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Students Gain Front Row for Lieutenant Governor’s Visit

November 2017

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Michael L. Parson recently spoke with 16 students from the Northland CAPS program. The talk concluded with an invitation for the students to visit Parson during the 2018 legislative session in Jefferson City.

Sixteen student associates of the Northland Center for Advanced Placement Studies (CAPS) recently enjoyed a private meeting with Lieutenant Governor Michael L. Parson.

Held before Parson’s address to the annual Joint Luncheon Oct. 12, the private meeting included a question and answer session along with a call for the students to be active in government and in expressing themselves. Parson extended an invitation for the students to visit the state capital, which has been scheduled for February during the 2018 legislative session.

“It was an excellent dialogue,” explained Northland CAPS Executive Director Sandy Henshaw. “They were so excited; they thought it was great.”

Parson expanded on many of his later comments to the more than 300 people attending the luncheon, which was held at the Hilton Kansas City Airport hotel. The lieutenant governor also discussed his rise from a western Missouri farm to county sheriff and to the second highest office in the Missouri.

Now in its fifth year, CAPS provides real-world training and experience for high school students in seven Clay and Platte County school districts.

With 14 public and private high schools, the program is based on cooperation from numerous area businesses that provide mentoring and internships. The work is currently involved with eight areas, ranging from digital media and design to technology solutions.

At their headquarters in the Gladstone Innovation campus, students are currently busy reviewing resumes and will soon be conducting mock job interviews, again with the aid of volunteer professionals. Henshaw said the Northland CAPS organization is recruiting both students and business partners for next year.

For additional information, visit the Northland CAPS website,

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