Basehor-Linwood recognizes student, teacher achievements
Several school district students and teachers were honored during Monday night's Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting.
Jackie Himpel, the school district coordinator for the Parents as Teachers program, was recognized by the district for receiving a National Parent Educator of the Year Award.
The Parents as Teachers program specializes in early childhood development and monitors progress in such areas as language development, fine motor skills and problem solving.
It is considered a valuable commodity in early childhood education in the school district, school officials said.
"We're proud of her and particularly pleased with the program in the school district," superintendent Cal Cormack said.
Also acknowledged during the meeting were 52 music students at Basehor-Linwood High School, who qualified for state competition.
"It is by far the highest number since I've been here," Cormack said.
The superintendent thanked high school music teacher Wendi Bogard for her work with the students.
"She has really done a fantastic job with that program," he said.
But perhaps the most impressive feat of all those acclaimed Monday night was the accomplishment of high school junior Melody Brown.
Brown, who is in the high school's gifted class, received a perfect score on a national Latin examination.
"It's a phenomenal accomplishment," said Cormack, noting that nearly 85 percent of Kansas high schools do not offer Latin.
Her principal, Bill Hatfield, also had high praise for Brown.
"She's the first student I've worked with in 20 years that's scored that high," Hatfield said.
Brown received a plaque during the meeting for her score on the examination.