Reasons to Believe - Selection Process

  1. Nomination forms have been developed by the Reasons to Believe Task Force and are available on the district website or from the Communications Office.
  2. Nomination forms may be photocopied for distribution.
  3. Each nomination form must include the signature of the person making the nomination.
  4. One-page letters of support for nominees are not required but may be attached to the nomination form.
  5. A Reasons to Believe Selection Committee, comprised of representatives of the KCKPS administration, KCK Board of Education, business and community leaders, and students, will review submissions and make selections for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll.

Reasons to Believe Nomination Form .pdf

Deadline

  • Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools' Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll nomination forms need to be returned to the district office by June 13, 2016.
    • Nomination forms should be returned to:
      KCK Public Schools
      Communications Office
      Attn: Melissa Fears
      2010 N. 59th Street
      Kansas City, KS 66104
  • Completed nomination forms can be faxed to: (913) 279-2085
  • Persons selected for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, along with their nominator, will be contacted regarding the nomination.
  • Alumni Honor Roll results will be communicated following selection and acceptance via the KCK Public Schools' Web site and through internal and external communications.
  • Nominators whose nominees are not selected will be notified via letter or telephone call.
  • Nominees not selected for the current Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll will be considered for selection the following year. Nominations expire after two years, but nominees not selected may be renominated.

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Reasons to Believe Alumni Recognition

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The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is pleased to announce the members of the 2017 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll. These are individuals whose accomplishments showcase their incredible skills and life stories, highlighting their perseverance, hard work and dedication. Their qualities exemplify to all of us why they are Reasons to Believe and inspirations to many.  The following individuals will be honored at the Reasons to Believe ceremony that will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, in the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

Please join us in celebrating the following members of the 2017 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll:

  • Dennis Ray Brockman, Sr., regional vice president – Midwest Region, Starbucks Coffee Company, Washington High School class of 1983.
  • Latorua J. Chinn, DOM, principal of Trini-Con, Thel, & Beck LLC, a government contract compliance company, Wyandotte High School class of 1974.
  • Joanne Collins, community leader and former Kansas City, Missouri councilmember, Sumner High School class of 1953.
  • Stephanie Dawkins Davis, United States District Court magistrate judge, F.L. Schlagle High School class of 1985.
  • Mark A. Dupree, Sr., Wyandotte County district attorney, Wyandotte High School class of 2000. 
  • Chris Gaunce, division president, SumnerOne| Unisource Document Products, Washington High School class of 1975.
  • Ronald Harland, Sr., president and founder of Evolv Solutions, LLC, Sumner High School class of 1967.
  • John William Hudson, II, is chief executive officer and president of Focus Driven Enterprises, LLC, Washington High School class of 1996.
  • Ronald Miller, United States marshal for the District of Kansas, Washington High School class of 1968.
  • Mary Helen Murguia, United States circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, J.C. Harmon High School class of 1978.
  • Raymond Rico, immigration attorney, Garcia Immigration Law Firm, LLC, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science class of 2001.
  • Yolanda Thompson, principal, F.L. Schlagle High School, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science class of 1989.

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the school district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today's students. The nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes members of the Board of Education, Reasons to Believe Steering Committee, students, business leaders, and a former Alumni Honor Roll recipient.

For more information about the Reasons to Believe program, visit www.kckps.org.

Reasons to Believe - Criteria

To be considered for this honor, the individual must:

  1. Have graduated from a high school in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.
  2. Be successful in his or her chosen business, profession, or life work.
  3. Be a person of such integrity and stature that KCK Public Schools will take pride in his or her recognition.
  4. Have demonstrated the importance of his or her education from KCK Public Schools.

Other considerations:

  1. Nominees can and should reflect a variety of walks of life. For example, the small business owner who is active in community relations may be just as likely a candidate for the Reasons to Believe campaign as a world-class athlete.
  2. Nominees may be recognized for their leadership or participation in business, civic, faith-based, or community organizations.
  3. Nominees should reflect and celebrate the cultural diversity of the KCK Public Schools.
  4. Nominees ideally will make themselves available to participate in the Reasons to Believe campaign, including Reasons to Believe Week, tentatively scheduled in November.
  5. Nominees may be asked to speak and will need to be available for media interviews.
  6. Nominees may be asked to address students during organized assemblies.

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Reasons to Believe Fact Sheet

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

What is the Reasons to Believe Program?

The Reasons to Believe program was established in 2002 by the KCK Public Schools to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. There are many Reasons to Believe in the KCK Public Schools.

  • Students have Reasons to Believe by envisioning what their lives could become.
  • Parents have Reasons to Believe in the future and potential of their children.
  • Teachers have Reasons to Believe they are making a difference in the lives of students and families.
  • Community and business leaders have Reasons to Believe in a school district that is grooming the next generation of productive citizens.

The Alumni Honor Roll

As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today's students.

  • Each year, 12 alumni are selected for inclusion in the Alumni Honor Roll and profiled as Reasons to Believe in the value of education and in the school district.
  • These alumni will serve as role models whose deeds, words and images will be shared throughout the year to encourage students, educators, parents, community leaders and business leaders.

Reasons to Believe Celebration

This special celebration brings together students, teachers, administrators, community and business leaders, lawmakers and alumni to celebrate the accomplishments of the school district. The program includes the recognition of the newest members of the Alumni Honor Roll. It also features entertainment by students. 

Reasons to Believe Community Supporters

Community organizations and businesses form a solid base for supporting the Reasons to Believe program. Supporters are recognized in a variety of ways depending on their sponsorship level.

Who are some of the past Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll recipients?

Past Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll recipients have included local, national and international leaders. The list has run the gamut with military leaders, attorneys, school administrators, doctors, authors and musicians. Some of the more well-known have been:

  • Delano Lewis, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa
  • Gary Cowger, president of General Motors North America
  • Dr. Kenneth Salyer, founding chairman and director of the International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip Palate Treatment Center, Medical City Dallas Hospital
  • Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza
  • Earl Watson, NBA player with the Seattle Supersonics

Lists of all the Alumni Honor Rolls can be accessed using the Archives menu in the right column.

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