Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

Recent stories

Election asking voters to decide Hancock’s future on school board set
July 2, 2015
A special election asking registered voters in the De Soto school district if they want a school board member to be removed from office is scheduled for next month.
Mill Valley student gaining the full Japanese immersion treatment
July 1, 2015
Makenna Langton has been passionate about all things Japanese since she discovered the world of anime several years ago.
Nieman Elementary teachers recall family feeling of school
June 16, 2015
John Meyer still recalls the annual whirlwind trips to Chicago.
Board clerk is ‘definition of courage’ as she battles cancer
June 10, 2015
“Don’t cross that bridge until you get to it” was a favorite saying of Wendy Denham’s father. And it’s a message she takes strongly to heart these days, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February.
Graduate reflects back on high school years
May 27, 2015
It was a whirlwind week for area students and families as diplomas were handed out to hundreds of high school seniors at Mill Valley, Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission Northwest high schools.
Without laying off employees, De Soto makes cuts to positions
May 21, 2015
In order to rectify a $681,127 shortfall in this school year’s budget, a number of positions in De Soto school district buildings are officially on the chopping block. But no staff members will be laid off as a result of the cuts, district officials say.
With recall petition underway, Hancock denies wrongdoing
May 11, 2015
If some De Soto school district patrons have their way, Scott Hancock will no longer have a seat at the board table come next school year.
Lexington Trails will be main site of this summer’s free meal program
May 5, 2015
Like Shawnee Mission, the De Soto school district also is gearing up for its free summer meal program, with at least one major change from previous years.
With caveats attached, board approves elimination of elementary texbook, all-day kindergarten fees
May 5, 2015
There are still a few caveats to next school year’s fee list, but the Shawnee Mission school board has approved a package that includes two significant changes giving elementary school parents a major financial break.
Shawnee Mission to provide free summer lunch for fourth year
April 28, 2015
Last summer, the Shawnee Mission school district’s Summer Lunch Bunch program fed more youths than it ever has before.

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Recent photos

Makenna Langton, a student at Mill Valley High School, holds up her Concordia Language Villages passport. Langton is currently taking part in the program’s Japanese summer immersion camp.

Former Nieman Elementary School teachers Marilynn Sterner, left, John Meyer, middle, and Nancy McMillen visit June 10 during the school’s annual teacher reunion.

After being diagnosed in February with breast cancer, Wendy Denham remains positive. The De Soto school board clerk has been with the district for 17 years.

Dancers with the Kansas City Renaissance Festival regale the spectators in attendance at Saturday's Old Shawnee Days Parade.

With many shouts of "Huzzah!" performers with the Kansas City Renaissance Festival entertained the crowd at Saturday's Old Shawnee Days Parade.

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