd place for Self Portrait; Cheyenne Cox, 1st Place and Fine Art Association Special Merit for Beach Painting; Kaitlynn Austin, Judge's Merit for Self Portrait; and Starr Myers, 3rd place for Ceramic Clock.
Harrisonville High School art students earned the top places in a recent contest. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors a patriotic art contest annually. First place went to Jessica Lounsbery; second place was Bryan Buckley; and third place was Rebekah Freeman. Lounsbery's art will move to compete at the next level where she is eligible for scholarship monies. Pictured are the HHS students who entered the competition including Kaitlyn Austin, Brooke Rogers, Samantha Kimbrell, Rebekah Freeman, Jessica Lounsbery, Bryan Buckley, and Austin Heermann.
HHS sophomores attend leadership conference
Harrisonville High School sophomores Douglas Croy and Sydney Hoffman recently returned from a weekend leadership conference. They participated in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program in Arkansas April 5-7.
Founded in 1958, HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students.
Croy is the son of Steve and Tandy Croy. At HHS, he is involved in Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, DECA, soccer, and track. He recently returned from competition at the International DECA conference in Anaheim, California. Outside of school, he is a member of YoungLife, the United Methodist Church Cornerstone Youth Group, and Premier Soccer-Sporting, Blue Valley.
Hoffman is the daughter of David and Roseann Hoffman. She is involved in SADD, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, volleyball, and FFA. Outside of school, she's in 4-H, the National Junior Simmental Association, and the National Junior Angus Association, and has coached a youth volleyball team.
Croy and Hoffman were selected for the honor by the faculty at Harrisonville High School. Their participation in the conference was funded by the Harrisonville Public School Foundation. Another sophomore - Melissa Watson - will also attend a HOBY conference this summer in Illinois.
FFA members earn top honors at State Convention
Thirty-one members of the Cass Career Center FFA Chapter participated in the 85th Annual Missouri FFA Convention April 18th and 19th. Members took part in the convention's leadership workshops, convention sessions, career development event contests, career show, and award sessions.
At the first general session, Thursday afternoon, the Cass Career Center FFA was awarded a Superior Chapter Rating, the highest rating a FFA chapter can attain. Jessie Poisal, Harrisonville sophomore, was recognized for being selected to the 2013 class of the Missouri Agribusiness Academy.
Seven FFA members, Megan Adams, Kaitlin Fifer, Malachi Hargis, Emily Hix, Sawyer Kresse, Mattie Moore, and Carter Neill each received their State Finalist Proficiency Awards at the Second General Session Thursday evening.
Throughout the convention, the Cass Career Center FFA had eight contest teams compete in Career Development Events. The Ag Sales Team placed 4th and received a Group I Rating. This team consisted of Luke Cook, Chelsey Dudley, Mattie Moore, and Sydney Sorensen. Cook and Sorensen each received a Group I Individual Rating.
The Ag Mechanics team received a Group I Rating. This team consisted of Bryce Alexander, Jason Goss, and Malachi Hargis. Alexander and Hargis earned Group I individual ratings.
The Dairy Foods Team received a Group II Rating. The team consisted of Emily Hix, Austin Moreland, Blake Moreland, and Carter Neill. Blake Moreland received a Group I individual rating.
The Farm Management team received a Group II Rating. Members included Levi Anderson, Kaitlin Fifer, Jack McCleave, and Dustin Wallen. McCleave received a Group I Individual rating and earned 3 hours of credit for Mizzou's Farm Management course.
The Meats Evaluation Team received a Group II as well. Members included Sydney Hoffman, Jessie Poisal, and Frank Yoakum.
Members of the FFA Knowledge team received a Group III Rating. Those members were Kaylea Eddy, Mikaila Livingston, and Savannah Nash.
Grace Hamilton, Sawyer Kresse, and Eric Vestal were members of the Soils Evaluation team. This team earned a Group III Rating.
During Friday morning all members attended the State FFA Career Show where members had the opportunity to speak with many colleges, technical schools, and employers about their future.
In addition during the Friday evening session, Luke Cook, Emily Hix, and Mattie Moore were recognized with their State FFA Degree, the highest degree the State FFA can award. Each year only 3% of members are awarded this coveted award.
HES holds annual Career Day
Harrisonville Elementary School hosted Career Day on Friday, April 19. Students had the opportunity to listen to classroom speakers in the morning and then went outside for the Careers on Wheels portion of the day during the afternoon.
The morning speakers included Melissa Morgan, Sugar Creek Equinapy; Ben Warner, Cathy Grimes, and Charla Yoder, Keys to Music; Leo Walter, American Investment; Tyler Donnell, F'Real Food; Kristi Osborn, Harrisonville Animal Shelter; Dana Raynard, SERC Physical Therapy; Melinda Lacy and Terry Johns, Cass Regional Medical Center; Jerry Gibbs, City of Harrisonville; Joshua Shadwick, Missouri Conservation Department; Sandy Bradshaw, Commerce Bank; Vince Bertucci, Town & Country Disposal; Olivia Steinmetz, Schroeder Chiropractic; Elsa Genis & Josh Paul, Church & Dwight; Virginia Atkinson, Garden Gate Floral; Dr. William Atkinson, retired Centers for Disease Control; and Sarah Williams, Eagle Eye Consultant.
