NEJC native Ben Bliss featured on cover of Opera News magazine. SM East graduate Ben Bliss, who started attracting the attention of opera’s movers and shakers a couple of years ago, is featured in a story in the upcoming issue of Opera News magazine that’s plugged on the cover. “Ben Bliss has the clean, clear, unaffected delivery that’s ideal for Mozart and American music — and he will be singing plenty this month,” notes writer F. Paul Driscoll. The June issue of the magazine is expected to hit shelves soon.
Three SM East students show well on 2015 National French Contest. Three SM East students who took part in the National French Contest in March learned recently that they’d performed extremely well in the national rankings. Tom DeZutter and Ali Dastjerdi took the level 5A test, with DeZutter getting the highest score among all Kansas chapter participants. Dasjerdi finished third in the state. DeZutter’s score was good enough for seventh in the country. Dastjerdi was 17th. Zoe Scofield to the level 4A test and came in third in Kansas and 18th in the nation.
SM North grad Barnhart named college athletic director of year. Mitch Barnhart, a 1977 graduate of SM North and the son of Mission City Councilor Suzie Gibbs, has been named the College Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Barnhart is the athletic director at the University of Kentucky. The award is given to the outstanding athletic director for commitment and positive contributions to student athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities. Barnhart has been athletics director at Kentucky since 2002 and was in the same job at Oregon State from 1998 to 2002.
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