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9-20-22 — September 2022 Awards
Sept. 20, 2022
Olathe East Student Places in Top 3 of KC SuperStar
Olathe East High School senior Kate Meives placed third in the 13th annual KC SuperStar, a high school singing competition by The Jewish Community Center (The J), winning a $2,500 scholarship.
KC SuperStar is The J’s annual fundraiser, and this year the competition raised a record $1.3 million. Proceeds from KC SuperStar help provide transportation, meals, education, camps, wellness programs and the arts to many deserving children, families, individuals and senior adults.
Meives performed a solo and participated in group Broadway numbers at the event held at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.
Olathe Public Schools Receives Equity in Schools Grant
The Olathe Public Schools received a $300,000 Equity in Schools grant over two years from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The grant supports the implementation of a two-year equity-focused strategic plan to ensure education and learning opportunities are available in the Kansas City region.
The grant will go toward ongoing professional development, student engagement and leadership training, and recruitment and retention support designed to build a culture of belonging for all students and staff.
“This grant serves as a huge opportunity for our district to really move the needle in support of all students and staff,” assistant director of culture and belonging Marquis Harris said. “With targeted support to promote a sense of belonging for all, this grant will help ensure we are adequately equipped to be innovative and proactive in building up sustainable facets of our district culture.”
O’Neill Named Chiefs High School Coach of the Week
T.J. O’Neill, Olathe West High School football coach, was named the Kansas City Chiefs' High School Coach of the Week in the first week of the season.
“Our team is a really special group of guys. They love football, love to work, and really enjoy each other's success,” O’Neill said.
The High School Coach of the Week program is in junction with the National Football League. It is implemented to honor Kansas City area high school coaches for their excellence on the field while helping shape the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
O’Neill received a $500 player health and safety grant for Olathe West, a football autographed by Coach Andy Reid, and the potential to win the Eric Driskell Coach of the Year Award.
Countryside Teacher Chosen for Arvest Bank’s We Love Teachers Award
Corrin Weaver, physical education teacher at Countryside Elementary, was chosen to receive $500 for classroom needs by Arvest Bank’s seventh annual We Love Teachers campaign.
“Corrin is relentless in her pursuit to make sure all of our children have amazing experiences at school,” Principal Chris Korb said. “She leaves no stone unturned finding ways to engage our students in meaningful learning while meeting all of their needs.”
The We Love Teachers campaign is designed to recognize and provide support to teachers throughout the Arvest footprint. Weaver is one of 145 teachers throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma chosen for this award.
Olathe High School Wins FAFSA Challenge
Olathe East High School was recognized as a winner in the 2022 Kansas FAFSA Challenge. A collaboration between the Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas State Department of Education, the FAFSA Challenge began in February 2021 as a friendly competition to improve the statewide FAFSA completion rate. All Kansas high schools are divided into their Kansas State High School Activities Association athletic divisions, and each division has at least two winners. One award goes to the school with the Highest FAFSA Completion Percentage, and the other award recognizes the school with the Most Improved FAFSA Completion Percentage from the previous academic year. Olathe East was honored for the highest FAFSA completion rate among 6A high schools. Olathe Northwest High School ranked second in the 6A category for highest completion percentage.