Student Recognition

The Student Recognition Program is designed to recognize students for their exemplary academic efforts, community service, citizenship, athletics, volunteer service, etc. If students are nominated for a reason besides academics, they should have demonstrated at least average academic effort, good school attendance and good discipline.

To nominate a student, please complete the nomination form here. If you have problems submitting the form online, hard copies should be submitted to your principal and then forwarded to the Communications office.

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - May 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Bawi Sang from Earl Watson Jr., ECC, Josue Daniel Molina Cardona from John Fiske Elementary, Jayden Alcala from Silver City Elementary, Maritza Hernandez Moralez from St. Pt. North Elementary, Mi Mi Htay from West Middle, Cung Tin Thang from Washington High School and Morgan Thoele from Gateway to College at Donnelly College as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools. 


Bawi Sang, Pre K
Earl Watson Jr., ECC
Nominated by: Amy Neal, teacher, Sarah Hemmen, teacher & Debbie Byers, para

 “Bawi is such a joy to have in class!!  He has made leaps and bounds this school year.   When he first began, he spoke and understood very little English.  He was not able to name letters, count, or answer simple questions about our books/stories.  However, he has worked hard at school and at home and is one of our top students!  He is very creative – a true artist!!  During center time, he often chooses to make books.  His books often rival my own!  His drawings have such details and he is even starting to sound out words and write them to describe his illustrations.  Bawi has a great sense of humor, often even cracking jokes with the other children. We are all amazed with his progress and so enjoy having him with us each day.”  Sincerely, Amy Neal, Sarah & Debbie Byers

Josue Daniel Molina Cardona, 2nd grade
John Fiske Elementary School
Nominated by: Sarah Mendez, ESL teacher & Susana Ramirez, 2nd grade teacher

“I am very proud of Josue Daniel!  He started as a newcomer ESL student at the end of January 2016 and he is doing great!  He came to this country from Honduras with no prior experience with English.  In the 15 months that he has been in this country, he has conquered social English.  He has worked extremely hard and is on grade level in math, writing, science and social studies.  He passed a level M on his Fountas & Pinnell assessment and that puts him as reading on grade level and has therefore made 3 year of growth in just over a year!!  He is always eager to work on whatever is asked of him so that he can improve!  He also gets along with all of his classmates. ” Sincerely, Sarah Mendez, ESL teacher & Susana Ramirez, 2nd grade teacher 

Jayden Alcala, 3rd grade
Silver City Elementary School
Nominated by: Peggy Reisinger, Bus Driver for Transportation

“My name is Peggy and I drive a school bus for our district and I have for 5 years   I pick up a young man, Jayden Alcala, who attends Silver City and he is in the 3rd grade.  About 6 weeks ago he said to me, ‘Do you want to know what I think of you?’  I thought, oh boy, this young man has a smart mouth, not as in smart aleck, but as in smart mouth!  He continued by saying….I like the way you are always on time, never early, never late.  I never have to guess you are always here and I appreciate that!  WOW!  This kid must have heard his folks talking. But then last week he asked me how do I open the door on the bus and I showed him on the steering wheel.  But I also showed him how to open the door in case of an emergency, and told him if for some reason I was ever laying over the wheel or the bus ever caught on fire, he and the kids would need to use the emergency door and get out.  But then he looked at me and said, ‘But what about you?’ I said, what about me?  And he told me, ‘Well if I go you are going too, even if I have to pull you out by your hair, if I go, I will not leave without you!’  Something inside of me melted right then…never would a boy this age could think about something so brave!  I wanted you to know how great and special this young man is.  I am proud to say I am his bus driver.” Sincerely, Peggy Reisinger, bus driver for Transportation

Maritza Hernandez Moralez, 5th grade
St. Pt. North Elementary School
Nominated by:  Ray Lipovac, Physical Education Teacher

