JHS senior namedscholarship winner

The Retired Employees Association of Joplin Schools has announced the award of its 2019 scholarship to Joplin High School graduating senior Anne Storms. Anne is the daughter of Timothy and Amy Storms.

She was chosen to be the recipient of the $500 scholarship in part because of her advanced placement coursework, a 4.35 GPA, involvement in vocal music groups and plans to be an English education major when she begins her college career.

Storms plans to attend Missouri Southern State University.

JHS student wins at Joplin Rotary contest

Joplin High School senior Megan Petersen has earned the top award in the Four States region in the Four-Way Test Speech Contest at the Rotary District 6110 annual meeting.

Each year, the Joplin Rotary Club hosts a contest for youths to deliver a speech on the Four-Way Test. The winner of the Joplin area contest moves on to the district level and has the opportunity to win a $1,000 cash prize. Petersen is the first student from the Joplin area to win the overall first-place prize.

Three additional area students competed in the finals, including Addie Jones, of Harrison, Arkansas; Brooke Duncan, of Mount Vernon; and Abigail Bellatti, from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Joplin Rotary Club has served in the Joplin area since 1916 with a message of placing service above self.

CJ senior awarded State Legislators’Scholarship

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction senior Tatum Graham has been named one of eight winners from the state of Missouri for the 2019 Seventh Congressional Women Legislator of Missouri Scholarship. She is the daughter of Marshal Graham and Sarah Graham, of Carl Junction.

Applicants for the honor were selected based on their record of academics, leadership and community service. Graham submitted an essay titled “If you were a state legislator, what would you hope to accomplish and why?”

Graham was selected as the winner for the 7th Congressional District and received $750 along with both House and Senate resolutions. She was also invited to a ceremony at the Capitol to receive her award from state Rep. Bob Bromley and state Sen. Bill White.

Another honor Graham achieved this spring includes being named as Carl Junction High School’s selectee for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award based on athletic and academic achievement. Graham plans to attend Truman State University and major in communication disorders.

CJHS announces state FBLA awards

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction High School Future Business Leaders of America students brought home several awards from the recent FBLA state conference.

The following Carl Junction students qualified for presentation at the national conference:

Chase Lenahan, third place in advertising; Katie Crider and Katie Scott, third place in banking & financial systems.

The following student projects placed at state, earning awards:

Ruth Graham, fifth place in computer application; Jesse Tobolski, sixth place in introduction to business; Katie Scott, eighth place in accounting; Josie Wilkins, Samantha Carlton and Joe Wolf, eighth place in partnership with a business project; Taylor Hughes, Savanna Malcolm and McKenna Jones, eighth place in publication design; Lakyn Shallenburger, Lauralynn King, Kaitlyn Degraw and Sophia Jensen, 10th place in local chapter annual business report.

Additional individual awards included Josie Wilkins for Who’s Who in FBLA; Gracie Smith for Outstanding Service Award; and the Carl Junction chapter for Gold Chapter of the Year.

CJ DI teams boundfor nationals

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Teams from the Carl Junction School District recently competed in the state Destination Imagination tournament and are set to represent Missouri at the international competition in May.

Destination Imagination is the world’s largest creative problem-solving program. Competing teams solved challenges that were scientific, technical, theatrical, structural and improvisational. Teams who placed first at the affiliate tournament qualified to attend an international competition in Kansas City.

In the secondary level high school division, the following three teams placed first:

• Thought Slayers: Lauren Clark, Eli DeGruson, Shane Diskin, Nate Garrett, Mariana Nelson, Isaac Pence and Luke Whitney.

• Get Yourself a Gooses: Kellen Badgley, Abigail Cross, Noa Fontana, Rylie Hensley, Tiffany Pham, Allee Rice and Calvin Richins.

• Of Mice and ... Men?: Wes DePratt, Melissa Hendrickson and Payne Ridgeway.

