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Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force Announces 2022 Challenge Award Recipients

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TOPEKA, Kan. – The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 91 schools as recipients of the 2022 Challenge Awards.

The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,800 awards have been presented to schools across the state.

Certificates of Merit will be presented to schools receiving a Challenge Award.

The Challenge Award recognizes schools for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas Assessment results in math and reading, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism rates and the socio-economic status of those taking the test.

The Confidence in Public Education Task Force is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to strengthen confidence in Kansas public education and to increase awareness of the positive aspects of public education in the state. The Task Force was created in 1981.

Members of the Task Force include the American Association of University Women; Kansas PTA; Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB); Kansas National Education Association (KNEA); Kansas State Board of Education; Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHAA); Kansas Partners in Education; League of Women Voters – Kansas; and United School Administrators of Kansas (USA-Kansas).

For more information about the Challenge Awards program, call Tamla Miller, public service administrator for Communications and Recognition Programs at the Kansas State Department of Education, at (785) 296-4950.

Schools receiving a 2022 Challenge Award are:

  • Rock Hills Junior-Senior High School, Rock Hills USD 107.
  • East Elementary School, Republic County USD 109.
  • Robert E. Clark Middle School, Bonner Springs USD 204.
  • Hugoton Middle School, Hugoton USD 210.
  • Long Island Middle School, Northern Valley USD 212.
  • Lakin Middle School, Lakin USD 215.
  • Minneola Elementary School, Minneola USD 219.
  • Minneola High School, Minneola USD 219.
  • Westview Elementary School, Olathe USD 233.
  • Uniontown High School, Uniontown USD 235.
  • West Bourbon Elementary School, Uniontown USD 235.
  • Tescott Elementary School, Twin Valley USD 240.
  • Tescott Junior-Senior High School, Twin Valley USD 240.
  • Southeast Elementary School, Cherokee USD 247.
  • Southeast Middle School, Cherokee USD 247.
  • Neosho Rapids Elementary School, Southern Lyon USD 252.
  • Allison Traditional Magnet Middle School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Cleaveland Traditional College and Career Readiness Magnet, Wichita USD 259.
  • Earhart Environmental Magnet Elementary School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Griffith Elementary School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet, Wichita USD 259.
  • Kensler Elementary School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet Middle School, Wichita USD 259.
  • McLean Science and Technology Magnet Elementary School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Ortiz Elementary School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Pleasant Valley Middle School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Price-Harris Communications Magnet Elementary School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Wilbur Middle School, Wichita USD 259.
  • Elk Valley Elementary School, Elk Valley USD 283.
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Ottawa USD 290.
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Hutchinson USD 308.
  • Hutchinson Middle School, Hutchinson USD 308.
  • Pretty Prairie Elementary School, Pretty Prairie USD 311.
  • St. Marys Grade School, Kaw Valley USD 321.
  • Kingman High School, Kingman-Norwich USD 331.
  • Concordia Middle School, Concordia USD 333.
  • Pleasanton Elementary School, Pleasanton USD 344.
  • Jayhawk Elementary School, Jayhawk USD 346.
  • Macksville Elementary School, Macksville USD 351.
  • Washington Elementary School, Wellington USD 353.
  • Caldwell Elementary School, Caldwell USD 360.
  • Anthony Elementary School, Chaparral Schools USD 361.
  • Harper Elementary School, Chaparral Schools USD 361.
  • Sublette Elementary School, Sublette USD 374.
  • Sublette Middle School, Sublette USD 374.
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383.
  • Marshall Elementary School, Eureka USD 389.
  • Hamilton Elementary School, Hamilton USD 390.
  • Natoma High School, Paradise USD 399.
  • Central Elementary School, Lyons USD 405.
  • Lyons Middle School, Lyons USD 405.
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, McPherson USD 418.
  • Pike Valley Junior-Senior High School, Pike Valley USD 426.
  • Park Elementary School, Great Bend USD 428.
  • Riley Elementary School, Great Bend USD 428.
  • Central Elementary School, Dodge City USD 443.
  • Miller Elementary School, Dodge City USD 443.
  • Sunnyside Elementary School, Dodge City USD 443.
  • Jefferson School, Independence USD 446.
  • Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center, Garden USD 457.
  • Georgia Matthews Elementary School, Garden City USD 457.
  • Victor Ornelas Elementary School, Garden City USD 457.
  • Lowell Elementary School, Winfield USD 465.
  • Dexter Elementary School, Dexter USD 471.
  • Grandview Elementary School, Geary County USD 475.
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Hays USD 489.
  • Flinthills Middle School, Flinthills USD 492.
  • Syracuse Elementary School, Syracuse USD 494.
  • Galena Middle School, Galena USD 499.
  • Arrowhead Middle School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • Bertram Caruthers Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • Emerson Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • Frances Willard Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • Frank Rushton Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • John Fiske Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • New Stanley Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • T. A. Edison Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • West Park Elementary School, Kansas City USD 500.
  • Chase Middle School, Topeka USD 501.
  • McCarter Elementary School, Topeka USD 501.
  • McEachron Elementary School, Topeka USD 501.
  • Quincy Elementary School, Topeka USD 501.
  • Scott Dual Language Magnet Elementary School, Topeka USD 501.
  • Whitson Elementary School, Topeka USD 501.
  • Lewis Elementary School, Lewis USD 502.
  • Garfield Elementary School, Parsons USD 503.
  • Chetopa High School, Chetopa-St. Paul USD 505.
  • St. Paul Middle School, Chetopa-St. Paul USD 505.
  • Comanche Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512.
  • Merriam Park Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512.