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Bishop Miege senior was named Kansas Student Journalist of the Year

It’s the midweek craze, Shawnee Mission!

Today’s forecast: Rain and wind, possible thunderstorms. High: 68. Low: 23.

One thing to know today

Bishop Miege High School senior Alena Gillespie was named Kansas Student Journalist of the Year by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.

Gillespie was surprised by the news by her adviser Sarah McCambridge and KSPA Executive Director Eric Thomas at halftime of the men’s basketball game Tuesday night.

Not only was Gillespie the winner in Class 3A/4A, he was also named the overall state winner.

This is the eighth time in the past decade that a Johnson County student has been named KSPA Statewide Journalist of the Year.

Gillespie served on the staff of The Miegian, the school’s student newspaper, for three years and was managing editor of The Miegian’s website for the past two years.

“She’s one of those leaders who is so committed but also very humble,” McCambridge told the Post. “She’s never the loudest person in the room, but she wants to make sure that whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it really well.”

Gillespie will now go on to compete for the Journalism Education Association’s National Journalist of the Year award.

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    Notable tweets

    A Ukrainian family fleeing the war that started last year since the invasion of Russia has received help from Heart to Heart International, based in Lenexa.

    Vika, with her husband and daughter, had to leave their home in the Donetsk region #Ukraine when bombing destroyed windows, doors and walls.

    They are now taking shelter from the fighting and have received help with clothing and hygiene supplies, including hygiene kits from HHI. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/rIw0Zm9keb

    — Heart to Heart Int’l (@Heart_to_Heart) February 20, 2023

    Trailwood Elementary students say “good morning” in several languages ​​on International Mother Language Day.

    It is International Mother Language Day. We are celebrating @trailwoodsmsd saying good morning in a variety of languages! @theSMSD pic.twitter.com/HB5FyDwM6o

    — Trailwood Elementary School (@trailwoodsmsd) February 21, 2023

    The Johnson County Museum will host a Wednesday night program on the history of Indian boarding schools in Kansas.

    Don’t miss this Indian boarding school program in Kansas this Thursday (2/23) at the Johnson County Museum – register here:

    — JohnsonCountyMuseum (@JoCoMuseum) February 21, 2023

    A thousand words

    This goose looked awfully contemplative Tuesday at Leawood’s Tomahawk Park. Photo credit Lucie Chrisman.

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