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Summer Scrapbook 2020

The residents of Our Town love the summer months, and The Independent delights in sharing their special moments. We are excited to feature many happy celebrations that were held with healthy protocols in place, including masks, social distancing, and temperature taking. Cheers to some Kansas City fun!

Marshall Dean with Amy Dean Johnston

Emmy and Sloane Sansale hiked the trail at The Parkville Nature Sanctuary.

Addie, Zoey, and Emily Duckers camped at the Buffalo National River in Arkansas.

Dalton Midget, Trevor Gantt, and Avaleigh Midget with their grandparents, Carolyn and Gary Hanson

Emmaline and Boden Schoenthaler at Homestead Country Club

Vivienne and Henry Brower enjoyed Loose Park.

Henry and Vivienne Brower built sandcastles on the beach in Destin, Florida.

Vivienne Brower appeared to have found the perfect blueberry at Gieringers Farm in Edgerton, Kansas.

Neah and Kylie David

Rowan Silvey was ready to play ball.

Chris Lawler and Aiden Lawler rode their bikes to The Scout on Father’s Day.

Daisy enjoyed the beautiful garden of Marcia Bennett.


Emersyn and Brooklyn Buckneberg

Brooklyn, Aidan, and Emersyn Buckneberg

St. Agnes 8th Grade Graduates: (Front row) Peyton Cole (back row) Dori Latenser, Emma Hansen, and Ava Marin

Olivia Franco with Mark Mattison and Alex Franco, Jr. at Mount Rushmore

David Fair at C U in the Major Leagues Camp at Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy

Jacob, a participant in Sherwood Autism Center’s Supported Employment program, visited the community garden at ReStore.

Roger, who is a participant in Sherwood Autism Center’s Supported Employment program, showed off produce from the community garden at ReStore.

Ericka Schubert and her mother, Lisa Hickok, celebrated Ericka’s graduation from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business with a trip to Savannah, Georgia. With the duo in front of their favorite neighborhood coffee shop are Snoopy and Charlie.

Tommy Lynn, Ben Marts, Hudson Sublette, and Rowan Silvey are pictured at First Communion at St. Peter’s.

Grace Troesser, UMKC senior, who is studying music therapy

Bailey Landis, Class of 2020 at UMKC, in front of Union Station Kansas City, which was lit up in blue and gold lights to honor the University’s graduates

Ellie Clune, Jane Powell, and Mary Grace Teasdale had some Fourth of July fun at Blue Hills Country Club.

Naya Narciso, Ellie Sweeny, and Harper Severin at Blue Hills Country Club

Ava Doyle, Coco Kamberis, Lauren Zieren, and Annie Flemming at Blue Hills Country Club

Mary Kate Zieren, Swim Coach Meghan Peavey, and Lauren Zieren at Blue Hills Country Club

Becca Welsh, Maggie Dahir, Ava Townsend, Lily Logan, and Olivia Oades were all smiles for swim team at Blue Hills Country Club.

Libby White played in the USTA Plaza Net Tournament for Blue Hills Country Club.

Blue Hills Country Club’s Class of 2020: Sophie Sweeney, Grace Anderson, Olivia Townsend, Riley Sherron, Caroline Knopke, Bea Cristo, Kelsey Faubion, Matthew Richards, Jack Briggs, Phil Dailey, Ethan Tillmon, and Mike Slaney (out of camera range) Andrew Kopulos and Ani Carter

Blue Hills Country Club’s Class of 2020: (Front row) Ethan Tillmon, Jack Briggs, Phil Dailey, and Mike Slaney (back row) Riley Sherron, Grace Anderson, Bea Cristo, Olivia Townsend, Kelsey Faubion, Sophie Sweeney, and Caroline Knopke (out of camera range) Ani Carter, Andrew Kopulos, and Matthew Richards

Hallie O’Bryan, Liza Berg, Caroline Copaken, Mary Kate Glynn, Lily Beaham, and Lauren Legg at Carriage Club

Carriage Club: (Front row) Seniors: Tommy Pollock, Abby Long, and Jackson Zwillenberg (back row) Coaches: Matt McGannon, Hannah McPhail, Will Vance, Allie Weinrich, and George Embry

Coach Matt McGannon launched off the pool deck at the end of the season at Carriage Club.

Swimmers from Country Club of Leawood enjoyed a virtual swim meet with Blue Hills Country Club.

Madeline Strohm gave it her all at the final day of pre-competitive swim team practice at Homestead Country Club.

New indoor tennis facilities at Homestead Country Club provided players with a little relief from the hot weather.

Lots of fun was had at Hallburger’s Drive-in at Hallbrook Country Club.

A swim team practice at Hallbrook Country Club

Additional photos featured in the September 5, 2020 issue of The Independent

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