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Eighth grade representative Alex Chavana participated in Wacky Shoe Day and prepares at T-shirt for Twinkie Day as part of the Diamond Middle School Student Council's Spirit Week.
Photo by Michelle Nickolaisen


Eighth grader Bryce Dailey shows off his wacky shoes.
Photo by Michelle Nickolaisen


Always stylish Jessica Harrison displays her wacky shoes.
Photo by Michelle Nickolaisen


Leanne Ross and Le Ann Dardenne join in the fun.
Photo by Michelle Nickolaisen

Diamond Middle School Student Council Dance

The Diamond Middle School Student Council Valentine Dance was held Thursday, Feb. 13, in the middle school wrestling room. The music was provided by Jason Knight of KSYN.

Those who attended the dance posed for a group photo.

Katie Dodson and Clint Myers take admission.

Zach Towers and Kacie Cooper put up decorations.

The adults can cha-cha, too.

Billy Morrow, limbo king

Paul Holland and Sharon Keefer make a striking couple on the dance floor.

Student Council Christmas project


Diamond Middle School Student Council members Kacie Cooper, Kelsey Henson, Leanne Ross, Alex Chavana, Clint Myers and Katie Dodson delivered gifts to the Joplin Boys and Girls Clubs Thursday, Dec. 19, as part of the Kids Giving to Kids project.


Mrs. Renee Jones, Student Council sponsor, signs papers at the Ronald McDonald House in Joplin Thursday after new toys were delivered there as part of STUCO's Kids Giving to Kids project. Council members pictured from left are: Alex Chavana, Zach Towers, Leanne Ross, Kelsey Henson, Kacie Cooper, Garrett Cox and Sheena Chung.

Diamond students bring Christmas cheer
   Diamond Middle School students, with help from the community, provided more than 300 toys to area children Thursday, Dec. 19.
   The toys were collected during recent weeks as part of "Kids Giving to Kids," a DMS Student Council project started by Mrs. Renee Jones, STUCO sponsor. The classes competed to see who could donate the most gifts with the eighth graders finishing first, followed by the seventh graders and sixth graders.
   Council members delivered the gifts Thursday morning to the Ronald McDonald House, the Lafayette House and the Boys and Girls Club of Joplin. They also received tours of the Ronald McDonald House and the Boys and Girls Club of Joplin and ate lunch at Northpark Mall.
   The gifts were timely at all three places, but especially at the Boys and Girls Club, which received the largest amount. Rob Clay, director, told the council that the Club's Christmas party was going to be held that night.
   Mrs. Jones said that credit for the success of the project should go to the council members, who worked every day during lunch hour for the past couple of weeks, and those who generously donated toys.



   Eighth grader Kacie Cooper was elected Diamond Middle School Student Council president by a unanimous vote of council members Wednesday. The position was vacant after the former president was removed for receiving an in-school suspension.

    Cooper is on her second year on the council. Until her election as president, she had been serving as vice president, a position she also held during the 2001-2002 school year.

   Clint Myers, who is serving on the council for the third year, was elected vice president, replacing Cooper. Myers was serving as eighth grade boy representative. In previous years, he had been seventh grade representative and sixth grade representative. The council appointed Zach Towers to take Myers's place as eighth grade representative. Towers was appointed treasurer during the latter portion of the 2001-2002 school year, following the removal of a council member.

   The complete roster of the Student Council is: Kacie Cooper, president; Clint Myers, vice president; Katie Dodson, secretary; Leanne Ross, treasurer; Alex Chavana and Zach Towers, eighth grade representatives; Kelsey Henson and David Dodson, seventh grade representatives; and Sheena Chung and Garrett Cox, sixth grade representatives.

   Student Council sponsors are Mrs. Renee Jones and Mr. Randy Turner.



Diamond Daily Staff Writer

    (Note: The Student Council's decision to have a memorial to Kelsee Anderson was made early during the fall semester.)

 A seventh grader who wasn't able to attend classes at Diamond Middle School will now always be a part of it.

   The DMS Student Council voted Wednesday to plant a rose bush and have a plaque by it to honor the memory of Kelsee Anderson whose life was cut short in a fire last May, just a few days before the end of her sixth grade year.

   "She was a nice, gentle person," her classmate Tonya Loyd said. Kelsee was described by her friends as being quiet, shy, and a person who disliked being in a crowd.

   Her friends, some of whom include Tonya Loyd, Tiffany Stewart, Lindsay Patterson, Misty Conner and Benny Taylor, talk about her being a good student, but also a really cool person who liked food fights, homework and was a Harry Potter fan. Kelsee always wore bandanas. Her favorite class was social studies.

Alex, Kacie and Leanne prepare toys for delivery

Student Council Dance
This group photo was taken at the dance in October.

Diamond Middle School Dance