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Southland CAPS Students Place in State Aspiring Educators Competition

Southland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (Southland CAPS) Education Exploration students earned top honors at the Missouri Educators Rising Competition in Columbia, MO on March 4 and qualified for the national competition in Washington D.C., in June.

Students qualifying for nationals include Raytown South High School student Cathryn Miller who earned first place in the Exploring Support Services Careers event category; Raytown High School student Amanda Reasons who earned first place in the Exploring Non-Core Teaching Careers event category; Raytown South High School student Tanea Gray who earned second place in the Children's Literature K-3 event category for the book she wrote and illustrated called, Summer and Her Garden of Curls; Raytown High School student Allisiya Vaughn who earned third place in the Exploring Education Administration Careers event category; Raytown South High School students Lizbeth Carbajal, Bailey Henderson, Molly McIntyre who earned third place in the Researching Learning Challenges event category; Raytown High School students Sarah Pitts and Leslie Rodriguez who earned fourth place for the Inside Our Schools event category; Raytown South High School student Amanda Brackeen who earned fifth place Educators Rising Moment event category; Raymore-Peculiar High School student Kendra Hacker who earned fifth place in the Impromptu Lesson Planning event category; and Kendra Hacker and Allisiya Vaughn who earned fifth place Ethical Dilemma event category.

Educators Rising allows students in grades 7-12 to explore careers in education and is an opportunity to prepare quality teachers for tomorrow’s schools. Educators Rising is officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a career and technical student organization. 

The Southland CAPS Education Exploration instructor is Kristin Drummond. The Southland CAPS program is based out of the Raytown School District’s Herndon Career Center.