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Libby Lane Academy is proud to announce that it has been approved by the NCAA for scholarship eligibility. The NCAA examined LLA’s curriculum, graduation stats and other data to ensure that LLA met academic requirements along with other standards. 
Libby Lane Academy's Drum Line orchestrated by Mrs. Deb Alburtus
Preschool students and high school students alike delighted us concert attendees, as always! The younger ones were adorable, as usual, tugging at our heartstrings with their precious angelic faces and never-ending flow of antics. The older students? They just keep on wowing us with their talents, which continue to improve as the years whiz by. We can describe the 2016 Christmas Concert with a single word: Encore! But we’ll have to wait until next year for that.
Senior Wesley Houts is flanked by sad girls during the "Put on a Happy Face" number of Bye Bye Birdie, as rendered by Libby Lane Academy, Lee's Summit, MO
I was absolutely amazed at this fabulously entertaining, expertly cast production of Bye Bye Birdie! Having seen all ten musicals the academy has produced over the years, it’s easy for me to slip into an “it might be a weensy bit of a challenge to match the level of talent of preceding productions”  mode. However, the cast of Bye Bye Birdie exploded onto the stage with unquestionable force and confidence, proving they’re definitely up to any challenge. Bravo, kids!
Check out the video of the academy's fun mannequin challenge at this link: You'll have to scroll down to the December 2016 section to view this amazing challenge. It's worth the scroll, though. These middle school students have done an incredible job.  Good job, kids! Good job! 
Google image of Bye Bye Birdie musical
A wee bit of a change this year is taking place at the academy: Our annual musical production will be performed in the fall -- November -- rather than in the spring.  This year's production is Bye Bye Birdie and it promises to be yet another winner. Our students have been practicing diligently after school, on weekends, and on holidays. The die is cast: It's really going to be good! 
Whoa! Get a load of this: Because 7th-grade Seth Goke (pictured left) scored in the top five percent of students nationwide on his grade level on standardized testing, Seth took the ACT on February 7 of this year.Here’s the kicker: Of all those in the U.S. who took the ACT,  Seth scored in the top 50 per cent! How’s that for seventh-grade academic performance? Huh?Keep up the good work, Seth! We’re super proud of you!
Cameron Penny (pictured left) has been busy on the wrestling mat. He’s placed admirably in several big wrestling tournaments: First, Cameron participated in Districts, walking away with a First Place  win. Then he went to Regionals and grabbed First Place again. Following those two impressive wins, Cameron traveled to St. Louis to participate in the Missouri U.S.A. Wrestling State Championships where he took Fourth Place.
Samuel Noel in Libby Lane Academy's Fiddler on the Roof
Just when we thought it couldn't possibly get any better, the academy students quite shocked us again with their performances in this year's musical production, Fiddler on the Roof! Senior Samuel Noel was superb in the role of Tevye, the dairyman who lives in the fictional town of Anatevka, Russia, with his wife and five daughters. Loved his rendition of “If I Were a Rich Man.”