PTA to honor former superintendents at 100th anniversary celebration

Kansas PTA is 100 years old, and to commemorate the anniversary, the KCK Council of PTA is planning a special reception and dinner to honor school principals and former superintendents of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.

The event will take place on Monday, April 14, at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

Former superintendents Ray Daniels and O.L. Plucker will be a part of the program. Current Superintendent Cynthia Lane and Board of Education President Evelyn Hill will extend greetings.

Entertainment will be provided by the KCK Harp Ensemble and Wyandotte High School drama students.

Child dies in crash on Leavenworth Road

A child died after a crash Wednesday night at 63rd and Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kan.

A traffic stop by Kansas City, Kan., police preceded the incident.

Police pulled over a car on 63rd Street, just north of Parallel Parkway, according to Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Howard Dickinson. The highway patrol handled the investigation but was not involved in the traffic stop or incident.

He said the driver who was stopped, Tyrone Murphy Jr., then took off in the vehicle headed north on 63rd, and the police then followed.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s crash log, a Chevy Impala was northbound on 63rd about 8:35 p.m. Wednesday when it failed to stop at a red traffic light at Leavenworth Road.

It struck a Dodge Caravan that was eastbound on Leavenworth Road, going through the intersection, killing a girl inside the van.

Jasmine Rodriguez, 7, of Kansas City, Kan., was taken to the hospital, where she later was pronounced dead, according to the trooper’s report.

Dickinson said it was a T-Bone crash, with the impact on the passenger side of the van where the children were sitting. They were properly restrained by safety restraints, he said.

It may have been difficult for the driver of the minivan to see anything coming because of the houses near the corner.

Also injured and taken to the hospital were Brian Rodriguez, 7, Kansas City, Kan.; Jesus G. Rodriguez, 9, Kansas City, Kan.; and the driver of the van, Jacqueline, 35, Kansas City, Kan.

Murphy, 27, of Kansas City, Kan., the driver of the Impala, also was injured, according to the report.

Dickinson said that in fatal crashes, a full drug and alcohol screening will be taken, and lab results will be available later.

Dickinson pointed out that it is the police officers’ job to make traffic stops, and officers did not start the chase. It was the decision of the person being stopped to run, he said.

According to the Wyandotte County Jail log, Murphy has been booked into the Wyandotte County Jail.

The jail log lists several charges, including involuntary manslaughter in the commission of another crime;  aggravated battery, interference with law enforcement officer, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer with five or more moving violations, possession of drugs, and numerous other traffic citations such as reckless driving, speeding and failure to wear a seat belt.

KCKCC Enactus team competes in Cincinnati

by Kelly Rogge

Six Enactus students from Kansas City Kansas Community College attended the Enactus United States National Exposition April 1 to 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Enactus is an international nonprofit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

At the event, Estefania Torres, Eva Bett, Jose Romero, Gustavo Perez-Martinez and Joe McSorley showcased the effects of their educational and community outreach efforts.

These students were evaluated by business leaders, serving as judges, who rank them on how successfully they used business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need.

The judging panel gave them a standing ovation after the presentation.

The KCKCC team placed as a finalist in the opening round and received an opening round trophy.

Allen Lenoir, faculty member and Sam Walton Fellow, also received recognition.

The seven major projects, on which the KCKCC Enactus students presented, included:

•         My Shelf to Yours – Assisted international and non-international students who show financial need by establishing a lending library for students and providing more than $5,500 in tuition scholarships.

•         KCKCC MADE – Promoted individual innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.

•         Hillcrest Transitional Housing – Helps homeless individuals become self-reliant.

•         Junior Achievement – Taught fourth and fifth graders about business.

•         Reality U – Educated students on financial literacy.

•         Habitat for Humanity – Improved housing in the urban core in the Kansas City area.

•         V.I.T.A. – Assisted low-income people with income tax preparation.

Enactus is open to all KCKCC students. Students interested in transforming lives, implementing community empowerment or educational outreach projects and developing leadership skills are welcome to join the Enactus team by calling Allen Lenoir at 913-288-7659 or sending an email to

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.