Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM East wrestlers celebrating the Regionals win. Photo via Twitter.
SM East wrestlers celebrating the Regionals win. Photo via Twitter.

SM East wrestlers win Regionals. SM East’s wrestling team bested the field at this weekend’s eight-team Regional meet in Lawrence. Led by class-dominating performances by Mike Bamford in the 152-pound division and Jack Carter in the 220-pound division, the Lancers edged Lawrence for first place by four points in the team standings.

McGinley sisters making an impact on KU softball team. Former SM East softball standouts Erin and Shannon McGinley are proving to be quite the tandem on the University of Kansas women’s softball team. Now both starters for the squad, Shannon, a senior, and Erin, a sophomore, recently got a shout out from coach Megan Smith. “I am really pleased with the offense,” Smith said. “Shannon and Erin McGinley are doing some really great things for us.” [No. 24 Fresno State Edges Kansas in Extra Innings, 3-2 — KU Athletics]

Mission City Council holds workshop Wednesday. The Mission City Council will hold a special workshop session at 6 p.m. Wednesday at city hall. The agenda will include an update on the sign inventory and a street program update.


State group honors Mission staff member. Jenny Smith, recreation supervisor at the Sylvester Powell Community Center, recently received the President’s Citation for leadership she has provided to the Young Professionals group at the Kansas Recreation & Parks Association.

Crestview receives task force award. Crestview Elementary in Merriam is the recipient of a Challenge Award from “The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force.” The award recognizes Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing challenges. A Kansas State Board of Education member will present the award this week.

Hocker Grove grade-configuration meeting Tuesday. A task force reviewing grade configuration and specifically if sixth grade students should be moved into middle school will hold a community forum Tuesday at Hocker Grove Middle School. The session will start at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. More information about the task force can be found here.

SM North has state champions at BPA competition. SM North’s Business Professionals of America had two state champions and a long list of students who placed in the top 10 during the state competition in Wichita this weekend. The video production team of Brennan Colahan and Kimberly Tran placed first and Gressi Lopez placed first in human resource management. Hannah Merrell won the Statesman Torch Award for Community Service.

Seat open on JCCC Board. Johnson County Community College Trustee Bob Drummond has submitted his resignation from the board. Drummond has been a trustee at JCCC since 2009. The trustees will appoint someone to complete Drummond’s term which ends in January 2018. Interested persons are invited to submit an application to the college. Candidates will be interviewed and one will be chosen to fill the seat.

MainStream Forum date changed. A forum on education which was scheduled for this week by the MainStream Coalition has been moved to March because of the legislature’s schedule this week. The forum, “What will a Kansas Education be worth?” will now be held at 7 p.m. March 1 at Colonial Church in Prairie Village. Speakers will include Kansas Reps. Nancy Lusk, Melissa Rooker and Jarrod Ousley. The forum is co-sponsored by Game On and will be moderated by Mark Desetti of KNEA.

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