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Scholarship Shawnee Mission Brings $2.1 Billion in Scholarship Offers to SMSD Students
Shawnee Mission School District

This week the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation kicked off the annual Scholarship Shawnee Mission Program by surprising more than 1900 seniors in the Shawnee Mission School District with scholarship offers. 

“It makes me feel so good to know I have so many opportunities I didn’t know about,” shared SM Northwest senior Omar Gonzalez Anavisca.

Currently in its third year, the Scholarship Shawnee Mission program connects Shawnee Mission students to scholarship opportunities, explained Kim Hinkle, executive director of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. 

“We believe that bright and hardworking students should be recruited by colleges, in much the same ways as student athletes. Through Scholarship Shawnee Mission, they are,” noted Hinkle. 

As part of the program, parents opt in to share their student’s data with participating colleges and universities. The schools make scholarship offers to students who match their admissions and scholarship criteria. This year, 45 colleges and universities participated in the program, offering a total of 45,765 scholarships to Shawnee Mission seniors.

The scholarship announcements were made at assemblies in the gymnasium at each Shawnee Mission High School. After receiving their offers, students were encouraged to visit with college representatives who were set up at stations lining the gymnasiums. 

“I think this is a great opportunity for students to see what’s out there,” expressed SM South principal Todd Dain. “A lot of students, even at this stage as seniors, are undecided on where they’re going. Today they can have conversations with college representatives about real possibilities. It’s also a great opportunity for the colleges to reach students they may not see otherwise. It’s really a win-win,” he added.

Watching students be surprised with their scholarship offers was the best part of the day, shared counselor Lucy Coopman. “Especially for those kids who do have financial need, it’s been heartwarming to see them realize ‘yes, college probably is possible for me.’”

Karen Gutierrez, SM South senior exclaimed, “It feels super amazing to receive these scholarships! Coming from an immigrant family and being the first generation to graduate high school, it feels really good. My family is going to be so proud and happy for me.” 

SM South senior Graciela Alburran-Bautista expressed her gratitude to the district and the Foundation for opening doors and expanding possibilities after high school.

“Thank you to the Foundation for giving me and all students this opportunity. I’ll be the first in my family to go to college. This is a big deal,” she shared.

Reflecting on the positive impact the program makes, Board of Education member Jamie Borgman stated, “I’m so proud of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation for being a trailblazer in this space and for giving our SMSD students this gift.” 

Shawnee Mission Congratulates National Merit Semifinalists
Shawnee Mission School District

National Merit Semifinalists across the district attended a reception to be formally recognized for their outstanding academic achievement. 

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard, high school principals, and district leaders attended the honor reception, applauding students and their family members for their accomplishments and successes. 

Dr. Hubbard extended her congratulations, referring to the honorees as “national champions of academics”. She wished the students well as they prepare for college and career and encouraged each to share their gratitude with those who have influenced them along their way.

The National Merit Program has named 13 Shawnee Mission seniors as semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students took the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists were selected nationwide. These semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, according to a release from the National Merit program.

The following students earned semifinalist distinction and will have an opportunity to advance in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Shawnee Mission East
Kurt Cronenwett
Sam Huntley
Kenneth McCullough
Emily Moseley
Ibrahim Sufi
Andrew Ward 

Shawnee Mission Northwest
Lincoln Bartelt
Nathaniel Hollman
Alexa Magstadt

Shawnee Mission South
Megan Bogner
Clinton McKenzie

Shawnee Mission West
Benjamin Phillips
Tyler VanDeventer

Shawnee Mission Celebrates Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominees
Shawnee Mission School District

Congratulations to Shawnee Mission’s Kansas Teacher of the Year 2023 nominees: Amy Sachse, 4th grade teacher at Corinth Elementary School, and Wraye Royle, 7th grade math teacher at Indian Hills Middle School.

Nominees will be honored by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) at an upcoming recognition ceremony. The person named Kansas Teacher of the Year is entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition and each nominee is invited to become a part of a Kansas teachers network to share best practices and ideas.

SM North Hosts Homecoming Parade
Shawnee Mission School District

It was a tale as old as time as Shawnee Mission North celebrated homecoming with a “Once Upon a Time” themed parade. Families and Bison fans lined Johnson Drive waving and cheering for students dressed as characters from story books.

Students took inspiration from classic fairy tales like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and more contemporary fairy tales like “Shrek”. The event brought together staff and students representing a variety of clubs, classes, teams, and organizations.

National School Lunch Week October 11 - 15
Shawnee Mission School District

Join us this week as we recognize and thank our food service teams. National School Lunch Week is observed the second full week of October.

Across the Shawnee Mission School District, we celebrate and thank our 191 food service team members. Their roles are critical in school nutrition and helping students to succeed in and out of the classroom.

Families are taking advantage of the free meals offered by the USDA this school year.  Staying on pace with the current number of meals served, Shawnee Mission Food Service will provide close to 4 million meals to students. The Food Service Department provided about 2.9 million meals to Shawnee Mission students in 2019-2020. 

Food service department director Grace Liss exclaimed, “I really want people to know how appreciative of our staff we are and that we could not do it without them. They are our biggest blessing.”