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KCKCC to hold Constitution Day event

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is offering students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to celebrate an important moment in history during its annual observance of Constitution Day.

The Constitution Day event, “Gerrymandering Goes to the Supreme Court,” will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 in Room 2325.

Faculty panelists will first present background information on the Constitution. Then Dagney Velazquez, assistant professor of mathematics at KCKCC, will discuss the impact of mathematics as it relates to gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is the practice in which a political advantage is established for a certain group during the creation of electoral districts. Velazquez spent one week at Tufts University in Boston this summer learning about the implications of such a practice and how the U.S. Supreme Court will address the issue once again later this year. Janet Velazquez, professor of business law at KCKCC, will provide legal analysis of the theme.

In addition to the Constitution Day presentation, those in attendance will have the opportunity to register to vote if they have not done so previously.

This forum is the college’s official observance of Constitution Day, the annual commemoration of the ratification of the Constitution and celebration of its importance in American society. Created in 2004, Constitution Day replaced what was previously Citizenship Day. Federal law requires that all educational institutions that receive public funds provide some type of education programming on the history of the American Constitution, leading to events such as the one at KCKCC.

For more information, contact Ewa Unoke, chair of the Constitution Day committee at 913-288-7318 or by email at


Highland turns back two big KCKCC comebacks for 3-2 win

A picket line of Blue Devils’ Kelsey Rankin (6), Randi Johnson (10) and Katie Heeter (3) provided a big barrier for a Highland kill attempt in the Scotties 3-2 win Wednesday. KCKCC libero Kelli Sleefe (11) trails the play. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young volleyball team rode a roller coaster of emotions in a frustrating 3-2 loss to Jayhawk Conference rival Highland Wednesday night.

Twice the Lady Blue Devils staged major comebacks, the first after Highland had won the first two sets and again in the decisive fifth set after the Scotties had taken a 6-0 lead.

One of three unbeaten teams in the Jayhawk (2-0), Highland improved to 12-3 while the Blue Devils fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Blue Devils go on the road to Cowley College next Wednesday before playing host to the 8-team KCKCC Invitational Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23.

Highland jumped in front 8-3 and KCKCC could never get any closer than four points in a 25-18 loss in the opening set. The Blue Devils were within a point at 20-19 in the second set only to have the Scotties score the next four points in a 25-20 win and put KCKCC on the brink of elimination.

Instead, the Blue Devils rebounded with a furious comeback. Taking leads of 7-1 and 19-6, KCKCC won the third set 25-11 and then scored the first nine points of the fourth set on the way to a 25-17 win.

However, Highland jumped in front 6-0 in the fifth set, forcing KCKCC coach Mary Bruno to use both of her timeouts. The Blue Devils responded with five straight points – but no more. Highland scored the final nine points for a 15-5 win.

“I was really proud of the way we fought back after being down 2-0,” Bruno said. “The first two sets we made way too many errors but really controlled the pace of the game in sets three and four. Unfortunately, in the fifth set we reverted back to the way we played in the first two sets. We helped Highland by making errors. We must do a better job of controlling our side of the net. It’s a very young team but one if it can learn to control the match will compete with anyone.”

KCKCC sophomore Morgan Schwarz goes high in an attempted kill shot in the Blue Devils’ 3-2 loss to Highland Wednesday. Other Blue Devils are Kelsey Rankin (6), Katie Heeter (3), Randi Johnson (10) and Kelli Sleefe (11). (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)


Grave’s ‘hat trick’ lets KCKCC win in overtime at Cowley, 3-2

Guilherme Grave (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

There may be bigger victories this season for the Kansas City Kansas Community College’s men’s soccer team but the Blue Devils’ 3-2 overtime win at Cowley College will certainly go down as one of the season’s most pivotal.

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Blue Devils roared from behind on a three-goal hat trick by sophomore Guilherme Grave, the last one unassisted coming seven minutes into the first overtime.

The win was the second Jayhawk Conference win in a row on the road for the Blue Devils, who are 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play heading into a big conference test at Coffeyville next Wednesday night. KCKCC then returns home against Johnson County on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Cowley jumped in front 2-0 on two goals by Ivo Pellegrino Neto, the first at the 29-minute mark and the second just two minutes before halftime.

A midfielder from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Grave got the Blue Devils even 2-2 on unassisted goals just three minutes into the second half and at the 69-minute mark.

KCKCC sophomore goalkeeper Youssef Gadelkerim turned back six of Cowley’s eight shots on goal while the Blue Devils had 10 shots on goal.