“It is a goal of every educator to have very high standards for their students and then to have the students rise to the level of the teacher’s expectations.  Maritza is a 5th grader at St. Pt. North and has been a very high achiever in all her school activities. She has exceeded the level of my expectations in all of the years that I have been her teacher.   She has also been a terrific helper outside of her classroom.  In March 2017, Maritza helped a team of four other Stony Point North students win $2,500 for our school in a health related contest through the ‘KC Healthy Kids I Am Here’ contest.  The group spoke in front of over 400 students and adults at the Kansas City Convention Center. In this same contest in March 2016, Maritza and four other 4th grade students spoke in front of over 250 adults at the Kaufmann Center and our school won $3,500 as the Grand prize winners! This year on April 28, 2017, Maritza was the First Place finisher for the girls in the two mile run for the ‘Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader?’ event!!  She is well liked by all staff & students in our building.”  Sincerely, Ray Lipovac, Physical Education Teacher

Mi Mi Htay, 8th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Christine Young, ELA teacher

“Mi Mi is an 8th grader at West Middle School.  She is a quiet student and works very hard.  What impressed me the most about her is how hard she works to demonstrate her understanding of any work she is given.  Mimi is a quiet student who I kept urging to ask questions, listen and then revise her work to make it better.  She was quick to submit her work, but she never complained about having to revise her work to make improvements.  She continued to bring in revised work with improvements and took pride when it was done correctly.  Mimi is now better able to evaluate her own work and is a student who is eager to receive feedback.  She reads it and applies it to her classwork and to her writing. Over the course of this year, I have seen the organization of her work improve greatly as she develops her writing skills.  Now she writes high quality essays and I am proud of the progress she has made.  Mimi can be counted on to look over the work of other students she teams up with, and gives them helpful feedback and they are now making corrections before they submit their work to me.  I see Mimi as a young lady who will continue to improve her work as she enters high school and beyond!”  Sincerely, Christine Young, ELA teacher

Cung Tin Thang, 12th grade
Washington High School
Nominated by:  Patrick McCormack, AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

“Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Cung Thang is an amazing young man.  He is a Squadron Commander in our 260 plus cadet leadership and character building program.  He is personally responsible for the training and actions of our 2nd year cadets.  Cadet Thang is an incredible leader, trusted by those he commands and by those above him. Everything he does he does with precision, pride and excellence.   His life story is a testimony that the American dream is still alive and well!  He arrived in this country less than 6 years ago as a refugee from Burma.  He spoke little, if any English.  In the years that have followed he has worked hard and mastered the language, to add to the other two he speaks.  He has achieved a near 4.0 GPA in high school, ranking near the top of a very competitive class.  He was selected for the National Honor Society as a sophomore, and is now the President of our chapter of this very prestigious organization of academic superstars.  Cadet Thang has earned many other awards and it is an honor to nominate one of the best of our district!”  Sincerely, Lt. Col. Patrick McCormick

Morgan Thoele, 12th grade
Gateway to College at Donnelly College
Nominated by: Juan Rangel & Staff

“Morgan Thoele first came to Gateway to College in the fall semester 2015, and we were pleased to receive him.  He possessed real potential for becoming successful with the program. But as first semester progressed, Morgan became less committed.  The same behaviors he exhibited in high school began to become a daily occurrence.  He didn’t complete that first semester.  He returned to Gateway Spring 2017 and had a completely different demeanor and attitude regarding his education.  Morgan transitioned to college classes and will graduate this May, 2017 with his high school diploma plus college credits.  We are so very proud of his achievements!  Following are a couple of lines from Morgan’s personal testimony:  ‘My life before Gateway to College was not heading in the right path, I was almost never at school and I wasn’t passing.  I had no intentions on completing my high school education and had no thought of myself make it even further than that.  I was hanging out with the wrong crowd, now that I look back at it, we weren’t even having fun…we were just being dumb. I knew I needed to make a change.  I will always thank the Gateway to College program for giving me a second chance!  I cannot stress enough now important education is.  Just a year or two ago I was the main one who didn’t care about my education.  Now I realize that this was all for the best and I took advantage of this opportunity to further my education.  My future goals are to become a computer engineer, and own my own business.  Gateway to College has helped me in so many ways! ” Sincerely, Susan Hodges, Reading/writer Instructor

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - April 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Cassidy “CJ” Reno from Central Middle, Demitra Carter from Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, Corrina Woods from NCO Early Childhood Center & Oliva Brown from Eugene Ware Elementary as the Students of the Month for April 2017, as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.


