Melissa Treolo Staff writer

Melissa Treolo is a reporter for the Chieftain, covering news and features in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

Recent stories

Shawnee Mission board approves net expenditures totaling more than $400 million
August 19, 2014
Shawnee Mission’s net expenditures this school year will total $406,523,137, after board members adopted the new budget Monday following a public hearing.
Shawnee Mission 1:1 technology initiative kicks off at SM Northwest
August 13, 2014
For many students, there’s a lot that’s new about the first day of school.
Shawnee teachers prepare for start of school
August 8, 2014
There’s still some time before the first day of school, but De Soto school district buildings are already abuzz with activity as teachers get their rooms ready for the start of student arrivals Aug. 18.
Shawnee area school district’s budget includes decrease for taxpayers
August 7, 2014
Patrons in the De Soto school district can expect to see a break in their tax bills next school year with a proposed 2014-2015 budget that includes the greatest decrease in the mill levy the district has seen for quite some time, said Ken Larsen, director of finance.
Shawnee Mission school board sets public hearing for 2014-15 budget
July 28, 2014
The Shawnee Mission school board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 to hear patron input and questions regarding the district’s proposed 2014-15 budget.
Shawnee police sergeant a ‘silent hero’ for Special Olympics
July 25, 2014
As a member of the Shawnee Police Department for the past 19 years, Sgt. Jon Pirie knows a lot about law enforcement.
Downtown Shawnee business to host benefit for animal shelter
July 11, 2014
It is the pet lover in Tamara Hudson that has inspired an upcoming event to support an area organization.
Shawnee youth group packs bags to help others
July 4, 2014
Two years after forming, Lucy’s Kids for Peace is still going strong, with members continuing to demonstrate their commitment to being kind to others.
Shawnee area school board approves football field turf, phase three of De Soto High
July 3, 2014
After much discussion over the span of several meetings, the De Soto school board has approved going forward with plans for phase three of De Soto High School expansions, the installation of turf at De Soto and Mill Valley football fields and increasing the six-lane track at De Soto High to eight lanes.
Shawnee student’s leadership abilities lands her weeklong trip to D.C.
June 24, 2014
Delaney Kemp says she’s done a lot of babysitting over the past six months. But this week, it all pays off for the Mill Creek Middle School student, who is headed into eighth grade next school year.

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Recent photos

Shawnee Mission Northwest Associate Principal Eddie LyDay hands freshman Camille Haley her new MacBook Air laptop Tuesday on the first day of school. New laptops and iPad Air devices are being provided to students in the district courtesy of the new 1:1 technology initiative approved last school year.

Class of 2014 graduate Linzi Murray sits outside of Mill Valley High School, where she was a student for four years. Her ongoing journey to come to terms with being put up for adoption as a baby in China has led Murray down a path of expressing herself artistically while helping others going through the same experience.

New Mill Valley High School graduates toss their caps in to the air at the close of Saturday's graduation ceremony.

SM Northwest senior Grace Freeman was one of two students during Thursday's graduation ceremony to give a speech.

SM Northwest senior Huda Alsadeq receives her diploma from Shawnee Mission school board member Patty Mach.

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