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SM South teacher with senior graduating from school today says she ‘wouldn’t have wanted my kids to go anywhere else’

first_imgCora Selzer graduates from SM South — where her mom Leslie is an engineering teacher — today.It’s graduation time in Shawnee Mission, so we’ll be taking a look at graduating students from each of the district’s high schools this week. We started this morning with the Wilhoit family and their quadruplets graduating from SM West.With a high school band director for a dad and engineering teacher for a mom, Cora Selzer has had math and music as prominent parts of her life essentially from day one.“There’s music and math from the womb out,” said her mom, Leslie.And Leslie has gotten a first-hand experience watching Cora’s talents flourish in those subjects. For the past six years, Leslie has taught at SM South, meaning she and Cora have been in the same building for Cora’s entire high school career.Though the two didn’t see each other all the time — “Probably just a couple times a week,” Leslie said — there were some advantages.From Cora’s perspective, some of the benefits of having a parent on site were logistical.“It makes it pretty easy to get a signature on a permission slip,” Cora joked.From Leslie’s perspective, though, teaching at the same school where her daughter has thrived the past four years has been a special joy.“She’s really proven herself both in academics and in music,” Leslie said. “It’s nice to have an understanding of what her high school experience is like. I think I get a little better understanding than a lot of parents, which is really cool.”This fall Cora will pursue her passions for both math and music at Arizona State, where she’ll major in computer science (she just took the Advanced Placement test in Java last week), and she’ll keep playing with a band (“If I stopped French horn, it would be like cutting off my left arm,” she said.)Leslie said she can’t imagine a better spot for her own children to go to school than the place where she teaches.“I wouldn’t have wanted my kids to go anywhere else,” she said.last_img read more


Morobe Wawens in slow pace for resumption of games

first_imgSoccer BY SABRINA GALATAU The Lae based FC Morobe Wawens is preparing at a slow pace for the resumption of National Soccer League on August 1. This week runs the fourth week of training for the boys and they are building up parts of their mental and physical preparedness before games starts next month, said club’s vice president, Peter Seske (pictured). He also added that there are 4 days in a week of training for the boys which gives Monday a day off for them. The club comprises of players aging from 17-27 years old who come from different provincial backgrounds and not purely from Morobe Province. This is because the selections of players are from the club’s off season Wawens Tournament. In the last season, the club has made it to the Oceania Football Competition where they lost a lot of their player upon return. “We will try our best to get to the finals and hopefully everything goes well in getting back to our old training sessions,” said Seske. Three players Albert Goroko, former national player Obert Dickla and James Seske were added to the club. Seske said in positioning the three boys; Albert is a good fullback and up in the midfields also James and Obert are doing a good job as strikers, so they are a boost to the club.last_img read more


