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2-26-21 — Late February 2021 Awards

Feb. 26, 2021

Olathe Staff Member Elected to Regional Leadership

Olathe Public Schools Fine Arts Coordinator Martha Gabel was named President-Elect for the Southwest Division of the National Association for Music Education Members. This term runs through 2023.

“Being selected to represent the states of the Southwest Division is an such an honor,” Gabel said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with music education colleagues from across the nation and look forward to continuing the important work of advocating for strong fine arts programs.”

Numerous Olathe Students Named Shooting Stars Award Finalists

The Arts Council of Johnson County (ACJC) announced 93 finalists who are nominated for the 2021 Shooting Star Awards. Of the finalists, 28 are students of the Olathe Public Schools.

The Shooting Stars Program honors Johnson County high school students for achievement in the literary, performing and visual arts through recognition and college scholarships. Shooting Stars awards recipients will be announced at the virtual Shooting Stars Gala Sunday, April 18.

  • Theatre Performance – Emma Whitney, Olathe Northwest; Abigail Riego De Dios, Olathe West; Camille Korte, Olathe North; Willa Walberg, Olathe East; Max Pardo, Olathe South
  • Voice Classical – Elise Bowles, Olathe South; Sonia Brekken, Olathe Northwest; Kloe Wagner, Olathe North
  • Production & Design – Grant Martin, Olathe East; Summer Sperke, Olathe West
  • 2D Visual Art – Ashtyn Jones, Olathe Northwest; Hailey Slaughter, Olathe South; Abigail Smith, Olathe East; Tyler Phothirath, Olathe North
  • 3D Visual Art – Miles Hall, Olathe North; Anna Palacio, Olathe South; Ryne Paepke, Olathe Northwest; Jamison Mills, Olathe East
  • Strings – Amrith Samuel, Olathe North; Lindsey Joslin, Olathe Northwest; Andrea Shehi, Olathe East; Kara Schlenk, Olathe South
  • Literature – Emma Steenhard, Olathe North
  • Photography – Olivia Pierce, Olathe South; Ellison Lewis, Olathe East
  • Winds & Percussion – Mason Romero, Olathe South; Sophia Gardner, Olathe North; Keegan Kaiser, Olathe Northwest