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New FSCC Ag Teacher and Meats Judging Coach: Sara Sutton

Sara Sutton, FSCC Agriculture Instructor and Meats Judging Coach.

This is one of a series of profiles on new teachers in Fort Scott.

Sara Sutton is the new Fort Scott Community College  Agriculture Instructor and Meats Judging Coach.

Education: Sutton came to FSCC on a rodeo scholarship with Coach Chad Cross after graduation from Shawnee Mission North in the Kansas City area.  She then attended K-State on a rodeo scholarship, graduating with an agriculture degree in 2007. She earned a teaching degree and Masters in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.

Experience: She taught biology at Cherokee then Uniontown high schools.

Family: Husband, Scott and twin daughters, Marley and McKinley, and son, Tucker. Her husband teaches vo-ag at Uniontown High School. Lynne Wheeler is her mother-in-law, and John and Irene Doll are her parents. “Scott and I could not do what we do without family support.”

Age: 37

Why a career in education?

“My high school biology teacher, Mr. Fluty, was my inspiration to go into teaching. I love science and agriculture and communicating things I’m knowledgeable about with people.

What is the priority in the new job?

“Teaching, I love teaching. I will teach ag calculations, animal science, intro to feeds and ag tech management.”

“I’m looking forward to building the program. Jennalee Martin and Ryan Edgecomb were great and I want to continue on that.”


WBE New Fourth Grade Teacher: Jackie Shadden

Jackie Shadden is the new fourth-grade teacher at West Bourbon Elementary School in Uniontown. She is pictured in her classroom, getting ready for the first day of school on August 30.

Following 13 years as a fifth-grade teacher in Nevada, Mo., Jackie Shadden is the new fourth-grade teacher at West Bourbon Elementary School, Uniontown. Her hometown is Fort Scott.

“My mom, Ruby Gerant, inspired me to become a teacher,” Shadden said. “She taught for quite a few years as a high school English teacher in Uniontown.”

“I love learning and sharing knowledge with others,” she said. “And it’s always been a joy to be around kids.”

Shadden attended Fort Scott Community College, then Pittsburg State University where she earned a bachelors and masters degree in education.

She married David Shadden and had two kids, Seth, age 10-years-old and Hailey, 8.

“My husband and I care for my family’s farm, where we raise cattle,” she said.

“I am hoping to become more involved with my community since I will be teaching closer to home,” Shadden said.

West Bourbon Elementary School Has A New Leader

Vance Eden.

Uniontown schools have enrollment August 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on August 9 from noon to 7 p.m.

The school district has its’ first day of school on August 30.

Uniontown native Vance Eden, 33, is the new principal at West Bourbon Elementary School, as of July 1.
” My first priority is to make sure every student and teacher have the things they need to have the best possible start to the school year,” Eden said.
Eden attended Uniontown schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
He then attended Pittsburg State University attaining a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.
He taught seven years,  four years as a 6th-grade teacher and three years teaching Title 1. He served as assistant principal in Webb City, Mo. for four years.
He and wife, Rachel have two children, a son-Scout, 6 years old and a daughter-Rhuey, age 4. They are members of Community Christian Church.
Why did you choose education for a career?
” Working in education is a great way to be a positive impact on the kids and families of the community where you live,” Eden said.

Welcome Back To Teachers

Come Show Your Tiger Pride

There is excitement in the air!

That excitement is that our school district gets to start preparing to see our amazing children and staff!

Although, the first week of school can become very stressful for both students and staff. To help overcome this stressful time, I would like our community to show their support to our USD 234 staff during the first week of school.

We would appreciate donations for giveaways to be handed out to our wonderful staff at our all staff meeting August 20th.
You may show your appreciation by decorating your business windows, offering discounts, or just saying thanks when you see our staff.
USD 234
 appreciates our community and all of your
Donations for giveaways may be brought to the board of education or you may contact Nick Traul at 
620-223-0800 for pick up. 

FSCC Annual Business Expo August 22

Fort Scott Community College presents the Annual Business Expo, taking place on August 22nd from 9 am to 11:30 am in Bailey Hall.

