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Down Syndrome international speakers coming to Columbia

International speakers Patti McVay and Laurie Pachl will share information on inclusive best practices for students with Down Syndrome on Monday, September 8, from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Registration is $10.00. For details, contact Erin Suelmann at (314) 961-2504 or via e-mail More information | Registration form

Rock Bridge lacrosse players receive state awards

Two Rock Bridge High School Lacrosse Club players received All Conference awards from the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association, the governing body. Dirk Adams was named Division II All-State, and Jackson Maguigad was named Division II First Team-National Conference. Rock Bridge also played in the Division II playoffs this year, losing to the Lindbergh Flyers Lacrosse Club in the first round of playoffs.

Career Center students shine at HOSA conference

Columbia Area Career Center students Alex Komes (Rock Bridge High School graduate) and Julia Hill (Rock Bridge junior) placed third in Forensic Medicine at the HOSA Future Health Professionals 37th annual National Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL, June 25-28. The competition consisted of a written test and a case analysis.

SkillsUSA Results

Rock Bridge High School graduate Chormaic Sullivan placed first in the SkiillsUSA Culinary Arts national competition, and Rock Bridge graduate Austin Scoles placed second in the SkillsUSA Commercial Baking national competition for high school students. The 50th SkillsUSA awards ceremony was held on Friday, June 27, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO. Sullivan is the fourth Missouri student to win the Culinary Arts competition. State contests began in March and the national contest was held at Bartle Hall in Kansas City. Students from most of the 50 states, as well as Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, participated.  Photos

Board of Education receives MSBA governance award

The Columbia Board of Education has earned the prestigious 2014 Missouri School Boards Association Governance Team Award. The award is based on school boards' outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as student achievement, school law, finance, board operations, and contemporary issues in education. The award also recognizes school board members' commitment to regional and statewide leadership, to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools, and to the successful implementation of education policy to improve their local school district.  News release | Photo

New elementary principals announced

Rock Bridge and Russell Boulevard elementary schools will welcome new leaders next school year. Dr. Jill Dunlap-Brown will be recommended to the Board of Education as the new principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary School, and Dr. Ryan Link will be recommended as principal at Rock Bridge Elementary School.  News release | Photo of Dr. Dunlap-Brown | Photo of Dr. Link

Smithton announces new principal

Dr. Ed Schumacher will be recommended to the Columbia Board of Education as the new principal at Smithton Middle School. He will replace current principal Dr. Jean Selby, who announced earlier this year she has taken a position with Belton School District. Dr. Schumacher is currently the principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary School.  News release

Hickman academic team takes 2nd in state tournament

Hickman High School's Academic Team took second place in the MSHSAA State Scholar Bowl Tournament on Saturday, May 10, at MU. Andy Sun was also awarded individual recognition. Participating team members included Alex Harmata, Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, Andy Sun, Franziska Weston, and Sherry Xie. The team will compete in NAQT Nationals in Chicago May 30 to June 1.

Rock Bridge student named Presidential Scholar

Rujie (Jenny) Yao, a Rock Bridge High School senior, has been named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, the nation's highest honor for a high school student. The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each Presidential Scholar invites his or her most inspiring and challenging teacher to travel to Washington, DC, to receive a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education and to participate in the recognition events. Jenny will be accompanied by her parents and her gifted education teacher, Kathryn Fishman-Weaver, to the White House in June.

West Quiz Bowl teams sweep tournament

The West Middle School Quiz Bowl teams swept the Tuscumbia tournament on Saturday, May 3, earning first- and second-place trophies. There were 16 teams from the surrounding area competing. On the West teams were Ezekiel Adjokatse, Walter Bratrud, Conor Byrne, Sam Spell, Tomas Wexler, John Yoo, and Jonathan Zars. In addition to winning first and second place, there were individual winners: Ezekiel Adjokatse placed first by a large margin for answering the most questions accurately. Walter Bratrud placed third, Tomas Wexler fourth, and Conor Byrne eighth out of 69 individual participants.  Photos: First and second place winners | Individual winners

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