Sixteen students were named Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholar Program. Those students are: Centennial High School's Rafe Anderson, Noah Rieth, Nicholas Romans and Katie Tidwell; Eagle High School's Spencer Butler, Samuel Decker and Austin Larson; Renaissance High School's Emory Christensen, Zachary Cluff, Trevor Kendrick, Ethan Simison and Lucas Viele; and Rocky Mountain High School's Carson Barningham, Connor Burback, Donald Palmer and Josh Taylor.
Many West Ada School District CTE staff were recognized this summer at the Idaho Career Technical Education Reach Conference for their work preparing our students for life after high school. Congratulations to Stephanie Wheeler, Meridian High School business technology teacher, for receiving the Career Technical Educators of Idaho Teacher of the Year award for 2019. Congratulations to Steve Wilder, Meridian High School agricultural sciences teacher, for receiving nominations to participate on the Idaho CTE state staff as a CTE ambassador. Congratulations to Staci Low, director of CTE for West Ada School District, for being awarded the 2019 Career Technical Educations of Idaho Administrator of the Year.
Seven West Ada School District CTE teachers participated in the Idaho Career Technical Education Inspire Cohort the past two years, spending many Saturdays learning and working on projects. Throughout the course, they networked with fellow Limited Occupational Specialists in Idaho and honed their teaching methods to increase their students' understanding of career technical education. Congratulations to Lee Britt, Chuck Deem, Brandy Funk, Renee Lumley, Ariel Wood, Joe Gossi and Bill Hessing for graduating from this program and earning their Idaho Standard Occupational Specialist certification!
Rocky Mountain High School's Erin Tiderman-Gross visited Washington, D.C. this fall in order to receive her Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. These are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science teaching. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.
Last spring, Joplin Elementary Schools fifth-grade robot builders team, the Galaxy Vexxers, won a state award for Elementary Excellence, first place overall in elementary, and the Design Award for best design overall for elementary and middle school teams. They were the first Idaho team to compete at the VEX IQ World Championships hosted in Kentucky.
Ustick Elementary School is one of two schools in Idaho receiving No Kid Hungry's Breakfast After the Bell grant.
Chief Joseph School of the Arts was named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.