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Lee's Summit Journal

Bernard Campbell students learn about legal system, rights, privacy from judges

Eighth-grade students explored the law at Bernard Campbell Middle School when several judges visited their social studies classrooms.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judges Mark Styles, Charles McKenzie and Janette Rodecap visited the school on Feb. 1.

Styles addressed students’ right to privacy and why it is more limited in the schoolhouse than elsewhere.

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Students role-played as judges and offenders when Lee’s Summit Police Officer Ryan Brownell demonstrated components of a search warrant for a missing ring as he explained protocols for conducting a search.

Students also explored specific cases that dealt with privacy at school.

During a discussion about free speech, McKenzie and Rodecap challenged students to think about why free speech is important.

Students receive women in tech awards

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 students received Aspirations in Computing Awards from the Western Missouri and Kansas affiliate of the National Center for Women in Technology.

The receipients from Summit Technology Academy are Aamna Khan, Ruby Rios and Chayenne Sandoval-Williams along with Lee’s Summit West’s Emiline Stewart and Lee’s Summit’s Lailah Weatherspoon.

Summit Technology Academy’s Samantha Kreisel and Lee’s Summit North’s Shelby Soukup received honorable mention honors.

Terry Yoast, a teacher at Summit Tech, won the affiliate’s 2018 Kansas City Women in Technology Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.

The Aspirations in Computing Award honors high-school level women for their computing-related achievements and interests. Winners are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

SCA students prevail in Chinese speech contest

Summit Christian Academy international students William Feng and Doris Li took first and second place, respectively, in the 2018 Year of the Dog Chinese speech competition sponsored by the University of Kansas.

The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas, in partnership with KU’s Center for East Asian Studies and the Kansas City Chinese American Association, sponsored the contest at Johnson County Community College.

After submitting video entries, Feng and Li were invited to the next level of competition, where they were asked to talk about how their families celebrate a traditional Chinese festival.

“I talked about the Spring Festival and what my family’s traditions are,” Li said. “Even though it was a Mandarin Chinese speech context, I still learned a lot about leadership and being confident in front of many people. It was my pleasure to compete with other students.”

Feng focused on the Mid-Autumn Festival, which includes an activity called Bobing.

“The rule of Bobing is very simple,” he said. “You throw six dice into a big bowl and get different prizes based on the results of dice in your bowl. I also talked about how precious it is for my parents and relatives to gather together on that day because they are super busy. I was impressed to see many other American students speaking in Chinese and their strong interest in Chinese culture.”

Health effort brings $1,000 to Westview

Fourth-graders at Westview Elementary recently won $1,000 for their school through the KC Healthy Kids’ I Am Here photo contest.

The students, who are in Corinne Drummond’s class, submitted photo stories showing how their community helps or hinders healthy habits. The achievement put the class is in the running for a $2,500 grand prize determined by a peer-judged “Shark Tank” style pitch contest.

Through the contest, teachers helped students think critically about how their surroundings — walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants — affect their health.

Students in third through eighth grades from six counties in the metro area were invited to participate.

Lee’s Summit North crowns king, queen at Courtwarming

Lee’s Summit North High School crowned its Courtwarming king and queen earlier this month. The honorees are Josh Stine and Jenell Johnson.

A meetup for girls and engineering

Sixty-three Lee’s Summit R-7 seventh-graders attended Summit Technology Academy’s first-ever Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day on Feb. 2 at the school.

The middle-school students heard about high-school engineering classes from older female students and met women engineers from local firms.

The event ended with a design challenge in which the girls created catapults, each team hoping theirs would launch a mini marshmallow the farthest.

SCA singers chosen for honors choir

Twelve high school students from Summit Christian Academy won spots in the Kansas City Metro Honors Choir, which performed recently at Lee’s Summit High School.

Members of the ninth and tenth grade Honors Choir were freshmen Annie Harsch, Grace Filer, Benjamin Schwab, Zackary Oppriecht and Ryan Wagy, and sophomores Faith Mendenhall, Hannah Helms and William Chapman.

Members of the Women’s Honor Choir were seniors Alley Brown and Emilie Moyer. The Men’s Honor Choir included sophomore Patrick Simpson and senior Michael Werner.

Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Star

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