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1-29-20 — Late January 2020 Awards

Jan. 29, 2020

Olathe Educator Elected to National Council

Olathe Public Schools K-12 Social Studies Coordinator Tina Ellsworth was elected as a representative at-large for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). This is a three-year term on the NCSS Board of Directors.

“We are excited to have our district represented on a national level,” Olathe Public Schools Superintendent for Learning Services Brent Yeager said. “Dr. Ellsworth shares a deep passion for social studies that will certainly make her election meaningful.”

Olathe Student Wins Composition Competition

Eric Martin, junior at Olathe Northwest High School, won first place in the 2020 Kansas Music Educators Association Composition Competition. Martin’s piano sonata will be performed at the KMEA inservice workshop opening session in Wichita, Kansas.

“We are so proud of Eric,” Olathe Northwest Principal Chris Zuck said. “We are continually amazed at his talents and attribute his continued success to his hard work and expertise, as well as the encouragement and instruction from our performing arts teachers.”

Olathe Student Awarded for Information Technology

Olathe Northwest High School Senior Kaela Amundson was selected as the winner for the Western Missouri and Kansas Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women in Information Technology. Amundson will be honored in late February at an award ceremony held at Johnson County Community College.

Olathe Northwest freshman Alana Schmalzried-Lugo was named honorable mention.

“As a district, we are beyond proud of these two students for their recognition,” Olathe Public Schools Superintendent for Learning Services Brent Yeager said. “They are an example of what our students can accomplish and the impact women are making in the area of technology.”

Elementary Math Wings Winners Named

The 2020 Olathe Elementary Math Wings competition took place in January and crowned winners in the fourth- and fifth-grade divisions.

The fourth-grade division was won by Forest View Elementary. Team members Caleb Crabtree, Molly McGavran and Ryan Niebuhr were coached by Charla Keefer.

The fifth-grade division was won by Regency Place Elementary. Team members Anay Chatterjee, Sanjay Kailad and Manu Sripathi were coached by Staci Andersen and Kelly Seward.

Olathe Math Wings is an after-school math club that provides an additional learning opportunity for students and is open to all students in the fourth and fifth grades.

Olathe Coach Receives Regional Accolade

Olathe gymnastics coach Mallory Krug was recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations as one of eight 2018-19 Sectional Coaches of the Year.

“Mallory Krug’s passion for gymnastics has been instrumental in the success of the sport in Olathe,” Olathe West Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Pat Butler said. “Not only is she known to be one of the outstanding coaches of the sport in the state, she also loves her athletes and has built programs that students in Olathe want to be a part of. This is a well-deserved honor.”