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A World-Class Wrestler

We all know the Bonner Springs area has produced a lot of wrestling stars. But soon we might have a wrestling world champion.

In February, Bonner Springs High School’s Josiah Seaton capped off a 39-0 season with a 113-pound state title at the Class 4A state meet in Salina. A couple of months later, he won the ASICS Open Wrestling Championships, an event for wrestlers aged 17-20 formerly called the FILA Junior National Championships. He's going to Croatia for the World Championships in August.

We’ve heard there’s some rumbling around town because we have not had a story about Josiah’s recent wins. We covered his win at state, of course. But sports editor Mike Lavieri only has so much time to cover A LOT of sports (he covers sports for our Shawnee paper, as well), so he opted to try to cover as many BSHS spring sports as possible in the past few months and wait to have a story about Josiah shortly before he leaves for Croatia, probably in late July.

So rest assured, we are well aware of the situation. Josiah will be big news when that story is ready, and of course we will update you as soon as we know how he did at the World Championships.

A few other local notes for you:

• Yes, this story comes from that one county to the south, but don’t stop reading. Three of the 11 participants of a unique Johnson County Community College legal interpreting certification program were from our area. They were Stefany Garcia and Armando Herrera of Bonner Springs and Cinthia Ebertz of Edwardsville.

The 20-credit-hour certificate program combines a mix of interpreting classes with introductory law classes and legal ethics. Students must be fluent in both English and Spanish, and they are tested on their language skills before admittance to program. The last step to earning the certificate is a comprehensive skills exam and a professional practicum.

The program began in the spring semester of 2013 after Judge Karen Arnold-Burger approached Anita Tebbe, professor and chair of legal studies at JCCC. Arnold-Burger said she saw a desperate need for well-trained interpreters who had some legal background. I had hoped to have a story about this but haven’t been able to reach the one certificate recipient whose phone number I have, so I thought I’d at least share it here.

• The Cutest Pet Contest we are running for the month of June has garnered so many entries, we feel like we have enough to pick both a Wyandotte County area winner and a Leavenworth County area winner. I was hoping we’d have at least 10 from each area to pick a winner for each, and we got the 10th LvCo entry on Monday.

The winner gets their photo an a story printed in the paper. We have mostly dogs, but also a cat, a rooster, a guinea pig, two rabbits and a raccoon. Currently 32 entries, and not one repeat of a pet’s name! We even got an entry from someone in Tampa, Fla. — unfortunately, we are only accepting entries from this area of Kansas. We allowed a Eudora resident who had been an Edwardsville Elementary teacher for the last eight years, but that’s as far as we go.

We’ll accept entries through the end of the month, but voting (“likes” for each photo) also ends at the end of the month, so keep that in mind. Check out the June 2014 Cutest Pet Contest albums on both The Chieftain and the Basehor Sentinel’s Facebook pages. Thanks to all who have entered so far.

On The Chieftain page only (didn’t have time to count likes on the Sentinel, as well), Macy and Dudley are far and away the leaders for LvCo with 122 likes. WyCo is a little tighter: Riley has 92 likes, followed by Beatrice with 88 and Marley with 85. We'll total up the "likes" for each pet from each Facebook page (so yes, technically you can vote for a pet twice if you like both pages) at midnight June 30.

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