May 2015 Around Town 4

Enter 2015 Lee's Summit Landscape Contest

This annual landscape contest, sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission, is all about how you have helped beautify your property and Lee’s Summit. Show us your potted plants and porches, your winding paths and secret hideaways, or your prized rose gardens or chrysanthemums. Categories include: Front and Back; Front Only; Back Only; Patio/Deck/Container Garden; Water Garden; Subdivision Entrance and “Before and After.” The contest is open to all Lee’s Summit and Lake Lotawana residents no matter your level of expertise or size of your garden. 

Deadline for entries is June 8, 2015. Judging will take place June 20-21. Results will be announced after August 1 with the presentation of awards taking place at a Lee’s Summit City Council meeting followed by a participant reception. Interested landscapers can print a registration form at or request a form be mailed or emailed at or stop by any Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation location.


Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street New Executive Director

The DTLS Main Street group has promoted Jody Fristoe to executive director. A Lee’s Summit area resident since 1978, Fristoe joined the organization in December 2014 as director of events and promotions. 

Fristoe is a graduate of Lee's Summit High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Her professional experience in the wholesale marketing industry included sales, sales management, customer service, maintaining retail relationships, overall office administration, showroom and merchandising display, and trade show event management. In addition, Jody has held many leadership positions for various nonprofit, volunteer and community service organizations in the Lee's Summit area.

"I come to work every day with joy,” says Fristoe, who resides in Lee's Summit with her husband, Daren. Their two children are currently attending the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Golf Lessons Starting in May

Have you been invited to go play a round of golf with friends or co-workers but turned them down due to lack of experience? Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation is offering a chance to learn the basics so you don’t have to sit out on these opportunities any longer. Beginning Golf for Adults will be offered on Tuesdays, May 5 – 26 from 7-8 p.m. Classes are $80 per person when you register by April 20.

There are also two beginning sessions being offered for kids. For those ages 8 – 12, class will be Saturdays, May 9 – 30 from 9-10 a.m. Kids ages 13-17 will have class from May 9 – 30 also, but class time will be 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

All golf sessions are held at Shamrock Golf Course (3161 S 291 Highway). Pre-registration is required online at or by phone at 816.969.1500.

SCA Senior Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

Summit Christian Academy senior Aaron Banks was named National Merit Scholar semifinalist last fall. Aaron is the son of Rick and Cynthia Banks. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Student Government, Drama Club, and President of Global Connect International Student Organization. Additionally, Aaron helped organize the Western Literature Promotion Program, which provided authentic Western literature to children in Chinese school to aid in their English learning experience.


Amy Krinke Named Teacher of the Year 

Amy Krinke, director of choirs at Lee’s Summit West High School, was named Lee's Summit School District 2015 Teacher of the Year.

She has been an educator for 16 years, including seven years with the Lee's Summit School District. Krinke has refined the music literacy program for each choir class at LSW to develop fundamental music literacy skills through daily sight-singing and audition. Her choirs have performed nationally including in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. At LSW, Krinke serves as lead teacher and chair for the music department. She has previously served on the district’s curriculum writing team. She makes it a priority to provide opportunities for her choral students to support community organizations, whether organizing a food drive or performing at a retirement community.

Ollie’s Egg Hunt  

In early April, hundreds of area families gathered at Paradise Park for the annual Ollie's Egg Hunt. Children enjoyed a variety of special activities including the opportunity to meet Ollie the Otter and the Easter Bunny and to win great prizes. 

Teachers Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Twelve R-7 teachers were named Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching Award winners earlier this spring.

Excellence In Teaching winners are Elizabeth Bock, Lee’s Summit North High School; Colby Cantrell, Woodland Elementary School; Kristen Cordes, Hazel Grove Elementary School; Jamie Hatfield, Bernard Campbell Middle School; Kristin Blair Jackson, Lee’s Summit High School; Susan Julo, Highland Park Elementary School; Amy Krinke, Lee’s Summit West High School; Dee Ann Owens, Longview Farm Elementary School; Steven Perry, Lee’s Summit North High School; Jen Posson, Summit Pointe Elementary School; Kari Swezy, Cedar Creek Elementary School; and Linda Welling, Cedar Creek Elementary School.

