Scholar Superstars Recognized by School Board

Spelling bee and music champs honored at March 8 meeting


Kansas City, January 9, 2017: Five Kansas City Public Schools students were recognized as Scholar Superstars by Superintendent Mark Bedell and the Board of Directors during a board meeting Wednesday, March 8 at Hale Cook Elementary School.

KCPS Board of Directors Chair Melissa Robinson, Daniel Warren, Sophia Bond and Superintendent Mark Bedell (PHOTOS BY: Ray Weikal/KCPS)

The first set of Scholar Superstars honored were Border Star Montessori School third grader Daniel Warren and Longfellow Elementary School fourth grader Sophia Bond, who demonstrated their mastery of English and made it to the finals of the Jackson County Spelling Bee during the first round of competition on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Mr. Warren and Ms. Bond competed against students from across the county. They were among 14 scholars who advanced to the Jackson-Clay County Championship Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch.

The competition is part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. It is sponsored by the Jackson County Mid-Continent Public Library, Local Investment Commission, Kansas City Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers and the Kansas City Public Library. Thank you both for such great examples for your classmates!

Grace Davis and Morgan Faw

The second set of Scholar Superstars honored were Sam Brown, Morgan Faw and Grace Davis. Mr. Brown, who was unable to attend the meeting, is a cellist at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. Ms. Davis is a violist and Mr. Faw plays alto saxophone at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.

All three students were named Scholar Superstars because they were picked to represent KCPS at the state’s premier high school music festival during the Missouri Music Educators Conference Jan. 25-28 in Osage Beach, Missouri.

To even audition to play in the 2017 all-state orchestra and jazz band, Brown, Davis and Faw already had to prove that they are among the very best young musicians in Missouri during district competition last November. During the all-state high school music festival, students participated in about eight-hours-a-day of lessons, performances and one more round of competition to determine their positions in the orchestra or jazz band.