All businesses are welcome to attend! Set up will be any time between 7:30 am and 9 am, refreshments will be available in the faculty lounge for businesses.

Each business will get the opportunity to mingle with the students and the community is welcome as well.

Businesses will also be able to hold on-the-spot interviews if necessary.

If your business is interested in participating, please contact Kassie Cate via email or call 620.223.2700 ext. 5248.

Enjoy Comedy and Magic at FSCC August 3

Join us to watch the live production of Taylor Hughes Comedy Magic on Friday, August 3rd at 7pm!
You may buy your tickets in advance at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce!
Taylor Hughes is a full time entertainer with over 20 years of performance experience. He is one of the only people to have performed in all three showrooms at the World FamousMagic Castle before the age of 21. He is a featured act on the television series “Masters of Illusion” and was recently presented the awards for “Best Illusion” “Best Comedy Magic” & “Best Showmanship” by the Society of American Magician’s in Los Angeles. A popular entertainer, Taylor has performed for multiple organizations including Home Depot, AT&T, and The American Heart Association.
Fort Scott Community College

USD 234 Civil Rights Investigation

Fisher Park, located at Main and 7th streets.

An anonymous complaint against USD 234 was filed on June 14, 2016, with the U.S. Department of Education, according to the government education website:

“There has been a Title IX complaint against the school district,” USD 234 Superintendent Ted Hessong, said.  “There is an investigation currently and the school district is unable to comment more specifically at this time.”

The investigation pending is regarding Title IX Athletics, according to the website.

The Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education works to ensure equal access to education and resolve complaints of discrimination, according to its’ website

In June 2018,  City  Attorney Bob Farmer was asked by the Fort Scott City Commission to send USD 234  a letter to be sent with the school district’s paperwork on the case to the Office of Civil Rights, according to the city commission minutes of June 19, 2018.

In the letter Farmer sent, the city stated it had no plans to build a clubhouse or dressing room at Fisher Park because there is no funding at this time to do so, according to the minutes.

The city owns Fisher Park and allows the USD 234 to use the facilities there for the FSHS girls softball program, Hessong said.

“The OCR wanted a letter from the city stating that the city has no intention of building at Fisher Park,” City Manager Dave Martin said.

“We have been unable to find out who filed the complaint,” Martin said. “The state will not tell the person who turned them in.”

Hewitt Field at Fisher Park. The FSHS girls softball program uses the facilities in the spring.
Don Hewitt Field at Fisher Park. The ballpark is three blocks north of Fort Scott High School.
The concession building at Fisher Park.
Fort Scott High School, 1005 S. Main.

Snew White, A Fractured Fairy Tale, Performed by Area Youth

The dwarfs in their home in Wychwood. From left: Michaela Morrell, Kaiden Clary, Ana Rupprecht, Joanna Wuthrich, Khris Patel, Brayden Wilkerson

Area youth performed a ‘fractured fairy tale’ of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, entitled Snew White on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at Fort Scott High School.

The play was a culmination of a Tiger Drama Performance Camp over the last two weeks, with FSHS Thespians assisting Drama Teacher Angela Bin in the production.

Twenty-four youth from six local schools pulled together an entertaining performance. In addition, during the camp, the students explored other types of arts and crafts, and created scenery props for the play.

The directors of Snew White were Brooklyn Lyons and Karina Kantilal.  Set designer, Levi Bin; scenic artist, Mary Gladbach; choreographer, Mackenzie Peoples;  sound designer, Addy Labbe; sound tech, Dominic Cannon; lighting designer, Alyx Brooks; lighting assistant Lexi Bailey; costume designer, Emmalee Bin; acting coaches, Sage Hill, Gabriel Graham, Kathelra Murray, Mesa Jones, and Jakob Slinkard.

