Friday, May 16, 2014

Over $1.25 Million Awarded to Grandview Seniors


 
 
Seventy-three seniors from Grandview High School were honored with recognition and scholarships for their achievements during their high school career. Last Tuesday, May 6, students received scholarships totaling $1,263,802. Those receiving scholarships were:

Freedom Akinmoladun – University of Nebraska – Lincoln NCAA Student Athlete Opportunity Fund, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Athletic Additional Board Scholarship, and University of Nebraska – Lincoln Football Scholarship

Jerel Alexander – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Lindenwood University Merit Scholarship, and Lindenwood University Football Performance Scholarship

Ashley Anderson – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship, and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Destinee’ Arthur – Grandview Education Foundation Scholarship, Grandview Lions Club Scholarship, Family, Career & Community Leaders of America Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Cass County Health Foundation Nursing or Health Career Scholarship, Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, University of Saint Mary Dean’s Scholarship, and University of Saint Mary Softball Scholarship

Katherine Bartlett – North American Savings Bank Scholarship, Jess L. Taylor Scholarship, Math & Science Club Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, University of Missouri – Columbia George C. Brooks Scholarship, and University of Missouri – Columbia Bess & George Corrigan Scholarship

Christian Blanton – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Makayla Brooks – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship

Monique Brown – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship, Marcia E. Yano Memorial Scholarship, Allen Meyer Community Service Recognition Scholarship, Kansas City South Rotary Club Education Foundation Scholarship, Cass County Health Foundation Nursing or Health Career Scholarship, Grandview Instrumental Music Boosters Club Scholarship, and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Hector Chavez – Cass County Health Foundation Nursing or Health Career Scholarship and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Danielle Collier – Jostens Grandview High School Activity Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Missouri State University Multicultural Leadership Recognition Award, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Omega Chapter Debutante Ball Award

Nash Dawson – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Cameron Dean – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship and Kansas City Securities Association Education Fund Scholarship

Alexandra Dobbins – Mississippi Valley State University Book Scholarship

Codey Farrow – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship

Korayma Flores – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Cynthia Flores Maravilla – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Emily Foster – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Robert Scott George – Jason Paul Noonan-Kurtz Memorial Scholarship

Leonard Greene – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Pittsburg State University Diversity Scholarship, Pittsburg State University Music Scholarship, and Pittsburg State University Marching Band Participation Award

Shawn Griddine – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Iliana Guardado – Grandview Education Foundation Scholarship, Jane Bryan Community Scholarship, ESP Bonus Scholarship, Mary Ann Ewert Memorial Scholarship, Grandview Police Employees Association Scholarship, Gary E. Martinette Memorial Scholarship, Cass County Health Foundation Nursing or Health Career Scholarship, National Honor Society – Esther Dunnington Service Award, and Rockhurst University Dowling Scholarship

Christian Hunley – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, Southwest Baptist University Football Performance Scholarship, Southwest Baptist University Board of Trustees Scholars Award, and Southwest Baptist University Sibling Scholarship

Christopher Hunley – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, Southwest Baptist University Football Performance Scholarship, Southwest Baptist University Board of Trustees Scholars Award, and Southwest Baptist University Sibling Scholarship

Jordan Jacoway – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Brooke Jochens– Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Kelsee Kolman – ESP Bonus Scholarship and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Crystal Lake – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship, Grandview Masonic Lodge #618 Scholarship, Cass County Health Foundation Nursing or Health Career Scholarship, Avila University Achievement Scholarship, Avila University A+ Eligible Award, and Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association Scholarship

Drea Lesure – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Park University Softball Grant, and Park University Basketball Grant

Nathaniel Levy – Grandview National Education Association Scholarship and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Josiah Lunceford – Truman State University Combined Ability Scholarship and Truman State University President’s Honorary Scholarship

Haylee Marischler – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Rachel Martin– Larry R. Downing Memorial Scholarship, Grandview Community Teachers Association/MSTA Scholarship, and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Sheriyah Matthews – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Clayton McCabe – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Christian McFadden – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Cierra Moore – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, Cass County Health Foundation Nursing or Health Career Scholarship, and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Amanda Nolen – ESP Bonus Scholarship, Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, Jarad M. Free Memorial Scholarship, Grandview Police Employees Association Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Avila University Achievement Scholarship, Avila University Eligible Award, Avila University Mission Grant, Avila University Soccer Scholarship, and KMBC-TV Hy-Vee Scholar Athlete Award

