Five distinguished alumni will be inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame at a banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. April 14 at Lee’s Summit High School. Alumni being honored for the 2017-2018 school year are Terry Sappenfield, Class of 1963; J.R. (James) Hobbs, Class of 1974; Charles Duane Muckey, Class of 1980; Jennifer Elliott, Class of 1990; and Jori Jones Robinson, Class of 1995.

Cost for the banquet is $25 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call (816) 986-2107 or e-mail

Lee’s Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates into the school’s Hall of Fame for 22 years. Plaques featuring the honorees are displayed on the wall of fame at Lee’s Summit High School, which is located just outside the James T. Brockman Lecture Hall.

The LSHS Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of graduates and staff. Alumni are eligible for this honor 10 years after graduation. Nomination forms for the 2018-2019 school year are available by calling (816) 986-2000. They should be returned to the high school at 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO., 64063.

J.R. Hobbs Class of 1974

Mr. Hobbs earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kansas and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He began his career as an investigator with the Jackson County Public Defender’s Office and then as an assistant public defender. Mr. Hobbs later became a shareholder in a major Kansas City law firm where he tried both civil and criminal cases. Since 1991, he has been a shareholder in a boutique litigation firm with emphasis in criminal defense now known as Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C. His caseload is primarily in white-collar criminal cases, state criminal matters and complex commercial litigation. While his practice is focused in the Midwest, he has appeared in courts throughout the country.

Mr. Hobbs has earned numerous recognitions including American College of Trial Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Best of the Bar, past recipient of the Lon Hocker Award, past recipient of the KCMBA Congenial Counselor Award. He also teaches at UMKC Law School, speaks at countless CLE seminars, serves as a board member and former president of the UMKC Law Foundation and assists with various high school debate and trial teams. Within the community, he has been involved in Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Woods Chapel United Methodist Church.

Mr. Hobbs and his wife, Dori, raised three sons and adopted three daughters from a Russian orphanage.