Sen. Haley to hold third annual youth policy debate Saturday

Sen. David Haley

Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., will hold the Third Annual Senator Haley WyCO Youth Policy Debate from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Kansas City Kansas Community College in Room 2703.

This is the third consecutive year that the competition has been held. Sen. Haley will present a recap of key Kansas legislative issues – new laws during the judges’ final deliberations and then take questions from the audience and media.

The program is held on the college campus, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

In 2013, Sen. Haley and a panel of judges awarded four Wyandotte County students with trophies and cash prizes in excess of $500 for their debate skill during the Second Annual Haley Beginners” (as well as “Advanced”).

Seventeen students have pre-registered to participate. Additional pre-registrations, which are free for entry, must be completed by 9 p.m. Friday, May 9, but on-site registration ($10) is eligible on event day at the KCKCC.

Haley first created the debates in 2012. Intended as a catalyst for raw youth expression, they have provided a way to encourage issue awareness in Wyandotte County youth and are open to all current or future students of the high schools of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, including Harmon High School; Schlagle High School; Sumner Academy of Arts and Science; Washington High School; and Wyandotte High School.

“The ability to debate is a crucial part of being a successful, engaged citizen,” Sen. Haley said. “This event, in particular, allows teens an opportunity to articulate their societal concerns and youthful perspective in front of a community audience. We had good participation competing in the first two years in both categories and are impressed by their opinions. When invited to express, in this metered and structured way, our community’s children form and express clearly; in a ‘thinking-swiftly-on-your-feet’ environment, which is so often essential to real world application.”

Sen. Haley represents the 4th Senate District, which includes parts of Wyandotte County and plans to bring the event back for a fourth year next spring.

Severe storms could move into area today

Severe weather threat for Thursday (National Weather Service graphic)

While morning hours may be relatively quiet, with scattered showers and a few non-severe storms, there is a line of strong to severe thunderstorms that could form from mid to late afternoon over eastern Kansas and move eastward.

A separate area of storms may form early this evening further east toward central Missouri.

Large hail is the primary severe threat. Straight-line damage winds are possible with the strongest storms.

There is a low, minimal tornado risk in Wyandotte County.  A greater tornado risk is northeast of the Maryville, Mo.

There is likely to be less activity on Thursday morning, and more activity this afternoon over eastern Kansas along a cold front that will advance through Missouri. Forecasters were unsure this morning about the extent and strength of afternoon and evening storms.

The severe risk will likely diminish during the late evening hours. The main hazards appear to be large hail and damaging straight-line winds. In addition, there remains a very small risk for isolated tornadoes.

Today’s high temperature will be 78, with winds from 15 to 21 mph and gusts as high as 29 mph.

Severe thunderstorm risks (National Weather Service graphic)
Storm timing (National Weather Service graphic)
Potential rainfall Thursday to Friday (National Weather Service graphic)


KCKCC’s Blue Devil 5K is a success

Kids participated in the 2014 Blue Devil 5K and Kids Trot recently. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge
Exercise was the name of the game during the 2014 Blue Devil 5K and Kids Trot.
The event, which is in its 10th year, was May 3 on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus.  Eighty participants crossed the finish line.
“This year’s Blue Devil 5k and Kids Trot went awesome,” said Joe Mundt, trainer at the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. “It is great to see the community come out and support our event. Participants really enjoyed the great weather and watching the kids do their races after the 5k was done.”
The goal of the annual event is to get the community more active. The winners were the husband and wife pair of Matt Greer, 18 minutes and 8 second and Angela Greer, 22 minutes and 37 seconds. They both also won last year. Awards were also given to the top finishers in each category. Following the 5K race, children had the opportunity to participate in the Kids Trot. There was also a pancake breakfast in Lower Jewell.
“Our KCKCC Wellness Center staff does a great job every year putting this event on. From setting up the course to helping participants get their bib numbers and timing chips on before the race, our staff does it all,” Mundt said. “The participant’s excitement leading up to the event helps to motivate us to make this event even better each year.”
Donations for the Blue Devil 5K Run/Walk were received from the Midwest Regional Credit Union, Sam’s Club and the KCKCC Bookstore.
For more information about the Blue Devil 5K or the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center, call 913-288-7370.

The 2014 Blue Devil 5K and Kids Trot got the community involved in running events. (KCKCC photo)