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2-21-18 — Late February 2018 Awards

Feb. 21, 2018

Olathe Student Named to National Jazz Band

Evan Kappelman, Olathe East High School junior saxophone player, was selected to the Bands of America National Jazz Band. This honor is a competitive process and only takes two tenor saxophone players across the country.

“Evan is one of the rarest talents in music. His understanding of jazz theory and improvisation literally comes along once or twice in a music educator’s career,” Olathe East Director of Bands Jeff Smikahl said. “Evan is an exceptional performer and musician and I am so proud of him for achieving this honor. He put in an incredible amount of extra work in lessons, practice, local jazz groups, and then time in our program to make this happen.”

Kappelman will travel to Indianapolis in March for a special performance with the band.

Olathe South Coach Named Coach of Character Award Winner

Olathe South High School softball and girls basketball head coach Mike Allen has been selected as the 2017-18 Coach of Character Award winner from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Allen will be honored at the Champions of Character Foundation Awards Luncheon, May 15 in Kansas City.

“There are few coaches who I have had the opportunity to work with who embody the core values of the Champions of Character to the extent of Mike Allen,” Olathe South Athletic Director Matt Johnson said. “Coach Allen is the type of person who literally infects you with his positivity and energy. He is a tireless worker, a loyal friend, a role model and a teacher. This is an honor that is very deserving and I am quite confident that hundreds of former players and colleagues will agree wholeheartedly.”

Olathe Student Wins $1,000 in Kindness Challenge

Frontier Trail Middle School seventh-grader Moira Mullen won $1,000 through Lifestyle Publication’s Elevate Kindness Challenge. The competition promoted kindness, thoughtfulness and positivity in area middle schools.

Mullen’s idea of a “Locker Love” featured positive affirming messages and notes left on lockers at random.

“We are so proud of Moira and her Locker Love project,” Frontier Trail Principal Rod Smith said. “We’re so glad her project reminded our students that words of kindness bring joy, affirmation and hope.”