Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

Recent stories

As deadline nears, only a handful of candidates have filed for area school board positions
January 19, 2015
The deadline to file for a seat on Shawnee Mission and De Soto school boards is fast approaching. And so far the small pool of candidates who have thrown their hat in to be considered includes mostly incumbent board members, with a few new faces sprinkled in.
Mill Valley joins Eastern Kansas League
January 13, 2015
Sports at Mill Valley High School will undergo a major change beginning in the 2016-2017 school year With the De Soto school board’s unanimous approval Monday, Mill Valley has officially joined the Eastern Kansas League, a move that puts the school’s sports teams more in line with others their size.
Shawnee time capsule provided by SM Northwest students
January 12, 2015
What was it like to live in Shawnee in the year 2015? That’s a question community members will have the chance to answer in 50 year’s time with the burying of a time capsule set to take place during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of Shawnee City Hall.
KC Ballet ROAD program inspires students to relish dancing, learning
January 7, 2015
Once a week, the entire fourth-grade class at Shawanoe Elementary School heads to the building’s gymnasium for 60 minutes of music and exercise.
SM North student develops award-winning invention
December 31, 2014
The Angler’s-Friend carrying case was born out of a passion for fishing and the frustration that often went along with Corben Tannahill’s trips to the lake with his dad.
Shawnee students win first place in cover design contest
December 23, 2014
First-grader Eli Walters couldn’t quite put into words how good it felt to be honored for his artistic skills in front of his entire school last week.
What to do about Westbrook Village? That is the question
December 22, 2014
The recent termination of a deal between the developer MDDS and the city of Shawnee to bring a big-box retailer to the Westbrook Village Shopping Center has only added to the frustrations of the largely vacant center’s business tenants.
Shawnee student’s surgical aspirations land her spot in competitive leadership program
December 17, 2014
A surgical kit may not be the typical inclusion on a Christmas wish list. But if Phoebe Ingelse receives what she asked her parents for this year, such a gift would be a fitting one for the driven high school senior, who attends Midland Adventist Academy
Two Shawnee Mission school board members file for re-election
November 26, 2014
Seats on both the De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards will be decided during next year’s general election, April 7, 2015. And according to the Johnson County Election Office, members who currently hold two of those seats have already filed to hold onto them for another four years.
Shawnee Mission director highlights current, future safety plans
November 25, 2014
Since former Overland Park Chief of Police John Douglass was hired last school year to be the Shawnee Mission school district’s director of safety and security, the district has done a lot of belt-tightening when it comes to protecting its students and staff.

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Recent photos

Taking part in a recent ROAD class at Shawanoe Elementary School are, from left, Dylan Reed, James Saathoff and Kaylan Martin.

Andrew Nave, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Council, speaks to Westbrook Village Shopping Center business owners during a recent brainstorming session regarding ways to make the center thrive.

Jordan Kalal, right, co-director of the Tech sHeroes program at Trailridge Middle School, helps seventh grader Hannah Saathoff with a computer coding assignment. Seated next to Hannah is seventh grader Ashley Avendano-Castillo.

Shawnee Mission North students perform a Quinceanera waltz Sept. 25 during the school's annual Hispanic Heritage Month program.

Students from the class of 2017 participate in Wednesday's Mill Valley High School homecoming parade.

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