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Elementary Students Visit Lowell Milken Center

Nurse Mary Bickerdyke, interpreted by Tiffiny Durham and Dr. Ben Thayer, interpreted by Mason Lumpkins, portray a scene during the Civil War.
Students raise hands to answer questions during the presentation.

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.”

Tiffiny Durham interprets Mary Bickerdyke to students at Lowell Milken Center May 7.
Mason Lumpkins interprets Civil War Doctor Ben Thayer to the group of students.

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.

This photo is of the students watching a short video on the Unsung Hero project about Bickerdyke which was produced by a then-student, Theresa Schafer.

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.

Megan Felt, right, the program director at the center, introduces Ruth Waring, the American Red Cross drive local coordinator to the group.
Following the presentation, students were given a tour of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. Here, Eugene Ware fifth-grade students of Abby Dixson look at the project about the “Little Rock Nine” project at the center.
Christian Learning Center first and second-grade students of Kelly Love get a hands-on demonstration from Dr. Ben Thayer on how a broken arm was treated during the Civil War.

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

Local Student Raises Funds/Awareness For American Heart Association

Courtesy photo.

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.

Courtesy photo. Hanna Reel speaks during an assembly for the American Heart Association at FSHS. In the background are teachers Jared Martin, Josh Regan and Johanthan Stark.

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.

FSCC Spring Concert May 12

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”

FSHS Forensic Wins 2nd In State

Courtesy photos. The Fort Scott High School Forensic Team 2018.

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.”

Courtesy photos. Fort Scott High School Forensics Team 2018.

Individual Results:

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.

Mark Adams and Jonie Antonio were semi-finalists is Duet Acting.

“Also representing us were Ashtyn Elizabeth Dowell in Extemp, Hunter  Adamson and Zoe Self in duet, Madi Toth in prose, and Alex Gorman in Humorous Interp and Dalton Womeldorff in LD,” Toth said.

“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.

Fort Scott Fifth-Graders To Learn of Mary Bickerdyke May 7

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.

FSCC Livestock Judging Camp Registration Is June 1

Students who would like to sharpen livestock evaluation  and oral reasoning skills can take a summer camp starting June 19 at Fort Scott Community College.

The sessions are divided into beginner and complete sessions.

See the flyer below for more information.