2022-04-01

Derby athletes, coach help Advanced Cheer Crew secure national title in Dallas

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For Derby residents Braelyn Williams, Molly Gallegos and Kristi Shaw, cheerleading isn’t just an after-school sport. It’s a way of life. Gallegos and Williams have been participating in the sport of cheerleading since they were 3 and 2 years old, respectively. Their perseverance and commitment to the sport over their cheer careers recently paid off in the form of a […]

State Spelling Bee Results

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TOPEKA, KS— Eli Cokelet, Douglas County is the champion of the Sunflower State Spelling Bee sponsored by; Kansas Press Association, ITC and Newman University. His winning word was Provender. The competition involving 87 spellers from all across the state lasted 17 rounds. Spellers competed at Newman Unversity on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Susan Crane-Laracuente served as pronouncer for the competition, […]

Lawrence middle-schooler set to represent Kansas at Scripps National Spelling Bee

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A Lawrence middle-schooler is set to represent Kansas this summer in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., after outspelling 86 other kids in the state competition. Eli Cokelet, an eighth-grader at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, won the Kansas Press Association’s Sunflower State Spelling Bee Saturday at Newman University in Wichita. “It’s definitely a very exciting experience that […]

AUTISTIC MAN ILLUSTRATES BOOK

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Trent Landreth of El Dorado will be signing his book from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 3 at the El Dorado Civic Center. Photo submitted. Family seeing something special in a child is not something uncommon, and it was the case when Trent Landreth of El Dorado about the time he turned three – though there have been challenges […]