The cast was Brayden Wilkerson, Kaiden Clary, Michaela Morrell, Kyla Korinek, Ana Rupprecht, Joanna Wuthrich, Khris Patel, Reagen Wells, Kodi Casper, Kinsley Davis, Lexi Hill, Avery Marsh, Katy Primm, Jada Malveaux, Keri Crisler, Remy Witt, Kaitlyn Leavell, Abby Wuthrich, Bryn Crisler, Caroline Barnes, Xavier Jeffrey, Cora Studyvin and Ben Davenport.

The evil queen, portrayed by Kinsley Davis,  works on a plan to rid Wychwood of Snew White. UPS girl, middle,  is Keri Crisle.
The magic mirror,  portrayed by Remy Witt, chats with the evil queen.
The governor of Wychwood, Kaitlyn Leavell, and her assistants, Dean, portrayed by Caroline Barnes, and her assistant, portrayed by Xavier Jeffrey and Deluca, Abby Wuthrich and her assistant, portrayed by Bryn Crisler,  deal with the politics of having an evil queen.
Sigmond Freud, portrayed by Kodi Casper, counsels Rose Red portrayed by Regen Wells.
Gerry, the insurance agent portrayed by Ben Davenport, chats with Snew White, portrayed by Cora Studyvin.

The magic mirror talks to Snew White.
The queen gets advice. From left: Katy Primm, Jada Malveaux, Kinsley Davis, Lexi Hill, Avery Marsh

The cast sings Heigh Ho Hip Hop Mix.
The cast bows following the last scene.
Grandmother Cheryl Adamson looks on while Tuesday Glessner hands her cousin Avery Marsh flowers, following her performance.
Cast members line up following the performance to greet the audience.From left: Kodi Casper, Bryn Crisler, Kaiden Clary.
A wardrobe malfunction in the audience-greet-line  brings Joanna Wuthrich to  tears.
Family members pose with actresses for a photo. From left: Lexi Hill, Mikki Hill, Regen Wells, Katy Primm, Shawn Hill.


Fort Scott High School Drama Teacher Angie Bin smiles for a photo with a cast member. From left: Shannon Hawpe,  Bin, Xavier Jeffrey.
Family and friends linger following the performance of Snew White at Fort Scott High School Friday evening.

FSCC Business Expo August 22: Get Registered

Kassie Fugate-Cate, FSCC Director of Strategic Communications.

Fort Scott Community College’s Annual Business Expo will take place August 22 from 9 am to 11:30 am.

Local businesses, please contact Kassie Cate at 620.223.2700 ext. 5248 or email to register.

Spaces fill up fast so don’t hesitate. No registration cost. Take this opportunity to market your business and hire eager college students. The expo will take place in Bailey Hall.

FSHS Thespians Benefit from International Thespian Festival

Top left to right: Dominic Cannon, Grant Coffman, Mackenzie Peoples, Kathelra Murray, Audra McFarland, Mark Bergmann. Middle: Levi Bin, Alyx Brooks, Mary Gladbach, Mesa Jones, Kaitlyn Hanks, Ivy Bailey, Angie Bin. Front: Carlee Studyvin, Addy Labbe, Katie Button, Lexi Bailey, Hunter Adamson, Karina Kantilal.


Nineteen Thespians from Fort Scott High School Troupe #7365 attended the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska June 25-July 1.


The students joined 4,500 others from around the world to experience a week of intensive theatre-related workshops and classes and attend top-notch student theatre performances. This year’s festival had over 700 workshops taught by Broadway professionals, university faculty and theatre educators and over 55 performances.


“Going to any sort of Thespian Festival, either state or international, I’ve connected with other people and shared the love of theatre with them. We’ve seen many beautifully done shows and enjoyed being there,” said senior Karina Kantilal.


Seniors Alyx Brooks and Hunter Adamson joined 650 other students in auditioning for college scholarships. Over sixty colleges gave out scholarships at the festival and both seniors were called back by numerous colleges.

Thespians dressed to attend an evening formal dance. L to R: Addy Labbe, Karina Kantilal, Hunter Adamson


In addition, Adamson, the FSHS Thespian President and a KS State Thespian Officer and FSHS Thespian Vice President and KS State Thespian Representative Mesa Jones, a junior, attended special leadership classes throughout the week.


