Your Monday NewsLink for the week of March 1, 2021. One of five candidates for the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education has halted his campaign; a Lee’s Summit North junior tallies a perfect ACT score, Summit Christian Academy speech and music students earn honors; and four people are added to the LSR7 administration team.

NICK: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit. I am Nick Parker and with me is the Historic Browning’s Liesl Hays.

LIESL: Each week, we'll take a few minutes to give you the news, happenings, and events around Lee's Summit.

NICK: In a statement sent to Link 2 Lee's Summit, Monte Helm announced he was halting his campaign for one of two seats on the Lee's Summit R-7 School District Board of Education. In the statement, Helm said he would throw his support behind Ryan Murdock and Rodrick Sparks.

LIESL: Bella Washburn, a Lee’s Summit North junior, recently tallied a perfect 36 on her ACT, putting her in the top one percent of all ACT takers in the nation. Washburn is the first North student to accomplish this feat since two students did it in the 2015-2016 school year.

NICK: Five speech and debate students from Summit Christian Academy have been awarded the designation of National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American award. Earning the honor were: senior Austin Wilson and Ryan Wagy, juniors Zachary Akeson, Kandace Gill, and Kaitlyn Gregg. 

LIESL: The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved the hiring of four administrators last week. Among the hires was Shelly Sanders, who will take over as Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Student Services. Also approved were the hires of Nathan Holder as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services; Dr. Whitney Morehead as principal for the district’s fourth middle school currently under construction; and Dr. Christine Johnson as principal of Meadow Lane Elementary. The four will officially begin their new roles in July. See for more details.

NICK: Thirteen secondary Summit Christian Academy choir members have earned a spot in the Kansas City Metro All-District Choirs.
 Visit our web site for a full list of the students.

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