May 2015 Recognitions by the Board of Education

Clockwinders Optimist Club honor Superintendent Marlin Berry and board member Amy Martin recognized the Olathe Clockwinders Optimists for their ongoing support of the district's Olathe Youth Court program. They were joined by Community Liaison Heather Schoonover (far right), Staff Counsel Scott Mason and Student Development Facilitator Jennifer Bodenmiller.
Sue Rippe honor Olathe Northwest High School biology teacher Sue Rippe was recently selected for induction to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She is one of only five teachers in the nation selected this year. Rippe was joined at the board meeting by her principal, Gwen Poss (far right).
Best Communities for Music Education award The district recently earned a Best Communities for Music Education designation. Accepting the award were District Fine Arts Coordinator Martha Gabel (center), Frontier Trail Middle School orchestra teacher Randy Detrick and Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski.

National Merit finalists This year 16 district seniors were named National Merit finalists. They joined their principals for recognition at the Board of Education meeting. From the left, the groups are from Olathe South (with principal Phil Clark), from Olathe Northwest (with principal Gwen Poss), from Olathe North (principal David Morford) and from Olathe East (principal Bill Weber).
Alexis Buff honor Alexis Buff of Olathe North High School was named the 2015 Junior Volunteer of the Year for Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Her principal joined her for the recognition presentation.
Culinary Arts team honor The 21st Century Culinary Arts program, based at Olathe North, earned awards at the Kansas and National ProStart Invitational competitions. The Management and Culinary teams won their divisions at state, and the Culinary team placed first in the nation. They were joined by chefs Phil Shaw (left) and Mike Chrostowski (right), as well as building administrator Kathy Musgrave.
Olathe North Eaglettes team award The Olathe North Eaglettes dance team achieved great things at the regional and national competitions. The varsity team won the Outstanding Team Award at the Kansas Spectacular competition, received the first TMS Wow Performance Award, and was a judge's favorite to perform at the awards ceremony. The team also placed second in the Varsity Pom Division of the National Dance Alliance competition.

Photos by Ann Kohn