Olathe students receive Shooting Star awards

Several district students have been named 2013 Shooting Stars. The Shooting Star celebrates young artists and arts educators for their artistic achievements with college scholarships, awards and honorariums.

Since its creation in 1997, the Shooting Stars Program has recognized almost 1,000 high school seniors for artistic excellence and contributions to their community, awarded $200,000 in scholarships and provided almost $65,000 in teacher honorariums.

This year’s district winners are: Continue reading

Students win big at Kansas TSA competition

Olathe East High School and Olathe Northwest High School students came away from the Kansas TSA competition in Salina as a big winner in late March. Eleven Olathe East students won first place and qualified for this summer’s national TSA competition in Orlando. Eleven Olathe Northwest students won first place and qualified for the national competition, as well.

The Olathe East High School first place winners were: Continue reading

Yoder to introduce Kelsey’s Law legislation April 15

Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith

In 2007, just nine days after her high school graduation, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, Overland Park, was kidnapped in daylight from the Target parking lot next to Oak Park Mall, driven 20 miles into Missouri, raped and killed by Edwin Roy “Jack” Hall, then 26, who now is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Four days after Kelsey was reported missing and just hours after police finally were given her cell phone information by Verizon, her body was found.

Since then here parents, Missey and now State Sen. Greg Smith, R-Overland Park, started Kelsey’s Army, a foundation that has been instrumental in not only establishing Kesley‘s Law in the state of Kansas making it easier for law enforcement to acquire cell phone records needed during an investigation of a missing person, but in nine other states as well. Legislation also has been introduced in nine other states. Continue reading

Olathe’s Science Olympiad teams place first in state

The Olathe North High School Science Olympiad team is headed to the National Science Olympiad Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, May 17 and 18. The North team placed ahead of 29 other teams at the state tournament held in Wichita this weekend. The team is coached by Sherry Hansen.Olathe East High School placed fourth, receiving medals in several events. Olathe South High School placed ninth, receiving medals in several events. California Trail Middle School placed second, Mission Trail Middle School placed seventh and Indian Trail Middle School placed 15th.

First place medals received by Olathe North High School students are: Continue reading

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