Cassville Middle School student Elizabeth Ray received first place in the Missouri Peace Officer's Association 8th Grade Essay Contest - MO West Division.
Ray's essay was titled, "Social Media: Bringing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart."
During the CMS Awards Assembly, Trooper Terry Bible presented Ray with her winnings. She will receive $300.00 and her essay will be published in Law Enforcement magazine.
Because of Ray's winnings, CMS was presented with a $100 donation and CMS Communications Arts teacher, Leslie McCullough, was also given $100.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Barbie Ray and Curtis Ray from Cassville.
In partnership with Justin Brands in Cassville, Cassville High School has launched a "boot out bullying" campaign that will run June 8-October 27.
Justin Brands has generously provided an adult size pair of "bent rail" boots that will be manufactured at the Cassville plant. CHS Interact members will be selling chances to win the boots at the Rotary Club Rodeo, CHS fall events and CHS home football games.
The winner of the boots will have the opportunity to select the adult boot design of their choice from a select Justin Boots catalog.
Tickets are $1 for one chance to win or $5 for seven chances to win. All proceeds will be used for anti-bullying education such as speakers, classroom projects and curriculum.
Drawing will be held at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, October 27. Winner does not have to be present to win.
Cassville Community Teachers Association (CCTA) Banquet that was held on Thursday, April 23 in the Cassville High School Commons Area. At the banquet, several staff members were recognized for their accomplishments.
Payton Varner was named the Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) Male Athlete of the Year for our region.
One male and one female is selected to receive this honor in the surrounding 46 school districts. In addition to being recognized at FCA Regional Banquet, Varner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Varner is a senior at Cassville High School and will attend Crowder College in the fall where he will study education. He aspires to teach history and coach once he has earned his college degree.
“I’ve been involved with FCA since 7th grade,” said Varner. “It has been a huge part of my Christian life as I’ve progressed throughout school. It’s made me step out of my comfort zone, learn to preserve, taught me how to get up early and go to bible study and this club shows the school, that you are daring to be different.”
Cassville High School FCA is led by club sponsor Tina Mills.
Varner is the president of FCA, volunteers at the Herschend Tree Farm, member of the A+ Program, FBLA, FFA, Interact Club- Treasurer, Youth Advisory Board, NHS- Leadership candle/officer, Academic Letter all four years, FFA Chapter Degree, Mr. Merry Christmas King, Elks Lodge student of the quarter, State Farm student of the month, FFA Contest Team, Honor Roll, Rotary Camp for Leadership RYLA, Basketball summer camp ( 2 years ) helped K-6, Coached Little League Baseball, Concession Stand- demolition derby, rodeo, bull buckout, Tractor Pulls, Speaker at Rotary Club, PAT- Volunteer for Fall Festival, NHS Blood Drive and does the morning announcements for CHS student body daily.
Varner is the son of Tonya and Terrell Varner of Cassville.
Freedom Bank and Exeter Assembly of God provided a sponsorsh
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