The Fort Scott High School Theatre Department, under the direction of FSHS Thespian Director Angie Bin, has been selected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival, as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF).
Each August, Edinburgh, Scotland becomes the most magical and exciting place on earth as performing artists from all over the world take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The whole city becomes a stage and visitors can view performances everywhere from playgrounds to conference rooms, from city parks to churches.
The Fringe Festival includes over 3,000 different performances of music, theatre, dance, and comedy during its three-week run.
Fort Scott High School’s performance will be showcased as a part of AHSTF in the summer of 2019.
Fort Scott High School, recognized for its entertaining and innovative productions, was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors, made up of college theatre professionals, to represent our community as part of the 2018 AHSTF program.
The Board reviews all completed applications and identifies the top high schools based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations.
While in Scotland, AHSTF’s professional Technical Team ensures that the company’s lighting, sound, and property needs are addressed.
WorldStrides, the nation’s oldest and largest student travel company, will be making the travel arrangements for each high school group. The trip includes two days in London, England and ten days in Edinburgh in August of 2019.
A parent meeting for all FSHS performing art students interested in traveling and their parents will be held April 24 at 7:45 p.m. in Room 401 at the High School.
Fort Scott Christian Heights High School students entertained the community Friday and Saturday evening with its rendition of “Tom Sawyer: An American Legend With Music.”
The play depicts a segment of life of Tom Sawyer life, who was an orphan boy in Missouri, circa the 1840s.
The cast is as follows:
Jeff Thatcher was played by Kole Wagner, Tom Sawyer by Austin Bahr, Mrs. Thatcher by Annalyse Gilmore, Becky Thatcher by Darci Kendrick, Aunt Polly by Kendra Bahr, Sid Sawyer by Seth Lowery, Cousin Mary by Emily Davenport, Ben Rogers by Benji Banwart, Joe Harper by Jason Avery, Jim Hollis by Drake Garcia, Ted Austin by Josiah Banwart, Amy Lawrence by Lily Leigh, Lyda Hollis by Annalyse Gilmore, Widder Douglas by Annie Tarter, Preacher/schoolmaster by J.B. Lowry, Judge Thatcher by Steven Avery, Hope Austin by Emily Davenport, Suzie Harper by Kathryn Hudiberg, Faith Harper by Marissa Meanor, Huck Finn by Trace Evans, Doc Robinson by Benji Banwart, Injun Joe by Bryce Meanor, Muff Potter by Jason Avery, The Constable by Lucas Gilmore.
Sound, lighting, and props were by Mike Avery and Larry Davolt.
Costumes were provided by Vickie Shead.
The stage crew was Lucas Gilmore, J.B. Lowry, Brandon West, Mike Avery and Tim Avery.
The Fort Scott High School Prom 2018 is April 21, 2018, at the high school.
Public viewing of the building is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, walk-in is from 6:30 to 8 pm and prom is from 8 to 11 pm.
“This year’s walk-in will be starting at the southeast corner of the high school,” according to Roberta “Bert” Lewis, an instructor at the school. “To get in line, you will need to drive north on Main, turn into the southwest corner of the parking lot by the tennis court. (directly east of Key Hole), then continue east toward the back parking lot. Valet parking will be available southeast corner of the east parking lot. If someone is picking up your car they can meet you at this location.”
Parent parking and viewing of walk-in:
Parent parking will be allowed on the street west of school, stadium, gravel lot west of the school, and at Buck Run. Handicap parking will be available on the north side of the school.
Parents willNOTbe allowed to park in the west (front) lot, at the pool, or on State Street between 9th and 12th streets. Also closed for walk-in will be Scott street from 10th to 12th and 11th street from State Street to Main.
Click here, then click on the image to enlarge for a map of the parking and walk-in rules:
Get ready to wear your best boots and sparklies to the first-ever Boots and Bling Gala, a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Catholic School.
The gala will start with appetizers and drinks at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Kennedy Gym, 705 Holbrook.
Tickets are $45 per seat which includes a prime rib dinner cooked by the Knights of Columbus and appetizers and desserts provided by the ladies of the parish, Katie Casper, chair of the gala committee said.
There are complimentary drinks with the dinner, then a cash bar after attendees use their drink tickets.
“We wanted a fun theme, to make it a fun event,” Casper said. “It’s not a black tie, it’s a country casual affair.”
The community is invited to the adults-only evening of fun, fellowship and raising funds for the school, she said.
“Our school is funded mainly through our church,” Casper said. “This is another way to help give our kids the best education we can.”
There will be a live auction and silent auction during the evening.
Some of the live auction items include a Chief’s Sports Package, a Royals Sports Package, a hog-hunting trip to Texas, a weeks stay at a cabin in Colorado among others.
Larry Martin will be the auctioneer.
To make reservations, call the school at 620-223-6060.
Reservations are required and still being accepted. Tables of six or eight people can be reserved.
Members of the gala committee are Casper, Krista Gorman, Jarett Dauben, Mark McCoy, Pat Renfro, Dale Cation, Chrystal Cowen, Tammy Hill and Deb Martin.
The Fort Scott Cosmetology School participated in a community service project this past Saturday.
In conjunction with the FSMS VIPs, the parent group at Fort Scott Middle School, eight student stylists donated their afternoon to style the hair of middle school students. This was the fifth year of the event, scheduled to coincide with the annual TWIRP dance.
This event benefits both the middle schoolers and the cosmetology students, as the middle schoolers get “dolled up” before the big dance and the college students get to practice creating different hairstyles.
“We are so appreciative of the cosmetology school for continuing to volunteer their time each year,” said FSMS VIP President Stephanie George. “We had twenty-two students sign up for the event this year. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and they all looked fantastic! We look forward to this project every year.”