In the middle level, sixth, seventh and eighth grade division, the following teams placed first:

• Where’s Becky: Ross Craig, Reese Hensley, Chris Nickel, Leela Wakefield and Blaine Wilkerson.

• The Pain Killers: Chloe Abts, Evy Darr, Ben Morey, Nattallee Moritz, Ryan Sprague and Rylee Sprague.

• Maternity Mangoes: Eden Alford, Sara Buchele, Brennan Carey, Etta Dikeman, Jayce Hollon, Tommy Walker and Chris Weeks.

• Birkencrocs: Wyatt Ausborn, Hayden Brenneis, Emma Fleming, Grace Hart, Adia Kennesy and Madison Patrick.

At the elementary level, the following team placed first:

• Mind Blowers on a Regular Basis: Olivia Arnold, Elijah Austin, Madilyn Dalton, Lilian Grimmett, Ashlyn Page, Grace Ware and Jayden Yeary.

FTC students earnhonors at SkillsUSA

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction High School senior Breana Miller earned first place in collision damage appraisal at the recent state SkillsUSA competition.

Miller, who is in the advanced collision repair program at Franklin Technology Center, used assessment and cost estimating, job interview, and written testing skills to become the Missouri first-place recipient. She is now qualified to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition this summer.

Miller plans to attend Tennessee Tech University and study mechanical engineering.

Senior Judd Donaldson was also a state medalist, earning second place in automotive refinishing technology.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit providing an applied instruction method which creates opportunities for enhancing the education of the young individuals who will shape the future of America’s skilled work force. The mastering of job skills along with the development of character traits such as teamwork, self-confidence, positive attitude and leadership are stressed.

Some of the categories included at the competition were carpentry, plumbing, cosmetology, architecture design, photography and many others.

Diamond youth takes equine award for FFA

DIAMOND, Mo. — Kolbe Jones, a junior at Diamond High School, received the second-place Missouri FFA Equine Science Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award at the 91st Missouri FFA convention.

Jones is the son of Tony and Jenny Jones. He is a member of the Diamond FFA chapter, advised by Sadie Steele and Benny McWilliams.

Jones’ supervised agricultural experience program consists of raising, training and selling horses. He partnered with his brother to sell the offspring of the first horse they owned together, and he works with the horses daily, both walking or training on the race tracks.

As an FFA member, Jones attended National FFA Convention & Expo, state FFA convention and Lead, Educate, Advance, Develop Conference for Chapter Officers. In addition to FFA, Jones is a member of the Iowa Quarter Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. He also was a captain of the football team and a member of the wrestling team.

After graduation, Jones plans to study animal science at the University of Missouri. He plans to be an equine reproductive researcher.

Two area studentsearn honors at CMU

FAYETTE, Mo. — Central Methodist University student William Boone, of Webb City, was recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Students are selected for membership based on either academic standing and/or leadership potential. Candidacy is nationally recognized as an achievement of honorable distinction. Nationwide, with 655 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,029,952 members.

Bria Neill, of Aurora, was honored by Central Methodist University’s Division of Fine and Performing Arts for outstanding performances and accomplishments for the 2018-19 academic year.

The division recognized 71 individuals at its annual awards banquet. Neill, a senior biology major, was identified by the dean’s office for having a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the end of the fall 2018 term.

Local student earns leadership award

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Sarah Hill, of Seneca, was one of 22 students honored during the 26th Annual Student Leadership Awards at Webster University.

The ceremony, sponsored by Student Affairs and the Student Government Association, recognized groups and individuals for their leadership involvement at the Webster Groves campus, with nearly 130 students and guests in attendance. Award recipients were selected following an open call for nominations in March. Committees composed of students, faculty, staff and alumni then selected the honorees.

Hill received the Mark Govoni Emerging Leader Award.

Local student achieves semester honors

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Matthew Wilson, of Monett, was recently named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Columbia College.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Sailor and Joplin native to train submariners

GROTON, Conn. — A 2009 graduate of Joplin High School, Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Phillips, is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information systems technicians in the U.S. Navy.

