JoCo Notes: Olathe East grad Justin Cooley gets Tony moment

Justin Cooley, 19, was up for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. His co-star, Victoria Clark, left, won the Toney for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Photo via Facebook.

Happy Monday, Blue Valley!

🌤 Today’s forecast: Mostly sunny and unseasonably cool. High: 75. Low: 53.

🚨 One thing you need to know today

Johnson County native Justin Cooley got his Tony Awards moment Sunday night.

Two years after graduating from Olathe East High School, the 19-year-old was up for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the hit Broadway show “Kimberly Akimbo.”

He didn’t win that individual honor (it went to Alex Newell for “Shucked”), but he still got the spotlight for a time in New York City Sunday night, performing a number from the show during the awards ceremony.

Cooley also hit the red carpet beforehand.

The show Cooley is a part of, “Kimberly Akimbo” was still one of the big winners, taking home five Tonys, including the award for Best Musical.

Cooley’s co-stars also won: Victoria Clark for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her turn in the title role, and Bonnie Milligan for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

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Overland Park Public Works staffers recently gave Josh, above left, a tour of the Blue Valley Maintenance Facility. He also got to ride a plow and visit a street repair construction site.

Josh heartened city workers during the pandemic by regularly writing them letters, and this was them returning the favor. Photo via Instagram.