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.

2018-2019 Students of the Month

April 2019

Students of the Month - April 2019

Malik Abdi
Pre-K
Nominated by: Carol Chavez, ECSE Teacher
He has also gone above and beyond to help with children in our classroom who have special needs. Malik has been encouraging, patient, and understanding to one of the students, becoming this student’s first “best friend”. It has made a big difference to this student and has warmed the hearts of all the teachers in the class.”

Arriyana Bray
5th Grade
Nominated by: Nurse Cheri Owens, Angela Danner, Phillip Manuel, Mikheala Hill, Kathleen Self, and Howard Chase
“Arriyana Bray makes J.F.K. Elementary feel good about the excellent goals that have been set up for each J.F.K. student.  She has become a role model for her fellow students and a true leader and positive role model. As teachers, we join the profession to help students succeed academically and socially, but sometimes we forget about the impact students can leave on us! She is an angel in disguise. I couldn’t think of a better candidate.”

Victoria Netherland
8th Grade
Nominated by: Christine L. Young
“Victoria displays the integrity that we would want from all of our students. She is an exceptional eighth grade student. In her classes, she can be counted on to assist other students and even lead when it’s needed. She is very reliable and she has a sweet disposition. I see nothing but success in Victoria’s future and it has been an honor to work with her.”

February 2019

The Kansas City Board of Education recognized Kimberly D. Earl and Joleah Garcia, both from 500 Reach Virtual School, as Students of the Month for February.

Student of the Month - February 2019
February Student of the Month Kimberly Earl (second from the left) is surrounded by Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust and the members of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education.

Kimberly D. Earl

500 Reach Virtual School
Nominated by: Linda Paul, director of 500 Reach with the support of Donna Devine, KCKPS alternative services coordinator

Kimberly Earl, our nominee for student of the month left high school early. On May 24, 2019, Kimberly will graduate with a KCKPS high school diploma from 500 Reach.

In 2014, Kimberly completed her first class. Four years, later during the week of December 10, 2018, she completed the last two classes she needed to earn a diploma. Kimberly said, “I told myself I have to do it for myself and that I can do it, not for anybody else, but for me.” What’s next after receiving her diploma this coming May? Kimberly said she is thinking about becoming a registered nurse.

Joleah Garcia

500 Reach Virtual School
Nominated by: Bricen Henning with the support of Donna Devine, KCKPS alternative services coordinator

Joleah is one of our top students at 500 Reach. She is a hard worker and strives to get good grades. She meets challenges head on to meet her personal and educational goals. Joleah says she likes the virtual school setup where she can create her own schedule and can pace her studies. In order to earn money to buy a car, the flexibility of 500 Reach has allowed her to work at a job in the mornings, and study in the afternoons and evenings.

Even through the challenges she has faced, she has continued to apply herself and succeed in earning credits she needs to receive a KCKPS diploma. Her plan is to complete her coursework in February or March which will be 2-3 months ahead of her graduation cohort.

Her goal is to attend Metropolitan Community College to complete an Associate of Arts degree while deciding on her next career and educational path.