During the 1998-1999 academic year, World History students under the instruction of Donna Poort, researched the lives of those Smith-Cotton High School students who died while serving in the military during World War II.
These 59 men and one woman are honored by a photo composite in the front entrance of the high school but, prior to this research, little was known about who they were, what they did, and how they died.
The World War II Memorial Project was made possible through a Smith-Cotton Service Learning Grant at the suggestion of Kim Graves, Service Learning Coordinator. Mrs. Poort's students wrote biographies for these individuals from information they gathered through school records, newspapers, various local, state and national offices, and personal contacts as they became known. Carleen Parker's Programming class created the link on the Sedalia School District #200 website
The biographies were edited once again for corrections and additions by Mrs. Poort during the 2006-2007 academic year. A hard copy of each biography and its accompanying research has been placed in six permanent three-inch binders in the Smith-Cotton Media Center. Information on the research process and government resource addresses are placed in a one-inch binder that accompanies the project notebooks in the Media Center. Mrs. Parker assisted in creating the binder covers and ends.
Every attempt has been made to be accurate in the writing of these biographies. Upon the retirement of Donna Poort, Sharon Brause graciously accepted the responsibility as contact person for the project. If you are aware of further additions or corrections to any biography, please notify her at Smith-Cotton High School, 660-829-6301.
Thank you for taking time to appreciate these former Smith-Cotton students who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.