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12-6-19 — Early December 2019 Awards

Dec. 6, 2019

Olathe East Wins $25,000 in Battle of the Brains Competition

Olathe East High School placed second in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. The second-place finish earns Olathe East $25,000 in STEM-related initiatives for their school. The funds may go toward scholarships for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps, lab equipment or technology enhancements.

Quest Sponsors Beth Welland and Tish Varraveto worked with students to bring their project, Color and Light District, to fruition.

“The team worked hard for two months,” said Welland. “Many worked on portions of the project on their own and meeting during conference days when there was no school provided the time to put the finishing touches on the project.”

“We are so proud of this year's Olathe East Battle of the Brains team,” said Varraveto. “Each person of the 14-student team brought their unique talents, creative perspectives and distinctive skill sets. The Battle of the Brains program is unmatched for student exposure to real-world problem-solving.”

(Pictured below with their ceremonial check)

Olathe Public Schools Named Top 5 Employer

Zippia recently published its 2019 list of Best Companies to Work For in Olathe and Olathe Public Schools received the No. 5 ranking.

“We’re proud that Olathe Public Schools has been recognized as a best place to work and a top career destination in Olathe,” said Olathe Public Schools Chief Human Resources Officer Jill Beckman.

Olathe West Student-Athlete Named MVP of All-American Game

Jony Munoz, Olathe West High School senior, was named MVP of the High School Boys All-American Game.

“Jony will graduate from Olathe West as one of the most decorated high school soccer players in Olathe’s history,” Olathe West soccer coach Matt Trumpp said. “He’s truly a once in a lifetime player and an even better person.”

“I am extremely proud of Jony,” Olathe West Principal Jay Novacek said. “His athletic achievements speak for themselves but I am most proud of how Jony excels in all areas of high school. He is excellent in the classroom, highly involved in activities and represented Olathe West incredibly well on the pitch.”

Olathe North Wins Christmas Choir Competition

The Olathe North High School Northwinds earned $5,000 for their music department after being named the winner of 99.7 The Point’s Christmas Choir Competition, held Dec. 8 at Independence Center.

“I am so proud of Dr. Epp and his students for their achievement,” Olathe North Principal Jason Herman said. “Our students are incredibly talented and it’s great to see their excellence recognized.”