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Students Selected For Missouri Fine Arts Academy

Lee’s Summit students recently selected to attend the Missouri Fine Arts Academy are Susan Flower, Lee’s Summit High School; Meghan Bell, Lee’s Summit North High School; and Ally French, Lee’s Summit West High School.

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy is a unique three-week, residential summer program for exceptional Missouri artists who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school. The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills in such fields as dance, visual arts, theatre and music while participating in a stimulating series of interdisciplinary and co-curricular activities. Students are nominated by their high schools to attend the Academy, complete an essay and submit a portfolio.

New From the Studio of Suze Ford

Kansas City artist Suze Ford recently took some of her beautiful prints and turned them into a lovely set of note cards. This inspirational pack  of greeting cards comes with six different card (approx 4″ x 5 1/2″) designs, on luxury textured felt paper, each with a gorgeous shimmer gold envelope. Every card design is taken from one of Suze’s  original paintings, and all of the writings are hand lettered by her. They embody the same uplifting messages, and brilliant colors that her original oil paintings do.

These cards, and newly released prints, can be purchased from Suze at

Whites Assume Symphony Leadership

The Board of Directors of the Lee’s Summit Symphony has named past-president Bob White and Candy White to fill the executive director role. The Whites have a long history of devotion to the orchestra and other local organizations, starting with their careers as teachers in the District. Bob is currently a member of the Lee’s Summit Board of Education and serves as treasurer of the Lee’s Summit Christian Church. In addition to teaching and coaching at Lee’s Summit High School, Bob served as Assistant Principal at Pleasant Lea Junior High, Assistant Principal at Lee’s Summit High School, and Director of Summit Technology Academy.

Candy serves on the LS360 Early Childhood sub-committee, Lee’s Summit advisory board of Truman Heartland Community Foundation and Stepping Stones Preschool Advisory Board.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Truman Heartland Community Foundation and on the development committee and grants committee.  She taught at Pleasant Lea Elementary, was an MU Teaching Fellows Mentor, District Trainer for Beginning Teacher Assistance Program, and served on both MSIP review team and the district’s strategic planning team.

Officers from Lee’s Summit Police Department endured freezing temperatures atop neighboring restaurants, Habaneros and Summit Hickory Pit, as they competed in their annual fundraiser for Special Olympics. The event has become a tradition as part of the ongoing relationship between law enforcement agencies and SOMO to raise money for over 17,000 athletes around the state.

Stacey Edmonsond Earns Top ACT Score

Stacey Edmonsond, a junior at Lee’s Summit North High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT college admissions exam.

The daughter of Steven and Brenda Edmonsond, Stacey is involved in numerous activities at LSNHS including FIRST Robotics, Math Club, Science Knowledge Bowl, German National Honor Society and Medical Club. In addition, she is an A+ tutor and an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. Away from school, Stacey is a member of the Truman Medical Center-Lakewood Medical Explorers, participated in Missouri Scholars Academy, was a member of the Make48 Competition first-place team and works part-time at Mid-Continent Public Library.

After she graduates from high school, Stacey plans to attend college and major in neuroscience and physics and minor in pre-med. Her first choice college at this time is Princeton University.

Local Women Publish Second Book in Delightful “Read This. . .” Series

Kansas City authors Christy Howard and Annie Presley recently released Read This… On Our Anniversary, the second book in their READ THIS…™ series. The workbook-style guide is written in the same playful-yet-practical spirit as their first release, Read This… When I’m Dead, which offers one place to put all the information your family needs to know after you’re gone.

This second book celebrates marriage and creates a keepsake for generations to come, offering thought-provoking, fun pages to reflect and record important memories that can get lost over time. What this book will do for you NOW: Help capture the fun from your 1st to your 70th anniversary. What this book will do for you LATER: Offer an annual look back to further strengthen your marriage. A great wedding/engagement gift or anniversary present.

Musical Heritage Theater Celebrates 14th Season

Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center has turned up the heat lately. Now in their 14th season, they are becoming a musical theater and entertainment enterprise.  Audiences have 140 performances to choose from, ranging from book musicals, revues, cabaret nights, and special engagements.  They also have a full bar – and yes, even food.

This year, MTH’s season includes Annie Get Your Gun, Big River, Next to Normal, and Cabaret, as well as two original musical revues; An Evening with Cole Porter, and Songs of the Great War. Their high-octane musical theater-flavored cabaret nights, Musical Mondays & Tuesdays, Too, have been thrilling sold-out audiences for the last seven years. And their newest series, A Night on the Town, turns their theater into an intimate speak-easy, where patrons can enjoy cocktails at an up-close performance from their favorite local performer or Broadway star.

Their slogan?  “For those who love musicals.” Visit or call 816.221.6987.

SCA Kindergarteners 
Write Award-Nominee Book

Summit Christian Academy’s kindergarten class recently wrote and illustrated a book that was selected from thousands of applicants as a finalist in the Nationwide Learning National Book Challengesponsored by Student Treasures Publishing.

