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 - December 2016

At its regular meeting on December 13, 2016 the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education recognized the December Students of the Month. Pictured below: (back row, from left) Mayar AL-Shaikhli, grade 6 at Eisenhower Middle; North Gaddis, grade 11 at F.L. Schlagle High; (front row, from left) Nathan Clark, Pre-K at KCK Early Childhood Center; Eddie Seamster, grade 5 at Bethel Elementary.

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KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - November 2016

The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education recognize Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez from Morse Early Childhood Center, Kylie Hamilton from New Stanley Elementary, Alejandro Martinez from Argentine Middle School and Rosa Hernandez from J.C. Harmon High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools. 


Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Jennifer Bruns, Jami Dodig, Alicia Salazar-Neupane, Yogi Guess & Manisha Tatum, Early Childhood Staff at Morse 

“Ivan is an exceptional role model for his peers.  He is a blessing to have in our classroom again this year.  Ivan is able to invite his peers to follow directions and classroom routines.  For example, when the teacher turns on the “clean up” song, Ivan cleans up his area, and then goes around the room helps his peers to clean and letting them know that the song means it’s time to clean up their toys. He is very kind, caring and loving towards all students in the classroom.  Ivan shows persistence in all tasks that he pursues. If he can’t figure out a task, he will try over and over again or ask a teacher for assistant.  Ivan’s classroom teachers are very excited to have him back again this year in our classroom!!”  Sincerely, Staff at Morse Early Childhood Center

Kylie Hamilton, 5th grade
New Stanley Elementary School
Nominated by: Jamie Brann, Teacher

“The fifth grade team at New Stanley Elementary would like to nominate Kylie Hamilton for Student of the Month.  Kylie is a shy fifth grader who could easily slide under the radar.  However, in our time with Kylie (July through October) she has grown significantly, both academically and socially.  She is consistent in turning in weekly reading logs, morning work and all assignments.  Kylie never misses school and is very reliable and depended on by her peers.  Kylie is an incredibly hard working young lady and we are very proud to nominate her for student of the month.”  Sincerely, Jamie Brann, Teacher and the entire fifth grade team

Alejandro Martinez, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Micah Louis, Teacher

“Alejandro (Alex) has been a pleasure to have in class this year.  I have known him for two years and his pursuit of excellence is unparalleled.  Whether it’s football conditioning or Math, Alex wants to be the best.  He also possesses a very humble and empathetic attitude, and always looks to help other students in the class.  His positive outlook on school and life will take him far, and he makes me look forward to when I have his class!”  Sincerely, Micah Louis, 8th Grade Teacher

Rosa Hernandez, 11th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by:  Geoff Markos, Principal of J.C. Harmon

“It gives me great pleasure to recommend Rosa Hernandez, for the District’s Student of the month.  Given my role as the principal, I do not have the pleasure of having Rosa in class.  However, every time I observe her in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, sports arena, etc…she always has a smile and seems to be doing something to help Harmon and the students within.  What makes Rosa so special is her ability to be a leader both socially and academically.  She takes pride in seeing others succeed.  We started LINK Crew this school year which is a leadership program that uses Juniors and Seniors to mentor and welcome our incoming Freshman class.  Rosa is not only an active member in LINK Crew, she applied and was awarded a commissioner position.  Rosa is the driving force for inspiring new ideas to promote the LINK crew and the freshman that they support. She is an inspiration to me, our students, and our staff at J.C. Harmon.”  Sincerely, Geoff Markos, Principal of J.C. Harmon High School.

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - September 2016

At its meeting on September 27, the KCK Board of Education recognized Students of the Month for September: Amy Torres from Morse Early Childhood Center, JaNya Richardson from New Chelsea Elementary, Paw Way from West Middle School and Daylen Borisouth from F.L. Schlagle High School.

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Amy Torres, Pre-K
Morse Early Childhood Center
Nominated by: Meggan Schempp, General Ed teacher, Carol Chavez, Sped teacher, Tammy Walker, Para at Morse Early Childhood Center

“Amy is a great example of a kind and helpful peer.  She is always recognizing another student’s need (before even being asked to help by the teacher) and is stepping in to help her peers who may need a little extra help.  She helps her peers in a kind and gentle way and is always an eager student to learn and try new things.  Amy is truly an amazing child, and she will do great things in life!!”  Sincerely, Meggan Schempp, General Education teacher, Carol Chavez, Sped teacher, and Tammy Walker, Para at Morse Early Childhood Center

JaNya Richardson, 2nd grade
New Chelsea Elementary School
Nominated by: Nikki Braam, 2nd grade teacher & Krista Sheldon, 1st grade teacher

