After the assembly, students reported to Schools of Instruction to get back to work.
On Tuesday evening, Director Mike Plunkett recognized Councilman Jermaine Reed, former Boys State citizen for his exceptional service to his community of Kansas City,
The citizens viewed excerpts from a film by the Missouri Press Association titled “Deadline In Disaster,” chronicling the Joplin Globe’s response to the horrific tornado that struck Joplin, MO in 2011.
The film centered around The Joplin Globe, the city’s major newspaper, and the ability for the newspaper to raise awareness of the disaster and to give the city hope after the catastrophic event that took place on May 22nd.
Thirty-three of the 117 employees of the Joplin Globe were affected directly by the F5 tornado. The 161 deaths and numerous injuries to the people of Joplin made the tornado the 7th most deadliest tornado in U.S. history, the deadliest in Missouri’s history.
Following the film presentation, a Q&A session was held with four people involved in the film and relief effort in Joplin: Executive Producer Doug Crews, Director of Cinematography Steve Hudnell, Reporter Wally Kennedy, and Nurse Ashley Blankenship (daughter of one of our own staff members, Alan Blankenship).