Suspended SM North teacher reportedly posted racially insensitive tweets. KCTV5 reported Monday that SM North teacher Ben Keech’s private Twitter account contained a handful of messages that could be viewed as racially insensitive. “”I love Hispanics who like to mow,” and “What do dirt and basketball have in common? Darker the better,” are among the tweets in question. [Shawnee Mission School Board will decide controversial teacher’s fate — KCTV5]
Wolf-backers’ challenge to Roberts’ residency fails. A Kansas elections board on Monday ruled that Sen. Pat Roberts is a legal resident of the state, and thus qualified to remain on the primary election ballot this August. Eight tea party supporters of northeast Johnson County resident Milton Wolf, who is challenging Roberts for the Senate seat he’s held since 1997, filed the claim that Roberts isn’t officially a Kansas resident. Wolf has made Roberts’ infrequent time in the state a major issue in his campaign. [Kansas Board Upholds Senator’s Re-Election Filing — Associated Press]
Rain postpones several high school games. Mother Nature threw a wrench into the closing week of high school sports for a number of local teams. SM East and SM North’s softball game at the SMSD Softball Complex — a makeup from an April 29 rainout — was cancelled on account of the weather. SM East takes the field tonight against Olathe Northwest in its final regular season game of the year, with Senior Night honors scheduled between the games. SM North has its final softball game of the season this Thursday against Lawrence.
In baseball, SM East’s home game against St. James Academy was rescheduled for today at 4:30 p.m.
And in soccer, SM North’s game against SM South was moved to Thursday at SM South stadium. SM East’s team, however, worked in their scheduled game against Maranatha Academy, and finished the night with a decisive 10-0 victory to move to 10-4-1 on the season. The Lancers take on Olathe Northwest tonight at 7 p.m. at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex.
NEJC students recognized in Congressional Art Competition. SM East senior Haley Johnson and SM north Student Christopher Cambrice received honorable mentions in the Kansas 3rd District Congressional Art Competition. SM West’s Jessi Sailer won the competition with a photograph entitled “Freedom” that will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capital Visitor Center alongside work from the winners of other congressional art competitions from across the country.
SM North students win scholarships. A number of scholarships have been recently awarded to SM North students. Among the winners are twins Salvador and Ana Montanez, English Language Learners who won the BizFest Johnson County Community College Scholarship; Corbin Tannahill, who won the First National Bank Business Competition and $1,000; Goldia Kiteck was the Balfour’s Scholarship winner from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
SM North wins Spotlight Award. The Kansas Sate Department of Education, along with the Charter Education Partnership, has recognized SM North with the Spotlight Award for demonstrating education principles that include creating a caring community, engaging families and community members in character building, fostering self-motivation and implementing meaningful curriculum. Grant Dreiling is coordinator of the SM North Positive Student Expectations Committee.