Central High School

Michele Skalicky

More than a dozen Central High School students stood before several city, county and state elected leaders Thursday, including legislators, city council, county commission and school board members, in a packed school auditorium.  They talked of their fears since the mass shootings in Parkland, Florida and in Newtown, Connecticut.  A few referenced an incident at Central a few years back when a student dropped a backpack in the Central Commons, and a gun discharged.  No one was injured.

Michele Skalicky

A school building in Springfield has received a special distinction.  Architectural Digest chose Central High School to represent Missouri in its online article, “The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America.”

Central is a mix of old and new.  The original building, constructed in 1893, is still in use, but there have been new additions over the years—the latest in 1999.

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In addition to actually hosting high school juniors and seniors on-site, area businesses can get involved in GO CAPS in various ways.  One of them is to host not high school students, but teachers. One local business that has offered teachers several days’ worth of hands-on experience to take back to their classes is Elemoose, a Springfield business that fabricates signage, exhibits, sculptures, stage sets and more for clients across the country including Silver Dollar City, Dunkin’ Donuts, Disney, Bass Pro, Six Flags, and Dollywood.

(Logo courtesy www.poetryoutloud.org)

The tenth annual Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals for area high school students were held last night at the Creamery Arts Center in Springfield. 

There were two "firsts" at the poetry recitation finals, where one student is chosen each year to represent southwest Missouri at the Statewide Poetry Out Loud competition in Jefferson City (with takes place in mid-March this year).

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Growing concern over potential reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson has prompted Springfield officials to think twice about where to send its students. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann explains.

Clayton High School had planned to host a debate tournament this weekend before it was canceled Thursday morning. Clayton is the site of where a grand jury has been meeting to decide whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.