Several Wyandotte County students named to dean’s list at Saint Mary

Several Wyandotte County students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth.

Students on the dean’s list have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the fall semester.

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Campuses are in Leavenworth, Kansas, and Overland Park, Kansas. There also are online programs at

Named to the fall 2019 dean’s list:

From Bonner Springs:

Brajai Haskell
Miyah Hightower
Sayra Serrano-Villegas

From Kansas City, Kansas:

Oskar Ayala
Maddison Carr
Valdirene da Silva
Yoselin Diosdado
Shelby Groce
Emily Hand
Jakob Hein
Weston Hutchings
Ailen Jorge
Haley Murkin
Alexis Myers
Molly Parks
Noah Robinson
Matthew Stanturf
Deanna Winters

KCK students graduate from Park University

Several Wyandotte County students graduated in December from Park University, Parkville, Missouri.

Wyandotte County area students who received graduate degrees from Park University included:

Master of Business Administration
• Stephon L. Kemper, project management, Overland Park, Kansas, (attended Piper High School, Kansas City, Kansas.)
• Christopher E. Wallace, quality management, Kansas City, Kansas, (attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Science)

Master of Education
• Kimberly Marie Killbreth, educational leadership with principal certification, Kansas City, Missouri, (attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, Kansas City, Kansas.)

Wyandotte County students who received undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Arts
• Xavier Comeaux, psychology, Kansas City, Kansas.
• Alexandria M. Goode, communication arts-public relations, Kansas City, Kansas.

Bachelor of Science
• Lori M. Beltran, summa cum laude, accounting, Kansas City, Kansas. (attended Citizens High School, Orange Park, Florida)
• Cassandra Carson, business administration-management, Kansas City, Missouri. (attended Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, Kansas)
o Cole Scott Cox, criminal justice administration-corrections, law enforcement and security, Kansas City, Missouri. (attended Turner High School, Kansas City, Kansas) Cox also earned an undergraduate certificate in terrorism and homeland security
• Brittiney Lacy, magna cum laude, business administration-management, Kansas City, Missouri. (attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, Kansas City, Kansas.)
• Sarah C. Lawrence, cum laude, business administration-human resource management, Kansas City, Kansas. (attended Turner High School)
• Evan Sadrakula, summa cum laude, business administration-management, Kansas City, Kansas. (attended Bishop Ward High School)
• Trenton Sadrakula, magna cum laude, business administration-management, Kansas City, Kansas. (attended Bishop Ward High School)
• Jay S. Shah, business administration-international business, Kansas City, Kansas.

Park’s December commencement ceremony was held Dec. 14 at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Missouri. There were 470 students eligible to participate in the ceremony, including 259 who received a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and 211 who received a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate.

Park, founded in 1875 in Parkville, Missouri, is a nonprofit private institution. It has 16,172 students at 42 campuses in 22 states and online. Campuses include Parkville, Independence, Kansas City, Missouri, Lenexa, Kansas, Gilbert, Arizona, Barstow and Victorville, California, Austin and El Paso, Texas, and 33 military installations.

Turner Middle School student taken to hospital after accident

A Turner Middle School student was taken to a hospital by ambulance after being hit by a vehicle at 2:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the 800 block of South 55th Street, according to a social media post by the Turner School District.

The accident was described in a Turner district social media post. The 13-year-0ld was on foot when the accident occurred at a distance from the school.

Kansas City, Kansas, police stated the accident occurred in the south 5500 block of Osage Avenue. An initial investigation showed the driver of a dark-colored vehicle, traveling on South 55th Street, struck a 13-year-old who was attempting to cross the street, police stated.

The 13-year-old had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The driver of the vehicle fled but was later taken into custody, police stated.

Anyone with information may call the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department at 913-596-3000 or call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.