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Vol. 45, No. 28

April 18, 2011

High School Students Receive State Citizenship Award


Fifteen public high school students were honored today by the State Board of Education and the Missouri Bar as recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award.

This award has been presented annually since 1990. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education conducts the program with assistance and financial support from the Bar. Honorees are recognized during a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. Each student receives a plaque and a $50 savings bond.

The 2011 recipients are:

    • John Baughman, Carl Junction High School
    • Sarah Bever-Chritton, Blue Springs South High School
    • Jacob Blaskie, Sullivan High School
    • Natalie Branch, Lee’s Summit High School
    • Andrew Darst, Fort Zumwalt West High School
    • Megan Davis, Meadow Heights High School
    • Jackson Gooch, Van-Far High School
    • Michael Hoosier, Warrenton High School
    • Kayla Lagud, Lee’s Summit North High School
    • Caroline Levens, Parkway Central High School
    • Jennifer Mahan, Parkway South High School
    • Stephanie Murphy, Pacific High School
    • Lucy Short, Webster Groves High School
    • Clarkson Wischmeier, De Soto High School
    • Shelby Yates, Smithville High School

The awards were presented by Russell Still, member of the State Board of Education; Ron Lankford, deputy commissioner at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; and John Johnston, president of the Missouri Bar.

Every public high school is eligible to nominate one senior for the citizenship award. Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievement in civics and government courses, performance in civics and government-related extracurricular activities, and exemplary community service. Students also must submit an essay about the importance of citizenship.

In addition to the citizenship award, John Baughman of Carl Junction High School and Lucy Short of Webster Groves High School were selected as the highest scoring male and female.  This honor allows them to participate in the highly esteemed Ronald Reagan Close Up Youth Conference this summer in Washington, D.C.  Alternate delegates are Jennifer Mahan of Parkway South High School and Jacob Blaskie of Sullivan High School.

For more information about the Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award, contact Bill Gerling, social studies consultant for the Department, at 573-751-0398, or Millie Aulbur, director of law-related education for the Bar, at 573-635-4128.