SM East, SM North, Miege, KCC students on Star’s scholar-athlete list. The Kansas City Star has released its annual list of scholar-athletes from metro area high schools. The nominees from northeast Johnson County High Schools are:
- Luke Gromer, of Kansas City Christian, a team captain in baseball, soccer and basketball with a 3.98 out of 4.0 GPA. He’ll be attending Arkansas.
- Andrew McKittrick, of SM East, who earned three varsity letters in swimming and was the editor-in-chief of the Harbinger. He’ll be attending K-State.
- Scott Johnson, of SM North, who was ranked fourth in his class of 322 and won three varsity letters in track and field and two in cross country. He’ll be attending Concordia University.
- Nathan Mohler, of Bishop Miege, a three-sport letterman who ranks seventh in a class of 184. He’ll be attending K-State.
Measles confirmed in JoCo. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Friday confirmed two cases of measles in Johnson County. The disease is characterized by a blotchy rash that typically starts on the head and spreads to the trunk as well as flu-like symptoms. The disease is best prevented through the MMR vaccination when children are 12-15 months old. Measles can pose serious health risks for infants, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
Star raises alarm about state of Kansas budget. The Kansas City Star on Friday published an editorial raising a loud alarm about the state of Kansas’s budget. “Ignore the political spin from Kansas politicians trying to downplay the state’s budget concerns. Focus on the numbers, because they matter more. And they reveal the state’s finances are in a huge hole that could get a lot deeper. A state that already is shortchanging its schools, underpaying employees and running disgraceful waiting lists for disabled citizens who need services is likely to experience even more pain — unless elected officials repair bad decisions made the last two years.” [Kansas budget is running on fumes, and it could get worse — Kansas City Star]