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4-9-19 — Early April 2019 Awards

April 9, 2019

Olathe Student Awarded Study Trip to Germany

Megan Li, sophomore at Olathe East High School, has been awarded an all-expense paid summer study trip to Germany. Li was selected as one of 34 national winners of this study trip from the American Association of Teachers of German after scoring in the 97th percentile on the Level 2 National German Exam for High School Students.

“Megan is an excellent student, and I am excited for her to have earned this award for her efforts in learning German,” Olathe East German teacher Christine Hanks said. “She will make the most of this opportunity to learn about German culture firsthand and expand her skills with the German language.”

“Megan is a terrific scholar and is truly deserving of this award,” Olathe East Principal Kerry Lane said. “What an amazing opportunity for a high school student to travel abroad as many don’t have this access until college. She makes Olathe East proud.”

Olathe Student Earns $10,000 National Scholarship

Olathe Northwest High School senior Alex Howard will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Achitecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of America and will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to accept the honor.

“We are very proud of Alex and his scholarship,” Olathe Northwest Principal Chris Zuck said. “Alex has made the natural extension from his experience in our Engineering Academy to the ACE program. He speaks very highly of the ACE program and encourages other students who have interest in construction, engineering and architecture to consider participating.”

Elementary Math Wings Winners Named

The final 2018-19 Olathe Elementary Math Wings competition took place in April and crowned co-winners in both the fourth- and fifth-grade division.

The fourth-grade division was won by Regency Place Elementary. Team members Mahi Kohli, Anjali Krishnakumar and Riya Mazumdar were coached by Staci Andersen and Katy Auld.

The fifth-grade division was a three-way tie between the Cedar Creek Elementary, Prairie Center Elementary and Regency Place Elementary teams. Cedar Creek team members Hayden Renoux, Jason Yan and Cade Zimmerman were coached by Andi Fyffe. Prairie Center team members Sylvia Flannery, Aiden Johnson and Ashlyn Warren were coached by Jill DeGroot and Pamela Griffing. Regency Place team members Nicholas Hammond, Jack Kennedy and Grady Waddell were coached by Staci Andersen and Katy Auld.

Students Named Shooting Stars Scholarship Winners

At the 22nd Annual Shooting Stars Gala, the Arts Council of Johnson County (ACJC) awarded scholarships to Olathe seniors and recognized the numerous finalists nominated for the 2019 Shooting Stars Awards. The Shooting Starts program honors Johnson County high school students for achievement in nine categories of literary, performing and visual arts. Nine $1,400 first-place scholarships and nine $700 second-place scholarships were awarded to recognize excellence in each category of art. Seven Olathe students received scholarships.

In the theatre performance category, Jordan DeLeon, Olathe South High School, received first place. In the production and design category, Emily Martin, Olathe North High School, received first place. In the voice classical category, Sarah Slightom, Olathe North, received first place. In the three-dimensional art category, Kysn Paepke, Olathe Northwest High School, received first place.

In the three-dimensional art category, Rylee Jorgensen, Olathe West High School, received second place. In the winds and percussion category, Evan Kappelman, Olathe East High School, received second place. In the two-dimensional art category, Bennett Junkins, Olathe South, received second place. In the voice classical category, Ryan Henn, Olathe Northwest, received second place.