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  1. 3 dead, many missing in sinking S Korean shipWed, 16 Apr 2014 09:56:51 GMT
    Rescue boats and helicopters scrambled to pluck passengers, most of them high school students, from a ferry as it slowly sank off the southwest coast of South Korea early Wednesday. More...
  2. Blue Valley High School students honor slain classmateWed, 16 Apr 2014 02:24:15 GMT
    Students at Blue Valley High School returned to class Tuesday for the first time since freshman Reat Underwood was killed in the weekend shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. More...
  3. Miley Cyrus cancels Sprint Center concert due to illnessWed, 16 Apr 2014 02:24:11 GMT
    Pop star Miley Cyrus has canceled Tuesday night's concert at Kansas City's Sprint Center because of an illness. More...
  4. Car crashes into Riverside post officeWed, 16 Apr 2014 01:44:28 GMT
    A car crashed into the post office in Riverside Tuesday afternoon. More...
  5. Murder charges filed in Overland Park shooting spreeTue, 15 Apr 2014 23:32:29 GMT
    Murder charges are filed Tuesday in the fatal shootings outside two Jewish sites on Sunday. More...
  6. Neighbor injured saving children from Independence fireTue, 15 Apr 2014 22:57:13 GMT
    A neighbor who rushed into a burning apartment building to save three children was taken to a hospital with burns, Independence firefighters said.  More...
  7. AMC shows off upgrades to Town Center 20 megaplexTue, 15 Apr 2014 22:24:56 GMT
    With the summer movie season set to arrive in a few weeks, AMC Entertainment is showing off the upgrades to its megaplex at Leawood's Town Center Plaza. More...
  8. Attorney General Eric Holder to attend interfaith serviceTue, 15 Apr 2014 21:23:16 GMT
    The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Overland Park, Kan., on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims in the shootings at Jewish community sites. More...
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  1. Couple drives stolen car to court, police sayTue, 15 Apr 2014 15:46:23 GMT
    A California couple has been arrested after driving a stolen car to a courthouse, police say. More...
  2. Town named 'Jew Killer' eyes name changeTue, 15 Apr 2014 15:17:07 GMT
    Castrillo Matajudíos sounds like a lovely place. Unless you speak Spanish. More...
  3. Mom fends off intruder during 911 outageTue, 15 Apr 2014 14:38:11 GMT
    A Washington state mother takes matters into her own hands when someone broke into her home during a 911 outage. More...
  4. Carpenter who cut off fingers makes 'Robohand' with printerMon, 14 Apr 2014 22:28:00 GMT
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  5. Rare quintuplet goats born in OregonMon, 14 Apr 2014 14:39:33 GMT
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  6. Swedish man's 3-word obit: 'I am dead'Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:35:07 GMT
    A Swedish man keeps things short and simple when announcing his death to the world. More...
  7. Hong Kong in Lego form? AwesomeMon, 14 Apr 2014 13:02:24 GMT
    Maybe we've seen "The LEGO Movie" too many times. More...
  8. 'Elder Scrolls' fans vs. 'Game of Thrones' fans?Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:50:12 GMT
    Fans of fantasy franchises like "Game of Thrones" are famously devoted -- some might say fanatical. Whether making an appointment with their television, staking out a bookstore, or lining up hours before a movie release, people who love diving into w... More...
  9. Glacier-like Wyoming landslide causes relaxed evacuationsSat, 12 Apr 2014 13:09:29 GMT
    A slow-moving landslide the size of two football fields is steadily tearing apart a hilltop house from the inside and has prompted the evacuation of about 50 people and several businesses in the well-known skiing town of Jackson, Wyoming, officials s... More...
  10. How to move a half-mile-long bridgeFri, 11 Apr 2014 21:30:01 GMT
    Here's a record-setting job that qualifies as a "heavy lift." More...
World News
  1. 2 brothers held for cannibalismTue, 15 Apr 2014 08:16:42 EDT
    Two brothers previously jailed for cannibalism and then released, have been arrested again after police discovered a child's severed head at their home in a remote village in northwest Pakistan. More...
  2. Cartels show force on social mediaTue, 15 Apr 2014 06:17:49 EDT
    CNN's Nick Valencia reports on the ways in which Mexican drug cartels use social media. More...
  3. Flight attendant yuks it up on planeMon, 14 Apr 2014 08:37:18 EDT
    A Southwest flight attendant cracks jokes about her grandmother's bra and meeting Ellen. HLN's Robin Meade has more. More...
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From Seed, A Need For Speed 2014-04-02 11:01:20

At the age of 5 when most children are learning to ride bikes, this kid was winning Go Kart races. Lenexa resident, William Wolf always had a desire for speed. As a track, scholarship athlete, speed is now a necessity for this sprinter. "Will," as his friends call him, is a 20 year old sophomore management major at Tabor college and has entered another racing competition. This competition can land him a development contract with NASCAR racing driver, Michael Waltrip.

