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CyberPatriot Teams Compete

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s five middle-school CyberPatriot teams competed in the second round of competition on Dec. 4. The scores for this round and the first round were combined with the top-scoring teams advancing to the semifinal round. The second round proved to be more of a challenge than the previous one, and students had to secure three virtual computer images — Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Ubuntu 14.04.

Pleasant Lea Middle School’s BSOD team (Ethan Winger, Jesse George, Sam Alvardo and Gannon Ross) placed second overall with a score of 377 out of 400. Bernard Campbell Middle School’s Sector 0 team (Amelia Bresette, Brooke Binger, Cody Nunn, Haylee Martin, Jerrell Dixon and Hallie Schmitt) placed fifth overall with a score of 374. Campbell’s CyberDragons team (Devin Allaman, Taylor Phillips, Clara Miller, Omar Ali, Shelby Morrow and Lauren Wiley) placed 11th overall with a score of 358. Summit Lakes Middle School’s Bullfrogs team (Alijah Smith, Anthony Treccaricho, Daniel Martin, Zach Adams and Adam Curp) tied for 14th place with four other teams with a score of 352. These four teams advance to the semifinal round in February.

Campbell’s newest and youngest team, Mustang Lito, made up of all seventh-graders (Sophia Niblock, Zachery Nowlin, Jon Jonas, Ryan McCain, Carter Davis and Yalei Wilcox) were just five points away from advancing to the next round.

The semifinal round is the weekend of Feb. 19. The top three middle school teams in the nation receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the CyberPatriot National Finals competition in April. Teams are placed in a red-team blue-team scenario where they have to secure their images faster than the red-team can hack into them.

Area Doctors Support Operation Walk USA

Several of Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic physicians and staff recently donated their time and resources to provide total joint replacements at no charge to patients in need. The project is a part of Operation Walk USA and was performed for the third year at Menorah Medical Center. This is a great cause and a wonderful way these doctors and their staff give back to our Kansas City community. By restoring mobility, they are giving many patients the opportunity to live life with less pain and discomfort.

Personalized Word-Art for Your Home

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The Word-Art Canvas tech tool can be used to create personalized art for families, friends, teams, sororities, businesses and many more applications. The site offers preview technology that allows you to see just what the art will look like with the specifications typed in. Be creative! Use pet names, the streets where you’ve lived, the place the new couple met or got engaged….the possibilities are endless.

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Dr. Richard Lozoff Joins Midwest Gastroenterology Team

Beginning Feb. 1, experienced gastroenterologist Richard Lozoff, M.D., FACG will join Midwest Gastroenterology in Lee’s Summit. Board certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine, Lozoff is a fellow of The American College of Gastroenterology, a special designation reserved for physicians who have completed rigorous requirements and demonstrated extraordinary achievement in research, teaching, or other unique service to the field of gastroenterology.

Lozoff says he looks forward to joining the practice because they provides both the high standard of care and the welcoming environment in which he seeks to treat patients.

Dr. Lozoff will perform colonoscopy and EGD (upper endoscopy) procedures in Midwest Gastroenterology’s outpatient setting and will treat patients at Saint Luke’s East Outpatient Surgery Center, Midwest Physicians Surgery Center in Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Power The Tower

An effort is underway to put lighting back on the KCTV tower located at 31st Street and Grand and to reestablish it as a notable Kansas City landmark. Since it debuted as the tallest free standing tower in the world in 1955, it has served as the centerpiece of our skyline, yet many feel it is under-appreciated as an icon.

The new lighting would include 5400 LED bulbs. A group is seeking to raise $100,000 to complete the project and fund raising efforts are underway. Learn more at​

Heart of America Council’s 
Patron Luncheon

Friends and supporters of the Heart of America Scout Council are invited to the annual Patron Luncheon on Thursday, March 3, at the Kansas City Marriott Muehlebach Hotel. The Patron Luncheon is a fundraising initiative and integral part of the Heart of America Council’s “Investment in Character” campaign that raises the much needed funds to support quality youth developmental programs that teach leadership skills and values. This investment in Scouting ensures that more than 33,000 youth in the 19 counties served by the Heart of America Council will receive a life-changing program.

The featured speaker for the event is U.S. Army master pilot and best-selling author Michael Durant, whose story as a captured POW was the inspiration for the book and the film Black Hawk Down.  Stephen Hooley, CEO, DST Systems, serves as the Patron Luncheon Chairman.  To learn more about the luncheon contact Kristan Townley at

LSWHS Earns Significant Recognition From National Speech and 
Debate Association

The Lee’s Summit West High School speech and debate program was recently ranked among the top 1 percent of schools nationwide by the National Speech and Debate Association.

Through the national honor society, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities. The LSWHS chapter earned more than 400 degrees and was presented with the association’s prestigious Societé de 400. Lee’s Summit West is the first Lee’s Summit R-7 school to earn this recognition.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills, including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” says J. Scott Wunn, executive director of the National Speech and Debate Association.

Now Open in Lee’s Summit

Stange Law Firm, PC is happy to announce the opening of the firm’s 13th Kansas City office location in Lee’s Summit at 256 NE Tudor Road. The firm will help better serve the residents of Jackson County and surrounding areas.

The law firm exclusively practices family law, with attorneys strictly dedicated to their clients and any family law issue that is presented.

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