SM East golf team qualifies for state. SM East’s golf team put itself in a position to compete for its first state title since 2011 Monday with a second place finish in the state regional tournament at Deer Creek Golf Course. Blue Valley North took first place with a team score of 313. SM East shot 326, and was followed by Blue Valley West with a 332. Johnnie Norton shot a team best 79 for the Lancers, which was good enough for fifth place overall. Worth Blackman and Lucas Jones both shot 82, and Andy Spencer and Brady Clark both shot an 83. The state tournament will be Tuesday, May 27 at the Topeka Country Club.
Coverage of Shawnee Mission decision on Briarwood, Brookridge overcrowding. KMBC ran a brief report on its website Monday evening regarding the school district’s decisions on how to approach overcrowding at Briarwood and Brookridge. As we reported yesterday afternoon, the Briarwood attendance area will not change. [Shawnee Mission unveils decision on school boundaries — KMBC]
New contract for city administrator. The Roeland Park City Council approved a new one-year contract for City Administrator Aaron Otto, giving him the first salary increase since he was hired in 2011. The annual salary will increase by $2,000 to $82,000 per year. The contract also provides for a car allowance and other benefits.
SM North choir students receive top ratings at state festival. Two SM North choir soloists receive 1st division ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Emporia State University in late April. Both Carina White and Michael Webb received the top ratings. Their classmate Alex Vondershmidt earned a 2nd division rating. SM North’s junior and treble ensembles also earned 1st division ratings. The junior ensemble members are Matt Mahr, Hannah Patterson, Chelsea Turner, Ali Yabcey and Michael Webb. The treble ensemble members are Taylor Morrison, Mikela Williams, Roxxi Duffel, Erin Grochowsky, Madison Brown, Maggie Hendricks, Darian Rogers, Alyssa Vela, Cassie Diebold, Alli Arnote, Alexis Paul, Natalie Lanman, Taya McCorkle and Lida Lon.
Westwood pool season opens Saturday. Woodside pool will open for the 2014 season this Saturday at 11 a.m. West wood residents can purchase a Woodside pool pass for $40 for individuals and $85 for a family a four. More information is available here.
Seven NEJC natives receive graduate degrees from Emporia State University. Seven NEJC natives were among the nearly 300 students who earned graduate degrees from Emporia State University this spring. The students are:
- Kathryn Ballard, Roeland Park, master of library science degree
- Ran Duan, Mission, MBA with a concentration in information systems
- Jennifer Michele Fontaine, Mission, master’s degree in school counseling
- Ashlee Nichole Franklin, Fairway,master’s degree in educational administration
- Kurt Parker, Mission, master’s degree in educational administration
- Kassie Posladek, Prairie Village, mater’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages
- Kathryn Richardson, Roeland Park, education specialist degree in school psychology