Olathe schools mid-March awards

Stock Honored by National School Boards Association

Josh Stock, a sixth-grade English teacher at Santa Fe Trail Middle School, was named by the National School Boards Association as one of “20 Educators to Watch in Educational Technology.”

Stock was one of 20 education leaders from across the country who are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students.

“This year’s ’20 to Watch’ honorees highlight how formal and informal professional networks help them identify and share the innovative approaches that are truly making a difference,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA executive director. “These teachers and administrators, with support from their school boards, share a vision for learning that will prepare students for future success.”

Stock and the other honorees across the nation will be recognized during the 2016 Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference on April 4 in Washington, D.C., and at the Technology Leadership Network-hosted luncheon during NSBA’s 2016 Annual Conference on April 8 in Boston.

Gupta, Coltvet Attend School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Conference

Olathe North High School seniors Alisha Gupta and Carly Coltvet were invited to attend the School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

They earned their invitation based on their work on USDA school food and drink regulations as co-presidents of the DECA business organization in partnership with Café 233.

Both were introduced at their opening session in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 attendees and took part in the entire conference held earlier this month.

The students took part in meetings in the Capitol Hill offices of Senator Pat Roberts, and Representatives Kevin Yoder and Tim Huelskamp (along with staffers for Senator Jerry Moran).

Work on USDA school food and drink regulations as co-presidents of the DECA business organization and as members of the 21st Century Distinguished Scholars Political Science strand, earned them the opportunity to accompany Café 233 supervisor Lynelle Munn and manager Cindy Jones and discuss with members of Congress the impact of the USDA Smart Snacks regulations on the student bus

iness operations.

Olathe North Science Knowledge Bowl team

Olathe North Wins Science Knowledge Bowl

The Olathe North High School Science Knowledge Bowl team won the Kansas regional competition and is now headed to the National Science Bowl at the end of April in Washington, D.C.

Members of the winning North team are seniors Connor Se

acat and Triton Wolfe, and juniors Dylan Honors and Arvind Subramanian.

The Science Bowl is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Honeywell.

Cairns Wins Grand Prize in Council for Art Education Event

Johannah Cairns and her artworkOlathe Northwest High School senior Johannah Cairns was awarded the grand prize in the state of Kansas for her draw

ing, American Dream, by the Council for Art Education during Youth Art Month.

The award is sponsored by Sargent Art Supply and includes an assortment of art supplies. Also Cairns, her parent, and art teacher will be headed to New York this summer for a recognition ceremony and art exploration.

Cairns piece was honored after it was showcased in a one-day art show in Topeka earlier this month.

“This piece represents myself as an artist that grew up in a small town then was able to experience the city with new eyes when I moved to St. Louis, Missouri as a young child,” Cairns said of her award-winning piece. “I saw the people who reflected what it meant to be in the city and I admired t


Kohli Leads California Trail Math Counts Team at State

The California Trail Middle School Math Counts team placed sixth at state recently. Individually, seventh-grader Khushi Kohli qualified for nationals with a third-place finish at the competition.

Team members were Kohli, Zoe Kulphongpatana, Samuel Liu and Manas Madhira. Mary Roswurm is the team sponsor.

Dasgupta Earns AXA Scholarship

Olathe North High School senior Disha Dasgupta was one of 52 students across the nation to win a $10,000 AXA Achievement Scholarship.

As the Kansas state winner she will also have the opportunity to compete for a $25,000 scholarship.

The AXA Achievement Scholarship is awarded to 52 students nationwide – one selected from each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Each state winner receives a scholarship award of $10,000. From that pool of 52 winners, 10 are selected as national winners and receive an additional $15,000, bringing the national AXA Achievers’ total scholarship awards to $25,000 each.

The scholarship is based on a service project that Dasgupta led as the President of the City of Olathe’s Teen Leadership Council and her academic achievements. The application process included multiple essays and a teacher’s recommendation.

Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers and share ambition and drive, the determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family and community, and have ability to succeed in college.

Clark Honored at National Chair Design Challenge

Olathe East High School junior Amanda Clark was named one of four honorable mentions in a national chair design challenge sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Clark is a member of the 21st Century Environmental Desig

n program and her chair design was chosen from designs submitted from 19 states across the country.

She is one of nine students including the five finalists and four honorable mentions to be featured on the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s website.

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (A Smithsonian Institution) housed in New York City and Target Corporation were the sponsors of the competition.

Each selected finalist will be welcomed in New York City for the weekend of April 1-3. On April 2 finalists will attend a design workshop at Cooper-Hewitt, as well as meet Target designers and Cooper-Hewitt educators. On April 3, each finalist will present his or her design in person to the judges.

East, North Students Shine at State German Competition

Students from Olathe East High School and Olathe North

High School competed recently at the Kansas State German Competition at the University of Kansas.

Olathe East had 24 students take part in the competition.

Olathe students competing in the German contest

Breana Moffit, Kealy Moffit and Emily Shehi earned medals for level 1 poetry and/or prose reading; Carl Barrett, Mark Painter and Emma Spinhirne earned medals for level 2 poetry and/or prose reading; Conner Matches, Cina Murray and Bryce Paratore earned medals for level 3 poetry and/or prose reading; and Rachel Smith and Moises Pelaez-Campos earned medals for level 4 poetry and/or prose reading.

In the culture quiz competition, Kylen Denny, Spinhirne, Taylor Hicks and Smith took first place; Shehi, Painter and Pelaez-Campos took second; and Johan Marin took third.

In the museum scavenger hunt, Shehi and Matches took first; Kealy Moffit took second; and Pelaez-Campos was third.

Kealy Moffitt and Breana Moffitt took third place for their poster.

Olathe North had 12 students take part in the competition.

Anna Diehm, Michelle Marin and Cassie Walsh earned medals for level 1 poetry and/or prose reading; and Keith Birnbaum and James Friesen, Grayson Goyer and Stephanie Milberger earned medals for level 2 poetry and/or prose reading.

Nathan Martin was second in the culture quiz competition, and Joel Mosher and Birnbaum were second, and Marin was third in the museum scavenger hunt.

Webb Honored as Community Champion

Amy Webb is honoredWalnut Grove Elementary School resource teacher Amy Webb recently received a Commitment to Excellence Award by the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.

The honor recognizes Webb as a community champion f

or her amazing support, creativity, compassion and encouragement regarding instruction for her student Alaina, who has Down syndrome, along with all of the other students she serves.

Each year in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day — March 21 — the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City chooses 21 Community Champions to recognize for their outstanding advocacy and support of individuals with Down syndrome.

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