Students from the high school math department celebrated National Pi Day by creating and wearing their own original Pi-Shirts. Pictured left to right are: Madi Tomlinson, Lily Gonzalez, Carson Leck, Wyatt Reynolds, Kourtney Harris, Preston, Dufur, Justin Hailey. Back: Ashlynn Holsinger, Trenton Adee.
USD 461 NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
March 17, 2017
USD 461 Board of Education has announced the selection of Juanita Erickson, as the Superintendent of Schools. Erickson will take the reins on July 1, 2017.
Erickson began her career in 1989 in Salina Public Schools as a teacher and administrator before taking the position as the Director of Elementary Education in Topeka Public Schools.
Juanita has broad educational experience, as a teacher, administrator and an educator, she currently oversees several elementary principals and learning centers.
“I feel extremely blessed to follow great leadership in Neodesha. I am excited to continue the work that has been started here in our schools and I look forward to working with the students, staff, community, as we work together to help our students be successful. I am excited to be a Bluestreak,” said Erickson.
Board President Jackie Chandler says that Ms. Erickson emerged from a very thorough search process as the right candidate to lead the District. “The Board is confident in our choice of Juanita and confident that under her leadership, USD 461 will continue to move in a positive direction.”
Chandler, Board President, explained that community input, including the involvement of a committee of stakeholders was a key factor in the success of the superintendent search process. The process included teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and community members. “The input from all stakeholders as a whole was very helpful to our process.”
The Board selected four finalists, who were interviewed by the Board on March 8th and 9th.
The February recipient of the Bluestreak Leadership Award is senior, Drew Stover. Drew is the son of Darrin and Jodi Stover.
Drew is a Renaissance Scholar, Keith Hersh Scholar, and a member of National Honor Society. He participates in FBLA, Student Council, and the Catholic Youth Ministry. Drew keeps very busy at NHS playing football and basketball. His talent has been recognized in basketball by being named to the Wilson County Classic All-Tournament Team and the All-Academic Team. In football, Drew notched up multiple awards as Outstanding Senior Athlete, All Tri-Valley League Safety and Running Back, All Area Honorable Mention Running Back, and All State Honorable Mention Defensive Back. Drew was a Fall Homecoming King Candidate and was recently named Mr. Bluestreak in the senior Bluestreak Pageant.
Compliments from Drew's teachers are shown below:
“Drew is a true leader on and off the field. He gives his all every day even when other have given up Drew will continue to give his all. He is a class act and a great young man.”
“Drew works hard in class and does a good job on his assignments. When he has something to say, it's insightful.”
“Drew is a great kid. He takes our most rigorous curriculum, plays 3 sports, is a leader and has a great sense of humor.”
“Drew is an enjoyable student to visit with. I always enjoy getting a chance to talk with him about sports, life, his sisters. He is a good person. I wish him much success in his future endeavors.“
“Drew is a great example to the younger gentlemen in our school of what TO DO! He makes good decisions, participates fully, and works hard at everything he does. I appreciate his leadership and the fact that even in adversity, he stands strong.”
“Drew may not be the greatest TA of all time, but he is and has always been my favorite son. All kidding aside, Dad and I couldn't be prouder. Congratulations, Drew.”
The February Student of the Month at North Lawn Elementary is Talon Roebuck. Congratulations, Talon.
Middle and High School Blue and Silver Renaissance members spent the day at Aviate in Wichita. Aviate is an indoor trampoline park with trapeze foam pits, extreme dodgeball, ninja obstacle course, and trampoline basketball. 99 students and 6 adults went along for the fun. Renaissance is an incentive program in which students set an academic goal for a specific GPA and achieve that goal for the semester. Congratulations, Renaissance!!
For the 5th year in a row, the Neodesha Future Business Leaders of America finished its District competition in 1st Place. Independence was 2nd; Labette County, 3rd; St. Paul, 4th; Southeast, 5th; and Anderson County-6th.
Schools participating and the number of participants: Anderson County-20, Baxter Springs-29, Burlington-20, Cherryvale-19, Chetopa-6, Crest-8, Field-Kindley-6 (Coffeyville), Fort Scott-15, Fredonia-5, Independence-39, Iola-32, Labette County-32, Neodesha-22, Paola-5, Parsons-2, Prairie View-21, St. Paul-24, Southeast-34, and Yates Center-8.
The following students attended the District 1 Future Business Leaders of America Conference on Wednesday, January 25th at Prairie View High School in LaCygne, Kansas. Their results are given as well.
- Emily Counsil, 9th Grade – Introduction to Business – 9th; Word Processing - 3rd
- Kylee Marler, 10th Grade – Intro to Information Technology – 7th; Intro to Business – 1st; Intro to Business Procedures – 7th; Word Processing – 2nd
- Ashlynn Holsinger, 10th Grade – Accounting I – 9th; Intro to Business – 8th
- Sophia Rohling, 10th Grade – Accounting I – 10th; Intro to Parliamentary Procedures - 7th; Intro to Financial Math – 3rd
- Tayllar Logan, 12th Grade - Ms. Future Business Leader – 2nd; Health Care Administration- 10th
- Megan Gulley, 12th Grade – Accounting II – 4th; Business Calculations – 5th; Client Service – 1st
- Klayton Carruth, 11th Grade – Help Desk – 5th
- Hannah Newland, 12th Grade – Agribusiness – 5th; Health Care Administration – 1st; Personal Finance – 3rd
- Alyson Potter, 10th Grade – Intro to Business Procedures – 8th
- Philip Porter, 12th Grade – Computer Problem Solving – 4th; Cybersecurity – 2nd; Networking Concepts – 5th
- Jackson Singleton, 12th Grade – Mr. Future Business Leader, 1st
- Jillian Canterbury, 11th Grade – Securities & Investments – 4th
- Katelynn Bosch, 12th Grade – Health Care Administration – 6th
- Drew Stover, 12th Grade – Securities & Investments – 3rd
- Yogi Patel, 12th Grade – Computer Problem Solving – 9th; Help Desk – 3rd
- Jose Santiago, 12th Grade – Mr. Future Business Leader – 2nd; Computer Applications – 1st
- Michael Shinkle, 11th Grade – Networking Concepts – 6th
- Lily Gonzalez, 11th Grade – Cybersecurity – 7th
- Ryleigh Dean, 10th Grade – Intro to Business Procedures – 3rd
- Global Business (Jordan Cushenbery, Carrie Knickerbocker, Katelynn Bosch) – 7th
- Hospitality Management (Jordan Cushenbery, Carrie Knickerbocker, Katelynn Bosch) – 10th
- Hospitality Management (Emily Counsil, Jillian Canterbury, Sophia Rohling) – 6th
- Entrepreneurship (Brittney Blecha, Tayllar Logan) – 7th
- Management Information Systems (Brittney Blecha, Tayllar Logan – 1st
- Network Design (Klayton Carruth, Yogi Patel) – 6th
- Global Business (Alyson Potter, Michael Shinkle) – 5th
- Sports & Entertainment Management (Philip Porter, Drew Stover, Jose Santiago) – 2nd
- Management Decision Making (Philip Porter, Jackson Singleton, Drew Stover) – 2nd
- Network Design (Drew Stover, Coleman Beurskens) – 4th
- Marketing (Jose Santiago, Coleman Beurskens, Lily Gonzalez) – 9th
- Banking & Financial Systems (Coleman Beurskens, Michael Shinkle) – 2nd
The NHS FBLA advisors are Betty Wheeler and Haley Claibourn.