Corrina Woods, Pre-K, NCO Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Katie Brooks, Teacher at NCO ECC

“To be the student nominated for such a high honor, one must show characteristics that are above and beyond all others in the classroom.  Corrina is that student!  This tiny, but mighty, girl comes into the classroom with a very loud hello every morning and an equally bright smile! Corrina is the type of student who puts the needs of others before her own.  Corrina is in an inclusive classroom and sees no difference between the other students in her class.  She will encourage others to try their hardest when they don’t believe in themselves. It is a pleasure to nominate Corrina Woods from NCO Early Childhood Center.”

Olivia Brown, 5th grade, Eugene Ware Elementary
Nominated by: Collette Chaney, Principal at Eugene Ware

“Olivia Brown has been at Eugene Ware Elementary since Kindergarten and she stands out! She works so hard and always does all the extras.  Her teacher says that she is kind, gets along with her peers and is a problem solver.  She is talented in dance and is active in our tutoring program.  Olivia is one of those students that we count on for teachers.  If the teacher is away, she will be honest with a substitute and try and guide them about the classroom activities.  She is trustworthy, dependable and so sometimes can be overlooked. We want to celebrate her for her hard work, her talents and how kind she is.”

Cassidy “CJ” Reno, 6th grade, Central Middle
Nominated by: Ashley Kuch, Teacher at Central Middle

“I would like to nominate a 6th grader, Cassidy “CJ” Reno for Student of the Month. CJ  is a very hard worker and loves a good challenge! She always asks for extra things to do to help me or other students.  She is involved in many extra activities including Honors Orchestra, manager of a sports team at school, Battle of the Books, and so much more.  Even with this much going on beyond her schoolwork, giving it 110% and I am very proud of her.  CJ has big dreams in her heart and I know she will achieve every single one of those dreams because of her determination and persistence.  Remember her name, she will make it big!!”

Demitra Carter, 12th grade, Sumner Academy of Arts & Science
Nominated by: Dave Oland, Social Studies Teacher

“I am very, very, proud to nominate Ms. Demitra Carter for high school student of the month.  I have her in 3 different classes so I have gotten to know her very well.  Demitra is a great student, so full of attention and respect. She helps others often when they are struggling in most any subject or skill.  Some evidence is her 4.0 GPA, being on the honor roll 4 years in a row, a 4 year member of both NHS and Spanish National Honor Society.  Not to mention an ACT score of 25.  In addition to these achievements, she is an extremely talented and hardworking athlete. She has been a National AAU Track & Field Olympian for the last 4 years and serves as a track captain for her teams.  And true to who she is, she has also been mentoring younger track team members for the last 3 years.  Demitra is full of musical, athletic and other talents.  She is a real-life Wonder Woman, who is powerful beyond her words!”

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - February 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Jhaden Toyloy from Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center, Agustin Ruiz from New Stanley Elementary, Yahaira Lopez from West Middle School and Jose Rueda from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

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Congratulations to the February Students of the Month honored by the Board of Education at their meeting on February 28, 2017.  They are; (back row, from left) Jose Rueda from F.L. Schlagle High School, Yahaira Lopez from West Middle School, (front row)  Jhaden Toyloy   from Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center. (Not pictured, Agustin Ruiz, 5th grade, New Stanley Elementary School.) 

Jhaden Toyloy, Pre-K
Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Amanda Murphy, teacher at Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center

“It is my honor to nominate Jhaden Toyloy for student of the month.  Jhaden is a delight in the classroom.  He walks in every day with a huge smile on his face after ensuring that his younger brother has made it to his classroom.  Jhaden is a natural leader.  He sets a good example for his peers by displaying exemplary behavior and social skills.  Jhaden is polite, courteous, has a great sense of humor and a contagious smile.  It is truly a joy to have Jhaden in my class!”  Sincerely, Amanda Murphy, teacher at Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center

Agustin Ruiz, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Mr. Mark Hall, 5th grade teacher, New Stanley Elementary

“What a difference a year makes!  Prior to this year, Agustin Ruiz would go through the motions of being a student.  He never really applied himself to the academic portion of school.  He has always been a good athlete and quick to flash a smile.  After watching his soccer team play one Saturday, I approached Agustin about the subject of effort.  I told him I noticed that on the soccer pitch, he was determined to be known as more than an average player.  He played with his heart AND mind.  I encouraged him to devote the same type of effort to his school work.  During the 2nd quarter, Agustin raised his reading scores four instructional levels and he improved his MAP Reading score by more than 30 points!  Agustin has embraced the understanding that you can be dedicated to both sports AND academics….it’s about the way you think about it and what’s in your heart.”  Sincerely, Mr. Mark Hall, 5th grade teacher, New Stanley Elementary

