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TRAILBLAZERS: Stellar Students

Tayten DeGarmo, Kansas City Ballet School student; Alena Gillespie; and Iris H., a sophomore at St. Teresa’s Academy, worked with a Gordon Parks Elementary School student on a robotics project.

Tayten DeGarmo

Tayten DeGarmo won’t be lounging around the pool when school’s out. Instead, the high school student will be attending Indiana University’s Ballet Summer Intensive and the Sacramento Ballet’s Summer Intensive. For the past nine years, Tayten has studied at the Kansas City Ballet School. Her list of credits includes Kansas City Ballet productions, such as The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Giselle, and Kansas City Youth Ballet productions, including Don Quixote and Coppelia. Tayten enjoys both classical and contemporary ballet. College plans? She envisions taking classes in ballet and biology. 


Lexi Kurt

Bishop Miege Senior Lexi Kurt has been named as a  National Merit Scholarship Finalist. About 1.5 million students enter the program each year, and recognition is based on students’ PSAT/NMSQT scores. Of the 1.5 million students who apply, only about 15,000 students are named as finalists. The final Merit Scholarship Designees will be determined based on the student’s activities and leadership, recommendations, and an essay written by each finalist. As a student at Bishop Miege, Lexi has played all four years on the soccer and basketball teams, serving as Captain for both her senior year. Lexi is the National Honor Society vice president and is a member of the School’s Herd Council. She has plans to attend The University of Tulsa in the fall. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her friends, babysit, and travel to the lake with family. Congratulations, Lexi!


St. Teresa’s Academy

St. Teresa’s Academy sent 47 students to the District 4 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference in February, and 19 students advanced to the state competition in April. Ellie C., Lauren S., and Abigail T. won first place in broadcast journalism. 

Featured in the March 18, 2023 issue of The Independent.


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