E. Justin Obasi– Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Alexandro Paredes – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Zachary Price – Jostens Grandview High School Activity Scholarship

Maria De Jesus Rivera – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Hannah Rutherford – Grandview Education Foundation Scholarship, Ray and Mary Klapmeyer / Grandview High School Scholarship Foundation Award, Grandview Lions Club, Grandview

Federation of Support Personnel Scholarship, Cass County Health Foundation Nursing or Health Career Scholarship, Belton Regional Medical Center Staff Scholarship, and Grandview Hickman Mills Elk’s Lodge # 2088 Student of the Year Scholarship

Shelby Schooley – Grandview National Education Association Scholarship and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Victoria Shackelford – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, and Northwest Missouri State University Tower Scholarship

Morgan Shaw – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship and Northwest Missouri State University Distiguished Scholar Award

Cassio Shipp – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship

DeAnthony Simmons – Grandview PTA Council Achievement Award, Arthur McGregor Memorial Scholarship, Monique Shurray Lucas Literacy and Communication Scholarship and North American Savings Bank Scholarship

Bryce Spence – Grandview Hickman Mills Elk’s Lodge # 2088 Student of the Year Scholarship

and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Kaytlynn Sprowl – Grandview Education Foundation Scholarship, Grandview Instrumental Music Boosters Club Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Missouri State University Deans’ Scholarship and Horatio Alger Scholar Award

Emily Stifter – Gladys Robinson Martin City PTA Scholarship

Shelbe Thompson – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship

Annastasia Tuttle – Grandview Lions Club Scholarship, Jess L. Taylor Community Scholarship, Sandra Howard Theatrical Scholarship, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Northwest Missouri State University Tower Scholarship, and Northwest Missouri State University A+ Scholarship

Christeen Walker – Diana Bundy English Award and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Morgan Walker – Grandview Education Foundation Scholarship, Grandview Lions Club Scholarship, Grandview PTA Council Scholarship Award, Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship, Stephens College Stephens Award, and Stephens College Community Engagement Award

Shannon Ward – John J. and Ethel L. Strode Scholarship and Grandview Federation of Support Personnel Scholarship

Marquitta West – University of Missouri – Columbia Diversity Award

Star Wilkins – Grandview Bulldog Booster Club Scholarship and Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Darius Williams – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship

Tyra Woods – Missouri Department of Higher Education A+ Scholarship and University of Missouri – Columbia Diversity Award

Chanmi Yang – Coe College Daniel Coe Scholarship and Coe College Diversity Leadership Book Honorarium

Thursday, May 8, 2014

GHS Teacher Honored at District and State Levels


by Mary Wilson

Grandview High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Cheryl Landers is ending the 2013-14 school year on a high note or two. The 24-year teaching veteran, mother of four and grandmother of four, has not only been named Grandview School District’s teacher of the year, but has also been named Missouri ProStart’s educator of the year.
Landers also serves on the Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences Board, holding many titles over the years from treasurer to committee chair. She learned in January that she was nominated for the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year, and will be notified over the summer whether or not she will receive that title as well.

“It’s all happened at once,” said Landers. “It’s been amazing. I was shocked by all of them, I really was.”
Landers was driving when she received the call that she was named the Missouri ProStart Educator of the Year. “I was late to my meeting because of that call,” said Landers.

The ProStart award is given to one instructor in Missouri each year by the Missouri Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to recognize exceptional educators who utilize the ProStart program in their classrooms. The award is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
Landers has been a ProStart instructor for eight years and has worked with regional Missouri Restaurant Association members to access resources to assist the team in preparing for very difficult state and national competitions.  The many hours spent by the team members learning new skills, developing creative concepts, and making professional contacts in the industry has indeed paid off as these students prepare for future careers. 

ProStart is a national career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and foodservice management. The Missouri ProStart program hopes to inspire a new generation of talent, to help build the Missouri restaurant industry through real world education combined with classroom curriculum relevant to today’s evolving foodservice industry.  Many students have a newfound interest in high school and are applying themselves academically in other classes in order to be a part of the two-year restaurant management and culinary arts program, according to Missouri ProStart.

