Five Lee’s Summit R-7 School District high school seniors were recently named January Optimist Students of the Month by the Lee’s Summit Breakfast Optimist Club. The club honors six seniors each month for outstanding scholarship and citizenship. One Lee’s Summit North High School student, unable to attend, will be honored at a later meeting.
Recognized students for January were Kaitlyn Stryczek, Lee’s Summit High School; Christopher Giles, LSHS; Olivia Kolar, Lee’s Summit North High School; Laura Kelly, Lee’s Summit West High School; and Connor Thomas, LSWHS.
Kaitlyn Stryczek, daughter of Carolyn Stryczek and Kevin Stryczek, has been active in National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, cross country, track, Earth club, Spanish club, and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate. After high school, Kaitlyn plans to attend the University of Missouri at Kansas City to major in pre-med and run for their athletic program.
Christopher Giles, son of Cathy Giles and David Giles, has been active in National Honor Society and Organization for Strategic Gaming. After high school, Christopher plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.
Olivia Kolar, daughter of Lisa Kolar and Bob Kolar, has been active in the supervised business experience, bronco smart, basketball, track, tennis, student activity advisory council, National Honor Society, A+ Program and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After high school, Olivia plans to attend Kansas University to study physical therapy and eventually do mission work with her knowledge.
Laura Kelly, daughter of Mary Kelly, has been active in tennis, concert choir, bowling club, scholar bowl, science bowl and National Honor Society. After high school, Laura plans to attend Westminister College to pursue a degree in biochemistry, then graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in pharmacology.
Connor Thomas, son of Lisa Thomas and Randy Thomas, has been active in cross country and National Honor Society. After high school, Connor plans to attend the University of Arkansas to study electrical engineering.