“JaNya Richardson is being nominated because she deserves to be recognized for the amazing person she is.  She is a sweet and soft-spoken young lady that is respectful and responsible.  ….however this is only a small piece of what makes her amazing!  She is a quick learner and creative thinker!   JaNya has faced heart-breaking obstacles in the past year and in spite of her tragedies, she comes to school, ready to learn, ready to be challenged, and ready to help me in any way she can.  Not only does JaNya deserve this honor, her father and late mother deserve to have their daughter recognized as they were and are the most important teachers she will ever have.  She is an exceptional reflection of her parents.”  Sincerely, Nikki Braam, 2nd grade teacher & Krista Sheldon, 1st grade teacher

Paw Way, 8th grade
West Middle School
Nominated by: The 8th grade team, Rachel McIlvain, Edgar Jones, Ashley Campbell, Ryan Schreiner, Caitlyn Thompson and Jennifer Lenz

“As a student athlete, Paw epitomizes how the 8th grade team defines the perfect balance of academic and extra-curricular success.  She is an active member in various clubs at West and plays on the Lady Buffalos volleyballs team.  As an athlete she demonstrates good sportsmanship and integrity.  As a student, she acts conscientiously inside and outside the classroom.  She embodies the school’s character education vision….and we know she will do great things beyond her time at West Middle School.”  Sincerely, The 8th grade team of teachers (listed above)

Daylen Borisouth, 9th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher

“Daylen Borisouth is an example of a well-rounded student, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average through Middle School and continuing this academic excellence into High School with a 4.0 on his first grade card!  He is also involved in numerous extracurricular activities including marching band, wrestling, cross country, and bowling.  In class he is an emerging leader, assisting his struggling classmates and proactively seeing new challenges.  He embodies the characteristics of a 21st century learner, being self-motivated and well rounded.  I am pleased to nominate Daylen Borisouth.”  Sincerely, Richard Bellotti, Math Teacher

KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - October 2016

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month honored by the Board of Education at their meeting on October 25, 2016.

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From left: TeAmari Pruitt, 3rd - Grade Bethel Elementary School, Corajean Cunningham, 12th - Grade Washington High School, Cesar Robledo, 6th Grade - Rosedale Middle School. Ivan Hernandez-Jimenez, Pre-K - Morse Early Childhood Center (not pictured, to be honored in November)

TeAmari Pruitt
3rd Grade, Bethel Elementary School
Nominated by Patricia Morgan, teacher

“TeAmari Pruitt is a 3rd grade student in my classroom at Bethel Elementary who I am very pleased to have.  She has had some struggles in the past, but has always put forth her best effort and it has paid off.  She participates in class daily and is always a great citizen.  She has become more confident in her abilities and that makes a big difference.  She has a warm smile that grabs everyone around her.  I am very pleased to have her in my classroom.  Thank you for choosing her as the elementary student of the month for October.”  Sincerely, Patricia Morgan, 3rd grade teacher, Bethel Elementary

Cesar Robledo
6th Grade, Rosedale Middle School
Nominated by Leayn Losh, choir director/debate coach 

“Cesar Robledo, what a great young person at Rosedale Middle School!!  He is a new 6th grader to our school, and right from the start he has shown such great character traits.  He is a good student, good to others, very helpful and kind.  He wants to be a performer when he grows up and has already tried out for our ‘Show Choir’ and made it.  He is a true leader in all he does at school and in his life.  I just want to tell him thank you for being such an upstanding young man.  He is very deserving of student of the month!  What a true amazing young person to represent our school.”  Sincerely, Leayn Losh, Choir Director/Debate Coach, Rosedale Middle School

Corajean Cunningham
12th Grade, Washington High School
Nominated by Lt. Col. Patrick McCormack

“Cadet Colonel Corajean Cunningham is the absolute # 1 cadet of over the 2000 I have worked with in my eleven years in this school district.  She is by far the most mature, professional student this building has ever had.  Teachers, the Administration, and her peers have unparalleled respect for Cadet Colonel Cunningham.  From the first time I met her in our Air Force Junior ROTC class I realized she was different, she took control of her young flight and became their leader.  She has twice been recognized as the Cadet of the Year for our program, and is currently the highest ranking, most decorated cadet in the program.  As the Wing Commander she is personally responsible for leading and managing every aspect of our 260-cadet program.  Her outstanding accomplishments are not limited to ROTC.  Ms. Cunningham is an academic superstar as well; she has a 4.1 GPA, is ranked # 3 in her graduating class, and is a member of the National Honor Society and many other accomplishments. She has also volunteered several hundred hours in her community to such organizations as Harvesters and Stand Down for Homeless Veterans.  Due to the economic challenges she faces in her life she also works part-time to help support her family.  I am proud to nominate to you Cadet Colonel Corajean Cunningham.”  Lt. Col. Patrick McCormack, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

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