District Students, Staff Receive Honors

March 9, 2017

Olathe High School Dance Teams Win National Awards

At the National Dance Alliance High School National Championship, the Olathe Northwest High School dance team left Orlando, Fla., as International Pom National Champions and Large Varsity Jazz National Champions. The Raven Dance Team was also named Grand National Champion.

Over 130 high school teams participated across the different dance divisions.

“Every single athlete that steps foot onstage at NDA has put in hours of work to get to the top of their game,” Shannon Summers, Olathe Northwest dance team director, said. “This win is validation that if you set big goals, call on your teammates for support and fiercely believe in yourself, you can accomplish extraordinary things.”

Olathe North High School danced their way to Large Varsity Pom National Champions.

“The teams that compete at NDA are some of the greatest in the country,” Sara Heptig, Olathe North dance team director, said. “Our first national championship has been years in the making and all of our alumni helped pave the way for us to get here.”

Raven dance team The Olathe Northwest High School dance team was named national champions in International Pom and Large Varsity Jazz.
Eagle dance team The Olathe North High School dance team took the national championship title in Large Varsity Pom.

Olathe Northwest Student Receives Regional Honor

The Mid-America Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Students of the Year campaign featured 11 high school students who raised $50,000 to help find cancer cures.

Jasmine De La Rosa, senior at Olathe Northwest High School, was named first runner-up after raising more than $7,300 for the LLS. De La Rosa also was selected as the Mission Award recipient for her charitable work. She was awarded $1,500 in scholarships for her received honors.

Olathe Public Schools Earns Budget Award

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded the Olathe School District its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation during the 2016-17 budget year.

The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing and presenting a school system budget.

“It is really exciting to receive the MBA for the 20th consecutive year,” Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison said. “This award provides independent validation that the district utilizes best practices in presenting a transparent budget.”

Wrestlers Win Individual State Titles

In late February, five student athletes won state wrestling titles. Olathe North High School had four wrestlers win titles in their respective weight classes: Jevon Parrish (126), Riley Alderman (132), Tyler Flood (138) and Terrell Garraway (160).

“These state titles mean a tremendous amount to the individuals and the Olathe North community,” Olathe North Wrestling Head Coach Josh Carroll said. “The amount of work and dedication each individual puts into this is astonishing and each one of these athletes deserves to be called a state champion.”

Nick Jouret, Olathe South High School, won an individual state title in the 170-pound division.

Students Recognized at State German Competition

Forty students from Olathe East, Olathe North and Olathe Northwest high schools 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 poetry and prose recitations: Negin Amouei, Olathe East; Drew Bellamy, Olathe North; Carly Brotherton, Olathe North; Kathryn Caggianelli, Olathe East; Hannah Chipman, Olathe North; Ryan Cole, Olathe East; Taylor Hicks, Olathe East; Jo Raetzel, Olathe East; Timothy Schmidt, Olathe East; William Wahaus, Olathe East; Freedom Wheatley, Olathe East. Medaling in both poetry and prose were Bryan Kwon, Olathe East; Michelle Marin, Olathe North; Connor Matches, Olathe East; Tyler Schooley, Olathe Northwest; Jack Viehweg, Olathe North.

First place ribbons in the culture quiz went to Taylor Hicks, Olathe East; Michelle Marin, Olathe North. Second place ribbons went to Ivan Avila, Olathe North; Ryan Cole, Olathe East; Mark Painter, Olathe East; Jack Viehweg, Olathe North. Third place ribbons went to Caroline Scheller, Olathe East and Timothy Schmidt, Olathe East.

First place ribbons in the museum scavenger hunt competition went to Negin Amouei, Olathe East and Kathryn Caggianelli, Olathe East. Second place ribbons went to Bryan Kwon, Olathe East. Third place ribbons went to Ivan Avila, Olathe North; Jo Raetzel, Olathe East; William Wahaus, Olathe East.

Timothy Schmidt, Olathe East, received a second place ribbon in the poster contest.

German contest participants Dozens of Olathe high school students competed in the state German language event at the University of Kansas and came home with medals or ribbons.