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Summit Tech dominates Union Station competition

Students from Summit Technology Academy captured many of the top awards at the annual KCSTEM Alliance/Project Lead The Way showcase and competition this spring at Union Station.

Summit Technology Academy teams took first place in both competition categories — Engineering Design and Development and Biomedical Innovations — and were well-represented among the top 10 finishers in each division.

This year’s event drew 267 engineering students (114 teams) and 110 biomed students (95 teams) from both sides of the state line. The competition centers on student teams maintaining an electronic portfolio referred to as The Innovation Portal throughout the school year.

The engineering design teams focus on a project that adheres to the engineering design process, while the biomed teams focus on pure scientific research protocols.

First-place winners in the Engineering Design and Development category were Trey Weeda, Tyler Wascom, Amanda Hill and Levi Madden, all from Lee’s Summit North High School, for their project: The Omni-directional Wheelchair. This team won third place in the innovation competition and was invited to the “Make It Real” entrepreneurial workshop on June 1.

Winning first place in the biomed category were Mikayla Odell and Jayci Goodwin, both from Lee’s Summit West High School, for Cell Phone Emissions Effect on the Growth and Development of C. Elegans.

The first place awards came with a $2,500 scholarship.

Third-place winners in biomed, earning a $1,000 prize, were Alexandra Bower and Maddie Wiencek, also from Lee’s Summit West. Their research title was Acetaminophen Poisoning in Escherichia Coli.

Other Top 10 awardees in engineering were Alexander Johnson, Corbin Copsey, Eli Boland and Logan Feld for Rail System Binder; and Kyle Greenwald, Andy Huffman, Noah Bock and Noah Burton for Silent Alarm Device. This team was also invited to the “Make It Real” entrepreneurial workshop.

Additional Top 10 winners in the biomedical category included Lindsey Allin, Collin Hansen and Isaac Lundergan, for their project “Artificial Silk Manufacturing”; Madeline James, Amber Worden and Emme Thurlo for “Activating Tryptophan in Yeast”; Annie Urhlaub for “Preworkout Supplements”; Conner Berens and Jacob Bennet for “Bacteria Factories”; Callie Miller and Thomas Weems for “The Effect of Vitamin C on Caterpillars”; Nathir Haji for “The Effect of Tetracycline on Bacteria, and Emma Shipley for “The Effect of Blue Light on Yeast Cells.”

SCA names Students of the Year

Summit Christian Academy has chosen its Christian Character Students of the Year.

Fifth-grader Karsyn Crowther is the 2018 honoree at the elementary level. The daughter of Andrew and Tiffany Crowther of Lee’s Summit, Karsyn has been at SCA for six years. The honor roll student is involved in basketball and played a lead role in the fifth-grade musical.

“Karsyn consistently demonstrates compassion and kindness to other students and is always looking for ways to be helpful,” said Elementary Vice Principal Charissa Sanders.

SCA senior Reagan Lyle, the daughter of John and Stacy Lyle of Kansas City, was recognized at the secondary level. She has attended SCA for four years and was a member of the varsity volleyball team, Student Council, Writer’s Corner, National Honor Society and the Student Ambassador Program. She also earned an academic letter.

Lyle plans to major in marine biology at Seattle Pacific University.

“Reagan is a phenomenal young lady who has allowed her smile and heart to shine for the Lord in everything she does,” said Secondary Principal Joe Hesman. “She has such a compassionate heart and is quick to help others in any way that she can.”

Local BattleBOTS team places 12th in nation

The Summit Squared BattleBOTS squad has returned from the National Robotics League competition, where it placed 12th among 68 teams. The team is made up of students from Summit Technology Academy.

The double-elimination competition, held May 18 and 19, consisted of gladiator-style robot battles involving high school and college teams from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Summit Squared BattleBOTS qualified for the national competition in April by winning the regional competition in St. Louis.

Free summer meals begin June 4 for kids

Several hundred children and teenagers can eat for free next month at two elementary schools, thanks to a federally funded program coordinated through the Lee’s Summit R-7 Nutrition Services Department. The meals are available to anyone 18 and younger.

Breakfast and lunch will be served Mondays through Thursdays from June 4 to June 28 in the cafeterias at Meadow Lane and Westview elementary schools. Breakfast will be offered from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meadow Lane is at 1421 N.E. Independence Ave., and Westview is at 200 N.W. Ward Road. Menus are available at

When I grow up...

Students at Lee’s Summit Elementary School are already considering their future careers after a two-day Career Awareness Event in mid-May.

The activities included a dress-up day, an assembly, a job showcase and tours of Equity Bank and Lee’s Summit City Hall.

Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent Dennis L. Carpenter spoke during the assembly, telling students that things sometimes seem impossible but that they should see the word as “I’m possible.”

Business partners presented information about their jobs during the showcase, including representatives from the cities of Lee’s Summit and Raymore, Wayside Waifs, Kansas City Power & Light and the University of Central Missouri admissions office, as well as KSHB 41 news anchor Taylor Hemness and real estate agent Jane Bollin.

St. Michael’s students headed to elite Scholars Academy

Two students from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School in Lee’s Summit — Justin House and Daniel Rogge — have been selected to attend the 33rd Missouri Scholars Academy in June.

The academy is a three-week academic residential program for 330 of Missouri’s gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school. Acceptance is based on student essays, PSAT scores, teacher recommendations and IQ tests.

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