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LIBERTY — Cole Lemasters, a Liberty North graduate, has a unique perspective on his senior year. He was involved in choir, and student council, provided the voice of the Eagles at many sporting events including the current baseball season, plus he’s married.

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Katelyn Grace Alexander and Ashleigh Sharkey, both of Smithville, Summa Cum Laude from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, during the 2021 spring commencement ceremonies in early May. This distinction is for a 3.9 grade point average or higher.

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Anthony Whalen graduated cum laude from Truman State University in Kirksville during the 2021 spring commencement ceremonies in early May. Cum laude recognizes those who earned a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74.

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Dana Bartch and Brock Boysan, both of Liberty, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, during the 2021 spring commencement ceremonies in early May. Magna cum laude is for graduates with a grade point average between 3.75-3.89.

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LIBERTY — Cole Lemasters, a Liberty North graduate, has a unique perspective on his senior year. He was involved in choir, and student council, provided the voice of the Eagles at many sporting events including the current baseball season, plus he’s married.

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LIBERTY — Blue Jay Jaqueline Torres-Gomez is a community-minded, service-oriented nursing student hopeful who has found her spotlight can come in many different ways.

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On Saturday, May 22, 246 students from Smithville High School received their diplomas at Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence. Dr. Todd Schuetz, the district superintendent, told the gathering that these students are marked by resilience, overcoming many hard lessons including the most recent …

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SMITHVILLE — High School graduate Carter Pate may be practicing a bit of what comedian Steve Martin said, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” After all, he understands music, plays guitar, sings and had a weighted GPA above 4.0.

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This slideshow is of the Liberty North Class of 2021's graduation ceremony held Sunday, May 23, in Children's Mercy Park, home of Sporting KC, in Kansas City, Kansas. If interested in reprints for family keepsakes, an order form is available at the end of this gallery. For more details, call…

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Rachael Wigand, Liberty, has been named to the dean’s honor roll for 2021 spring term at Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. Students with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64 are named to the dean's list.

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Adalia Sewell and Amanda Schrivener were named to the spring 2021 dean’s list at Central Methodist University in Fayette for earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester.

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Kierstin Darr and Collin Milford were named to the spring 2021 dean’s list at Culver-Stockton College in Canton for earning a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99 GPA.

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Andrew Buckley, a 2016 graduate of Kearney High School and two-time Missouri state wrestling champion, graduates from the United States Naval Academy on Friday, May 28. He majored in quantitative economics.

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Kearney, Liberty and Smithville school districts will hold the course and continue to require masks for the remainder of the school year.

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Kearney High School seniors Eliana Walker, Kaycee Maynard, Kennedy Jacobsen and Melanie Smith each garnered top 10 awards during a regional Project Lead the Way event recognizing students for their capstone projects. The virtual event was held May 4 and included entries from 446 students.

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The Association of American Educators, a national, nonunion, professional association serving educators in all 50 states, is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week Monday through Friday, May 3 to 7.

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KEARNEY — To celebrate the seniors at Kearney High School, parents and other organizers are again holding a senior car parade. This year, the parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

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SMITHVILLE — Summer hours for the Warrior Closet, the clothing and food assistance pantry open to school district families in Smithville, will have hours in May. During those times, families can get summer clothes, swimsuits and grocery items.