Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM East's undefeated boys baseball time is climbing up the national rankings.
SM East’s undefeated boys baseball time is climbing up the national rankings.

USA Today moves Lancers up a notch in national baseball rankings. SM East’s boys baseball team isn’t just the top-ranked squad in the state. It’s also the 14th best program in the entire nation, according to USA Today. The newspaper’s most recent Power 25 rankings of high school baseball teams put the Lancers at 14 in the country, a spot higher than they had been in the previous rankings. [Super 25 Expert Rankings — USA Today Sports]

Johnson County Health & Environment has walk-in hours in Mission during Infant Immunization Week. As part of the county’s observance of National Infant Immunization Week, Johnson County Health & Environment is promoting walk-in hours at its Mission location. You can find the Mission clinic’s hours here.

SM East grad, former Shawnee Mission Post intern, wins Hearst Journalism Awards honor. SM East graduate Chris Heady was among the 10 college students from across the country whose work in personality/profile writing earned recognition from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. Heady took tenth place in the competition, earning a certificate of merit. Heady served as our summer intern in 2014 after his freshman year at the University of Nebraska, where he is now Editor in Chief of the Daily Nebraskan.

Shawnee Mission Health selected for program to promote breastfeeding. Shawnee Mission Health is one of the first hospitals in the country selected to participate in the EMPower Initiative, which will provide specialized training to nurses on breastfeeding and how to educate patients about lactation. More than 270 nurses will participate in the 20-hour training program.

Johnson County Community College holds two commencements. Johnson County Community College will host two main commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 20, in the Gymnasium on the college campus. Students who have earned an associate of applied science degree or a certificate will graduate at 4 p.m. Those who have earned an associate of arts, an associate of science or an associate of general studies will graduate at 7:30 p.m. As a routine safety precaution, campus police will conduct an inspection of large bags. Police recommend that bags larger than 12 inches wide and 12 inches high be left in vehicles.

Roeland Park celebrates Arbor Day April 30. Roeland Park will hold an Arbor Day celebration at R Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 30. The event includes a tree dedication, saplings to pick up, a bake sale, prizes, tree information, and children’s recycling crafts.

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