Category Archives: Schools

FSHS Select Ensemble Performs

FSHS Select Ensemble Director Meredith Reid welcomes the attendees to the Christmas performance.

In its’ first performance of the Christmas season, the Fort Scott High School Select Ensemble entertained the attendees of Community Christian Church’s open house Monday at lunch.

The ensemble is the direction of Meredith Reid and was accompanied by Pat Harry.

This Thursday, Dec. 13, the FSHS choir, band, and orchestra will perform a Christmas concert at the high school gym, 1005 S. Main, at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. the FSHS Select Ensemble will perform during a fundraiser that provides for attire, music, travel expense and guest conductors for the music group.

The concert entitled “Classic Christmas” is $10 for adults, $5 for children and includes homemade cookies and coffee following.

Also featured in the concert is Dan Duling and the Stone Country Band,  a group of local musicians.



FSHS Talking Tigers In Mulvane

Fort Scott High School debate students competed at the NSDA national qualifying tournament this weekend in Mulvane.

Jonie Antonio and Ash Nave gained some great experience and helped their teammates once they were eliminated from competition.

Madi Toth and Dalton Womeldorff were semi-finalists and are alternates to the National Tournament.

Submitted by Angella Curran

Harper Directs Finale Concert Dec. 11

Pittsburg Youth Chorale

Tuesday, December 11th
Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center


Pittsburg Youth Chorale is under the direction of MJ Harper, composed of 4th-6th grade musicians from Southeast Kansas. The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire. Participants perform at community events. If you would like us to perform for your event, please contact:

MJ Harper at or 620-719-6633.

A Modern Twist on a Familiar Christmas Tale at FSHS

The Fort Scott High School Thespians present their holiday children’s theatre production of “A 21st Century Christmas Carol” by Lori M. Myers.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Fort Scott High School Auditorium. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time and seating is limited.

“A 21st Century Christmas Carol” is a new twist on a familiar tale. “Eleanor Scrooge, a greedy old spinster, spends her days barking orders at her gift shop employees.  Though the mall will be closed, she still wants them to work on Christmas Day!  Then she’s visited by the ghost of her old boss, Mr. Marley, and a parade of zany spirits who materialize from cheesy collectible figurines.  … With great humor, contemporary references, and crazy characters, … audiences will fall in love with the classic story all over again,” according to Pioneer Drama Service.


Characters in the production are played by area children in 1st-8th grades. Regen Wells, a 7th-grade student at Fort Scott Middle School, plays the lead character of Eleanor. Eighth graders Anna Laubenstein, Kinsley Davis and Kaitlyn Leavell play the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. All are also members of the FSMS Drama Club which meets weekly at the Middle School.


The play is directed by FSHS senior Karina Kantilal and sophomore Ashanti Green. Music is led by freshman Christina Ramirez and sophomore Noah Martin with choreography from junior Mesa Jones and sophomore Avery Dorsey. About thirty other high school students are assisting with the direction and design of the show as a fundraiser for the State and International Thespian Festivals under the supervision of Thespian Director Angie Bin.


Tickets for “A 21st Century Christmas Carol” are $5 and available at the FSHS Office, 1005 S. Main; Common Ground, 116 S. Main; and at the door.


Pittsburg Youth Chorale Spring Enrollment Open


Area singers in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade are invited to join Pittsburg Youth Chorale through Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. Participants do not need to be enrolled in USD 250 to belong to this ensemble.

Pittsburg Youth Chorale is under the direction of MJ Harper, Music Teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary in Fort Scott, KS. The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire. Participants will have the opportunity to perform at community events as well as on the Memorial stage.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5PM-6PM at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS. Rehearsals begin January 8th. There is a fee of $60 per session (Jan 8-May 7). To enroll, visit Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center between 8:30AM and 4:30PM, or call 620-231-7827, deadline January 8th.

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Contact: MJ Harper, 620-719-6633,

Classic Christmas at FSHS Dec. 16

The Fort Scott High School Select Ensemble will be having a special Christmas concert fundraiser on Sunday, December 16 at 3 PM called “Classic Christmas.”

It will feature the Select Ensemble, solos, small groups, and a live band!

The event will be held in FSHS auditorium.

Refreshments will be served following the program.

Tickets will be available from individual students, as well as at the high school office. All ticket money will go back to the Select Ensemble for outfits, music, clinicians, and travel. This event will serve as our main fundraiser of the year.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $10, Children 18 and under $5.


Submitted by Meredith Reid.

FSCC Math Relays: Thomas Jefferson Is First Place

Third place is Girard High School.
College Heights Christian School is second place.
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is first place.

The Fort Scott Community College Math Day for area high school students was Nov. 16.

Submitted were the top schools photos.


Pittsburg Youth Chorale Performs Nov. 26

Pittsburg Youth Chorale perform the pre-parade prelude

Pittsburg Youth Chorale will perform a pre-Christmas parade prelude at Signet Coffee Roasters, 109 N. Broadway, on Monday, November 26 beginning at 6 PM.

This vocal ensemble, directed by Fort Scott Music Teacher MJ Harper, is comprised of area singers in 4th-6th grade that meet once a month at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center.

The purpose of this vocal ensemble is to further grow vocal abilities, musical knowledge, and choral repertoire.

Warm your heart and your body with some holiday cheer before the parade begins!

Submitted by  Mary Jo Harper

USD 234 Dismisses Early Because of Winter Storm

USD 234 will dismiss early today.

All schools will follow the early release schedule.

There will be no after-school child care and no afternoon preschool.

All evening activities will be canceled.
Winfield Scott Elementary School will dismiss at 1:06 pm.

Eugene Ware Elementary School will dismiss at  1:01 pm.

Fort Scott Middle School will dismiss at  1:11 pm.

Fort Scott High School will dismiss at  1:11


WBE Students In Stacking Competition

5th Grader Shaiden Kober building a Jumbo Cup Tower.

West Bourbon students and staff, 262 total, participated in the 2018 Stack Up Event on Thursday, November 8.

The event is held each year to try and break the Guinness World Record of MOST PEOPLE SPORT STACKING AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS ON ONE DAY.

Second graders Brayden Russell and Owen Brown are competing in BattleStack.

The number to beat this year is 622, 809 as of Sunday evening.

513, 706 stackers have been verified from around the world.

Second Grade students Braelyn Marlow (kneeling) and MaKinlee Bloesser (standing) are concentrating building their cup towers.

It usually takes about a week to get all information verified. WBE students enjoyed a variety of stacking activities during their PE time….BattleStack, building cup towers and stacking at the timing mats to name a few.

A good time was had by ALL.

Stackers at West Bourbon Elementary School. 3rd grader Allis DeMott is having fun at the timing mat.

Submitted by Jackie Hall