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2-10-20 — Early February 2020 Awards

Feb. 10, 2020

Students Earn Awards in Regional Writing Competition

Three Olathe North High School students won 2020 Gold Key Awards from the Missouri Region of Scholastic Art and Writing.

Haley Renee Born, senior, won Gold Key Awards in Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Flash Fiction; seniors Bethany Robertson and Kylie Volavongsa each won a Gold Key Award in Poetry.

Overall, nine Olathe North students earned 31 awards including Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key. All nine students are in the Distinguished Scholars Academy.

Gold Key Awards are automatically considered for national-level recognition.

Teacher Publishes Bilingual Book

Olathe South High School Spanish teacher Angel Cornejo recently had his bilingual children’s book, “A Walk to Remember,” published and is now available at many online retailers.

“Angel does an amazing job teaching our students Spanish through real-world experiences,” Olathe South Principal Clint Albers said. “This book is a great example of his creativity and using his own life experiences to educate students in an interesting and captivating way.”

District Names Middle School Math Contest Winners

During January’s districtwide Middle School Math Contest winners were crowned in the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade divisions.

Pioneer Trail Middle School placed first in the sixth-grade division. Team members Ethan Derr, Daniel Kappelman and Wyatt Pence were coached by Justin Williams.

Oregon Trail Middle School placed first in the seventh-grade division. Team members Jonathan Gantos, Hayden Renoux sixth-grader, Aidric Smith and Jason Yan sixth-grader were coached by Kendal Berrey.

California Trail Middle School placed first in the eighth-grade division. Team members Anshika Kapoor, Eileen Lee, Ricky Li and Tanmay Patil were coached by Mary Roswurm.

Teacher Selected For Spirit of Education Award

Jessica Sadler, sixth-grade science teacher at Oregon Trail Middle School, was recently selected to receive the Spirit of Education Award from National Safe Schools Convening. Sadler will be recognized during the Kansas City School Culture Advocacy Symposium April 3, at Metropolitan Community College Maple Woods Campus.

“I am so incredibly proud and happy for Ms. Sadler,” Oregon Trail Principal Justin Howe said. “She does so much work to bring a quality science experience to each of her students and to see her hard work recognized is a great achievement for her.”

Music Teacher Elected to National Chair

Gretchen Harrison, choir teacher at Frontier Trail Middle School, was recently elected to national chair for Choral Repertoire and Resources on the American Choral Directors Association. It is a six-year term.

“I cannot think of a more deserving music educator to receive the ACDA national leadership position than Gretchen Harrison,” Frontier Trail Principal Rod Smith said. “She is a leader in education who is always looking for ways to help other music educators succeed.”

Students Selected to KC Storytellers Project

Ashleigh Strom and Maya Wood, juniors at Olathe West High School, are two of 30 students in the greater Kansas City area selected to participate in the KC Storytellers Project. This group participates in workshops that will empower them to share their individual story and perform in April at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

“Ashleigh and Maya are the kind of students you want representing our district at KC Storytellers,” Olathe West English teacher Joseph Mishler said. “They will represent themselves and our school very well at the event. Olathe West is very proud of them.”