“It gives the kids the skills and the knowledge for a good start,” said Landers. “I’ve had a few students hired at a higher position in the restaurant industry than those without the ProStart training. Their managers are recognizing the skills they’ve learned.”
Landers was selected as the Grandview High School teacher of the year, and from there was automatically a finalist for the district title. She was ultimately chosen as teacher of the year for the district, and was honored on Tuesday, April 29, with family, friends and colleagues at the district’s employee recognition banquet.

“I was totally shocked,” said Landers. “I was quite honored that my school selected me. I was wondering what I’d done differently. I just do the same thing I’ve done every year. I just do my job.”
Six or seven years into her teaching career, Landers recalls questioning whether she would stay in Grandview or look elsewhere. Deciding Grandview was her career home, Landers has stayed put.

“I love Grandview,” said Landers. “The district has supported my department and really valued what we do.”
Landers said she plans to work well after her retirement age, hoping for another ten years of teaching Grandview’s youth.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

South Kansas City Ready for the Blue

Oxford on the Blue to Be Home of Great Opportunity

By Mary Wilson


Developers for the upcoming Oxford on the Blue property, located north of 87th Street between I-49 and I-435, presented updates to neighbors at the Southern Communities Coalition meeting on Wednesday, April 16.

“I guess it could be described as a saga, because it’s been going on for a long, long time,” said Kerr.

Starting his career with the city planning commission in 1955, Kerr has been in the Kansas City development industry nearly 60 years. According to Kerr, with the history of the interstates in the metropolitan area, the approach to acquire the right-of-way on the Kansas side was different from what the Missouri Highway department’s philosophy was.

“If you think about I-35 on the Kansas side, they bought enough right-of-way to create service roads on either side of the interstate,” said Kerr. “On the Missouri side, we built triangles at the on and off points that were not connected with the service roads.”

Many industrial buildings were then developed to be situated along the service roads in Kansas, therefore leading the way to the take-off of Johnson County, according to Kerr, who was involved in the development of Corporate Woods. The Oxford on the Blue project provides a unique situation for developers due to the proximity to both I-49 and I-435, along with the completion of 87th Street connecting both interstates.

“The property has a unique set of infrastructure advantages,” said Kerr. “We want to save as much of the natural beauty of the site as possible. Instead of having great big surface parking, we’d like to develop structured parking so we don’t have to just scalp everything.”

Eight years ago, James Stowers showed interest in the property, and after a year of negotiations Kerr sold the property to Stowers, who felt that the neighborhood of Jackson Hills should also be acquired due to the sub-standard housing developments that did not comply with the subdivision development codes of Kansas City.

“There were 39 houses there, and we have now bought all but two,” said Kerr. “One of the two is owned by the housing authority, and we’re very close to closing on that. Within the next few weeks, I think we’ll have all of them, which will complete the land assemblage.”

The area comprises of about 320 acres. In addition to the land owned by Stowers for the Oxford on the Blue project, another 25 acres remains and is currently being negotiated.  The mixed-use project will involve commercial, office, and both multi-family and single-family residential. It is a large project that will be implemented over a long period of time.

Scientists working at the Stowers Institute come from all over the world, and Stowers envisions a campus for them. After spending a year and a half in England, he envisioned Oxford on the Blue (next to the Blue River) as an oasis for these scientists.

“This will be a campus where these scientists can think and live,” said Kerr. “The idea is to incentivize these scientists who are in Kansas City at the Stowers Institute, to keep the ideas in Kansas City.”

The idea is a scientific development that can continue to expand over a period of decades. With the system of interstates providing access to it, Kerr stated that it is accessible across the metropolitan area. The ability to further the connectivity remains, with the Country Club right-of-way ending less than a mile from the property.

Attorney for the project James Bowers stated that the project, despite the correlation with James Stowers, is not related to the Stowers Institute. A proposal to the City of Kansas City planning commission, in the form of an application for an Urban Renewal (UR) zoning designation, is currently pending for the project. The plan divides the property into proposed lots for development purposes. The development will happen in phases, and a timeline for those phases has not been determined.

The hearing for the project to go before the planning commission is Tuesday, May 6. The next and final meeting for the school year for the Southern Communities Coalition will be on Wednesday, May 21.