Fort Scott High School Thespians performed a 1920s style fashion show for the ladies at Medicalodge Fort Scot Monday afternoon.
Courtesty photos by Angela Bin.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area awarded the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes an Interpretive Grant in the amount of $2145 for the project honoring Unsung Hero Mary Bickerdyke.
On May 7, visitors learned more about Unsung Hero Mother Mary Bickerdyke because of that grant.
Bickerdyke was a Civil War nurse who built 300 field hospitals with the help of the U.S. Sanitary Commission and created new standards in soldier care. Her zeal in her profession earned her the name “Cyclone In Calico.”
The Lowell Milken Center collaborated with the Fort Scott National Historic site in presenting the story to over 140 students from Fort Scott.
Tiffiny Durham, FSNHS Museum Technician interpreted Bickerdyke to the visitors at the center, while Mason Lumpkin, Excelsior Springs, Mo. interpreted Dr. Ben Thayer for the group.
The group consisted of the fifth-grade students at Eugene Ware Elementary School and first and second-grade students at Christian Learning Center.
The presentation not only taught each attendee about the past but information about the Red Cross, local blood drives and ways to volunteer was included.
About Freedom’s Frontier
The Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant program was started in 2012, according to information provided.
Since then, more than 97 projects have been awarded grant funding, according to information provided. Grant projects have been completed on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border, in the 41-county region that comprises the heritage area.
Projects awarded grant funding must interpret local history, and connect to one or more of the three major themes of the heritage area: the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom.
Grants range in amount from under $1,500 to $5,000. All awards over $1,500 require that the grant recipient show a local match of half the amount of the award. This match can be in the form of cash, or in-kind donations and staff and volunteer time.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is one of 49 heritage areas in the U.S. Heritage areas are nonprofit affiliates of the National Park Service (NPS). They act as coordinating entities between the local organizations telling nationally significant stories and the NPS.
Freedom’s Frontier was established as a heritage area on October 12, 2006, when signed into law by President George Bush. The heritage area’s management plan was approved by the Department of the
An American Heart Association Assembly/ fundraiser took place May 2 at Fort Scott High School.
“This is the second annual assembly to raise awareness for the American Heart Association, ” Hanna Reel, coordinator of the event, and a senior at FSHS said. “Jared Martin and I both ran and organized this assembly/fundraiser.” Martin is a teacher at FSHS.
“Many schools around our area and town participated with this organization to help make kids aware of heart disease and ways to prevent it,” Reel said.” I took it upon myself this year to be in charge of running this assembly/fundraiser.”
The event consisted of a speaker from the American Heart Association, Joe Falter, and Reel, speaking on behalf of her own personal experience with a rare heart condition.
Additionally, there was a dodgeball tournament.
“Seventeen competitors played against each other to win prizes during the dodgeball tournament,” Reel said. “The whole school participated in this assembly either by being spectators or being competitors. There were over 500 spectators.”
“I was able to raise $170 for the American Heart Association,” Reel said.
The 49th Annual Invitational Grade School Music Festival was held at Fort Scott Community College Saturday.
“The day was a huge success!Ellis and Bailey Halls (were) packed full of excited young musicians performing as soloists as well as in small and large ensembles,” Seth Ernst, FSCC music instructor said.
“Here are some numbers from the day:
– Thirty-four schools and private music studios attended, just shy of 300 solos performed, 46 small and large ensembles, upwards of 400 students, in total, across all entries.
“There were hundreds of family and friends in attendance to watch and listen,” Ernst said. “I must give my sincerest thanks to the following people:
– The maintenance staff, for their hard work in helping me set up and tear down all of the festival rooms,
– The business office, for their excellent help with getting me resources for the festival,
– The festival judges, two of whom include our very own Ronda Bailey and Dr. Greg Turner, for their expertise in assigning students’ ratings and giving valuable performance suggestions,
– The student workers, who put in a long day and made sure that all of the performance rooms ran smoothly and that students received their earned awards. These included Abigail Gilligan, Alexandreia Johnston, Allison Gilligan, Ashley Lockwood, Dayton Knight, Donnie Flowers, Erin Deatsch, Jackalynn Neher, Katie Palmer, Kevin Kerr, Megan Thomas, Shayla Button, Tim Higgins and Ty Covey.”
The Fort Scott Community College Music Department will present the annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 12, at 7:00 pm in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center, 2108 South Horton St.
The FSCC Chamber Winds will begin the concert with a Hollywood-themed prelude consisting of several beloved themes from silver screen classics.
The FSCC Choir will take the second half of the show with a wide variety of uplifting and inspiring works that are sure help you feel the fullness and life of the spring season.
Admission is free and open to the public!
For more information, please contact Seth Ernst at 620-223-2700 ext. 3058, or email email@example.com.”
Fort Scott High School Forensics scored this weekend.
“We had 36 events qualify for state this year,” Amber Toth,FSHS Forensic Teacher, said. “However, we are only allowed to take 16 total entries and two Lincoln Douglas Debaters. Overall, as a team, we took second.”
She is proud of her forensic students.
“If you see Forensics kids, please tell them congrats,” Toth said.” It is an amazing accomplishment to walk out of the largest state tournament in any classification with a trophy for the 2nd year in a row.”
Darby Toth is the Oration State Champion and the Impromptu State Runner-Up
Elizabeth Ngatia is the State Runner-Up in Oration and takes 4th in Poetry.
Zoe Self is the State Runner-Up in Extemp.