During the afternoon, the speakers included Brice Barnaby, City of Harrisonville, Street Sweeper; Brack Courtney and Harper Koenig, 522 Inked; Jason Coffey, Coffey Trucking; Jesse Bunger, Ballistic Images; John Coffey, John's Tree Trimming; and Bill Filer, Brew HaHa's Coffee Truck.
Additional pictures are posted on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools
HHS, HMS Job Olympians bring home medals
Harrisonville High School students recently brought home numerous medals from a county-wide competition. The Job Olympics challenged students to perform specific tasks which exist in a real job setting.
The Job Olympics featured 13 categories of competition. Earning medals were Zane Myers, Level 1 Animal Pet Care, bronze; Lindsey Barrentine, Level 2 Animal Pet Care, bronze; Curtis Priesendorf, Level 1 Bagging Groceries, silver; Tyler Waters, Level 2 Bagging Groceries, silver; Priesendorf, Level 1 Computer Skills, Business Letter, gold; Myers, Level 1 Custodial, silver; Waters, Level 1 Custodial, bronze; Quinton Cornelius, Level 2 Custodial, gold; Todd Fischer, Level 1 First Aid, bronze; Myers, Level 2 First Aid, silver; Elijah Skoropat, Level 1 Host/Hostess, bronze; Krista Britt, Level 1 Laundry Folding, gold; Connor Brown, Level 1 Laundry Folding, bronze; Sarah Doubledee, Level 2 Laundry Folding, silver; Barrentine, Level 2 Place Setting, silver; Britt, Level 1 Silverware Rolling, silver; Skoropat, Level 1 Silverware Rolling, bronze; Doubledee, Level 2 Silverware Rolling, silver; Waters, Level 2 Shelf Stocking, silver; Joe Puryear, Level 2 Shelf Stocking, bronze; Doubledee, Level 1 Job Applications, silver; Britt, Level 1 Job Application, bronze; Barrentine, Level 3 Job Application, silver; Barrentine, Level 3 Job Interviewing, silver; and Cornelius, Level 3 Job Interviewing, bronze.
The Job Olympics is open to any special education student enrolled at Belton, Ray-Pec, Cass Midway, Pleasant Hill, or Harrisonville High Schools. The event was held on April 12th at the High Blue Wellness Center in Belton and was organized by the Northern Cass County Cooperative.
Harrisonville Middle School students recently brought home numerous medals from a county-wide competition. The Job Olympics challenged students to perform specific tasks which exist in a real job setting.
The Job Olympics featured several categories of competition. Earning medals were Harley Cruce, Bronze in Folding Towels; Dominic McCoy, Bronze in Paper Shredding; Ryan Troup, Gold in Paper Shredding and Hygiene; Triston Page, Gold in Folding Towels, Silver in Paper Shredding, and Bronze in Applications.
The Job Olympics is open to any special education student enrolled at Belton, Ray-Pec, Cass Midway, Pleasant Hill, or Harrisonville Middle Schools. The event was held on April 19 was organized by the Northern Cass County Cooperative.
Journalism students, teacher recognized
Two Harrisonville High School journalism students have been honored by a metro-area organization for their work.
Junior Cassie Long and sophomore Jessica Poisal each earned third place in photography at the annual Journalism Educators of Metro Kansas City (JEMKC) contest. Long's award was in the Newspaper News Photography division and featured a photo of a performance from the homecoming assembly. Poisal's award was for Yearbook Feature Photography and the photo was taken during a performance of Forefront, the schools JV show choir.
The annual contest recognizes high school journalists in the areas of writing, photography, and design and with individual scholarships.
Harrisonville High School journalism teacher Brad Lewis has been elected the President of the Journalism Educators of Metro Kansas City organization for the 2013-14 school year.
Lewis is in his sixth year at HHS teaching Introduction to Multimedia Journalism, Photojournalism, Newspaper, Yearbook, and WCN (broadcast journalism). Prior to teaching at HHS, he completed his student teaching and a long-term substitute contract at Blue Valley West High School. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Avila. Lewis earned his bachelor's degree from Emporia State University and his teaching certification from Avila. He has earned his certification as a Certified Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association.
The Journalism Educators of Metro Kansas City is an organization made up of journalism educators from high schools both in and around the metro Kansas City area. JEMKC serves as a collaborative group offering support to other journalism educators around the area. JEMKC also offers awards and scholarships to current high school journalism students throughout the metro area. Every April, the organization holds the annual JEMKC Awards Ceremony honoring outstanding work of area high school students in the categories of newspaper, news magazine, yearbook, and broadcast. Several high school journalists are also honored for their overall work in within their high school journalism career in writing, photography and editorial leadership.
Lewis' main responsibilities as President will be to oversee all executive board meetings, look for ways to grow and expand the organization, and to work with the Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer on membership drives and the annual spring contest. HATS students explore college options
The 8th grade HATS students visited UMKC and Avila to complete their college exploration unit. They also compared and contrasted different universities, analyzed tuition costs related to different majors, and completed the Pfautsch scholarship application. Partcipating students included Sidney Keeney, Eleanor Dick, Aubrey Valentich, Micaela Roberts, Suzzie Gaines, Keegan Hix, Dillon Eisel, Garrett Lukenbill, Dawson Truman, Jake Holden, Jacob Rushly, Ellis Liles, and Bryan Littrell.
HES Honor Choir "tours" community
The HES 3rd Grade Honor Choir "toured" Harrisonville last week with performances at ECC, Crown Care Center, and their own school. The tour ended with a performance at the school's Art Fair/Ice Cream social. Additional pictures are posted on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HarrisonvilleSchools