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2-26-18 — End of February 2018 Awards

Feb. 26, 2018

California Trail Middle School Places First in Regional Science Olympiad

group photo of California Trail Science Olympiad team The 2018 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament recently took place at Johnson County Community College. The five Olathe high schools and nine middle schools participated.

At the middle school level, California Trail Middle School received top honors. Of the 28 competing teams, four other Olathe schools placed in the top 15. Oregon Trail placed fifth, Indian Trail placed 10th, Prairie Trail placed 11th and Pioneer Trail placed 13th.

At the high school level, Olathe North High School placed second overal while earning 27 medals. Olathe Northwest placed seventh while Olathe South placed 12th.

(Photo of the California Trail Science Olympiad team)

Olathe Students Represent Schools at KMEA

During the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Workshop, held in Wichita, Kansas, six Olathe high school acts and numerous students represented their community in all-state groups.

The high school music groups that performed were the Olathe East High School Chamber Orchestra, the Olathe North High School Wind Ensemble, the Olathe North High School Jazz Strings, the Olathe South High School Southside Singers, the Olathe Northwest High School Raven Jazz and the Olathe East High School Madrigal Singers.

In addition, dozens of Olathe students were selected to perform in several of the all-state ensembles; 16 students were selected to the KMEA Elementary All-State Choir, three students were selected to the KMEA All-State Jazz Band, 47 students were selected for the KMEA Middle Level All-State Choir, 17 students were selected for the KMEA All-State Orchestra, 24 students were selected for the KMEA All-State Choir and 15 students were selected for the KMEA 56A All-State Concert Band.

Individuals, Team Win State Wrestling Titles

The Olathe North High School wrestling team won the 6A state title Feb. 24 in Wichita, Kansas. This is the first team wrestling title in school history.

Six student athletes won state wrestling titles. Olathe North High School had four wrestlers win titles in their respective weight classes: Keegan Slyter (120), Jevon Parrish (138), Javier Contreras (145) and Terrell Garraway (170). Garraway is now a two-time state champion.

“For the first time in Olathe history a team is coming home as the Kansas 6A state wrestling champions,” Olathe North Wrestling Head Coach Josh Carroll said. “The boys set a goal at the beginning of the year to win a sixth Sunflower League title, a fifth regional title and qualify the entire team for state and lastly to win a state title and they accomplished each goal they set. I could not be more proud of each one of them as they earned the right to be the state champs.”

Olathe South High School has two student athletes win state titles in their weight class. Nick Jouret won an individual state title in the 182-pound division. He is a two-time state champion. Jace Koelzer won an individual state title in the 126-pound division.

(Photo of the Olathe North wrestling team)

group photo of the Olathe North wrestling team