According to a news release from Navy Office of Community Outreach, Phillips credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Joplin.

“My hometown taught me to always be ready to help someone out because you never know when you will need help yourself,” said Phillips.

Phillips works as an information systems technician (submarines) and serves with the Information Warfare Training Command at Virginia Beach Training Site in Groton, Connecticut, one of the Navy’s Centers for Information Warfare Training.

CIWT is responsible for training enlisted cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians, intelligence specialists and electronics technicians. CIWT also provides training to cryptologic warfare, information professional, intelligence and foreign area officers. Phillips’ designation as a Navy information systems technician (submarines) means he is responsible for managing and maintaining the computer systems onboard submarines.

Area graduates earn degrees

LAMONI, Iowa — Two area students recently earned diplomas during spring graduation ceremonies at Graceland University.

Jessee Lukey, of Joplin, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education. Derrick Shadwick, of Neosho, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in agricultural business and business administration.

Joplin student inducted into honor society at MSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Amy Walser, of Joplin, was recently initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, a national collegiate honor society.

Walser is pursuing a degree in exercise science at Missouri State University and is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. The top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.

Local students earn bachelor’s degrees

EMPORIA, Kan. — Three local graduates were among 1,100 candidates for graduation at Emporia State University during commencement exercises on May 10 and May 11.

Christopher Evan Grantham, of Girard, Kansas; Levi Ray Kester, of McCune, Kansas; and Devan Laine Gillis, of Mulberry, Kansas, earned undergraduate degrees.

PSU students earn grand prize at business competition

MANHATTAN, Kan. — High school and collegiate teams from across Kansas recently participated in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge to compete for a total of $77,000 in prize money.

Local students Wynter Jacobs and Sarah Clausen, students at Pittsburg State University, earned the grand prize of $5,000 in the open division for their project, “Live Oriental.”

The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge gave students experience in the process of making a business proposal. Teams competed in two areas: an elevator pitch and a mock boardroom session. For the elevator pitch, competitors had two minutes to pitch their business to a panel of judges without the aid of any presentation materials. In the mock boardroom, judges reviewed each teams’ executive summary and had 15 minutes to ask questions about their businesses. The judges’ scores were used to determine winners in the different competition divisions.

Miami students earn master’s degrees

ADA, Okla. — Two local students were recently announced as the recipients of master’s degrees at East Central University during the 2019 spring commencement ceremonies.

Justin Gordon and Gerald Howse, both of Miami, were candidates for master’s degrees.

Area students named to honor rolls

LAMONI, Iowa — Several area students have been named to the honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2019 spring term.

Megan Byrd, of Carthage; Derrick Shadwick, of Neosho; and Izabella Smith, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, were named to the dean’s list for earning a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64.

Jacob Matlock and Gwyneth Sacry, both of Carthage; and Jaclyn Noel, of Webb City, were named to the honors list for earning a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99.

Melissa James, of Carl Junction; and Isabella Sacry, of Carthage, were named to the president’s list for earning a GPA of 4.0.

Miami student earns undergraduate degree

CHADRON, Neb. — John Fansler, of Miami, Oklahoma, was named as a candidate to graduate with a undergraduate degree during Chadron State College’s spring commencement ceremony.

Fansler was among more than 240 candidates scheduled to receive their undergraduate degrees during the ceremony.

Pittsburg student earns doctorate at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lara Marie Ismert, of Pittsburg, Kansas, was among the 3,428 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during recent commencement exercises.

Ismert earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the office of graduate studies.

JHS alumnus earns bachelor’s degree

ASHLAND, Ohio — Christopher Martucci, of Joplin, received a Bachelor of Arts degree during Ashland University’s spring 2019 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 4.

Martucci majored in digital media journalism and is a 2015 graduate of Joplin High School.