Chamber Hires Director of Business & Governmental Relations

The Lee’s Summit Chamber is excited to announce Matt Baird as the new director of business and governmental relations. Baird has strong ties to Lee’s Summit and has been very active in various organizations throughout the community.

Baird has served as the practice administrator at HCA Midwest Physicians since 2010. Prior to that, he co-owned a residential/commercial real estate firm in Lee’s Summit. Baird also served in the U.S. Army from 1999-2003.

 He has been engaged with legislative advocacy throughout his career – from real estate with the KCRAR governmental committee to healthcare, where he has served on the KC Healthcare Managers Association Board promoting the growth of large and small business practices at the local, state and national levels.

Baird will provide staff support for the governmental relations committee, business development council and Boost Lee’s Summit.

 “Matt brings a depth of knowledge of the community as well as political advocacy and small business experience with him to this position,” says Nancy Bruns, Chamber president.

Students Win Awards at Science and Engineering Fair

Several area students won awards at the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair.

Winners from Cedar Creek Elementary included Jordan Vahrenberg, First Intermediate Sixth-grade Chemistry; Joshua Tonga, First Intermediate Molecular Biology and Linda Hall Library Project Display; Brennan Wright and Austin Barr, First Intermediate Force and Motion TEAM and Broadcom Masters Nominee for the National Science Fair; Grace Church, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Award and Linda Hall Library Project Display; and Annika Tsay, Second Intermediate Force and Motion.

Winners from Hazel Grove Elementary were Cole Madden, Nicholas Metsker and Madison Wells, Linda Hall Library Project Display; Kali Kirkpatrick, Griffin Payne and Connor Freeouf, First Intermediate Invention TEAM, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Patent Trademark and Copyright and Science City Maker Award; and Jackson Huck, Science City Maker Award.

Winners from Summit Lakes Middle School included Anthony Thompson, First Junior Chemistry and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Madeline Grider, First Junior Matter and Energy; Kelsey Klipfel, Kansas City Garden Club; and Daniel Martin, Linda Hall Library Project Display.

Locals Embark on Trip of a Lifetime 

Some Lee's Summit residents began a journey this year that most of us only dream about. Kyle Hahn, Dylan Dwyer and Kassie Henning left the port of St. Louis in February, sailed down the Mississippi river and by March had made it down the river system to Mobile Bay where they entered open ocean and are now making their way to the Panama Canal. Their plan is to continue on to the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, Madagascar, South Africa, the Atlantic, South America, the Caribbean and home in three years. They want to spend half their time in ports, backpacking and exploring, and the other half at sea.

The instigator of the trip is Kyle Hahn, a graduate of Lee's Summit North High School, who spent a lifetime sailing at Lotawana, and has long dreamed of sailing around the world. Trained as a pharmacist, Kyle is an intelligent, energetic free spirit who has always been able to manifest the ideas he has. He bought his first live-aboard sailboat off eBay six years ago and taught himself to sail it while living aboard the boat on a small lake nearby. Kyle spent the past three years educating himself about everything he needed to know, saving and preparing for the trip. Also a LSNHS grad, Dylan Dwyer is an experienced sailor and accomplished outdoorsman, and Lotawana "lake rat." Dylan caught wind of Kyle's plans and after spending a summer working aboard a 125-foot wooden schooner in Maine, he didn't want to stay landlocked so he helped finish the boat and joined the crew.

They determined their route based on trade winds, hurricane seasons, pirate waters, and places that they all want to explore, but as all sailors do, they will adjust their course as conditions and experiences change. They've worked hard to create a home on their sailboat, the "Winnie,"  a 1963 Alberg 35 built as a full-keel, 35’ offshore-capable boat. They'll be able to live a self-sufficient life, making their own electricity via solar panels and a homemade bicycle generator.

The adventurers are documenting their journey when they are able, via satellite. You can follow them on Facebook, or read more delightful details at We will also share updates with you right here as well.