Student Accomplishments

  • Centennial High School student Disha Math placed first on the health care issues exam by ILC HOSA.

    Nine students earned semifinalist recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation based on their PSAT test scores. The students represent four high schools Centennial High School: Joshua Cunningham, Elena Yang; Eagle High School: Benjamin Black, Brandon Friend; Renaissance High School: Ava Gaylord; Rocky Mountain High School: Meghan Carter, Marcus Heemeyer, Justin Roberts and Abraham Tuft.

    Rocky Mountain High School's girls soccer team won the 5A state championship.

    Eight students have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. Students are chosen for outstanding performance on the ACT assessment or the College Board SAT; and/or nomination by the Chief State School Officer.

    • Benjamin C. Black - Eagle High School
    • Joshua T. Cunningham - Centennial High School
    • Ava V. Gaylord - Renaissance High School
    • Marcus Heemeyer - Rocky Mountain High School
    • Austin Y. Li - Centennial High School
    • Alec Tzeng - Eagle High School
    • Spencer T. Williams - Rocky Mountain High School
    • Elena J. Yang - Centennial High School

    Fourth-grader Rachel Winjoe, of Virtual School House, won the Idaho State Department of Education's holiday art contest.

    Meridian High School has four students in the prestigious All-Northwest Honor Band this year. This honor band is auditioned every two years and consists of the best students from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

    • Maya Lambson, Senior Oboe
    • Levi McCoy, Sophomore Trumpet
    • Jacob Seid, Senior Euphonium
    • Aubree Young, Senior Flute

    Heritage Middle School students placed first in Idaho's Future City competition.

    Robert Stockham and Weston Stuart, seniors in Centennial High School's band program, were selected for the All-Northwest Honor Concert Band.

    Elena Yang and Josh Cunningham, Centennial High School seniors, advanced as Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

    Centennial High School's Alexandrah Crow placed first in her weight class at the Girls State Wrestling Finals.

    Kurtis Green, Hayden Fonnesbeck and Grant Hutteball, seniors at Centennial High School, took second place in the Idaho Entrepreneurial Challenge. In a shark-tank like event, these students presented Live Smart, a service-based business outfitting homes with smart gadgets.

    Brody Rowbury of Meridian High School was named Idaho's Gatorade Player of the Year for Boys Basketball.

    Kelsey Oyler of Rocky Mountain High School was named Idaho's Gatorade Player of the Year for Girls Soccer.

    Naya Ojukwu of Mountain View High School was named Idaho's Gatorade Player of the Year for Girls Basketball.

    Ben Ford of Eagle High School was named Idaho's Gatorade Player of the Year for Football.

Staff Accomplishments

  • Donal Kaehler

    The diesel program hosted by instructor Steve Rayburn at Meridian High School’s CTE Center was recommended by partners at College of Western Idaho for recognition with Secondary Associated Equipment Distributors for meeting safety and electronic/electrical systems standards, which translate to course credit at the collegiate level.

    Rocky Mountain High School women’s soccer coach, Donal Kaehler, was one of six coaches selected to coach the Senior All American soccer game in St. Louis, Missouri in May.

    Zachary Borman, of Rocky Mountain High School, was named the Debate Teacher of the Year 2020 by the Idaho Speech Arts Teachers Association.  

    Desert Sage Elementary School's Kari Porter was recognized with the Remarkable Volunteer Award by Girls on the Run International for her volunteer coaching of the program with students at her school.

    Career and Technical Education instructors Jack Blattner, Alan Heikkila and Renee Peugh were awarded $10,000 Idaho Quality Program Standards incentive grants for their efforts to offer quality agriculture, food and natural resources.

    Gina Kwid, engineering teacher at the Galileo STEM Academy, was recently named one of two winners of the Idaho STEM Action Center INDEEDS (Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM) Award.

    Eagle Hills Elementary School's Jason Leforgee received the National Distinguished Principal Award for Idaho.

    Gina Kwid, K-5 engineering teacher at Galileo STEM Academy, is an Idaho finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Kwid is in the running to receive the national award.
    Eagle High School's Tanya Elmer was named a finalist in secondary science for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

School Accomplishments

  • Students at Desert Sage, Frontier, McMillan, Meridian and Ustick elementary schools received free fresh fruit and vegetables this school year thanks to a state-administered grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program exposes students to a variety of produce during the school day.

    West Ada School District once again received the Meritorious Budget Award by the Association of School Business Officials International.