The cosmetology school is located on the college campus in Fort Scott. They are looking into expanding their hours so that they can take appointments in the evenings and Saturdays.To make an appointment, call 620-223-2700.
Over 1,300 high school students, from 90 schools, converged on Fort Scott Community College Aggie Day April 6, according to Ryan Edgecomb, an agriculture instructor at the school.
Former FSCC Agriculture Instructor Gary Harvey started the event in the mid-1970s, said Edgecomb.
“This is my 15th Aggie Day,” Edgecomb said. “The Ag Department hosts the event. Blake Davis is my teaching partner and livestock coach.”
Students competed in a variety of areas, including agronomy, entomology, farm management, floriculture, food science, livestock, meat evaluation, milk quality and products, nursery/landscape, poultry, speech, veterinary science, and reasonings.
Those from Bourbon County schools who ranked in the top ten in the contests:
In the Intermediate Live contest, Clay Brillhart, Uniontown, received 2nd place; Zach Snyder, Uniontown received a 10th place.
In the Junior Live contest, Tate Crystal, Uniontown, received the 3rd place.
In Senior Questions Live, Graham Hathaway, Uniontown, received the 2nd place; Kolby Shoemaker, Fort Scott, received a 10th place.
In Senior Reasons Live, Kolby Seested, Uniontown, received the 3rd place.
In the Veterinary Science contest, Maddie Ard, Uniontown, received 2nd place; Aubry O’Neal, Uniontown, received the 8th place.
In the Junior Speech contest, Hannah Beerbower, Uniontown, received the 4th place.
It takes practice and lots of it, to do anything well, including reading.
That in a nutshell, is what the Fort Scott Community College Basketball Team told the students at Eugene Ware Elementary during an award assembly Wednesday afternoon.
During the month of March, students have been competing with other classes in reading the most minutes.
The classroom winners of each grade level were given a poster of the FSCC Basketball Team along with a promised extra recess, during the assembly held in the school gym.
The winners were: Carrie Southwell’s 3rd grade class with 3, 220 minutes of reading, Joyce Flanner’s 4th grade with 3,002 minutes and Jill Couch’s 5th-grade class with 2,232 minutes.
During the assembly, students were randomly picked from the audience to participate in a basketball throw challenge.
The winner of that challenge was Quadar Moreland, a fourth-grade student. Because of his win, all 4th-grade students were given autographed posters of the team.
Brenda Hill, an instructional coach at Ware, and Mary Mauer, a teacher, collaborated on the idea of capitalizing on basketball’s March Madness national competition to encourage students to practice reading.
Ted Hessong, currently superintendent of USD 456, was hired Tuesday evening by the USD 234 Board of Education. He will begin June 2, 2018, and was hired on a two-year contract as the new superintendent in Fort Scott’s school system.
The following is a FortScott.Biz interview with Hessong.
What motivated you to get into education?
“My mom was a teacher at Fort Scott Middle School, which was a great example of what a teacher should be. I was also active in sports and I wanted to be a basketball coach since 7th grade.”
” I graduated from Fort Scott High School and earned an Associates Degree from Fort Scott Community College. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education from Pittsburg State University. I also received my Master’s in Building Leadership and District Certification from PSU.”
” My first two years in education I was a science teacher and coach at Pleasanton Junior/Senior High School in Pleasanton, Kansas. I then accepted a position at Frontenac Junior High and High School teaching science and coaching, where I did my student teaching. I spent 17 years at Frontenac School district, where I went from a teacher to assistant principal for the 6th-12th-grade building. I then became the first junior high principal at Frontenac because we separated the junior high from the high school. The last five years at Frontenac I was the high school principal following the retirement of one of my mentors, Joe Martin. The past two school years I have been the superintendent at Marais des Cygnes Valley School District, which is composed of the communities of Melvern, Quenemo, and Olivet in Kansas.”
“I have three children.”
What interested you in the position in Fort Scott?
“Fort Scott has tremendous respect throughout the state of Kansas as a top-notch district. I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to return to my hometown to lead the district that really gave me my start in education.”
What do you feel you bring to the district?
“I feel my leadership experiences have prepared me to lead Fort Scott in a variety of areas to provide the best opportunities for the students of Fort Scott to experience success.”
What assets do you see in USD 234?
” The biggest asset Fort Scott has to offer is the teachers, staff, and students at Fort Scott. All these groups are what make Fort Scott an excellent school district.”
“No concerns at this time.”
Any interests besides education, hobbies?
“My biggest interest is spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy sports, playing golf and mowing.”
Enrollment at Fort Scott Community College is now open for summer and fall 2018. FSCC will be there with you to help your future begin now. Pursue an associate degree or certificate at Fort Scott Community College. For more information visit fortscott.edu or call 620-223-2700.
Future Business Leaders of America visited Topeka for the State Leadership Conference on March 27-29.
The conference is a two-day event hosted at the capital each year, according to Morgan Robbins, the Business Teacher and FBLA Sponsor at Fort Scott High School .
“Students from schools all over the state of Kansas compete in various events,” she said. ” All of our students competed in objective tests, in topics including personal finance, business law, hospitality management, health care administration and more. We were so lucky to get to meet with Caryn Tyson and listen to her briefly speak about her work before we left Topeka on Friday.”
Front, from left:
Beth Nuss, chaperone; Lauren Madison; Emma Martin; Morgan Rohr; Senator Caryn Tyson; Daevin Caldwell; Hudson Horn; FBLA Sponsor and FSHS Business Instructor Morgan Robbins.
Back, from left.
Katie Harvey, Sami Rogers, Nick King, Alec Michaud, Matt Campbell, and Carter Goldston