Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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St. Ann students donate 2,000 diapers to charity. St. Ann students on Thursday morning showed the fruits of their labor to raise more than $1,000 to help purchase diapers for Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Happy Bottoms. Student council representatives were able to buy 2,000 diapers with that money, which they handed over to Catholic Charities Thursday morning. “This donation will help families we serve meet an immediate need, but it will also help them move forward,” Communications Coordinator Lisa Tulp said. “Clean diapers keep a baby healthy, and day care providers require parents to supply them for their children, so it’s especially helpful to the working parents we serve.”

Lanky lineup has 810 varsity bullish on SM East this season. 810 Varsity is getting ready for the upcoming basketball season by previewing its top 25 metro programs in the state. SM East comes in at number 21, with 810 noting the return of a tall lineup of experienced seniors Davis Morrison, Mark Ward and Luke Ehly along with junior Zeb Vermillion. SM East opens it season at home tonight against Piper at 7 p.m. [Season Preview: No. 21, SM East — 810 Varsity]

SM East’s Dinakar is scholarship semifinalist. Bhavish Dinakar, a senior at SM East, is a 2016 Coca-Cola Scholars Semifinalist. Each year, the scholarship program selects 150 outstanding students to receive a $20,000 college scholarship. Dinakar earned a perfect score on the ACT this year.

Mission, Merriam tree lightings this weekend. The last of the NEJC tree lighting events will take place in Mission tonight and Merriam on Saturday. Tonight the action will be in Mission where the Holiday Lights and Festive Sights event was rescheduled from last week because of weather. It begins at 5:30 p.m. at Sylvester Powell Community Center and will be combined with the Free Family Fun Night that is on the calendar for tonight. Merriam holds its Sundown with Santa Saturday night starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Merriam Marketplace.

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