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Orchestra Students, Graphic Design Students, and KCP&L Recognized for Extraordinary Educational Experiences

Every North Kansas City School District School Board meeting begins with recognition of students and community members of the North Kansas City School District. At the Thursday, January 14, 2016 the Board recognized all-state orchestra and band students, students from the Winnetonka graphics design class for their work for the city of Claycomo, and KCP&L for their gifting of Pin Oaks to the district.

A total of 10 students from the district’s high schools were recognized for being chosen for all-state orchestra and band. The students auditioned in Columbia, Missouri on December 5 for a seat on the Missouri All-State Orchestra, Band or Jazz Band. The students will be perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention at Tan-Tar-A on Saturday, Jan. 30. Students selected from NKC Schools include:

  • Joshua Neudorf, North Kansas City High School, All-State Orchestra viola
  • Christopher Fusco, Oak Park High School, All-State Orchestra, 2nd chair percussion option 1
  • Christian Hockman, Oak Park High School, All-State Honorable Mention Band, 4th chair tuba, and All-State Honorable Mention Jazz Band, 1st chair bass trombone
  • Brady O’Donnell, Oak Park High School, All-State Honorable Mention Band, 1st chair french horn
  • Gabrielle Stanley, Oak Park High School, All-State Band, 10th chair clarinet
  • Sebastian Vaughn, Oak Park High School, All-State Orchestra, 3rd chair percussion option 1
  • Anthony Kasper, Staley High School, All-State Honorable Mention Jazz Band, 1st chair vibes
  • Carissa Kasper, Staley High School, All-State Band, 1st alternate bassoon
  • Xavier Munoz, Staley High School, All-State Band, 2nd alternate french horn
  • Starrla Smith, Staley High School, All-State Band, 1st alternate bass clarinet

Students from Kerri Cassity’s Winnetonka High School Graphic Design class worked to design a brand new logo for the village of Claycomo. The students created multiple options which were then voted on by the community.

Cassity and Claycomo Village Clerk Dennis King appeared with the students at Tuesday’s board meeting.

King said of the project, “Ms. Cassity and the class were unbelievable in terms of their participation. To the district I want to say thanks. It was good experience for us, and hopefully for the students as well. There’s a lot of discussion of revitalization going on in Claycomo. One of the things we felt was integral to that was to have a logo we could use from a branding standpoint. What was selected here was a good representation of what we were looking for.”

Finally, the Board officially recognized KCP&L for their gift of Pin Oaks to the district. Terry Bassham, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and the employees of Kansas City Power and Light Company was present to accept the award. The district was able to acquire additional classroom space to expand services for their secondary at-risk and special education student services programs at Pin Oaks while freeing up space for elementary special education needs at Golden Oaks.

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