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3-29-19 — Late March 2019 Awards

March 29, 2019

Olathe Students Earn National Medals

Three students at Olathe North High School received medals in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Renee Born, junior, received a silver medal for short story. Katelyn Gillette, junior, received a gold medal for flash fiction and Paiton Stith, junior, received a silver medal for a sci-fi/fantasty story, a silver medal for flash fiction and a gold medal for another sci-fi/fantasy story.

“What a great honor for these students,” Olathe North Principal Jason Herman said. “When you are recognized at the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards you have accomplished an outstanding goal.”

Olathe Student Earns Regional Recognition

Olathe South High School junior Rebecca Porter was named Dean’s List winner by the Greater Kansas City Regional for FIRST Robotics. Once nominated, students go through an extensive interview and judging phase at each regional competition. Honorees must demonstrate leadership and commitment, individual contribution to their team and motivate and lead fellow team members.

“Rebecca is not only a model representation of our school and district, she is truly a force within our team,” said Olathe South FIRST Robotics sponsor Jason Smith. “Rebecca is a shining example of when determination meets opportunity.”

Porter is now eligible to be named a Dean’s List winner at the FIRST Robotics International Tournament in Houston, Texas, later this spring.

Olathe Custodians Receive Awards

Custodians at Bentwood Elementary, Frontier Trail Middle School and Olathe West High School received building assessment awards through SupplyWorks. The building assessment is based on cleaning procedures, safety procedures and LEED recommendations for education. Each school had the highest assessment score for their respective school level with Bentwood Elementary earning the top district building with a score of 97 out of a possible 100.

“The district is proud to partner with SupplyWorks as our supplier of custodial and facility supplies,” Olathe Public Schools Assistant Director of Business and Financial Services Scott Carpenter said. “The relationship goes beyond simply providing supplies, but actually is geared toward making a difference in our schools for staff and students, increasing safety through cleanliness. Many of our schools have made great strides in just the first two years. Schools are excited about the program and these building awards help highlight the important role of the custodians in all buildings.”

“We are so proud of the custodial teams at Olathe West, Frontier Trail and Bentwood,” Olathe Public Schools Assistant Director of Operations Denise Purvis said. “As we continue to develop and implement best practices in cleaning procedures, chemicals and time-saving techniques these buildings have embraced the procedures which has led them to establish this standard of excellence. We thank them for their leadership.”