The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 14, 2006

Achievements


From staff reports

WEBB CITY, Mo. - The 2006 Webb City High School valedictorian and salutatorian have been announced.

The valedictorian is Kristin Holmquist. She plans to attend the University of Missouri School of Journalism as a student of the Honor College. She is the daughter of Thomas and Joyce Holmquist, Webb City.

Ezekiel Tarrant is the salutatorian. He plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia to study pre-med. He is the son of Gregory and Marsha Tarrant, Webb City.

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WEBB CITY, Mo. - McKenzie Baker, a student at Webb City High School, has been awarded a chancellor's scholarship to study at the University of Arkansas.

Chancellor's scholars represent the top five percent of students throughout the United States. The scholarship is awarded to students who have excelled in the classroom and as leaders in their schools and communities.

Baker plans to study pre-med (biology). She attended Mizzou Mini-Medical School and is a member of Primo-ACES, a program for medically interested students. She is the daughter of Chris and Lisa Baker, Webb City.

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William "Bill" Hancock, an LPN student at Franklin Technology Center at Missouri Southern State University, has been selected as one of 12 post-secondary students in Missouri to receive the 2006 Breaking Traditions Award.

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Breaking Traditions Award honors outstanding career and technical students who are enrolled in career training programs considered to be nontraditional for their genders.

This year's Breaking Traditions winners were honored at the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City on April 29. A plaque also was presented to Hancock during a local presentation on May 10 at Jim Bob's Restaurant in Joplin.

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Allison Skelley was admitted to the Kansas Bar Association in a recent ceremony held in Topeka, Kan.

Those admitted to the Kansas Bar were honored during a swearing-in ceremony presided over by the Kansas Supreme Court and during a reception held at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

Skelley is a 1998 graduate of Joplin High School, a 2002 graduate of Duke University and a 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Clayton Dunaway, a senior at Joplin High School, has been selected as the recipient of the R-8 Retired Employee Association of Joplin scholarship for 2006.

Dunaway plans to attend Pittsburg (Kan.) State University and major in music education.

While in high school, he was the winner of the PSU Young Artist competition in 2006 and was a member of the Missouri All-State Band in 2004 and 2005.

He is the son of Steve and Janice Dunaway, Joplin.

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Ann Greenwood, a senior at McAuley Catholic High School, recently competed in Talent on Parade held at Missouri Southern State University.

The talent competition is based out of Wichita, Kan., and contestants compete within their age groups and categories. Greenwood competed in the teen vocal group where she was awarded a top first for her adjudicated score, first overall in the vocal category, Category Cup for the highest points in a category, fourth overall in the novice division, and the "Broadway Bound" judge's award.

She will be competing in nationals in July in Hot Springs, Ark.

She is the daughter of Dr. Anthony and Mary Greenwood of Joplin.

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Zack Lawrence, Joplin, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences at the University of Memphis' Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), was recognized for outstanding student paper at the fall 2005 meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco.

The award was announced recently in Eos, a weekly newspaper of geophysics for refereed articles on current research and the relationship of geophysics to social and political questions. Eos is an official publication of the AGU.

Lawrence is in his third year in the doctoral program at CERI. At the AGU meeting, he competed against students from such prestigious universities as Harvard, Stanford, Southern California, Princeton, Cal Tech, and MIT.

He is the son of Terry Lawrence of Lamar and Martha Bailey of Joplin.

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Nathan Skelley, a 2003 graduate of Joplin High School, was elected as the 2006-07 president of the executive board of the Preprofessional Association Toward Careers in Health (PATCH) organization at Cornell University.

PATCH, comprised of over 700 members, provides undergraduates with the support, advising and resources they need to pursue and make informed decisions about future careers in healthcare. Members are given opportunities to experience different vocations in the health fields. They hear guest speakers on allopathic and alternative medicine and are provided research and internship opportunities.

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BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Sarah Golden, a student at Baxter Springs High School, has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes the top scholars in the nation who have achieved superior academic excellence.

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CARL JUNCTION, Mo. - Seventh- and eighth-grade choir students of Holly Wostal at Carl Junction Junior High School were selected to perform with the 2006 Missouri Choral Directors Association All State Youth Honor Choir.

The students submitted a tape for audition. There were more than 500 audition tapes submitted statewide, from which 200 were chosen to perform in the All State Youth Honor Choir.

The students who will represent Carl Junction are seventh-graders Mark Kartchner and McKinzie Payton, and eighth-graders Bobby Chapman, Jake Devore, Dyanne Lile, Jessica Lucas and Rachel Stroud.

On July 19 they will practice most of the day with other students from across the state and then perform that night as part of the 2006 MCDA Convention in Jefferson City.

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Shannon Linder, Joplin, received a degree in nutrition and food management from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

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Gabriel Cox, Joplin, has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes the top scholars in the nation who have achieved superior academic excellence.

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McAuley Catholic High School's Varsity Quiz Bowl team took first place in the Class 2 District Championship.

The team members are Thanh Nguyen, Coleman Mitchell, Kristen O'Keefe, Emily Timpe and Margaret Adams.

Other schools competing were College Heights, Pierce City, Jasper and Crane.

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A ballet exam session for the Southwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America was held at Karen's Dance Studio in Joplin.

Passing teacher-level exams were Kristina Castro, Beth Hickman and Lindsay Sloan, all of Bentonville, Ark., and Amanda Barrett, Tulsa, Okla.

Passing student graded-level exams were Rebecca Whitsett, Christina Mann, Katy Kaminsky, Lacey Darnell, Jennifer DeMint, Holly Hughes, Addie Doran and Tory Hollingsworth, all of Joplin; Chelsey Crissinger and Lisa Demo, both of Carl Junction; Margaret Kellenberger and Maggie Miller, both of Lamar.

Passing student primary-level exams were Joy Carnes, Alex Bruey, Megan Price, Ashlyn Tyler, Kaitlin Money, Ashlee Simon, Libby Galbraith, Rachael Polen, Cyndey Churchwell, Shaye Weston, Ruth Ann Gentile, Maddie Campbell, Kym Resler, Josie Walker, Alissa Ross, McKenzie Lindsey, Jerra Callihan-Stephens, Madalynn Tyler, Amy Walser, Darbi Needham, Erin Finley, Conalee Churchwell, Kendall Erisman and Emma Dillon, all of Joplin; Kaylee Christy, Hannah Mueller, Caitlin Mueller, Emma Hudson and Hannah Bolt, all of Webb City; Carson Eastburn, Edith Sigler and Glenn Sigler, all of Carl Junction; Ryan O'Sullivan and Shelby Haskins, both of Lamar; Faith Jones, Diamond; and Sierra Watts, Seneca.

Karen Hollingsworth-Drouin was the sponsor for the teacher and student exams.

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Franklin Technology Center Pre-Engineering student Tyler Knewtson placed second in this year's bridge-building contest sponsored by the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

The competition was held in March at Missouri Southern State College, where Knewtson competed against 63 others and qualified to compete at the International Bridge Building Contest held in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in April.

Knewtson attends Joplin High School. His parents are Kelly and Dana Knewtson.