Lakota Shout-Outs: Feb. 22

Lakota Shout-Outs: Feb. 22
Posted on 02/26/2019
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There are lots of great things happening around Lakota. Here are some recent special shout-outs to students and staff members.

West Hails Two Visual Arts Finalists in Overture Competition

For the first time since 2010, Lakota West hailed two of the four Visual Arts finalists in the esteemed Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Competition. Congratulations to West seniors and AP Drawing students Alyson Power and Trey Small, whose portfolios were judged against the work of several semi-finalists on display at the Aronoff Center for the Arts Weston Gallery earlier this month. The winner, to be announced March 9, will receive a $4,000 scholarship.

Ten Lakota Students Named National Merit Finalists

Lakota Schools is proud of these ten students who were just recently named as National Merit Finalists.  

Michelle Ballman (Lakota West)

Anwesha Dey (Lakota West)

Alexander Evert (Lakota West)

Chloe Huggins (Lakota East)

William Koger (Lakota East)

Aubert Li (Lakota East)

Idris Malik (Lakota East)

Megan Shaffer (Lakota West)

Linnea Sippola (Lakota West)

Madeline Wilson (Lakota West)


Only one percent of the 1.6 million students who took the PSAT as juniors are named finalists. In March, the National Merit Scholarship Program will begin awarding scholarships to selected finalists based on test scores, overall academic record and recommendations.

West Girls Basketball Wins 5th Straight GMC Title

For the fifth straight season - a first in the conference - the Lakota West girls basketball team has won the GMC title. Finishing the regular season with a 20-2 record, the team is currently battling for the district title. A win on Monday will move the team to the district championship game on March 2. This has been a stellar season for the team, with Coach Andy Fishman picking up his 400th career win with Lakota.

East Boys Basketball Earns GMC Title

The Lakota East boys basketball team has earned its second outright GMC title, and fourth overall. As the preseason coaches’ favorite to win the title this year, they proved the coaches right by beating Hamilton, the only team to defeat East during league play this season. East has secured the number two seed in the upcoming sectionals, which begins on Feb. 26.

West and East Swimmers and Divers Head to State

Swimmers from both Lakota West and East high schools, along with diver Lindsay Jones, headed to Canton on Thursday to compete in the state competition. Both schools will compete in individual events and relays. Representing Lakota are:


Lakota East

Hannah Cech (200 IM, 500 Free)

Lizzie Jantausch (200 IM)

Lindsey Jones (Diving)

Tara Witkowski (500 Free)


Adam McDonald (200 IM, 100 Breast)

Jacob McDonald (500 Free, 100 Back)

Boys 200 Medley Relay

Boys 400 Free Relay


Lakota West

Bridget Cramer (100 Fly)

Grace Glosson (100 Fly, 100 Back)

Grace Luebbe (200 Free, 500 Free)

Paige Striley (50 Free, 100 Free)

Carol Rice (200 IM)

Girls 200 Medley Relay

Girls 400 Free Relay

Endeavor's Chalk Named Warm 98.5's Teacher of the Week

Class was interrupted when Warm 98.5 disc jockeys Jim Day and Amanda Orlando barged into Lori Chalk’s fifth grade room at Endeavor Elementary School. Chalk was named Teacher of the Week after being nominated by the mother of one of her students, Mihir Garg. Day and Orlando brought gifts for Chalk and read the email they received praising her skills as a teacher. The class recorded a greeting announcing the award, which then aired on the radio and WLWT.

West's Kaur Travels to New York and Washington, D.C. for Leadership Role

Amitoj Kaur, a senior at Lakota West, traveled to New York City and Washington, D.C. for the national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) week. The nonprofit career technical student led organization focuses on family and leadership. During the week-long event, Kaur was able to meet with the Department of Education, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, tour the White House and be part of the studio audience for Good Morning America. Kaur was elected National Vice President of Membership in July.

Technology Department's Wesley Tapped for Expertise

Todd Wesley, Lakota’s Chief Technology Officer, was recently interviewed for EdTech Focus on K-12, a national trade publication that explores technology and education issues. Wesley spoke about his department’s focus on data interoperability and information security. He stressed that teachers should be able to focus on staff, which means data interoperability is crucial.  Click here to read the complete article.

Miller Named to Cincinnati Top 300

Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller was named one of the top 300 most powerful business leaders in Cincinnati. This is the first time the publishers of Cincinnati Magazine have compiled this list. Miller was one of just 21 leaders selected in the education and health category. When asked why he chose a career in education, Miller said, “All children deserve to have access to a high-quality, student-centered education regardless of their circumstances. Every child learns differently, which is why personalized learning is so important - the way that school has been taught for the last 125 years no longer works.”