Elementary student winners of the 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 separately.
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 for the month of January (listed in order from kindergarten through sixth grade) are:
Cedar Creek: Warren Diefenbacher, Julianna Belzeski, Talan Williams, Addi Baker, Delaney Boulden, Marlena Davis and Jesse West.
Greenwood: Jared George, Brett Pearson, Cadence Huffman, Keira Eichelkraut, Evan Kropunske, Anna Eulinger and Ciara O’Hara.
Hawthorn Hill: Brian Feng, Brian Bett, McKinley Robb, Justin Andrews, Isabella Nunez, McKenna Bell and Madelyn McGovern.
Hazel Grove: Drake Brownsberger, Eleanor Sullivan, Paige Temple, Riley DeShay, Drew Fleury, Olivia Oppenheimer and Emma Cothran.
Highland Park: Ethan Guenther, Ben Emerson, Elizabeth Ravasini, Ethan Cha, Grace Davis, Trey Davis and Eghosa Ogbevoen.
Longview Farm: Tavner Nance, Ruby Hartwig, Evan Davis, Jalen Frazier, Noah Strout, Selah Diedericks and Mia Page.
Lee’s Summit: Joey Brown, Dahvian Starchman, Matthew Carney, Dru Harmon, Kiyah Brown-Matthews and Trevor Baker.
Meadow Lane: Grant Vinson, Owen Snead, Amanda Neal, Sam Ash, Bruce Burgo, Breani Winston and Jaquelin Perez.
Pleasant Lea: Kristen Johnson, Reid Meyers, Om Padhy, Ryan Pelzer, Grace Benedict, Maya Wood 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: Lily Fredlund, Sarah Hashemi, Mary Kathryne Schouten, Alex Hampton, Jager Johnson, Cameron Lillard and Makayla Holmberg. Second set: Trenton Oldham, Dylan Esely, Cassidy Smock, Qusai Hijaz, Ava Whitney, Joseph Throneberry and Daniella Archdekin.
Richardson: Conrad Kuhn, Kate Gerding, Miles Goodman, Zackary Coetzee, Aaron Little, Morgan McGurk and Sydney Allen.
Summit Pointe: Sharalee Agrawal, Taylor Fitzgerl, Killian Wright, Fineas Howser, Shelby Galeassi, Tess Cook and Ishmael Brown.
Sunset Valley: William Givens, Jaxon Taylor, William Held, Adisin Ismert, Zach Gilmore, Brendan Fromme and Zaria Jackson.
Trailridge: Keira Willis, Aaditya Jadhav, Lauren Kraenow, Markus Smith, Abbie Leslie, Kaylee Briscoe and Cooper Hannah.
Underwood: Morgan Hill, Cuba Ferguson, Caleb Hankins, Alliana Hogeland, Jason Barnett, Hannah Wilhite and Ava Hammons.
Westview: Mylee Parish, Ethan McGuire, Kyla Engle, Gabe Thalheim, Brigham Lawson, Naji Aburas and Cade Peetoom.
Woodland: Teagan Wisniewski, Aaron Maxwell, Oliva Sharp, Brent Maurer, Ali Mathes, Adi Bruton and Anatasia Moore.
Winners for the month of February (listed in order from kindergarten through sixth grade) are:
Cedar Creek: Brady Mahanes, Jack Allen, Tyler Anderson, Dakotah Decker, Quin Savlin, Isaiah Jennings and Josh Butler.
Greenwood: Layla Gasimalla, West Wood, Thalia Roberts, Jared Robinson, Carmen Morasch, Joey Valenziano and Zach Earnest.
Hawthorn Hill: Ian Cronhardt, Keira Alexander, Tré Fensom, Amelia Bassett, Chase Greeninger, Kylie Haas and Reis Scannell .
Hazel Grove:Christiana Ponds, Jaiesha Dixon, KéMontae Phillips, Kolten Doutt-Eichenger, Maddie Markley, Isabella Nall and Bailey Tabaracci.
Highland Park: Makenna Larsen, Gracie Weissman, Malena Hug, Natalie Perez, Enrique Noriega, Leo Chavez and Erin Johnson.
Longview Farm: Lacey Smith, Ben Shults, Madi Overton, Ryan Cox, Maya Krishnan, Gracee Vanarsdale and Zachary Watson.
Lee’s Summit: Trinity Schick, Anya Spangler, Jenna Heafner, Nick Sprinkle, Johan Muhammad, Kennedy McCollum and Sara Young.
Meadow Lane: Malachi Scott, Ariauna Caldwell, Persia Anderson, Colin Johnson, Aamirah Wright, Alandra Jones and Parker Bruce.
Pleasant Lea: Patricia Deida Reyes, Mila Hawkins, Kenny Perez, Caya Vendelin, Karson Bedenbender, Katy Lebermann and Rylie Jo Anderson.
Prairie View: (Due to Prairie View’s large size, two Super Citizen Awards are presented in each grade level each month). First set: Gabby Fisher, Navaeh Davis, Leah Cooley, Anna Latman, Bo Nkeeh, Abby Gibson and Xiana Zou. Second set: Haylee Jeffries, Samantha Gouldsmith, Emily Burris, Luke Jordan, Gavin Glotta, Paxton Brown and Destiny Davis.
Richardson: Olivia Keithley, Greyson Cooper, Tyler Helland, Giana Gibilisco, Alexa Smock, Daniel Ohanesian and Carson Ebert.
Summit Pointe: Olivia Graham, Zander Hauck, Owen Liang, Brady Simpson, Tristen Hoots, Adalynn Wade and Caleb Palmer.
Sunset Valley: Jasmine Garciga, Brihanna Harris, Cody Smith, Emily Pace, Nora Bott, Micah Debban and Jordan Bresette.
Trailridge: Vandin Bennefeld, Cameron Yows, Owen Pomeroy, Joshua Jackson, Dewey Gibson, Logan Hickman and Hailey Kornis.
Underwood: Retzy Phemister, Chloe Stanford, Jason Kalaitzidis, Cameron Wilcox, Julia Davis, Joe Engle and Hannah Berry.
Westview: Zoe Adams, Kolbe Ward, Casey Hodges, Isabella Noel, Maddox Maghirang, Jaquez Leslie and Shelby Morrow.
Woodland: Kane Cox, Kaitlyn Bradley, Savannah Watkins, Nevaeh Keever, Savino Garcia, Aidan Kelly and Blake Lilly.
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.