District Students, Staff Receive Honors

March 2, 2017

California Trail Middle School Places First in Regional Science Olympiad

The 2017 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament recently took place at Johnson County Community College.

At the middle school level, California Trail Middle School received top honors. Of the 28 competing teams, four other Olathe schools placed in the top 15. Indian Trail placed sixth, Oregon Trail placed 10th, Mission Trail placed 12th and Prairie Trail placed 14th.

At the high school level, Olathe North High School placed second overall while medaling in 19 of the 23 events. Olathe Northwest placed seventh while Olathe South placed 10th.

Olathe Teacher Receives State Honor

Chef Mike Chrostowski of the Olathe North Culinary Arts Program received the 2017 ProStart Educator Excellence Award for Kansas.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) ProStart Educator Excellence Award recognizes exceptional educators who leverage the ProStart program in their classrooms. Each state restaurant association nominates its leading educator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his or her students.

Award recipients are honored at the NRAEF’s Educator Excellence Awards Dinner May 18 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago.

Tomahawk Elementary Receives Recognition

Tomahawk Elementary School was selected by Grantham University to receive an Ozobot classroom kit for Tomahawk’s efforts in incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) in their curriculum.

The Ozobot kit includes 18 small, lightweight robots which can be easily programmed by young students and are great learning tools to introduce coding at an elementary level.

Grantham University will also sponsor a Tomahawk staff member to join the university at a table at the Former Members of Congress Statesmanship Awards Dinner. This dinner will be held March 29 in Washington, D.C.

Olathe Students Receive Scholarships from BizFest Competition

During the 2017 KC BizFest competition, two Olathe high school students received scholarships while placing in the top six.

Daniel Moreira, a senior from Olathe South High School, received third place honors and won a $1,000 scholarship. Andrea Hernandez, a senior from Olathe Northwest High School, placed fifth and received a $500 scholarship.

KC BizFest offers students in the Greater Kansas City area an opportunity to learn a variety of life skills and business techniques during a four-day intensive training period. During the event, students have access to adult mentors who aide in creating feasible business plans.

The top six finalists will showcase their business plans March 2 during Microsoft’s Entrepreneurship Week event at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, KS.