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LIBERTY — Students currently in seventh or eighth grade in the Liberty School District or St. James Catholic School can apply to join the Liberty Junior Police Academy, taking place this summer.

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Kearney sixth- and seventh-grade students are working on a clean-up project called, "Make Kearney a Better Place.” The idea is to get students and families in the city active in cleaning up litter and other trash around Kearney.

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KEARNEY — High school band students in Kearney earned medals in all 22 events they entered in this year’s State Solo Ensemble Festival. Those results included eight gold medals, eight silver and six bronze, according to a district release.

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LIBERTY — The National Speech & Debate Association named Kim Lenger of Liberty North High School a winner of the Diamond Coach Award, recognizing a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education. This is her fourth Diamond Award, according to a …

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LIBERTY — For the ninth straight year, Liberty Public Schools was honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education, according to a district release.

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Liberty School District graduating seniors will again have the opportunity to be part of a senior vehicle parade.

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On Monday, April 5, secondary students in Smithville and Liberty school districts returned to the classroom on a more full-time schedule.

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SMITHVILLE — The Smithville School District will offer Warrior Preschool for a fee in the fall. According to the district, the goal of the program is to “provide students an opportunity to engage with peers and educators to get a head start on school readiness skills in a real school environment.”

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LIBERTY — Recently, Liberty High School Counselor Brenda Wiederholt was announced as the 2021 Greater Kansas City Counselor Association High School Counselor of the Year. Wiederholt has been a mainstay in the LHS counseling department and currently serves as department chair.

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KEARNEY — On Monday, March 29, a noticeable change in Kearney Junior High and High schools was additional traffic as the day marked the return of full, in-person classes. Several high school students made note of the traffic, while others shared elbow bumps.

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SMITHVILLE — The National WWII Museum in New Orleans named Smithville student Rhiannon Maynes a 2021 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award recipient. The honor is bestowed annually to one student in every state who maintains a strong record of volunteerism, demonstrates school and community …

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Smithville Board of Education planned to take action on the plan Wednesday, March 10. As of press time Wednesday, details on that action had yet to be released. An update will be published in the online version of this story at mycouriertribune.com and in the Courier-Tribune NOW app.

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SMITHVILLE — A citizen-petitioned state audit of Smithville School District is underway, State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced Wednesday, Feb. 24. The audit is one of two school district audits announced by the state auditor Wednesday. The other is of the Marshall School District.

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LIBERTY — Poet Langston Hughes wrote “Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people — the beauty within themselves.”

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SMITHVILLE — Superintendent of Schools Todd Schuetz announced Friday, Feb. 12, that Smithville high and middle schools will eliminate weekly virtual learning days beginning the week of Feb. 22. Once this happens, the schedule will become alternating "green and white days."

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KEARNEY — As the Kearney School District finalizes the purchase of the former Mosaic building, the next steps in the larger picture will be the creation of a long-range facility master plan. The district will again rely on DLR Group to help create the plan. The architecture firm helped creat…