owensboro public schoolsOWENSBORO, Ky. (4/25/14) — In a ceremony held at the start of the Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education meeting April 24, students and volunteers were recognized for their achievements and accomplishments.

The Owensboro Middle School Fifth Grade Academic team won the Regional Elementary Governor's Cup championship for the second year in a row presented by Josh Sullivan, Academic Team Coach. The team won by 10.25 points - a very strong and convincing victory.

The following students placed:

  • Math - Grant Kingsley - third place, Austin Wallace - score of 24 or better

  • Science - Darryn Gage - second place, Kyle Reese - third place, Christina Tapp - fifth place

  • Social Studies -Tamia Smith - fifth place

  • Language Arts - Christina Tapp - fourth place

  • Arts & Humanities - Kyle Reese - first place - Region Champion - Perfect Score, Tamia Smith - second place - 29 out of 30, Fletcher Barr - third place - 28 out of 30, Quick Recall - third place

Students on the team were: Fletcher Barr, Ella Bartholomy, David Christensen, Darryn Gage, Grant Kingsley, Emma North, Lucy Raines, Kyle Reese, Carter Rose, Tamia Smith, Christina Tapp, Zackery Thompson and Austin Wallace.

Coaches are: Jeremiah Hinson, Nathan Hart, Olivia Saunders, Amanda Ballard, Ashley Harrington, Sarah Lamb Sullivan and Josh Sullivan

Duke T.I.P. Recognition Qualifiers, presented by George Powell, OMS principal:

Four seventh grade students from Owensboro Middle School qualified for recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program this year. This program identifies and supports academically talented students. These students qualified for summer educational experiences at Western Kentucky University and are being invited to attend a State Recognition ceremony at WKU based on their scores on the national ACT or SAT test which are primarily designed for eleventh and twelfth grade students.

These students are:

  • Nicholas Bosley

  • Noah Douglas

  • Luke Ison

  • Jack Royal

OMS Junior Thespians – Best Play at State competition, presented by Jessica Stafford, Director.

The Owensboro Middle School Junior Thespian Troupe 89126 took Lindsay Price's "Hoodie" to Kentucky's first Middle School One Act Play KTA competition in Taylorsville, Ky., March 15. Out of four competing schools, Owensboro Middle Schools' Jr. Thespian Troupe performance was named "Best Play." Eighth grader, Adalei Miller, was awarded "All Star Cast" for her outstanding performance as the character Hoodie, and seventh grader, Conner Elliott, was named "Best Actor" for his outstanding work in his three scenes. Students who participated in the competition were: Madi Boarman, Brianna Boone, Collena Damin, Lucy Decker, Hannah Kate Divine, Christian Donovan, Brian Duvall, Conner Elliott, Avery Elliott, Sydney Ford, Myles Foster, Tucker Greer, Millie Hatfield, Nadia Holcomb, Joe Lewis, Vanessa Luck, Connor Mann, Kennedy McCollam, Adalei Miller, Aubrie Schueler, Ben Sexton, Alyssa Shelton and Tiara Wheatley.

OHS Rose Curtain Players – State Theatre Award. presented by Carolyn Greer, Rose Curtain Players Director

The Owensboro High School Rose Curtain Players competed with 16 other high schools at the 2014 Kentucky Theatre Association's High School Play Festival Nov. 15 - 16 in Morehead, Ky. Their production of “Rock of Ages” was named “Best Play.” This qualified the troupe to represent Kentucky at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March. Kelsey Reese was named to the All-State Cast for her role of Esme and Navji Dixon was named “Best Actress” for her role of Aunt Sally. This is the fourth year in a row that OHS has had either Best Actress or Best Actor honors. This was RCP’s fifth year in a row to move on to SETC. At the Southeastern Theatre Conference March 8, Navji Dixon and Will VanWinkle were named to the All-Star Cast. Coaches are Carolyn Greer and David Walker. Students who participated in the competitions were: Anna Caroline Brake, Navji Dixon, Hayden Elliott, Brie Greer, Tatum Helm, Dayna Mathew, Helen Merritt, John Thomas Priar, Kelsey Reese, Erin Rouse, Frances Seaton, Cory Storm, Carter Stovall, Will VanWinkle, Ellen Ward, Whitney Watson and Keith Woosley.

2014 Governor’s Scholars and Governor’s School for the Arts, presented by Christie Fogle, OHS Guidance Counselor

There are approximately 2,000 applications at the state level for this program each year. As usual, this year’s selection process was very competitive so it is quite an honor to be selected. Chosen students will participate in the program on college campuses this summer.

Three OHS juniors were accepted and two are alternates into the 2014 Governor’s Scholars Program from the Owensboro Independent district. The chosen students are Brooke Anne Bedingfield, Hannah Bracklin and Madalyn Story. Alternates are Madelaine Decker and Dayna Mathew.

John Thomas Priar has been chosen to participate in the Governor’s School for the Arts Program this summer in the area of Musical Theatre and George Glass was chosen as an alternate in the area of Instrumental Music. This is a free residential summer program for sophomores and juniors who are talented in creative writing, dance, drama, architecture, instrumental music, musical theatre, news media, visual art and vocal music.

2014 OPS Volunteer/Helping Children Awards

April 6-13 was 2014 National Volunteer Week. OPS school administrators expressed special thanks to the following recipients for the many hours of time they donate to serving students and staff in our schools.

  • Nick Moore – Hager Preschool – by Director Sherry Baber

  • Alisha Martinez – Cravens Elementary School – by Principal Jimmy Lyddane

  • Regina Christensen – Estes Elementary School – by Principal Shari Flagg

  • Linda Morris – Newton Parrish Elem. School – by FRC Director Jill Pendergraft

  • Edna Whitfield – Sutton Elementary School – by Principal Danna Johnson and FRC Director Jennifer Thurman

  • Char Rhoads – Owensboro Middle School South – by Associate Principal John DeLacey

  • Tonia Brown – Owensboro Middle School North – by Principal George Powell

  • Jan Hillis – Owensboro High School – by Principal Anita Burnette

OPS Finalist for Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Award, recognized by Dr. Nick Brake, Superintendent

The OPS Fine Arts Program was a finalist for the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and the National School Boards Association Award. Out of 42 applications for the award, OPS was one of four finalists from around the country. The Peoria District in Glendale, Ariz., won the award. Tom Stites put over 40 hours into writing this application and has resolved to look at Peoria's program to see what they are doing.

Look for a re-application at some future date, school officials said.

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