The competition is called the "Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge." The contest is based on fan votes, resume, driving test and accomplishments. With over 200 career victories, Will has the resume, ability and accomplishments to one day race at the Kansas Speedway! 18 contestants will be chosen. Will is currently 16th. To vote and see video go to www.vote68.com.

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  1. Kansas Senate to debate school-finance fix; House plan stallsWed, 02 Apr 2014 18:24 CDT
    The Senate is moving forward with a possible school-finance fix Thursday, but the House is not. More...
  2. After 40 years, Super Outbreak remains a tornado benchmarkSun, 30 Mar 2014 18:57 CDT
    Forty years later, the numbers still boggle the mind. More...
  3. Nonfatal shootings in KC: Many bullets and little blameThu, 23 Aug 2012 14:56 CDT
    In six out of 10 cases last year, victims declined to cooperate in catching their attackers, many times out of fear or distrust. Authorities then walked away, routinely shutting down the cases. More...
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  1. Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor for Afghan heroismWed, 16 Apr 2014 08:43:07 GMT
    President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan. More...
  2. Man arrested after dropping backpack at Boston Marathon finish lineWed, 16 Apr 2014 07:00:21 GMT
    One man was arrested Tuesday after leaving a backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line on the one-year anniversary of a deadly bombing of the famous road race.  More...
  3. What should students wear? Who decides? Dress codes can be a real minefield for schoolsWed, 16 Apr 2014 06:59:02 GMT
    They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. More...
  4. Muslim groups, civil liberties advocates applaud end of NYPD Muslim surveillance programWed, 16 Apr 2014 06:07:53 GMT
    Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates are applauding the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats. More...
  5. Boston Marathon bombing suspect seeks dismissal of some charges, easing of prison restrictionsWed, 16 Apr 2014 06:03:24 GMT
    Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect are headed to court to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison. More...
  6. Alleged serial killings in Southern California highlight limits of GPS tracking of criminalsWed, 16 Apr 2014 05:53:08 GMT
    Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof. More...
  7. College Board provides a glimpse of redesigned SATWed, 16 Apr 2014 05:31:54 GMT
    Anxious students -- not to mention their parents -- can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years. More...
  8. 2 ships collide, 751-foot cargo ship grounded in VirginiaWed, 16 Apr 2014 05:24:42 GMT
    Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting up to 70 mph, the Coast Guard said. More...
  9. As it redesigns SAT, College Board offers a look at kinds of questions students might faceWed, 16 Apr 2014 04:12:17 GMT
    Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years. More...
  10. South Dakota girls missing since 1971 killed in car crash, officials sayWed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00:15 GMT
    Authorities say two South Dakota girls missing since 1971 died after driving into a creek on their way to a party at a nearby gravel pit. More...
Sports
  1. NCAA athletes could get unlimited mealsWed, 16 Apr 2014 07:33:58 GMT
    The NCAA on Tuesday proposed that athletes receive unlimited meals and snacks, the collegiate sports organization said in a news release. More...
  2. Ventura Earns First Win in 4-2 Royals VictoryWed, 16 Apr 2014 03:27:50 GMT
    Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for first major league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. More...
  3. Indians vs. Tigers postponed by snowTue, 15 Apr 2014 22:04:58 GMT
    The Detroit Tigers' game with the Cleveland Indians scheduled for Tuesday was postponed after three inches of snow fell overnight in the Detroit area and temperatures hovered around the freezing mark. More...
  4. Michigan's Robinson III, Stauskas declare for draftTue, 15 Apr 2014 22:02:26 GMT
    Michigan coach John Beilein announced Tuesday that sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas will forgo their final two years of eligibility and declare for early entry into the 2014 NBA Draft. More...
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America's Top High Schools 2013-04-28 11:28:04

Although there are some excellent private high schools in our area, such as my alma mater, Rockhurst. Some of the public schools have endured challenges. For instance, the KCMO school district has lost it's accreditation.

However, there are public schools in our area that are excelling! There are five high schools in the Shawnee Mission school district in Overland Park Ks. There is Shawnee Mission, North, South, East, West, and Northwest. The community can take pride in the fact that this week the Washington Post has named four of the five schools as "America's Most Challenging Schools." Only 11 schools in Kansas were good enough to receive this honor.

This recognition is determined by the number of Advanced Placement Exams taken by our students each year. Shawnee Mission West also won the 6A State Championship in football this year. Principal, Dr. Charles Mc Lean was prompted to say, "This is another piece of data to support our claim that West is Best!?

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