I sincerely hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and the special time you were able to share with family and friends.
For the 3rd consecutive year Smoky Hill High School hosted the Thanksgiving Basket Project. Students and staff donated time and resources to provide food to families in our community. Over 160 families benefited from the generous support of the Smoky Hill community. Special thanks go to Mrs. Sarah Watts and Mrs. Chau DiMatteo for organizing this very special event.
As we near the end of first semester, it is a good time to celebrate the academic and athletic accomplishments of many of our students.
Several Smoky Hill seniors were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievement. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation selected Ian Crocker, Robin Dickey, Mina Mungekar, Elizabeth Nichols and Mika Post as national semifinalists. Five seniors – Leila Browne, Trinity Cerza, Ria Kim, Margaret McCarthy and Julia Song were recognized as 2015 National Merit Commended students. In addition, Leila Browne was named an Outstanding Participant in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Competition. Three members of the Class of 2015 scored a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam. Congratulations to all of these outstanding seniors.
Smoky Hill had four student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent during a ceremony on Wednesday, November 12th. Blake Yount signed with the University of Oklahoma to participate in both cross country and track. Brynell Yount signed with the University of Northern Iowa to play soccer and participate in track. JR McDermott will play baseball for Colorado Mesa University. Alex Kolhman will swim for Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Congratulations to each of these student-athletes, their parents and coaches.
Let me take this opportunity to wish you the very best for the holiday season. Enjoy the break and I look forward to seeing all of you in 2015.