Sproles, 3 others to be honored by K-State

From Fox Sports

Kansas State will be adding some pretty impressive names into its Ring of Honor.

Quarterback Michael Bishop,  receiver Jordy Nelson, running back Darren Sproles and safety Clarence Scott will be inducted on Sept. 5 in Manhattan, Kan.

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North student earns perfect ACT

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson, a senior at Olathe North High School, has earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students taking the ACT earn a top score.

“Ty has continued the strong tradition of academic excellence of Olathe North through his perfect ACT score,” Principal David Morford said. “We are extremely proud of him and this achievement and know the dedication and hard work it takes to reach such a high score. His score now represents four consecutive years of perfect ACT scores at Olathe North and I know the North community and the Olathe community are proud of his achievement.” Continue reading

Tribute to Olathean Jim Smith

My mentor and my student

From the blog of Austin Myers
(Submitted by his grandmother, Linda Myers)

In most forms of media, the reader or viewer will encounter a character of a specific archetype, known as “the mentor.” The purpose of the mentor character is to guide the protagonist, (or protagonists) and teach the necessary lessons they need to learn to overcome various obstacles throughout the story. However, sometimes the mentor also becomes the sacrificial character, either to protect their students or for a greater good. Common examples of this archetype include biblical characters such as Moses, Jesus, Elizabeth, and even God himself in some instances served as a mentor.

In modern media, mentor characters include Zordon from the long lasting Power Rangers series, Obi Wan from Star Wars, Mufasa from the Disney film The Lion King, and finally Mickey Mouse and Master Yen Sid from the popular video game franchise Kingdom Hearts. The mentor character also serves to assist in the growth of the main characters, with the latter sometimes becoming mentor figures themselves. This archetype does not exist merely in fictional media, but in the real world as well, as humans are constantly being taught by others and passing down the knowledge they learned. Continue reading

District students, staff win awards

Olathe North High School Senior Earns Scholarship

Olathe North High School senior Rigel Bales-Woods received the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship.

He is one of 25 high school graduates from across the United States who will be going to Germany for a gap year to participate in a vocational study program. The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for U.S. high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend a year abroad pursuing their vocational interests. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of April 27

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Commemorate Olathe 1865 

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and the Olathe Memorial Cemetery will host the first Commemorate Olathe 1865 event on Saturday May, 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mahaffie and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery.

In 1865, the nation was mourning many deaths associated with the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Activities will be reflective of that period.

Activities from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mahaffie:   Continue reading

Culinary students place first at nationals

The Olathe Public Schools 21st Century Culinary Arts program, housed at Olathe North High School, placed first in the nation at the National ProStart Invitational in Anaheim, Calif. The team placed first at the Kansas ProStart Invitational in March. The Management Team also placed first at state and competed in the national event.

This was the 10th year in a row that the Culinary Arts program has had students qualify for nationals. Culinary Arts placed first in 2010 and 2012. The team placed second last year. Continue reading

Second-graders invade North to study Geosciences

What is in sand? That’s the question these second-graders wanted to answer as they sieved through a pile of sand and looked closer with magnifying glasses. Photos by Jim Bradford

What is in sand? That’s the question these second-graders wanted to answer as they sieved through a pile of sand and looked closer with magnifying glasses. Photos by Jim Bradford

A decade ago, the 21st Century Geosciences program at Olathe North High School began hosting district second-graders as a way to get elementary school students excited about sea life, fossils and dinosaurs. This hands-on field trip has turned into a celebrated tradition.

It started with just a couple of elementary schools coming by for a visit, but now they host visits on 12 days for a total of 24 sessions in a year. During that time, the Geosciences program welcomes roughly 1,500 second-graders to North. Continue reading

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