There was no shortage of support for Harrisonville High School students receiving recognition awards at the December Harrisonville Board of Education meeting Dec. 17.
Friends, family, coaches and activity sponsors packed the board room at the district’s central office building to honor individual students for outstanding accomplishments in their respective programs. Harrisonville High School Principal Andy Campbell was on hand to introduce each of the 10 students honored.
First, Student Council members Bethany Travis, Trish Price, and Matt Cox were recognized for all of the work they did as community service organizers on the Senior Citizen’s Banquet. John Kusmec was honored for receiving all-state choir accolades. Kip Mathew, director of the vocal music program, put this honor into perspective for the group, explaining that John had initially qualified as one of around 45 out of 85 students from 55 area high schools to make the all-district choir.
Next, they cut that number down from 45 to four for all-state recipients. Seniors Jocelyn Winter and Baylee Goss were recognized for being state qualifiers in softball, whose team won the bronze division in the Greater Kansas City Tournament, and ended up taking fourth place at state, ending the season with a 19-8 record. In tennis, Jessica Nichols and Cassie Long took home all-state qualifier honors in tennis with their team finishing second at districts and ending the season 9-3. Brock Kliewer was named First-team All-State defensive end in football and Brandon Brewster earned a First-team All-State nod in soccer.
“From the staff and administration, we want you to know how much we appreciate these students and their parents,” Campbell said. “These kids don’t get to where they are today without strong support from their parents. There are a lot of kids we could have recognized tonight, so to be at the top of this list is something very special.”
The board made its way through a short list of informational and action items, starting with approving a resolution authorizing the offering for sale of the district’s general obligation refunding bonds. Board members also unanimously voted to approve the bid proposal from S.E.C.T. Theater Supplies for $39,972.88 for sound and lighting improvements to the PAC.
Before closing the meeting, board members also heard a program review and update on the transportation department from Tim Ryan, assistant superintendent. In his presentation, Ryan highlighted that ridership numbers are up this year and explained how the program had changed its routes to ensure efficiency in ride times as well as fuel efficiency.