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Introducing Aly and Ryan Burnett

Mr. and Mrs. Aly and Ryan Burnett celebrated a May 21, 2016 wedding.  Aly grew up in Leawood, KS and is the daughter of Suzie and Louie Swyden. Ryan is the son of Ray Burnett and Maxine Novotny of Wichita, KS. Ryan’s family held a lovely rehearsal dinner for the soon to be couple at The Capital Grille on Friday evening. Aly and Ryan tied the knot at St. John’s United Methodist Church on a sunny Saturday at 5:00pm. They were surrounded by friends and family, and drove off in a classic Rolls Royce, where they then continued the beautiful festivities at Carriage Club. Aly and Ryan honeymooned in Maui, HI, and currently reside in Prairie Village, KS. Photo courtesy Andrea Nigh Photography

Blue Valley Students Succeed at National Debate Tournaments

2016 NCFL (National Catholic Forensic League) Grand National Tournament was May 28-29 in Sacramento, CA. The team of Abby Fry and Dean Ziegelman from BVSW lost in the round of 32 of the policy debate competition. The team of Margo Johnson and Zach Novicoff from BVSW lost in the national semi-finals finishing in 3rd place overall for policy debate. The team of Daniel Birzer and Saif Bajwa from BVW won the competition for policy debate.

2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament was June 12-17, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stephen Lowe from BVSW finished in the top-60 in Lincoln Douglas debate.  The team of Abby Fry and Dean Ziegelman from BVSW made it to the top 40 in policy debate. The team of Alexa Kathol and Zach Novicoff from BVSW finished 9th overall in the policy debate competition. As a result of the student success at the Tournament, BVSW was recognized as a National Debate School of Excellence as having a top-20 debate program in the country.  No other school in the Blue Valley district has received this award since BVSW earned it 2012.

Children International

Headquartered in Kansas City, Children International is working to end child poverty around the world. Together, with people like you, we’re more than a nonprofit. We’re a powerful force for change. Join Children International at First Fridays in the Crossroads on Friday, August 5th from 5-10pm to catch glimpses of the beauty of life around the world where children are given a place, a team, and a path out of poverty (Clubhouse by Freshcassette at 512 E 18th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108). Email Brittany Gelbach at for information.

A Taste of Leawood

A Taste of Leawood is Leawood’s biggest celebration of food, drinks, and fun. Taste menu items from more than 30 fabulous local restaurants, and dance the night away with live music by Souled Out! Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Town Center Plaza. Tickets are available at