District Staff, Students Receive Honors

June 1, 2017

Olathe Northwest Softball Team Takes State Title

The Olathe Northwest High School Raven softball team won the Kansas 6A state softball championship with a walk-off double. It is the third softball state title in school history.

Olathe East High School finished as state runner-ups while Olathe South High School placed fourth in the state tournament.

Olathe Student-Athletes Win State Titles in Track and Field

Brandon Clark, junior at Olathe North High School, won the boys 6A 800-meter run state championship.

The Olathe South High School relay team of Robert Adger III, Nolan McKay, Emmanuel Okwuone and Cameron Waldo won the boys 6A 4x400-meter relay state championship.

Bailey Turner, junior at Olathe East High School, won the girls 6A long jump state championship.

Maddie Righter, sophomore at Olathe Northwest High School, won the girls 6A high jump state championship.

Rachael Mayberry, senior at Olathe Northwest, won the girls 6A pole vault state championship.

Dana Baker, junior at Olathe North, won the girls 6A javelin throw state championship.

Julian Lacey, junior at Olathe Northwest, won the boys 6A 400-meter dash state championship.

Olathe Teacher Receives Fulbright Award

Dana NelsonDana Nelson, resource teacher at Westview Elementary School, has been offered a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Short-Term grant to Colombia by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Nelson is one of nine U.S. citizens who will travel abroad. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

"We are so excited at Westview to have Dana participate in the Fulbright grant," Principal Jon Bell said. "Dana already brings unique cultural perspectives to our students and staff and I can't wait to see how this opportunity impacts her personally and professionally."

"I've traveled the world and trained teachers in many countries, but this will be my first opportunity to train educators in a Spanish-speaking nation," Nelson said. "I look forward to sharing my expertise and also learning from educators in Colombia."