“Getting to go to the leadership workshop helped open my eyes to ways of being a helping hand and all around better leader for my troupe. I met amazing young activists and feel as though I understand the positive influence theater is for young minds more. The trip was outstanding and I loved every second,”  Adamson said.


FSHS Thespian Director Angie Bin, FSHS English Teacher Mark Bergmann, and Thespian parent Amy Labbe were sponsors for the event.


“It is truly the most amazing experience. The incredible workshops are taught by successful industry professionals and are invaluable to students seeking careers in the biz. The shows are full of the most talented young people who are the future Broadway stars of our country. It was the best week of my year!” Labbe remarked.


Students worked throughout the school year to fundraise the $790 registration fee for the festival. Many were able to attend last year’s festival for free due to a Send a Troupe grant won by FSHS from the Educational Theatre Association and were determined to experience the festival again.


Junior Kaitlyn Hanks said, “I can’t wait to come back. International Thespian Festival is truly like a second home to me, it’s the happiest place on Earth for a bunch of Thespians, from the great people to the amazing teachers and extraordinary shows.”


Degree Without Debt Offered to Walmart Employees

Walmart Fort Scott, 2500 S. Main.

In May, Walmart announced a new associate education benefit program designed to help employees to enroll in college and graduate from college in certain fields of study, according to a press release.

Benefits include free college credit for Walmart Academy training and options for employees to earn a college degree without student loan debt.

Walmart employees will be able to access affordable associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in business or supply chain management.

These programs are available to full-time, part-time and salaried Walmart U.S. store, supply chain, home office and Sam’s Club employees.

Degrees will be offered through the University of Florida at Gainesville; Brandman University, Irvine, California; and Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska. These schools were selected for their focus and strong outcomes on serving working adult learners, according to the press release.

Program highlights include:

The associate contribution toward a college degree would be just $1 a day. Walmart will subsidize the cost of tuition, books, and fees, which helps get rid of student loan debt, according to a press release.


Also, associates can start their path by earning college credit for paid training at Walmart Academies. Hundreds of thousands of associates have already undergone skills training equivalent to more than $210 million in college credits. This will save associates both time and money in completing their degree.

Walmart selected universities with a specialized focus on serving working adult learners and top outcomes for the working adult demographic. Walmart is also collaborating with these universities to tailor the curriculum to relevant skills for jobs and advancement across industries for today and in the future.

The goal is for all employees who apply for admission to be accepted, and the three selected universities have a dedication to high graduation rates for their students.

Employees will receive support from a  coach on everything from the application and enrollment process to selecting the appropriate degree. This kind of academic counseling has been shown to help students complete their degree.

Walmart kicked off a scalable approach to creating educational opportunity for America’s workforce,  said Rachel Carlson, chief executive officer and co-founder of Guild Education, with whom Walmart is collaborating to provide the program.

Guild Education helps people gain an education through their employer’s tuition benefits which lead to increased employee satisfaction and retention, according to

Walmart is also leading innovation in workforce development and higher education to help associates earn college credit for on-the-job training, Carlson said.

The Lumina Foundation has agreed to research and measure the impact and effectiveness of the program and will work with the Walmart team to share findings.

Walmart’s new education program underscores the importance of education in helping employees prepare for the future with degrees in supply chain management or business. This is part of a broader approach to preparing the workforce to succeed today and into the future.

Initiatives include:

· Developing a broad suite of offerings across roles from frontline to executive levels develop job-related skills for advancement.

· Covering the complete cost for employees and eligible family members for earning a high school diploma or GED.

· Offering employees and eligible family members access to tuition discounts, financial aid assistance, and education coaching across Guild’s broader network of more than 80 accredited, nonprofit university partners, including schools such as The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Columbia University and Purdue University. These institutions are made available through EdX.

· Giving access to professional development courses including college prep, leadership training, and ESL.


Walmart associates can learn more by visiting WalmartOne.