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Kent Emison Honored By Kids First FoundationAs reported in The Odessan, the Kids First Foundation will honor Kent Emison at the annual W-N Kids First Education Foundation banquet and awards ceremony.

Emison will be honored as "Alumnus of the year." Emison grew up three miles south of Wellington, Missouri as the son of a dairy farmer. It was there that Emison learned the value of hard work. Kent operated hay crews for several years during high school and continued hauling hay to support himself and his family while in college and law school.

"My grandfather, James Emison, Sr., had one of the first Grade A dairy farms in Lafayette County," he recalls.

The article by The Odessan notes Emison’s professional and community achievements.

Kent has come a long way since his days on his family’s dairy farm. Since then, Kent has distinguished himself as one of the best trial lawyers in the country. He has been honored by his peers through induction to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and served as President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Kent also has the distinction of having won a 9-0 decision in the United States Supreme Court.

Even more important to Kent than his professional achievements is the ability to help the community in which he has lived his entire life.

Kent Emison has accomplished a great deal in his professional career, and he credits the well-rounded education he received from dedicated teachers and administrators in the Wellington-Napoleon School District with getting him started on the right path.

He also credits the influence from the community-minded spirit and work ethic of people he grew up around, people who continue to make a difference in the cities of Wellington and Napoleon.

The Community Christian Center project is the most recent example, he says, but through the years there have been other instances in which the community came together.

"And the community always seems to go the extra mile to support the school system," Emison says.

Note: Kent spearheaded a fund raising campaign in which the members of the community came together to raise more than $2 million (without any debt) to finance the construction of the Community Christian Center. However, the Center is in need of further help in order to meet its operating budget. You can support the Community Christian Center by visiting its web site or becoming a fan on Facebook.

Congratulations to Kent on his outstanding achievement!

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