Elementary student winners of the January Optimist Super Citizen Award were recognized recently at Lee’s Summit R-7 grade schools.
The award is presented monthly to students in R-7 elementary schools. Mason Elementary School conducts a monthly “Character Counts” awards program in cooperation with the Lake Lotawana Optimist Club, and these winners are recognized in separate articles.
Super Citizen winners are selected by teachers based on criteria set by the Optimist Club and the school staff. The award is usually based on the Optimist Creed, although each school’s staff may determine criteria for some months.
Students receive the award from Optimist members during either a PTA meeting or another school presentation. The Optimist Club is a local civic organization dedicated to youth. It meets weekly and is open to both men and women.
Winners (listed in order from kindergarten through sixth grade) are:
Cedar Creek: Hadiya Hill, Ekam Singh, Luke Alexopoulos, Jo Boosman, Kristen Niehouse, Lauren Buchanan, and Adam Parker.
Greenwood: Coco Flink, Cadence Huffman, Quin Martin, Doran Durbin, Daniel Henley, Danielle Cobbett, and Lexy Frazier.
Hawthorn Hill: Bryn Spletstoser, Emily Spano, Mason Hodapp, Charli Dressen, Cydney Banks, Marissa Stahl, and Carleigh Belz.
Hazel Grove: Marshall Mosier, Antonio Donato, Grace McDowell, Lena Baker, Cassey Kinman, Katie Dau, and Natalie Temple.
Highland Park: Braden Gilbert, Jake Apgar, Scott Franciskato, Sam Bresette, Sophia Hoffman, Jackson Fry, and Nick Forehlich.
Longview Farm: Josh Miller, Ian Mclaughlin, Bethani Thompson, Coby Chancellor, Sean Kueny, Abby Eimer, and Brittany Anderson.
Lee’s Summit: Mozaye Wesley, Sienna Johnson, Davis Kinch, Makayla Hobbs, Evan Methner, Ruthie Wright, and Angelo Phason.
Meadow Lane: Ariana Visnich, Zachary Paul, Wayne Bailey, Aidan Wion, Wyatt Rasmussen, Jenny Le, and Ekram Karmos.
Pleasant Lea: Derrick Randall, Grace Geisbrecht, Leila Moore, Nurah Khan, Meghan Dean, Zach Tyer, and Caylee Smith.
Prairie View: (Due to Prairie View’s large size, two Super Citizen Awards are presented in each grade level each month). First set: Callie Dyches, Christian Archdekin, Evelyn Lopez, Paige Woolf, Fiona Martin, Dayton Kemp, Adrianna Kidwell. Second set: Emilea Kreisel, Aidan Franklin, Joshua Manning, Kaylee King, Rachael Massart, Kayla Shelby, and Kinza Bensouda.
Richardson: Kylie Binger, Milo Johnson, Scott Kleffner, Kelbi Meisenheimer, Riley Young, Clara Miller, and Grant Godard.
Summit Pointe: Owen Cox, Connor Thomas, Caden Morby, Madilyn Perkins, Hayden Oestreich, Kristen Bownds, and Grace Chronister.
Sunset Valley: Aliya Rector, Andrew Nitsche, Emma Houseworth, Kyaira Boughton, Lauren Bryant, Mackenzie Brillhart, Claire Wagner.
Trailridge: Nocholas Newbold, Jackson Davis, Will Wisnasky, Grant Hovious, Landen Diebold, Daniel Blackham, and Caleb Kratt.
Underwood: Danica Wise, Amelia Hicks, Alliana Hogeland, Hannah McHenry, Hannah Wilhite, Paige Pickett, and Trinity Horseman.
Westview: Vivan Harbit, Andy Garcia, Zoe Thomas, Alyssa Heinecke, Sierra Poire, Jackson Talavera, and Julie Turner.
Woodland: MaKinzy Baysinger-Fallon, Kennedy Cramer, Elizabeth Wuebker, Logan Turner, Lindsey Horvath, Brayden Barlow, and Drayden Wood.
Students receive a certificate, an Optimist Super Citizen T-shirt and certificates for free gifts from local businesses. Parents of winners receive a bumper sticker stating "Parent of an Optimist Super Citizen."
The award is sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Optimist Club. It is designed to recognize students with varied talents.