Yahaira Lopez, 7th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: Christine L. Young, teacher

“Yahaira Lopez is an outstanding student here at West Middle School.  She is helpful to her peers and can be counted on to be a leader and step up in the classroom.  She assists students, but does not just give them the answer.  I have observed her helping her peers manage conflicts in positive ways.  She receives straight “A’s” and is a member of National Junior Honor Society.  She came to me for a recommendation to be a part of the junior honor society.  I recommended she try asserting herself because she was so quiet, others did not know how much knowledge she had.  I have seen real growth in Yahaira, from the way she was in 6th grade.  She is more of a risk taker by speaking out responding to questions, she makes presentations to the class using a voice loud enough to be heard, and the way she responds to corrective feedback when it comes to her work is great.  I think she demonstrates the kind of qualities and character traits to be the student of the month!”  Sincerely, Christine L. Young, teacher at West Middle School

Jose Rueda, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Sarah Evans, Chemistry teacher

“Jose is very curious, always asking questions to ensure he understands a topic, but also asking questions for the sake of learning new information and satiating his curiosity.  Jose frequently seeks to understand a topic beyond the basic level and will seek to learn new things about Chemistry and how and why certain elements are unstable, or as yet unknown.  Jose is respectful to adults and fellow students alike, and will often help students who are struggling with a concept. I am very proud of Jose and enjoy being his teacher.  Thank you for considering him as the high school student of the month for February, 2017.”  Sincerely, Sarah Evans, Chemistry teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - March 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognize Le’Land Burks, Aniyah Woodard, & Andy Torres from NCO Early Childhood Center, Jamarion Alexander from New Stanley Elementary,  Joshua Wells from Rosedale Middle School and  Lily Yang from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

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Le’Land Burks, Aniyah Woodard, & Andy Torres, Pre-K

Nominated by: Susanne Mahoney, Speech Language Pathologist at NCO Early Childhood Center

“It is a pleasure to nominate these 3 outstanding preschool children.  The students were chosen by the teaching team; along with their parent’s approval, to participate in a study through the University of Kansas, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project.  These 3 students were selected because they have positive social skills and like to interact with their friend who has a communication delay.  They serve as a  ‘buddy’ for the friend in the classroom.  Le’Land, Aniyah, and Andy participated in a training and have learned how to be a good peer buddy. They are patient, kind, and just typical kids, directing their friend and getting him involved in activities.  Each of these peer buddies take a day of the week playing with their friend for 10-15 minutes using different strategies to get their friend to use the iPad/communication app.  They are his cheerleaders!  Each accepts him unconditionally. I am so proud of each one of them! ”   Sincerely, Susanne Mahoney, Speech Language Pathologist, NCO Early Childhood Center

Jamarion Alexander, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Jamie Brann, Brandy Treaster, April Hoffman & Mark Hall, 5th grade Teacher Team from New Stanley & Jennifer Murray, Marna Kerr, Jennifer Spears, & Janet Postlewait, IA Team (Music, Art, P.E. & Library)

“Jamarion Alexander is a true treat to have in class this year.  He has made a complete turn-around in both his behavior and his attitude toward his education.  He is respectful to his teachers and follows directions.  He gets along well with his peers and works well with them in groups.  We can count on him now and are very excited about the change and effort that we have seen!  Jamarion is currently near perfect attendance and is striving in my class.  Through developing many social skills, he is creating friendships that could potentially last a life time.  He is confident and determined and focused on his education.  We can always count on him to provide a mature response to any conflicts that occur with peers.  Our entire team is very excited by the change and effort that we have seen in Jamarion this year and hope to see his continued success in the future!”  Sincerely, 5th grade Teacher Team & IA Team (Music Art, P.E. & Library) 

Joshua Wells, 7th grade
Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by: Officer Alvaro Agon

