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State solo and ensemble festival results

by Emma Hibdon

“It gives people a chance to showcase their voices, many who don’t usually get to; it gives everyone an equal opportunity to see how they compare to others in a friendly, uplifting way”- Allie Erickson

This past weekend, hundreds of students from all over the state competed in Columbia at the MSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival. Students have been preparing for their performances whenever and wherever they can.

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NHS volunteers benefit community, school, self

by Emma Hibdon

“NHS believes that students should be active in the school and community. We require students to complete 20 hours of community service.”-NHS Sponsor Jennifer Minnis

BSHS offers students many opportunities to volunteer both at school and in the community. Service groups such as National Honor Society (NHS) have a community service component to their membership privileges.

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You be You group empowers students, focuses on mental health

by Emma Hibdon

“It (You be You) empowers and encourages students to talk about positive self image, to have confidence in themselves” – senior Rianda Wenther on goals of the You be You campaign

Started by the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition, You be You is a mental health and awareness initiative in its first year at BSHS. Continue reading You be You group empowers students, focuses on mental health

March fundraising Madness

by Emma Hibdon

“This charity has a special place in my heart as I lost three brothers to this disease as a child – so I’m kind of partial as a DECA advisor”- teacher Kelly Fowler

Money makes the world go ‘round… or so they say. To that end, BSHS students and staff have been raising money and donations for numerous charities this month. DECA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Wildcats United have all raised money for different organizations.

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HOSA leaves a lasting incision on members

by Emma Hibdon

“Even though HOSA is targeted towards future health professionals, we try and incorporate types of volunteer work.”- Senior Anne Cole 

The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA-Future Health Professionals), a national medical organization for high school students, allows students to learn about different medical careers and pursuing relevant interests with the purpose of preparing students for careers in medical fields. Continue reading HOSA leaves a lasting incision on members

In addition to grades, NHS values service over self

by Emma Hibdon

“Getting to do community service just really puts an impact on the community and yourself,” – senior Madison Lavelle on service in NHS

National Honor Society (NHS), a national organization that serves to recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character, is alive and well at BSHS. It benefits not only its members, but others in the Blue Springs community as well.

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Most Musical Ensembles Around

“Music can connect people and bring us together. It’s universal,”- junior Christina Nguyen on the her experience and the band’s performance

by Emma Hibdon

This past weekend, the BSHS Wind Symphony traveled down to the Tan-Tar-A resort in the Lake of the Ozarks for the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) state convention. This wasn’t a run of the mill performance; this invite only concert illustrated the high quality work of the musicians. Continue reading Most Musical Ensembles Around

Teachers awarded classroom grants

by Emma Hibdon

“The students are very excited to get the calculators in their hands and learn all of the cool stuff that can be done with them,” – teacher Ryan Luethje on new calculators

A handful of BSHS teachers and faculty recently applied for and received grants through the school district for their classrooms; the grants ranged from $1,390 to $3,810.

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Battle of the biggest, brightest, best

by Emma Hibdon

“I feel like a lot of people see it as a place for little kids, but those high-schoolers really enjoyed themselves which just goes to show that all age groups are in mind when these exhibits are created.” – Angelia Schnakenberg on Science City

This fall, over 7,000 students in 250 schools from 55 school districts in a five-county area competed in the bi-annual Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. This is a STEM competition from Science CIty and Burns & McDonnell (a large Kansas City based engineering firm) that challenges students K-12 to create a new exhibit for Science City. Continue reading Battle of the biggest, brightest, best