Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Senior Akshay Dinakar hosted the seventh annual Poetry Slam in the SM East  library Friday.
Senior Akshay Dinakar hosted the seventh annual Poetry Slam in the SM East library Friday.

SM East gets poetic with seventh annual “Slam.” Approximately 300 students used their lunch period to get a little culture at SM East Friday at the seventh annual Poetry Slam, where students read original works. Three winners in the event, which took place in the SM East library, received gift certificates to Chick Fil A.

SM East, SM North students to attend robotics world championships. NEJC high school students will accompany the SM West robotics team to the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis starting April 22. In addition to the seven-person Viking Robotics team that came in second at the FIRST Kansas City Robotics Competition last month, one student from SM East and two students from SM North will attend the competition after having helped the Vikings get their machine ready.

Rose previews Senate plan to balance Kansas budget. The Kansas City Star’s Steve Rose used his Saturday column to lay out Senate Ways and Means Committee Vice Chair Jim Denning’s thoughts about how to stem the state’s $600 million budget hole. Denning says plugging the loophole that exempts small business owners from paying taxes on their own wages could help save $110 million. [How to find $600 million for the Kansas budget — Kansas City Star]

Roeland Park reception for council members – old and new – tonight. Roeland Park will hold a reception for its three new incoming members and three outgoing members of the city council tonight at 6 p.m. in city hall. The reception will welcome new councilors Erin Thompson, Michael Poppa and Tim Janssen. It also will thank Megan England, Jennifer Gunby and Mrek Gliniecki for their years of service on the council. A council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Emerald Ash Borer presentation Wednesday. Learn about the presence of EAB in the area and what can be done about your ash trees. Dennis Patton, horticulture agent of the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office will be the presenter at the session held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sylvester Powell Community Center.

SM North yearbook wins award. The National Scholastic Press Association has named the SM North yearbook, The Indian, a winner of a Pacemaker Award at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention held this weekend in Denver. The 2013-2014 yearbook editors were Andrew Neyins, Savannah Rottanavong, and Kathy Hammer. Becky Tate is the faculty advisor.

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