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Board of Education Spring Awards and Honors Ceremony

Last night, the KSD Board of Education held an awards and honors ceremony to recognize some of the outstanding accomplishments of students, staff and community members. The ceremony is held three times a year. “As Board Members, we feel it's important to us to take this time to recognize the great things happening in our district and our community,” said Nikole Shurn, Board President at the closing of the ceremony. “The success of our District is reflected in the athletic, academic and extracurricular accomplishments we have celebrated today.” Awardees included:

All-State Band and Orchestra students:

  • Elizabeth Myers - 1st Chair Bassoon. Elizabeth Myers was selected alternate bassoon her freshman year and has been selected for bassoon her sophomore, junior and senior year. Elizabeth wasl also selected for the nationally recognized New Bassoon Institute at the University of Michigan this summer.
  • Sharon Wirth - Clarinet
  • Beckett Whitworth - Bass Clarinet
  • Emily Royalty - Alternate Bassoon
  • Althea Althauser - Alternate Trombone. Althea was also selected to attend the intensive Interlochen Arts Camp in Traverse City, MI to participate in a one-week intensive Trombone Camp.
  • Angelina Casey - Violin
  • Sarah Lichtenberg - Violin
  • Sydney Bedell - Viola
  • Noah Dehler - Double Bass
  • Harris Falk - Double Bass
  • Quinn Judge - Double Bass. Quinn was also selected to attend the intensive Interlochen Arts Camp in Traverse City, MI to participate in a one-week intensive Bass camp.
  • Katie Klein - Double Bass
  • Isaiah Smith - Alternate Double Bass
  • Mallory Mihm - Alternate Viola
  • Kai Sanford, vibes.

Students who will be attending nationally known summer programs:

  • Brendan Quigley, who has been accepted to Blue Lake Fine Arts Music Intensive for percussion.
  • Nipher student Anabel Espinal, who was accepted to attend the prestigious Sphinx Performance Academy at Juilliard. She received a full-scholarship for their intensive summer chamber music and solo performance program.


Member of the KHS Swim and Dive Team, which took 4th place this year in the MSHSAA Class 2 State Championships. Medalists included:

  • The 4th place 200 Yard Medley team. Including Hadley Kates, Zoe Chalfant, Addie Ludbrook, Sophie Wallace
  • Addie Ludbrook, who took 5th place in the 200 Yard Free
  • Sophie Wallace, who took 2nd place in the 50 yard Free and 3rd place in the 100 Free
  • The 8th place 200 Free Relay team, which includes Sunny Potter, Madeleine Stoner, Cecilia Hoganson, Lucy Upmeyer
  • And the 3rd place 400 Free Relay team which includes Cecilia Hoganson, Sophie Wallace, Hadley Kates, Addie Ludbrook
  • And finally, we want to share a special recognition for Addie Ludbrook, who was the 100 Yard Fly State Champion. 

Members of the Kirkwood Call for several recognitions. Dozens KHS Call students won awards at the recent Scholastic Journalism Day or JDay hosted at Mizzou. Ian Reno, David Gaither and Mason Heller were recognized in the Quill and Scroll 2024 Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest. Students also earned multiple awards in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2024 At-Large High School Communications Contest. Students Winning Awards include: David Gaither who earned First Place for Cartooning for “It’s always an issue with you” and Khadija Khan earned First Place for Review for “Summer on the Big Screen”. And finally, several students earned recognition from Youth Journalism International.

  • Tess Hubbard won 1st place in the Photo Essay contest for her photo gallery of the 2023 Turkey Day game
  • David Gaither won 1st place in the Cartoons category for his issue 2 cover of The Kirkwood Call
  • Anna Newland won 1st place in the Sports Opinion category for "'Man' made uniforms"
  • Owen Spiegel & Ian Reno  won 2nd place in the Feature Writing by a Team for their charity issue piece, "Building foundations back home"
  • The Kirkwood Call staff (2022-23) won 2nd place in the Editorial category for "Too close to home"

Pioneer Yearbook whose students were also recognized at Scholastic Journalism Day (JDay) hosted at Mizzou. S

Students who earned their Eagle Scout award, including:

  • Jacob Noland
  • Felix Dickinson
  • Nathan Bauer
  • Mason Van Horn

Megan Campbell, a junior at Kirkwood High School (KHS) has earned an all-expenses-paid summer study trip to Germany. Campbell was selected as a national winner after scoring in the top 10% on the 2024 National German Exam for high school students.

Morgan Trembath who is one of 16 students who will be recognized with a Rosemary Zander Award by the Special School District during the Inspiring Future Ceremony on Thursday, May 9.

Elizabeth Stickley, who is a first-grade teacher at North Glendale Elementary School who earned her National Board Certification in “Generalist-Early Childhood”.  Only three percent of teachers in the country earn their National Board Certification.

Jay Hoffarth, a former Keysor parent and who was part of the original planning of Project IDEA back in 2013. In honor of his continued dedication to our space, he was recently awarded the Civic Stewardship Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects.