Purdy FBLA Students Excel at National Leadership Conference

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held their annual National Leadership Conference in Chicago June 29 through July 2. Two Purdy students earned a spot to compete at the National level after third place wins at the State FBLA Conference in April. Senior M’kena Propps and Freshman Nathan Harris traveled to Chicago with Adviser Emily Kooi to compete at the highest level. Propps returned with a 6th place finish in Client Service. Propps competed in a preliminary pool of 78 students from across the nation before moving on to the final round where she earned 6th place. Purdy FBLA is guided by Advisers Kay Wright and Kooi. Contributed photo
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Education Fund donates $3K

Surprise presentations of three Cassville Education Fund grants totaling $3,000 were awarded to Cassville teachers on May 17. A grant of $1,500 was presented to seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher, Tara Hutchens, for 150 digital drawing tablets.
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Students compete in Big 8 Art Show

Art students at Cassville Middle School recently brought home 51 ribbons, including 16 first place ribbons, from the Big 8 Art Show at the MARC in Mt. Vernon. Front row, from left: Julie Fenley, James Fletcher, Joel Hawkins, Isabella Bauman, Alexis Lopez, Brynn Whittenburg, Audrey Kennedy, Dusti Artherton, Gracie Maher, Rose Love and Marisol Salas. Second row, from left: Shevy Smith, Courtney Wall, Carlee Mitchell, Audrey Mitchell, Valentine Vang, Hailey Isley, Liberty Hilburn, Kayla Priest, Kevin Haas and Anabele Mills. Back row, from left: Cannon Rose, Sterling Zucca, Reinna Robinson, Jadyn Stewart, Claire Reuter, Ava Hinson, Ansley Harris, Benji Elliott, Dennis Craig, Bradyn Alley and Sabrina Vera. Absent were: Aiden McBroom, Aubrey Taylor, Isabella Williams, Mike Yang, Haven Brook Lingo, Harley Madison, Lovella Blangger, Tera Tippings, Isabel Herrin, Tucker McCorckle, Lyryk Messimore and Landon Messbarger. Contributed photo
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Southwest team 4th in nation

The Southwest FFA Soils team competed in Oklahoma City on May 5 at the National Soils Contest, where the team placed 4th in the nation. Team members are Macy Colf, Allen Hendrix, Caleb Ayer and Lilly Wolf. Ayer placed 13th individually. Contributed photo
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Arning provides donation to CMS industrial arts students

Employees at Arning Companies recently made a donation of $500 to the Industrial Arts Program at Cassville Middle School. Funds were raised through Arning’s Casual Friday for Charity (CFFC) fund, which gives employees the opportunity to “dress-down” on Fridays by making contribution to the fund. Employees then select a local organization to donate funds raised through the CFFC program. Robbie Artherton, industrial arts teacher, plans to use the donation to purchase a new circular saw and a grinder for the shop. Front row, from left: Ashlyn Stringer, Jadyn Stewart, Julie Gregory, Riley Stumpff, Payton Ray and Kennedy Truman. Middle row, from left: Ethan Sizemore, Cayden Rohde, Tyra Sturgell, Gage Barnes and Colton Roark. Back row, from left: Artherton; Mark Speakman, director of production at Arning; Eric Bohmke, manufacturing manager at Arning; and Merlyn Johnson, Cassville superintendent. Contributed photo
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