Regional champs... Odessa cheerleaders won a regional championship for the fifth time in the past six years on Saturday. The team brought home the Class 3 Small championship, beating out Benton, St. Pius and Van Horn. Members of the championship-winning team are, front, from left, Caitlin Dillon, Mikala Behrman, Gabby Holmes, Mishae Edwards, Mallory Mandina, Cara Clemens, Adena Griffith; back, Aimee Feagan, head coach, Autumn Miller, Mikala Smith, Mercedes Behrman, Madi Wulfekotter, Breanna Ray, Savanna Middleton, Erika Cowan, Taylor McGeeney, Caycee Hays, assistant coach.
Odessa wins Class 3 Small Regional Championship
Liberty High School was the site July 19 of the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association Kansas City Regional Championships.
With the top five teams in each division advancing to the state championships and only four teams competing in Class 3 Small, the only thing left to determine was the finishing order.
Odessa claimed the top spot followed by Benton, St. Pius and Van Horn.
"I am so proud of these girls and their hard work," Aimee Feagan, head coach, said. "They have put in so much time both in and out of the gymnasium working on improving their skills. They have a lot of determination, and it paid off." Read more in The Odessan.
Scarborough duo achieves track and field success
Brother and sister Emmett and Savana Scarborough filled some of their summer vacation by competing in and enjoying success in track and field.
The duo qualified for and participated in the Hershey Track and Field Missouri State Meet June 27 in Jefferson City as part of the Eastern Jackson County Track Club out of Independence.
In order to compete in Jefferson City, the Scarboroughs had to win their events at the local Hershey qualifying meet at Fort Osage High School.
Savana was part of the 400-meter relay team that finished fifth in Jefferson City. She ran to a seventh place finish in the 100. In the 400, she crossed the finish line eighth. Emmett was fourth in the 800 and fifth in the 1600.
On June 28-29 Savana and Emmett competed as unattached athletes in the AAU Region 16 Junior Olympic Games Track and Field National Qualifier in Joplin. To qualify for the National Qualifier, both had to place in the top 16 in their events in the AAU Missouri Valley District Qualifier, which was held June 14 in Lee's Summit. Read more in The Odessan.
Six OHS seniors attend Girls State
Erica Fieth, Heather Kopp, Reanna Geddes, Shania Janes, Annie Walsh and Michelle Morris, Odessa High School seniors, attended the 2014 session of Missouri Girls State in June. Missouri Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Missouri, is held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.
Erica, daughter of Denny and Amy Fieth, was in the Nationalist Party, attended the legislative procedure class and lived in Broeg City, Barton County. She was elected mayor and appointed to a position on the senate staff. At Jefferson City she ran for the Senate.
Heather, daughter of Dennis and Kanetra Kopp, was in the Nationalist Party, attended the legislative procedure class and lived in Lewis City, Price County. She was elected to the House of Representatives and helped fellow citizens in her city campaign to win their elections.
Reanna, daughter of Doug and Renita Geddes, was in the Federalist Party, attended the law enforcement class and lived in Clark City, Davidson County. She was elected to the Highway Patrol with duties including monitoring meetings and daily checks to ensure doors were locked.
Shania, daughter of John and Carol Janes, was in the Federalist Party, attended the legislative procedure class and lived in Cockrill City, Dewitt County. She was elected color bearer for her city and city councilwoman, served on County Central Committee, was appointed postmistress by the mayor and then was elected to the House of Representatives. She also was a member of the choir.
Annie, daughter of Joel and Linda Walsh, was in the Nationalist Party, attended the legislative procedure class and lived in Stephens City, Scott County. She was on the newspaper staff, volunteering to be a reporter. She was elected to the House of Representatives. Read more in The Odessan.
Leadership skills... Wellington-Napoleon FFA chapter members who attended the Washington Leadership Conference(WLC) June 17-23 in Washington, D.C., were, from left, Samuel Fahrmeier, Brock Beckemeyer, Morgan Weedman and Neal Barnett. While at the conference they were able to determine their strengths and set goals for future leadership roles. They were able to tour the nation's Capitol to see the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Vietnam Memorial and several other monuments.