No Excuses University

Our schools are proud be the first schools in Missouri to join the No Excuses University Network.  No Excuses University has a well-defined process for identifying and creating the following exceptional systems: Culture of Universal Achievement, Collaboration Standards Alignment, Assessment, Data Analysis, and Interventions.

In addition, our schools works diligently to expose students to powerful college symbolism. This symbolism is seen in the college flags and banners hung on doors, felt through the close partnerships forged between classrooms and universities, and heard in the college chants.
Click on these links to see videos that were summited to NEU: Columbian , Fairview , and High School.

December 2012 at Mark Twain

Mark Twain students care for others and it shows.  During November we collected blankets for Bright Futures, we collected clean nearly new toys to help the High School give to Children's Center in Joplin.  We collected 4288 cans of canned goods for FFA to distribute in the Carthage area for Christmas dinners.

In December our students voted not to exchange Christmas gifts with each other but instead we adopted the Carthage Crisis Center to bring gift items for.  We have already filled two Christmas trees with new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to give to Bright Futures to pass out to our Carthage R-9 students needing them.  We participated in the Carthage Artwalk displays in windows of Galbraiths. Our Character trait for December is service, and we certainly show that giving to others is our big area of service at Mark Twain.

December 2012 at the High School

Spreading Christmas Cheer - The High School is sponsoring 100 children this year through Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Students and staff members have the opportunity to buy a Christmas present for a local child through mid December. These gifts will be given out at our local Salvation Army's Christmas party on December 21st. Also, the United Way Student Advocates and FCCLA Leadership students will be on hand at this party to help with the distribution of food and toys.

October 30, 2012

FBLA hosted their annual Trick or Treat for Canned Goods at the High School. This year FCCLA members joined in the fun to help collect even more canned goods for our local community. The students went around town, door to door, asking for canned contributions for our local Crisis Center and the Hungry Tiger (at the Junior High). The members were able to collect over 1200 cans in 1.5 hours.

May 21, 2012

Libby Shannon and Preston Shivley placed 5th in the Advertising Campaign Event at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City. The event required them to develop an 11-page advertising campaign proposal for a business of their choice, present their recommendations to judges in a formal 15-minute presentation and complete a 100-question general  marketing exam. Shannon and Shivley successfully competed against teams from all over the U.S. and several other countries.

May 10, 2012

Recently 17 qualifying Carthage high school students and two advisors took a trip to Columbia, MO for the state FBLA competition. Participating members competed in performance events and attended numerous leadership seminars. The following eleven students placed in the top ten in their event:

  1. Jennie Snyder and Charles Whitehead – 1st in American Enterprise Project
  2. Libby Shannon- 2nd in Ms. Future Business Leader
  3. Arad Reed – 3rd in Introduction to Technology Concepts
  4. Emily Peterson– 4th in Hospitality Management
  5. Emmalee Smith and Libby Shannon– 4th in Local Annual Chapter Business Report
  6. Courtney Catron and Ashley Coss– 6th in Community Service Report
  7. Anne Flanigan and Bren Flanigan – 6th in Emerging Business Issues
  8. Tori Knight– 10th in Business Plan Project

Arad Reed, Jennie Snyder and Charles Whitehead qualified to go on to National competition this summer in San Antonio, Texas.


The Carthage FFA chapter competed at the State FFA Agriscience Fair at the University of Missouri.  Students were challenged with researching current issues in agriculture and furthering their research into developing an agriscience project.  The main components of this project consisted of writing a written report, creating a science board display and being interviewed by multiple judges about their project.  The written report was an in depth, multiple page report that looked at the problem the students researched, the purpose of their experiment, a hypothesis based on their research, collecting data based on this hypothesis and reporting their findings.

The State FFA Agriscience Fair results are as follows:

1st Place – Justeen Livingston – Power, Structural and Technical Division
1st Place – Emily Harris – Social Science Division
1st Place – Zack Ward and Larry Swinehart – Animal Science Division
1st Place – Chelsea Blankenship and Eli Gilbird – Environmental Science Division
2nd Place – Brett Stout and Quincy Charleston – Social Science Division
3rd Place – Courtney Foster – Animal Science Division

May 8, 2012

Congratulations are in order for the following CHS students who have qualified to attend the History Day National Competition:

  • Ellen Burkin and Taylor Vaughn - Senior Websites (1st in State)
  • Libby Shannon - Exhibits (2nd in State)

Kathleen Swift is the coach for our History Day students.


Here are the results from the State High School Speech and Debate Championships:

  • Bren Flanigan - State Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Mackenzie Smart - 2nd Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Austin Bunnell/Blake Splitter - 3rd Policy Debate
  • Bren Flanigan/Deborah Stevens - 4th Policy Debate

The students are coached by Bryan Whyte.

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