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MdCV graduates reflect on time together

MELVERN—The 23 members of the Marais des Cygnes Valley Class of 2015 received their diplomas, and several scholarship awards, during the school’s graduation ceremony May 9 at MdCV High School in Melvern.

Graduates and attendees were welcomed by Thad Thurston, MdCVHS principal, along with a recognition of moms for Mother’s Day.

The 23 graduates were presented with 39 awards, announced by Laurel Ladewig, MdCV counselor (see awards below). The lengthy presentation was followed by the graduate speeches.

SFT graduates 94 in the Class of 2015

CARBONDALE—The Santa Fe Trail High School class of 2015 recognized 94 seniors May 9 at commencement exercises at the high school.

Students were accompanied by the SFT band to the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” After the welcome by student council president Adam Fischer, the Choraliers sang “Do I Make You Proud” arranged by Mac Huff.

Salutatorian Andrea Hinck addressed the packed stands with her speech titled “Find Your Passion.”

“I am passionate for veterinary medicine, books and rats for pets,” Hinck said.

USD 456 board member resigns, alleges violations by district

MELVERN—USD 456 Board of Education member Robert Bailey resigned from his position at the end of Monday’s regular meeting. After providing each member of the board with a copy of his letter of resignation, Bailey read aloud his reason for leaving.

Class of 2015 - Graduation Section

Botany class continues to thrive in Burlingame

BULINGAME—Despite setbacks, including budget cuts and slow growth, the botany class at Burlingame High School continues to grow fresh flowers and vegetables.

“We raise plants for sale,” said Tom Fancher, instructor for the block eight class, which meets Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

The class includes nine students – eight juniors and one senior – who raise plants every spring. Fancher also confirmed the class will be available again next year, despite budget cuts to the district.

Mock accident brings real focus to distracted driving

MELVERN—Prom season usually comes with several warnings of impaired driving. In addition to those called by alcohol and drugs, a mock accident held last week for Marais des Cygnes Valley High School students focused specifically on distracted driving as a result of texting.

“Sometimes that’s the best way to get their attention is to show them the actual results,” said Kenen Martinez, Melvern city marshal.

The results of a hypothetical distracted driving accident were played out by members of the MdCV forensics class, a scene that included a fatality and several injuries.

Osage City to host youth Olympics May 2

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City High School Track team will host the first Osage County Olympics Youth Track Meet on May 2 at the OCHS Track and Field.

The event will be open to third through sixth-grade students from Burlingame, Lyndon, Marais des Cygnes Valley, Osage City and Santa Fe Trail schools. Forms are available at each elementary school office.

Each student will participate in up to eight events, which include the shot put, softball throw, long jump, high jump, 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash and 4x100 relay.

MdCV to host school carnival April 18

QUENEMO—The 11th annual Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School carnival is scheduled 10 a.m.–1 p.m. April 18 at the elementary school, 218 N. Eighth St., Quenemo.

Several games and activities will be available for children, including inflatables, carnival games, a silent auction and a raffle. Concessions will also be available.

Money raised will support the reading and math programs at the school.

Candidate Profiles: USD 454 Board of Education

The Osage County Herald-Chronicle is providing basic information on area candidates running for school board positions in the April 7 election.

Candidates for each position were contacted by mail at the address of filing and were asked to provide a photo and return questions about why they are running for office, issues and goals they wish to address, their past record of service and their relationship to the community.

Traci Herrick

USD 454 At Large Position

Candidate Profiles: USD 456 Board of Education

The Osage County Herald-Chronicle is providing basic information on area candidates running for school board positions in the April 7 election.

Candidates for each position were contacted by mail at the address of filing and were asked to provide a photo and return questions about why they are running for office, issues and goals they wish to address, their past record of service and their relationship to the community.

Beth Weimer

USD 456 Position 2

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