2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy nominees

first_imgMississippi State's Dak Prescott won the 2014 C Spire Conerly Trophy.Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott won the 2014 C Spire Conerly Trophy.It’s that time of year again, with colleges announcing their nominees for the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy.The award is given annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott is the returning winner and is already the Bulldogs’ nominee, but the last time an underclassmen won (Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace in 2012) he was not able to repeat.Also adding some intrigue is that Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied with six winners each. Will one gain the upper hand after the Dec. 1 trophy presentation? Southern Miss has won the award four times, Delta State twice and Millsaps once.Schools have until Nov. 23 to announce their nominee. We’ll update this list as those come out.Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott prepares to throw a pass against Kentucky. Prescott is the Bulldogs' nominee for the C Spire Conerly Trophy.Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott prepares to throw a pass against Kentucky. Prescott is the Bulldogs’ nominee for the C Spire Conerly Trophy.Dak Prescott, Mississippi StateDak Prescott, a Haughton, La., native has accounted for 21 total touchdowns and 2,419 yards of total offense in his first eight starts of 2015 (14 passing, 7 rushing). Prescott is 173-of-260 through the air for 2,048 passing yards and just one turnover. On the ground, he has rushed 72 times for a team-high 371 yards and no turnovers. He is a finalist for several national awards.Prescott would be the first two-time winner since Ole Miss’ Eli Manning.Marcel Newsom of Mississippi College runs for a touchdown earlier this season. He is the school's C Spire Conerly Trophy nominee.Marcel Newsom of Mississippi College runs for a touchdown earlier this season. He is the school’s C Spire Conerly Trophy nominee.Marcel Newsom, Mississippi CollegeColdwater native Marcel Newson, a junior wide receiver, is Mississippi College’s nominee for the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy.Newson has caught a team-leading 35 passes for 591 yards, eight touchdowns and 17 yards per catch.Newson, a transfer from Northwest Community College, also has returned two puts for 43 yards and returned 19 kickoffs for 20 yards per return.Newson holds the Northwest CC single season and career records for kickoff return yardage.Defensive end Javancy Jones, here making a tackle, has been one of the reasons for JSU's improved defensive play recently.Defensive end Javancy Jones, here making a tackle, has been one of the reasons for JSU’s improved defensive play recently.Javancy Jones, Jackson StateJackson State has nominated junior defensive end Javancy Jones as its candidate for the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy.Jones, from football hotbed Noxubee County, leads the Tigers in tackles with 68, tackles for losses with 13 and sacks with four.Jones was the SWAC’s Freshman of the Year in 2013 and led the Tigers in tackles as a sophomore with 108.Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens has 30 touchdowns this season and is the team's nominee for the Conerly Trophy.Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens has 30 touchdowns this season and is the team’s nominee for the Conerly Trophy.Nick Mullens, Southern MissRecord-setting junior quarterback Nick Mullens, from Hoover, Ala., is the Southern Miss nominee for the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy.Mullens makes the high-powered USM offense go, ranking nationally in passing touchdowns (6th with 30), in passing yards (9th with 3,276), in passing yards per game (10th at 327.6), in total offense (14th with 3,223) and in passing efficiency (15th at 159.9).For his 386-yard, five touchdown performance against Rice last week, Mullens was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and the Manning Award Star of the Week.Isaiah Swopes of Belhaven is the school's nominee for the Conerly TrophyIsaiah Swopes of Belhaven is the school’s nominee for the Conerly TrophyIsaiah Swopes, BelhavenThe Belhaven Blazers have selected freshman cornerback Isaiah Swopes as the school’s 2015 C Spire Conerly nominee.Swopes, who last fall was playing for Ocean Springs High School, wasted no time making his presence felt at the college level. He tied school records and set freshman records with six pass interceptions and 12 passes broken up. He set a school record for 18 passes defended.Swopes also contributed 33 tackles including 1.5 for losses and forced two fumbles.Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell is the school's nominee for the Conerly Trophy.Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell is the school’s nominee for the Conerly Trophy.Laquon Treadwell, Ole MissTreadwell, a junior from Crete, Ill., is a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist who ranks 12th all-time among SEC receivers despite missing the final four games of his sophomore season. He is the SEC’s active leader in catches, yards and touchdowns. In 2015, he has averaged 6.5 catches and 96.4 yards per game, which leads the SEC in both categories. Needs seven catches in Egg Bowl to become the all-time leading receiver at Ole Miss.Marquis Green, Mississippi Valley State Green, a freshman safety from New Orleans, led the SWAC in pass interceptions with seven, which ranked him fourth in the FCS division of the NCAA. Green also was in on 47 tackles, including 34 solos and one tackle for loss.Darryan Ragsdale, Alcorn State Ragsdale, a senior running back from Brandon, has run for 7.6 yards per carry despite injuries this season. The former Pelahatchie standout has gained 855 yards and scored seven touchdowns and has caught 15 passes for another 127 yards. After transferring from Hinds CC, Ragsdale has averaged more than eight yards per carry in his two Alcorn seasons.Hector Sandoval, Millsaps Sandoval, a junior linebacker from Kingswood, Texas, leads the Southern Athletic Association in tackles with 105 (50 solo, 55 assists). He also forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown. He had a season-high 18 tackles in a game against the University of Chicago.Jarvis York, Delta StateYork, a senior wide receiver from Baton Rouge, Lal, led the Gulf South Conference with 61 pass receptions for 840 yards and scored four touchdowns. He turned in a career-high effort against West Alabama with 12 catches for 128 yards and finished ninth in Delta State history with 123 receptions, good for 1,588 yards and seven touchdowns.<!–iframe–>last_img read more