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3-6-19 — Early March 2019 Awards

March 6, 2019 

Olathe Teacher Receives Award in Information Technology

At the Mid-America Association for Computers in Education (MACE) conference, Briarwood Elementary fourth-grade teacher Ariel Jankord received the Making IT Happen award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception, more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.

“Ariel is like many of our staff members,” Briarwood Principal Chris Korb said. “She refuses to let anything stand in the way to Make it Happen!”

Olathe Educator Recognized as Community Champion

California Trail Middle School center-based resource teacher Jess Petrie was named a Community Champion through the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. Each year the guild selects 21 individuals as community champions for helping those with Down syndrome achieve their full potential.

“Mrs. Petrie brings such a passion to work each day,” California Trail Principal Mike Wiley said. “The relationships she builds with students and their families result in students who work very hard to reach her high academic expectations. Jess Petrie is so deserving of this recognition and I am proud to call her a colleague.”

Olathe North Wins Kansas Regional Science Bowl

The Olathe North High School Science Bowl team won the Kansas regional Science Bowl competition. The team will represent Olathe in the National Science Bowl competition April 25-29 in Washington, D.C.

“This is a great accomplishment for the Olathe North Science Bowl team,” Olathe North Principal Jason Herman said. “We are so proud of what these students have achieved and wish them good luck as they advance to the national competition.”

Olathe West Bowler Wins State Title

Olathe West High School freshman bowler Mike Anderson earned the Kansas 6A bowling state title.

“We are very proud of Mike for winning the state championship as a freshman,” Olathe West Principal Jay Novacek said. “It is a rare feat and is also a credit to our excellent coaches Gary Caldwell and Spencer Webb for guiding Mike this season. Mike has a mental toughness developed from participating in a variety of sports during his freshman year at West, and it served him well at state meet. We are proud of Mike and look forward to watching him grow.”

Olathe Northwest Educator Named Outstanding Teacher of American History

Olathe Northwest High School history teacher Jon Krug was named Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Olathe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

“I am very honored to have been selected,” Krug said. “Throughout my 38 years in education, I have always attempted to teach my students the application of history into their respective present world and lives. I truly have loved my job teaching young people and to have had the opportunity to share in their own personal history over the years.”

Olathe Students Place in National History Day Contest

The regional National History Day contest took place Saturday, March, 2, at Lawrence Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas. Olathe students placed in multiple categories.

Kaelyn Wellman, Olathe Northwest High School, earned first place in Senior Historical Paper.

Olga Lesnik, Olathe West High School, placed second in Senior Individual Exhibit.

Sara Roberts, Olathe Northwest, placed third in Senior Individual Documentary.

Matthew Genchev and Tanyaa Gurushankar, Olathe Northwest, placed third in Senior Group Exhibit.

Students who placed will advance to the state contest Saturday, April 27, at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Students Recognized at State German Competition

Fifteen students from Olathe East High School recently attended the annual State German Contest, Schülerkongress. Held at the University of Kansas, students competed in a variety of events including poetry and prose recitation, culture and various other competitions.

The following students won medals for their literature, poetry and prose performances: Kathleen Chia, Skyler Hutton, Kaia Sefchick, Alli Stanton and William Wahaus for poetry. Medaling in prose were Eliot Clements, Megan Li, Alethea Miller and Kaylee Schlein.

First place ribbons in the culture quiz went to Hali Liu and William Wahaus. A second place ribbon went to Kaylee Schlein and a third place ribbon went to Kathleen Chia.

A first place ribbon in the scavenger hunt went to Megan Li. Second place ribbons went to Hali Liu and Alli Stanton.