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10-2-18 — Early October 2018 Awards

Oct. 2, 2018

Middle School Math Wings Winners Named

The 2018-19 Olathe Middle School Math Wings competition took place in September and crowned co-winners in the sixth- and eighth-grade divisions.

The sixth-grade division was a tie between the California Trail and Frontier Trail middle school teams. California Trail team members Yashwin Garlapati, James Farnham, Carrie Wong and Alexander Pannier were coached by Mary Roswurm. Frontier Trail team members Brayden Kunstam, Alexandra Macoubrie, Ju-a Kim and Calum Lynn were coached by Julie Miller.

The Chisholm Trail Middle School won first place in the seventh-grade division. Team members Andrew Hartnell, Cal Koser, Joshua Lin and David Lye were coached by Alissa Ruffin.

The eighth-grade division was a tie between the California Trail and Prairie Trail middle school teams. California Trail team members Meirah Paul, Isobel Li, Minh Nguyen and Nathan Zhang were coached by Mary Roswurm. Prairie Trail team members William Bergman, Grant Shanklin, Alexa Salmen and Josiah Assefa were coached by David Shoemaker and Nathan Harkins.

Staff Member Receives Award

Melinda Waldron, communications teacher at Olathe North High School, received the innaugural First Class Teacher Award presented by 99.7 The Point and First National Bank. Waldron was nominated by a former student and received a $200 gift card among other prizes.

“Mrs. Waldron is very deserving and we are lucky that she is a part of the Olathe North family,” Olathe North Principal Jason Herman said. “Olathe staff members do so much for students and our community, it’s nice to see their efforts recognized.”

ONEA Recognizes Staff Member with Advocate Award

The Olathe National Education Association (ONEA) has recognized Erik Erazo, Olathe Public Schools migrant director/Hispanic student services, as its first Racial and Social Justice Advocate of the Month winner.

“Erik Erazo is a perfect example of a person who advocates on a daily basis for social and racial justice for everyone,” ONEA President Kathy Meyer said. “He is truly a master teacher when it comes to helping others stretch and grow when understanding others.”

Erazo was nominated by a co-worker for his work with the Hispanic Leadership Lowrider Bike Club, his relationship with Hispanic youth and collaborations with the Olathe Police Department.