Students in Eastern Jackson County are reaching for the sky thanks to the new Aviation class offered through the Blue Springs School District and the University of Central Missouri. The dual-enrollment program is year-long and includes content about Private Pilot Ground School, Aeronautics, Aircraft Systems/Components and Propulsion Systems. The class currently includes students from several high schools – Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Truman. Participants in the program study the principles of flight, weather, aircraft systems, aircraft performance and the flight environment, the use of airplane performance charts and graphs and various types of airspace and ATC services available to general aviation. This semester, students have visited a local airport to conduct tests identifying airplane parts and instruments and studied airport safety.
Blue Springs School District administration and staff from Lucy Franklin and William Yates Elementary Schools attended the National Blue Ribbon Schools annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC this week. Both LFE and WYE were named Blue Ribbon schools this year, making BSSD the only district in the state of Missouri to have two schools honored.
Blue Springs High School head wrestling coach Mike Hagerty has been named part of the 2017 class of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Hagerty, a three-time All-American wrestler at Northwest Missouri State, has coached the Wildcats for 24 years. He has 25 years of experience as an NCAA Division I official and has worked the Division I championships since 2003. As a coach, Hagerty served for the USA Olympic Team in 2012 and 2016 and the USA World Team. He has been named Missouri Coach of the Year five times and has three state titles with the Wildcats.
The Blue Springs South cheerleading team made history this year with the first state championship in school history. Senior Kira Kreke said, "The legacy this team has left behind will forever be part of the history of Blue Springs South and we will remember the success our teamwork brought us."