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Annual Show royalty crowned

Tyler Evans and Anderson Fields (above) are crowned 2014 Annual Show king and queen at the Pleasant Hill High School last Friday night. Tyler and Anderson are both seniors at the High School. They were crowned at intermission of the 2014 Annual Show held at the senior high performing arts center. Juniors Michael Miller and Cheyenne Long, sophomores Noah Campbell and Rachel Dustman and freshmen Eric Humphrey and Grace Montag were also candidates for Annul Show king and queen. This year's all-student Annual Show included performances by the Hillsound, Hilltop Harmony and Hillside Singers show choirs and more than a dozen individual acts. The Annual Show is produced and performed each year by the High School's vocal music department and yearbook staff. Emcees for the show were Levi Phipps, Clara Plasse, Fernanda Sierra, Michael Miller and Madi Bailey. Performers included Jana Osborne, Jaryd Smith, Colleen Wouters, Lane Adams, Rebekah Schoenfeldt, Dylan Adams, Emma Craven, Alex Whittington, Evan Williams, Fiona Bolte Bradhurst, Tyler Evans, Renee Edenburn, Noah Campbell, Ian Heinrich, Amber Woolford, Saisha Morgan, Kasey Reed, Anderson Fields, Rachel Liley, Olivia Dotson, Jacob Longmeyer and Marissa Thompson.

Community Betterment
Judges say nice things about town

...Judges in the 2014 Missouri Community Betterment competition had some good things to say about Pleasant Hill following their review of the community's entry and visit to town in September.
...The judges were so impressed with the town and its community betterment efforts that they selected Pleasant Hill MCB's 2014 Community of the Year.
...The MCB Gene Speichinger Community of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding community among all of the cities entered in the awards competition.
...Pleasant Hill also placed first in the Category IV population division for larger communities ahead of second place Salem, third place Lamar and fourth place Clinton.
...Among Pleasant Hill projects entered in the MCB competition this year were renovation of a building at 130 First Street in downtown Pleasant Hill, the "We Give" student leadership program at the Pleasant Hill High School, expansion of the Pleasant Hill Historical Society Museum, the Tucker Renewal Center renovation project and construction of a new municipal swimming pool.
..."Your community is not afraid of failure," the judges wrote. "Several of your projects may not have been successful at first, but community groups listened to public feedback and made appropriate adjustment and compromises to get it right in the end."
..."As a result," he said, "Pleasant Hill projects are well balanced between needs, wants and resources and demonstrate the community's ability to hold civil discussions and work through concerns together."
..."Pleasant Hill's assessment and planning efforts are unrivaled by other communitiies," the judges said. "The community also has several plans that appear to enhance and build off of each other." "While they have managed city-owned projects for several years, the Community Betterment Association has taken a huge leap forward into becoming a landlord," a judge said. "Owning, renovating and managing a historic commercial property in downtown Pleasant Hill is a major accomplishment that will add direct economic benefits to local business owners and the community" judges also had some suggestions for improvement in the future.
..."I would like to have seen the Community Betterment Association's role in the museum expansion and Tucker Hotel renovation projects demonstrated more clearly," the judges wrote. "They are both great projects that fulfill identified community goals, but the presentation should have specified the Community Betterment Association's role whatever that may have been."
..."Overall, I think Pleasant Hill Community Betterment has done an outstanding job in planning, assessing and reassessing community needs and desires and implementing projects to address them." The judges also had some favorable comments about Pleasant Hill Community Betterment's "We Give" youth program.
..."The dedication of the Community Betterment Association to pay for a faculty sponsor for the "We Give" youth group is outstanding," the judges said. "By having a school-appointed board member and a paid sponsor, the Community Betterment Association is able to stay closely connected to the schools,"
..."The youth have demonstrated an ability to identify community needs, set goals and implement projects that address those needs," the judges said. "The youth are not discouraged by failure. They adapt and readapt as necessary to make their projects a success."
..."They have developed multiple phase projects to help ensure their success," the judges added.
...An MCB spokesperson told the Pleasant Hill Community Betterment board members that she hopes they will find the judges' comments useful when they plan for the next year's competition.

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