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LS R-7 Roundup

LS R-7 Roundup

 Students selected are (from left) Cara Cha, Fiona Martin, Katelyn Johnson and Sophia Hoffman.

Students selected are (from left) Cara Cha, Fiona Martin, Katelyn Johnson and Sophia Hoffman.

PLMS orchestra members selected to perform at NYC’s Carnegie Hall

Four Pleasant Lea Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra members were recently selected to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The students are Cara Cha (viola), Fiona Martin (cello), Katelyn Johnson (cello) and Sophia Hoffman (violin).


from Lee's Summit R-7 School District

The four student musicians were selected as junior finalists through a competitive audition process for the 2017 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. They will perform with the Junior Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in June.

Junior finalists for the Honors Performance Series include students from 43 states, Canada, Australia and Taiwan. These students will have the opportunity to play with some of the best middle school musicians from around the world, learn from renowned conductors, experience New York City and perform at Carnegie Hall.

The PLMS students were nominated by their orchestra teacher, Adrienne Worstell, based on their leadership in class. They are the only students selected this year from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

LS R-7 high school teams capture honors at robotics championship

Lee’s Summit West wins World Championship division

Teams from Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School were among 406 teams from around the world qualifying for the  26th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship, scheduled for April 26-29 in St. Louis.

Lee’s Summit West’s Team Titanium finished the qualifying rounds with the highest ranking score at the event, winning their division and going a perfect 6-0 in the elimination rounds. This qualified LSWHS to advance to the “Einstein Field” where they faced the other five division winners. On this field, Team Titanium emerged No. 1 from round-robin play and advanced to the championship match where they were upset by the No. 2 alliance.

The LSWHS accomplishment is the highest finish by a Missouri team in the history of the FIRST World Championship. Team Titanium also won the Darwin-Curie Industrial Design Award, sponsored by General Motors, for the robot design, craftsmanship and performance.

Lee’s Summit High School’s Team Driven was the alliance captain for the sixth seeded alliance in the Archimedes division. Team Driven made it all the way to the semifinals losing to an alliance of Team 225 from York, Pa.; Team 558 from New Haven, Conn.; Team 6334 from Midlothian, Va.; and Team 865 from Toronto. While at the World Championship, Team Driven also hosted Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.  

Lee’s Summit North High School Broncobots ranked 29th after the qualification matches. The team was invited to play with the seventh seed alliance going into the finals in the Archimedes division. The Broncobots won the first quarterfinal match, but lost to the second seed alliance made up of Team 225, Team 558, Team 6334 and Team 865.

Each Lee’s Summit R-7 high school team earned spots at the prestigious competition by winning qualifying contests during the annual robotics season. This is the fifth time in the past nine years that all three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools have qualified for the World Championship.  

All three Lee’s Summit R-7 teams are preparing to compete in the third annual Missouri FIRST Championship, scheduled for May 13. LSWHS Team Titanium is the second-time defending state champion at this event.  LSHS Team Driven won the inaugural event meaning that only Lee’s Summit teams have captained the winning alliances of the Robotics Missouri State Championship. Lee’s Summit North is the highest ranking team coming into the Missouri Championships, Lee’s Summit West is ranked third, and Lee’s Summit High School is ranked sixth. These ranks are determined by cumulative outcomes through the regular robotics season.

This year's game, called "Steamworks,"  features three major tasks. They include rapid firing pickle balls into an open funnel, catching giant gears and placing them on spring pegs and climbing a free hanging rope.  All FIRST teams had six weeks in January and February to analyze these objectives, design solutions, fabricate, wire, program and iterate on their designs.

Hazel Grove Elementary raises more than $1,200 to fight leukemia and lymphoma

Students and staff members at Hazel Grove Elementary recently raised more than $1,200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through a Pennies for Patients fund drive.

Through Pennies for Patients, schools raising more than $600 qualify for a reward from Olive Garden. The top class at Hazel Grove -- Beth Abrams’ fifth graders -- participated in a Hospitaliano! Lunch from Olive Garden in Lee’s Summit.

Hazel Grove’s Student Council sponsored the fund drive. Fifth-graders are pictured at the special lunch event.

Lee's Summit R-7 high schools capture nominations in Cappies Theatre Awards program

Several Lee's Summit R-7 School District students and theatre productions were recently nominated for honors in the Cappies Theatre Awards program, which includes recognition for high school theatre productions and critics. Both Lee's Summit High School and Lee's Summit West High School participated in the program this school year.

Through Cappies, high school theatre and journalism students are trained in theatre criticism, organized into teams and assigned to attend plays and musicals at other schools. The students write reviews for local newspapers. At the end of the show season, the critics vote for the Cappies awards. A metro-wide gala will be held May 27 at Excelsior Springs High School to present the Cappies awards.

Lee’s Summit West’s Theatre Department receives the highest number of Cappies nominations for any school in the metro area. LSWHS students nominated follow.

  • Marketing and Publicity - “Mary Poppins” - Madison Crosby and Riley Eggleston
  • Special Effects and or Technology - “Mary Poppins” - Chad Burkhart and Calvin Gaines
  • Hair and Makeup - “Leading Ladies” - Erin Coughennower
  • Props - “Mary Poppins” - Cara Connor and Faith Johnson
  • Costume - “Leading Ladies” - Anniston Barney and Bekah Toone
  • Sets - “Mary Poppins” - Josh Barner and Dylan Brendel
  • Orchestra - “Mary Poppins”
  • Ensemble in a Play - Doc and Butch - Chad Burkhart and Josh Barner
  • Ensemble in a Musical - The Banks Children - Bre Hays and Zach Kavanaugh
  • Featured Actress - Miss Andrew - Samantha Carter
  • Female Dancer - Madison Crosby
  • Male Dancer - Drake Honn
  • Comic Actress in a Play - Florence Snyder - Brinlee Jones
  • Supporting Actress in a Musical - Mrs. Banks - Kayla Lane
  • Supporting Actor in a Musical - Mr. Banks - Ben Ross
  • Supporting Actor in a Play - Jack Gable - Drake Honn
  • Lead Actress in a Play - Meg Snyder - Kayla Lane
  • Lead Actor in a Play - Leo Clark - Bryce Presley
  • Lead Actress in a Musical - Mary Poppins - Abrianah Aldewick
  • Lead Actor in a Musical - Bert - Tyler Frey
  • Best Song - "Step in Time"
  • Best Play - “Leading Ladies”
  • Best Musical - “Mary Poppins.”

Lee’s Summit High School nominations follow.

  • Stage Crew - “The Little Mermaid”
  • Ensemble - Choir and People Among The Dead - “Our Town”
  • Featured Actress - Avery Beavers as Flounder in “The Little Mermaid”
  • Comic Actor In A Musical - Joey Ferguson as Scuttle in “The Little Mermaid”
  • Supporting Actress In A Musical - Elizabeth Bennett in “The Little Mermaid”
  • Lead Actress In A Play - Carly McKay as the Stage Manager for “Our Town”
  • Lead Actor In A Musical - Jack Gerding as Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid”
  • Song - “Poor Unfortunate Souls” in “The Little Mermaid”
  • Female Critic - Abigail Ervin.
Summit Christian Academy Roundup

Summit Christian Academy Roundup

LS Town Hall Ep. 10: A little on the Council soap opera... A lot about kids doing good in our community

LS Town Hall Ep. 10: A little on the Council soap opera... A lot about kids doing good in our community