Elementary student winners of the April 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: Wyatt Doty, Gavin Bynum, Cameron Zaun, Samantha Nguyen, Ethan McFarland, Connor Kelly-Wright and Avery Williams.
Greenwood: Lauren Geurin, Kaden Rigot, Devin Gray, CáLeice Taylor, Kenedy Schuster, Dulcie Durbin and Cameron Cooley.
Hawthorn Hill: Audrey Winton, Isabella Stutts, Delaney Fate, Collin Wright, Ryan Evans, Dylan Alspach and Taylor Reid.
Hazel Grove: Brady Jones, Anika Fleury, Haley Dahn, Xavier Winston, Katie Phillips, Blaine Phillips and Preston Talpers.
Highland Park: Dayana Camacho Hernandez, Ngan Nguyen, Lily Winkle, Abigail Mangiameli, Tanner Pack, Grace Eason and Allison Makovec.
Longview Farm: Christopher Kuchar, Lizzy Talamante, Lily Page, Kabriel Dickman, Javon Allen, Karli Fate and Jasmine Campbell.
Lee’s Summit: Emerson Daugherty, Joseph Dawe, Abi Denning, Jawan Rayford, Levi Prusia, Kyler Molina and Josee Lopez.
Meadow Lane: Harper Ellis, Diego Botana, Aunuelo Caldwell, Christian Fulmer, Amit Sidhu, Jamaal Carter and Grace Rimmer.
. Pleasant Lea: Jeanna Dinkins, Ella Wrightsman, Madison Bramble, Nick Lebermann, Gavin Gilpin, Kyra Kimball and Benny Sides.
Prairie View: (Due to Prairie View’s large size, two Super Citizen Awards are presented in each grade level each month). First set: Shi Jin Liu, Ella Hamilton, Valeria Alvizo, Anthony Tungol, Luke Waters and Karen Cardoza. Second set: AJ Kessler, Skylar Lamping, Jordan Matlock, Brendan Adams, Ben Kehl, Hannah Beck and Addison Baucom.
Richardson: Justus Gabbard, Mia Ramos, Ava Jones, Adele Nieuwsma, Khang Nguyen, Andrea Cardoza Uribe and Austin Bandelier.
Summit Pointe: Ava Burnett, Sydney Furnell, Zia Rynard, Paige Donahoe, Brynn Kayhill, Macy Smith and George Smith.
Sunset Valley: Kaitlyn Treccariche, Hunter Rushton, Taryn Phillips, Emma Albrecht, Shane Oetting, Keanan Enos and Max Myers.
Trailridge: Anyla Gavel, Jace Suarez, Savannah Gray, Brooklyn Murray, Nick Crockett, Isaac McCullough and Tori Brocket.
Underwood: Bennet Baxter, Drew Melching, Rivers Swope, Sofia Schulze, Sarah Nastasio, Tiffany Ford and Overton Harris.
Westview: David Milosevic, Melanie Maghirang, Maggie Hoffman, Piper Given, Chelsea Petty, Jeffrey Geoghagan and Trent Hansen.
Woodland: Rylan Walker, Maggie Sieger, Addison Moore, Laren Fernandez, Ella Greenwald, Jessica Joplin and Dakota Newman-Kennedy.
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.