April 2016 Recognitions by the Board of Education

Olathe Rotary Club partnership honor

Superintendent Marlin Berry and board member Shannon Wickliffe thanked Olathe Noon Rotary Club members for the group's support of the All Fund and Student Care Fund in the amount of nearly $45,000 through the years. Noon Rotary President Jason Armstrong and President-elect Larry Rinne received the recognition. Olathe Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Cindy VonFeldt and Community Liaison Heather Schoonover (far left) assisted in the recognition presentation.

Greta Lundy

Greta Lundy, a junior at Olathe Northwest High School, recently earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam. She was accompanied by her principal, Gwen Poss.

National Merit Finalists

This year the district has 22 National Merit Finalists, the most in district history in one year. From Olathe East High School: Austin Adams, Deanie Chen, Carson Christensen, Selina Liu, Michael Meier, Wade Rance and Sabrina Ton. From Olathe North High School: Disha Dasgupta, Hannah Fuhlhage, Alisha Gupta, Miles McKaig, Kaitlyn O'Neal, Robyn Peterson, Katie Sale, Peter Shunk and Triton Wolfe. From Olathe Northwest High School: Kaylor Cruz, Weston Harder, Connor Neil and Isabelle Smith. From Olathe South High School: Camella Carlson and Rachel Li.

Olathe East percussion ensemble

The Olathe East High School Percussion Ensemble was the first percussion group ever chosen to represent Kansas at the Music for All National Festival held in Indianapolis. The group of 12 was chosen from across the nation this year to attend the prestigious gathering of musicians. Jeff Smikahl is their band director.

Olathe Northwest Raven Dance Team

The Olathe Northwest High School Ravens Dance team won the National Dance Alliance large varsity team competition and earned the NDA Innovative Choreography Award among other awards. With the win, the Ravens qualified for the international competition where they would compete against two other top U.S. teams and two top Japanese teams. The national championship marks a fifth straight year in which the Ravens won a national title. They were joined in the presentation by Coach Shannon Judge and Principal Gwen Poss.

Brant Pitcairn

Olathe Northwest High School senior Brant Pitcairn was named the 6A state diving champion. He was accompanied at the board presentation by Coach Robert Ayers and Principal Gwen Poss.

Chase Miller and Jace Koelzer

Olathe North High School senior Chase Miller won the 6A state wrestling title in the 285-pound division. He was joined by Athletic Director Jason Herman. Olathe South High School sophomore Jace Koelzer won the 6A state wrestling title in the 106-pound division. He was joined by Coach Conor Fitzgerald and Principal Phil Clark.

Ridgeview Elementary Challenge Award

Ridgeview Elementary School, led by Principak Kim Thorup, earned the 2015 Challenge Awards in three categories: fifth-grade math, fifth-grade reading, and fourth-grade reading. The awards are presented by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. Ridgeview is one of 99 schools in 34 Kansas public school districts to receive the award that recognizes Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in school population.

Photos by Jim Bradford

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