County students win at Southwest Central League Spelling Bee
First grade: Landon Hutchins, Sparta, first place; Kaiden Blakemore, Billings, second place; August Mooneyham, Billings, third place.The 2016 SWCL Spelling Bee was held May 5 at the Kirbyville School District. Approximately 144 spellers from eight school districts participated: Billings, Blue Eye, Crane, Forsyth, Galena, Kirbyville, Sparta and Spokane. The Christian County winners are pictured on this page.
Ozark Junior High honors April students of the month
English students of the month, sponsored by Rib Crib, are, back from left, eighth-graders Adam Cronin and Nicki Kain and seventh-graders Paulina Grounds and Tristan Primanzon. Front from left, English Great Gains students are eighth-grader Trent Nalley and seventh-grader Ryan Maggard
Nixa choir receives No. 1 ratings at district competition
Fa la la la: On April 18, the chamber singers, concert choir, varsity women, advanced women and men’s choirs received a clean sweep of No. 1 ratings from every judge in prepared music and sight singing. This makes a decade of No. 1 ratings for every choir at contest.On April 30, at the State Solo/Ensemble Contest, Nixa choir performed at 41 events. Nineteen of these events received a No. 1 rating and 20 received a No. 2.
Ozark East Elementary names April students of the month
East Elementary proudly presents its final students of the month. Kent Sappington and Gina McBain treated students to a pancake breakfast as a reward for being selected. Students, back, from left, are Kyle Bricker, Mirissa Price, Seth Porter, Catherine Westpheling, Malie Tabuya, Ruth Svistun, Jessica Curtis, Madyson Williams, Erica Wright, Cody Voysey, Mrs. McBain, Coleston Malina, James Voss, Jacki Jinks, Zakary Knowles, Patrick Shuck, Aidan Summers, Genevieve Ekart, Cooper Adams, Jerry Restemayer, Bridget Walker, Carter Willden, Journee Hartzell, Jack Colbert, Nevaeh Green and Riley Jo Murphy.
County employees give back to community
Christian County employees raised $115 for the May 3 Give Ozarks fundraiser for area nonprofits, paying to wear hats to support Freedom’s Rest, the county’s domestic violence shelter. Front, from left, Janine Hedgepeth, Amy Griffin, Judy Trupp and Ashley Hannah. Middle, from left, Lynn Glossip and Lacey Hart. Back, from left, Mary Coffer, Ray Weter, Cheryl Mitchell and Sue Ann Childers.
Student wins state with oak bench
Brett Gardner won Industrial Technology state competition in the woodworking category with his oak bench, “The Starry, Starry Bench.”
Nixa speech and debate students win MSHSAA state championship, other awards
submitted photoNixa High School speech and debate students Barrett Young and Madayln Foley won the MSHSAA state championship in policy debate. Jarrod Griffin and Marina Tallman placed second at the state tournament in public forum debate. Lexi Jackson won second for United States extemporaneous speaking and Nixa’s Reader’s Theater placed second at state. From left, Madalyn Foley and Barrett Young are the state champions in policy debate, Lexi Jackson won second for United States extemporaneous speaking and Marina Tallman and Jarrod Griffin won second in public forum debate.
Ozark South Elementary raises baby chicks for class project
submitted photoA class at Ozark South Elementary hatched eggs to conduct research for third-grade writing and research. The hens that laid the eggs are last year’s chicks. Pictured are fourth-graders Rainie Robertson and Aidan Pohlman-Hensley. Teachers will raise the chicks for students to see if there are similarities in both batches.
FCCLA helps fellow member through quilt raffle
After FCCLA member Mora Salcedo was injured in a car accident, the FCCLA chapter at Ozark High School chose to make a raffle quilt to raise money for her family. FCCLA members with sewing skills met after school for a week to make the front of the quilt and Sew Simple Quilt Shop in Ozark donated material and quilting services. Mora’s family owns the El Avocado restaurant in Ozark and has traveled back and forth to St. Louis where she is currently hospitalized. Pictured, from left, are the students who helped sew the quilt: Taylor Beckett, Carissa Sutton, Kaylea Robertson, Alexis Orthel, Carley Winterbower, Kaitlin Newsom, Kaelin Jenkins, Mallorie Bigham and Advisor Lexy McNew.
Morgan brings home the gold from regionals
Macy Morgan, 11, of Ozark, nabs the 2016 Region 4 Gold all-around champion title at regional competitions April 15-17 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Morgan competed against the best of the best from seven different states. Find a full story on Macy at www.ccheadliner.com.submitted photo