“I have been with the district for 3 years and have never nominated a student.  Long story short; we have a seventh grade student here at Rosedale who has had a very rough time since 6th grade. He was in and out of trouble and had his fair share of referrals and suspensions.  He came back to regular classes after have to attend A.S.P. (After School Program) for behavior related issues.  I met with Josh when he returned and he assured me he wanted to do the right thing and he wanted to excel at school. Fast forward a few months and he has stayed out of trouble, drastically changed his attitude, and improved his grades completely!  I know he had made some bad decisions in the past, but he has turned things around, we have stuck with him and believed in him, he has worked very hard and I believe he deserves the recognition.”  Sincerely, Officer Alvaro Agon, Rosedale Middle School

Lily Yang, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher & Sara Cosse, Teacher

“Mrs. Cosse and I would like to nominate Lily Yang for High School Student of the Month for March 2017.  Lily was a Silver Honor Roll member for Fall Semester is on her way for Gold Honor Roll in the Spring Semester.   She is part of the Math Relay team and plans to join Pep Club.  She exercises regularly in the park and maintains a 3.0 GPA.  She competed in Cross County Racing in Middle School.  She is helpful in class working with struggling students and sets a positive example of the Greek Saying: A strong mind in a strong body.  She embodies what a 21st century learner should be, and we are very proud of her!”  Sincerely, Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher & Sara Cosse, Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - January 2017

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That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Isaac Morales, 1st grader from T.A. Edison Elementary, Mireya Flores-Villalpando, 8th grader from Argentine Middle, & Donesha Preston, 12th grader from F.L. Schlagle High School for January 2017, as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

Isaac Morales
1st Grade, T.A. Edison Elementary 
Nominated by Laura Fogarty, 1st grade teacher

“Isaac Morales is a first grade student at T.A. Edison Elementary.  Isaac has a great attitude about school even though it can be tough for him.  I love having Isaac in our room.  He helps his friends and tries very hard to be responsible.  He has high expectations of himself and gets upset if he forgets something like his library books.  Isaac never gets discouraged and will say to himself, ‘I can do this’!  He began the year as a non-reader and is now reading at a level A.  I am so proud of his attitude and hard work!” Sincerely, Laura Fogarty, 1st grade Teacher at T.A. Edison Elementary

Mireya Yasmin Flores-Villalpando
8th Grade, Argentine MIddle School
Nominated by Kristi Palmer, Micah Louis, & David Bean, teachers 

 “Mireya Yasmin Flores-Villalpando is a student that makes teaching the best job in the world.  She is a true servant leader who uses her position as a WEB leader to better the lives of everyone around her.  Over the past year I have had the privilege of being Yasmin’s soccer and cross country coach.  Yasmin has become an integral part of both teams based on her hard work and positive attitude.  Yasmin not only makes the teachers and coaches lives better; she is a wonderful teammate and classmate as well.  Her role model is Mother Teresa and she tries every day to be the kind of person St. Teresa would expect her to be.  She is caring, devoted, selfless and kind.  In addition to those invaluable traits, she is also an amazing student.  She is one of the smartest students I have ever had, not because she knows everything, but because she knows she does not know everything.  She isn’t afraid to not know, but she isn’t okay with staying that way.  She asks questions and she tries everything.  She doesn’t need this recognition.  It won’t change how much she will make this world better or the amount of people she will love and care for, but she absolutely deserves it.  Thank you for your consideration.”  Sincerely, Kristi Palmer, teacher at Argentine Middle, Micah Louis, 8th grade teacher at Argentine Middle, & David Bean, 8th grade Math teacher at Argentine Middle School

Donesha Preston
12th Grade, F. L. Schlagle High School 
Nominated by Stephanie Alderman-Oler, teacher

“This is the second year I have had the opportunity to work with Donesha Preston.  She was a student in my chemistry class, where she was a strong student both academically and in her ability to not only work with other students but to help other students understand difficult concepts.  This year I have the opportunity to work with Donesha as the Pep Club sponsor where I have seen Donesha naturally step into a leadership role.  This fall she has been a leader in our pep club, an organization that is starting from scratch this year.  She has attended all pep club meetings and been an active leader in the organization.  She was one of the student planners for our Fall sports assembly which was 100% student planned, organized and implemented.  In addition to Pep Club and Student Council, Donesha is involved in cheerleading and the Schlagle Senior Board.  Donesha has expressed an interest in making Schlagle better for the future and the students who will continue at Schlagle after she graduates.”  Sincerely, Stephanie Alderman-Oler, Teacher, F.L. Schlagle High School