Bunceton High School’s seniors were celebrated May 22 at the school’s ball fields.

Parents, other family members, friends and high school staff joined together to honor the softball team members even though they didn't get to play a single softball game this spring. Seniors honored were Cara Bishop, Chloe Moser and Reagan Triebsch along with Prairie Home Seniors Ashlyn Twenter and Lyrik Tracy.

The Bunceton Senior Class of 2020 was recognized along with their parents. Nine of the eleven graduates were in attendance.

Bishop, daughter of Eric and Robin Bishop, earned the leading defender and hustler award in basketball. Other activities included volleyball, student council, National Honor Society and she was a senior class officer. She plans to attend State Fair Community College to study in its diagnostic medical sonography program.

Daniel Dietzman, son of Daniel and Brandy Dietzman, recognized art teacher Mrs. G (Guitterez) for being "one of the best art teachers ever and letting me express myself."

Braxton Allen Cole Kempf, son of Carla (Steve) Fairfax and Richard Kempf, was named to the A Honor Roll. He plans to go to State Tech to become a heavy machine operator

Justin Dean Luster, son of Terry and Sheryl Luster, participated in student council, national honor society, senior class officer, archery club, art club, academic bowl and 4-H. He received multiple art awards and achievements in archery. He plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University to study human services.

Moser, daughter of Bill and Kathy Moser, was a member of National Honor Society, participated in softball, basketball, cross country and is a senior class officer. She earned awards in sculpture, was on the A Honor Roll and particpated in A+. She plans to attend State Fair Community College sto study dental hygiene.

Landon Petree, son of Kenny and Patti Petree, earned multiple FFA awards, was on the A honor roll and participated in A+. He played basketball and was a National Honor Society member. He plans to continue working on the family farm, raise his cattle and study animal science at State Fair Community College.

Dakota Rose, son of Keith Rose and Amy Rose, earned multiple FFA awards, was on the B Honor Roll and played baseball. He plans to attend a technical school to learn how to become a welder.

Triebsch, granddaughter of Cindy and Daniel Rumans, and daughter of Jessica Triebsch was on the A honor roll and participated in A+. She is a senior class officer and member of National Honor Society and student council. Along with softball, she has played basketball, ran track and was a cheerleader. She plans to attend State Fair Community College to study diagnostic medical sonography.

George A. K. Troupe, son of Lashauna Johnson, earned a top multimedia student award and was on the A Honor Roll. Activities include FFA, Archery, Track and National Honor Society.

Amaris Vaca, daughter of Regelio Vaca, participated in National Honor Society. She plans to attend college in the fall.

Abbigayle Young, daughter of Wendy Young, is now a certified nursing assistant. CNA. She participated in the Boonville VoTech Nursing Program, Health Occupations Students of America, student council, and National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Central Missouri to major in nursing.

Bunceton Superintendent Kathryn Anderson, presented Landon Petree with an MFA Foundation Scholarship during Senior Night.

Summer school starts in July

Cooper County R-IV at Bunceton will hold a Summer School Camp starting July 6 through July 31. COVID-19 guidelines will be monitored and followed during this camp. This camp provides Literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based activities for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Each week of the camp has a theme: "Leader in Me," "Simple Machines," "Nature Explores" and "Caring Creatures." The camp is open to students in the Cooper County R-IV School District and the surrounding school districts. Transportation is provided for the students in the Bunceton District. Enrollment for the camp has now closed.

High school students will be able to participate in credit recovery.

Election is Tuesday; district open position

Five individuals are vying for three seats on the district school board. They are Asa Bradford-Sturgess, Tim Brandes, Elizabeth Dick, Aletha Hein, and Robin Saylor

The district still is searching for a qualified school nurse for the 2020-21 school year. The nurse must have at least a CNA certification. Starting salary is $16,500 and increases based on education and experience. Insurance and benefits are provided.

The district also is searching for a special education paraprofessional for the 2020-21 school year. The person hired must have a paraprofessional certificate or be willing to take the paraprofessional test prior to the start of the school year. Base pay is $12,500 with a nine-month contract. Incremental increases are provided based on education and experience. Insurance and benefits are provided by the district.

Those interested in either of position, should complete an application on the school website or contact the office at 660-727-5347.

Churches open doors

Area churches have opened doors for worship after the two month quarantine. Bunceton Baptist Church and Zion Lutheran Church opened May 10, Mother's Day, with Bunceton Federated Church following May 24. Face masks were worn and social distancing was observed.

Historical Society reschedules program

The Cooper County Historical Society rescheduled its April program on the Don Carlos homestead to Sept. 13 at Prairie Home. The Flag Day program in June was canceled, along with the August program at Mount Nebo Church. Wayne Lammers will present his program Oct. 10-11 at Rivers, Rails and Trails in Boonville.