Mark Adams is the State Runner-Up in Lincoln Douglas debate.
Rebekah Sweyko takes 5th in Extemp and 6th in Informative.
Tayton Majors was 6th in Extemp.
Isabella Provence makes it to semi-finals in Humorous Interpretation.
Kaden Kiwan was a semi-finalist in Informative.
“We also have 15 students attending the National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this summer,” she said.
Tayton Majors and Sara Al-Shawish will be competing in Policy Debate.
Darby Toth will be recognized on the state level as a four time-qualifier (Fort Scott’s second ever), was chosen as South Kansas District Student of the Year, and will compete in Student Congress.
Zoe Self and Hunter Adamson will be competing in Duo Interpretation.
Rebekah Sweyko will be competing in Informative Speaking.
Madison Toth will be competing in Program of Oral Interpretation.
Ashtyn Dowell and Jorden Willard will compete in Public Forum Debate.
Elizabeth Ngatia will be competing in Original Oration.
Isabella Provence will be competing in Humorous Interpretation.
Brooklyn Lyons will be competing in Program of Oral Interpretation.
Mark Adams will compete in Domestic Extemp.
Dalton Womeldorff will compete in World Schools Debate.
Jonie Antonio will compete in World Schools Debate.
The annual Country Store and Auction at Fort Scott Christian Heights School, 1101 S. Barbee is May 5.
This is the annual fundraiser for the school.
Included is a 5K race/two-mile fun walk, which begins at 7:30 a.m.
The country store is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be a supper offered from 4-6 p.m. and an auction at 6 p.m.
For more information call 620-223-4330, or view the school’s Facebook page.
Fort Scott Community College Agriculture is getting bigger and better with a new facelift coming soon to the Burris building where the program resides.
The agriculture program at FSCC has been around for many years and is one of the foundations of the college itself. Approximately 800 students come through the agriculture program each year and even more continue to show interest.
The FSCC Agriculture program creates an umbrella effect for numerous opportunities to eager agriculture students. From “Farm & Ranch Management” classes to “Ag Hydraulics” in the John Deere program. The Ag program is also the host of numerous scholarship and activity opportunities including, but not limited to Livestock Judging, Meat’s Judging, Rodeo, and academic. On top of that, the FSCC Endowment Foundation offers eight agriculture-related scholarships that can stack on top of the institutional scholarships.
“Agriculture education at FSCC is essential!” says Alysia Johnston, President at FSCC. “The importance of our agriculture curricula goes well beyond what is taught in the classroom, as our students learn valuable life skills and leadership qualities that will not only help them but also the agriculture industry. My Bachelor of Science is in Animal Science and Industry. The skills I acquired while earning my agriculture degree and being a part of the livestock judging team has helped me thrive at my present job as president and working at our family farm every day.”
The new expansion is possible thanks to the generous donations from Chester Boileau and Lonnie Cleaver estates. The expansion will consist of an extra 2,533 square feet, making the building 6,680 square feet! The extension will have new offices, classrooms, bathrooms, and a trophy area to display our prestigious winnings from the Livestock and Meat’s Judging teams.
The program would not be where it is today without our amazing instructors that help shape the student’s lives every day. We are looking to add to our team with two agriculture positions currently open. For more information about the open positions, please go to www.fortscott.edu/jobs.
For more information about the FSCC Agriculture program(s), please contact Admissions at 620.223.2700 or visit our website at www.fortscott.edu.
FSCC Baseball Program to host annual Youth Camp Sponsored by Sunbeam Christian Preschool
The Fort Scott Community College Baseball Program will host its annual Youth Camp Sponsored by Sunbeam Christian Preschool on Tuesday, May 8th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Lions Field in Fort Scott.
The camp is open to students ages four through 14.
Campers will receive instruction from the FSCC Baseball coaching staff and players on baseball fundamentals including base running, hitting, defense, and throwing.
The cost for the camp is $15 per student; the fee includes a t-shirt. Registration will begin at 5:00 pm at Lions Club Field.
For more information, please contact John Hill at 620.223.2700 ext. 7170 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is open at http://www.fsgreyhounds.com/sports/bsb/related_links/camp.
Throughout the day on Monday, May 7, The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes will be presenting the story of Mother Mary Bickerdyke along with the Tiffiny Durham from the Fort Scott National Historic Site.
“All of the 5th-graders from Eugene Ware Elementary will be attending the presentations,” Megan Felt said. “We would also like to invite the public.”
The presentations are at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m in the Lowell Milken Center at Wall and Main street in downtown Fort Scott.
Visitors can stop by anytime that day and learn more about the Unsung Hero and Civil War nurse Mother Mary Bickerdyke.
Fort Scott Community College Student Success Center staff and the Eastern Adult Education Consortium hosts the GED/ABE graduation ceremony at Ellis Fine Arts on Wednesday, May 16 at 6 pm.
“The event attracts many graduates, their families, and friends,” said Adult Basic Education faculty member Aubrey Duft. “It represents a great milestone in the students’ lives, which affects the community for years to come.”
“By having the Adult Education Program located in the Student Success Center, we have seen a much easier transition for these students furthering their education at FSCC,” said DeAnn Welch-Cambers, Director of Student Success Center and Development Education Instructor. “This graduation ceremony is a celebration of a big accomplishment. Obtaining a GED is not as easy as it used to be. These students work hard and should be very proud of their accomplishment.”
Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. For more information, contact Aubrey Duft at email@example.com or 620.223.2700.