Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Kansas Reps. (from left) Stephanie Clayton, Nancy Lusk and Jarrod Ousley judged the chili contest at Tomahawk Elementary's Science Fair and Chili Cook Off Friday.
Kansas Reps. (from left) Stephanie Clayton, Nancy Lusk and Jarrod Ousley judged the chili contest at Tomahawk Elementary’s Science Fair and Chili Cook Off Friday. Photo courtesy Heather Ousley.

Tomahawk celebrates science, chili. Tomahawk Elementary students and parents gathered at the school Friday evening for the annual science fair and chili cookoff. In addition to the science project displays, there were demonstrations by Mad Science and the SM East Science Club, and a chili contest judged by Kansas Reps. Stephanie Clayton, Nancy Lusk and Jarrod Ousley. In the chili contest, PTA President Jamie Lomshek won the judge’s choice award, and parent Jeff Faulk won the people’s choice award.

SM North boys show strong at Nixa Invitational. SM North’s boys basketball team won its first two games at the Nixa Invitational Tournament in Nixa, Mo., this weekend, but could not get past the host team for the tournament victory. Nixa held off the Indians 62-56 in a back and forth game. Michael Weathers lead the Indians in scoring with 24 points. [Eagles stay calm, hold off Shawnee Mission North to win NIT — CCHeadliner.com]

Miege girls win Newton Invitational. The Bishop Miege girls basketball team took care of business against Andover Central Saturday to win the Newton Invitational Tournament in Newton, Kan. The undefeated Stags beat Olathe Northwest Thursday in the tourney opener and then Garden City Friday to earn their spot in the championship game. They defeated Andover Central 64-51.

Kyle Ball featured in K-State recruiting assessment. Bring on the Cats, the SB Nation site for K-State football, published an overview of K-State’s most recent recruiting class, including the signing of SM East defensive end Kyle Ball. “Obviously a bit underweight for a D1 DE right now, but a RS year and a bunch of time in the weight room and buffet line should help that,” writes editor JT VanGilder. “Ball, who committed in December, helped lead his Lancer squad to their first-ever Kansas state football title, beating state powerhouse Hutchinson in the 6A title game.” [K-State Recruiting: Heading Into The Last Weekend — Bring on the Cats]

Merriam, Prairie Village donate to Community Cares fund. The Shawnee Mission Community Cares Fund was started as a call to action by Superintendent Jim Hinson to stabilize family home situations of immediate and temporary financial hardship so students can be in school and focus on learning. Since its beginning, the fund has provided $14,847 to those in need including everything from utility, transportation and rent assistance; crisis funding for victims of house fires;  and winter coats and shoes. To date the fund has received $42,817.   “Extreme difficulties face some of our children and families.  The City Council felt strongly about being part of district efforts to find a direct way to help Merriam students and families in need”, said Merriam council president Nancy Hupp.  “We were so moved by the story Dr. Hinson shared about a child he saw one morning getting out of the car in the drive-up line at one of our district schools.  The child’s clothes were wrinkled and he had clearly slept the night in the car,” said Ann Lilak, Chairman of the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation.  “Our hearts go out to those students- they are the innocent ones.  Our mission is to help in whatever way we can and make life better for as many of our residents as possible.”

Private gallery run from Mission Hills home. A Kansas City Star interview Sunday highlights the online art gallery business of Patricia Glenn and Michael Pronko that they run from their Mission Hills home with many of the pieces showcased in their home. [Mission Hills couple turn their home into art showcase – Kansas City Star]