Wilfong led her class in creating their book, We Love Winter, which exemplifies the judge’s criteria for topic, noteworthy story line, front cover appeal, interesting illustrations, and following correct publishing guidelines.

Upon parent approval, a reprint of their manuscript will be submitted to be further judged and declared a winner. If the book, We Love Winter is pronounced the winner, Student treasures Publishing will provide a free copy of the book to SCA’s principal, Mrs. Wilfong, and each student in the class. The classroom will receive a $100 higher education cash scholarship, and their book may be featured in Student treasures’ product catalogs, website, and as samples to promote their publishing program.

Honorees Inducted Into LSHS Hall Of Fame

Five distinguished alumni will be inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame at a special banquet on April 9 at Lee’s Summit High School. Alumni being honored for the 2015-16 school year are Mary Ann Rhoads, Class of 1966; Lt Col Joseph B. Walter, Class of 1982; Brian Clark, Class of 1987; Robert R. Dunning, Class of 1957;  and Kim Headley Fritchie, Class of 1977.

Lee’s Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates into the school’s Hall of Fame for 20 years. Approximately five alumni are inducted each year during a dinner ceremony.

The LSHS Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of graduates and staff. Alumni are eligible for this honor 10 years after graduation. Nomination forms for the 2016-17 school year are available by calling Lee’s Summit High School, 816.986.2000.

New Chick Event Coming to Summit Fair

A new shopping event, The Handmade & Vintage Chick Event, is coming to Lee’s Summit in April. Summit Fair will host this one of a kind shopping experience April 22- 24 in the former I.O. Metro retail space.

The event at Summit Fair will feature a large assortment of handmade and vintage inspired products just in time for Mother’s Day, graduation and spring shopping. All vendors are hand-selected by the Chick Events jury and products will range from handmade jewelry, home décor, KC tees, art, baby/kids products, artisan foods, refurbished vintage inspired furniture and more.

Chick Events is excited to partner with Summit Fair, a 507,000-square-foot, open-air lifestyle center, serves the growing, affluent southeast Jackson County area of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Tickets are $5 (first 1000 online tickets bought receive a $8 Just For Her Event ticket). Tickets and details are online at

Sprouts Farmers Market Opens March 23

The 27,000-square foot Sprouts is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices will be located at 800 NE Hwy 291 and opens Wednesday, March 23, at 7 a.m.

Sprouts is hiring approximately 100 full and part-time team members for the new Lee’s Summit store. Sprouts’ “Healthy Living for Less” approach to grocery shopping means potential team members should share a passion for healthy eating and the fresh, natural and organic products throughout the store.

Teacher Selected For Study Tour

Curtis Cook, international studies teacher at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy, was recently chosen as one of 12 teachers from Missouri who will participate in a 10-day study tour in Japan and Okinawa.

“Because of what we do in international studies, I was able to put together an application that really stood out,” Cook says. “There are not many programs like ours in the state, and I think that uniqueness was a major reason I was chosen.”

In the past, Cook’s program has offered many opportunities for students to study the Japanese language and culture. In 2014, the program co-hosted a seminar on Japan, partnering with the University of Central Missouri and the Japan-America Society of KC. The study tour is being financed through a grant from the Japan-America Society of St. Louis. Cook will attend a number of background sessions in St. Louis conducted by faculty at the University of St. Louis.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Don’t “dis” my abilities is the theme for 2016’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Developing Potential, Inc. will be providing educational opportunities in the community through partnerships with local libraries, on social media and more.  Developing Potential serves individuals having developmental disabilities through their on-site day services, off-site community services and Employment Connections programs in Lee’s Summit, Independence and Kansas City.  More information at: or on Facebook or Twitter (@DPIKansasCity) or by emailing

Unique New “Stop” Opens Downtown: The Eye Station

The Eye Station is Lee’s Summit’s newest optical boutique and optometry office.  Located in the heart of downtown Lee’s Summit, Drs. Katie and Kyle Weeden are proud to serve the community where they live and love.

Over the past 6 months, they renovated the historic Howard building, built in 1880 as a corner drug store, at 3rd and Main Street.  Dr. Katie (Hahn) Weeden graduated from Lee’s Summit North in 2001.  Husband and wife team, Katie and Kyle are excited to now offer eye care to people of all ages, young infants included. They also treat and manage a variety of eye conditions such as dry eye, allergies, pink eye, diabetes, and glaucoma. They accept most insurance plans.

“We offer stylish and unique frame designs alongside personalized service in our eye exams.  We have young kids of our own, so it seemed fitting to offer a special kids zone to keep the kids happy while parents try on our fun and colorful sunglasses.”  Stop in for your eye exam and say hello, reminiscent of the corner drugstore days.

The Eye Station:  247 SE Main Street, LS MO 64063, 816.434.5858