McEowen Accent on Achievement
McEowen Elementary School students were honored for their academic achievement at an end-of-the year ceremony on Thursday, May 11.
The twentieth annual Accent on Achievement Program included recognition of Principal’s Honor Roll, Presidential Scholars, as well as students honored for citizenship and reading achievement.
The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by students Audrey Coffey and Brigham May and the national anthem played on recorders by Jacki Bundt and Steven Overbay.
McEowen Student Council members then spoke about excellence. The speakers included Quincy Carter, Emma Osborn, Cooper Elifrits, and Haely Wood.
McEowen retirees Darla Six and Marla Brown shared their perspectives on excellence with the audience using a racing analogy.
Students who earn straight A’s are named to the Principal’s Honor Roll.
Fifty-one fourth graders were recognized for maintaining A’s all year. They were Shelbie Anderson, Chasity Black, Abigail Coffey, Ayden Cunningham, Alden Davis, Ethan Hiser, Hunter Curtis, Keaton Dale, Austin Eng, Seth Estes, Emily Evans, Lily Feece, Haylie Forrest, Logan Graham, Dyllan Hembree, Ethan Hiser, Alyssa Hughes, Mia Jackson, Brayden Johnson, Keller Johnson, Brezlynn Jones, Sara Jones, Megan Lalman, Arianah Lanier, Zaylee Lindsey, Emily Mercer, Garrett Parris, Conner Peeples, Ethan Probasco, Cole Purtle, Lexi Quinley, Memo Ramirez, Corey Robling, Annie Rhoney, Corbin Ryberg, Case Sage, Bailey Saners, Chelsey Schade, Ryder Schenker, Katie Simmers, Justin Skiles, Addison Smith, Ethan Stone, Brecken Sullivan Eden Thayer, Sarah Torres, Gabrielle Vaughn, Lillian Wade, Cole Wood, Benjamin Wooten, and Charlee Wylde.
Fifth graders earning this recognition included Emily Barta, Seth Burroughs, Morgan Cameron, Nathaniel Drake, Gideon Gibbs, Conner Graves, Trinity Hessenflow, Elizabeth Holman, Jack Jagrow, Aubrey Jones, Ava Little, Natalie Loveall, Brigham May, Alexa McCullough, Brooklyn Morgan, Nathan Reynolds, Carter Roberts, Olivia Shocklie, Lily Tarwater, Charlie Taylor, Haely Wood, and Adrianna Yelton.
Fifth graders who earned A’s throughout both their fourth and fifth grade year were named Presidential Scholars. Those students are pictured and included Aron Leach, Kaleah Merriman, Laci McCammon, Cooper Elifrits, Luke DeVenneyy, Steven Overbay, Kaleigh Norris, Roberto Chavez, Lukas Klinge, Hudson Brannon, Elijah Baker, Jayden Heterick, TJ Wiggs, Anthony Coffelt, Cooper Appleman, Masen Enyeart, Taylor Jennings, LeAine Caruthers, Lexi Scott, Ilenyia Beard, Mckenzie Covey, Quincy Carter, Audrey Coffey, Emma Coffey, Adia Ravencamp, Jack Hiser, Adysen Eng, Jackson Bechtel, Jaelie Mitchell,, Jack San Nicholas, Noah Munoz, Phoenix Crook, Katelyn Miller, Mason Reece, Jacki Bundt, Isabelle Roepke, Jackson Shrout, Gavin Valentich, Emma Lyon , Olivia Quick, Marc Derner, Hunter Roberts, Bennett Sturgeion, and Jenna Everhart, Hailey Bagby, Elizabeth Cronk, Brierly Hasek, and Scarlett Tracy.
McEowen Library Media Specialist Tonya Ours presented awards to students for meeting their Accelerated Reader goals for the year. The Top AR Readers at each grade level were fifth graders Audrey Coffey, Marc Derner, and Quincy Carter and fourth graders Case Sage, Brayden Johnson, and Gabrielle Vaughn.
Twenty-six fourth and fifth graders completed 17 books as part of the Mark Twain Readers challenge and were recognized for that accomplishment. They were Cooper Appleman, Hailey Bagby, Emily Barta, Brenten Beaver, Quincy Carter, LeAine Caruthers, Audrey Coffey, Emma Coffey, Benjamin Costner, Alyssa Cox, Luke DeVenney, Chloe Fitzgerald, Hannah Green, Tyler Herriman, Chloe Jackson, Ayllita Khieu, Haylee Mayberry, Kenzie Meeks, Riley Minsky, Kayleigh Norris, Ann O’Reilly, Cayden Ritter, Callie Shoemaker, Kaden Turner, Katlyn Valencia, and Jasmine Vance.
Fifth graders were also honored for completing the My 42 Service Award. This award, formerly known as the Community Service Award, required students to participate in three district-wide or school-wide campaigns such as the food drive, Box Tops, or Bright Future blue barrel collections; Children's Mercy Hospital Math-a-thon; McEowen Jobs program and the Red Ribbon Week poster contest. In addition, the students had to complete a service learning project which challenged them to make a difference in their community or world. Students determined an issue or cause they cared about and found a way to take action and educate others. Those earning this award were Kaleigh Norris, Steven Overbay, Luke Devenny, Audri Craig, and Kelsey Vergouven, Isabelle Roepke, Allie Dawson, Jaelie Mitchell, Madison Verstraete, Jayden Heterick, Audrey Coffey, Emma Coffey, Addi Billings, Hudson Brannon, Conner Graves, and Kenzie Verstraete, Hailey Bagby and Robert Beaver.
Students earning “Black Belt” status for mastering recorder playing criteria included Hailey Bagby, Addi Billings, Devin Blair, Jacki Bundt, Roberto Chavez, Audrey Coffey, Elizabeth Cronk, Phoenix Crook, Masen Enyeart, Gideon Gibbs, Brierly Hasek, Addy Kelley, Steven Overbay, Isabell Roepke, Jack San Nicolas, Isabelle Shelton, Jackson Shrout, and Kelsey Vergouven.
The Citizenship Awards were presented to one student from each class. Those honored are pictured and included Billy King, Ava Kelly, Elizabeth Pruett, Mia Jackson, Reagan Smith, Bailey Reynolds, Charlie Wylde, Gabbie Vaughn, Cole Mannino, Jacob Webb, Tanner Schick, Allie Dawson, Maddison Verstraete, Mackenzie Covey, Cooper Appleman, and Hunter Roberts.