Awards and Distinctions

BSSD 2018 - 2019 awards and distinctions2018 - 19 School Year Highlights

Student Success

  • Four National Merit Finalists 

  • 1,665 High school students honored during Accent of Academics Week, including 612 students with a 4.0 grade point average or higher. A total of 172 senior students had a cumulative GPA of 4.0 for their entire high school career 

  • 1,729 Middle school students earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Four students selected for Missouri Scholars 100, placing them among the top 100 students in the state

  • Blue Springs South High School students Matthew Clark and Anna Kochman earned perfect scores of 36 on their ACT, the first in school history

  • Madelyn Padget, BSSHS junior, wins KC SuperStar and earns a $10,000 scholarship
  • Blue Springs High School senior Sam Aubuchon wins the prestigious Blue Star Award from the Starlight Theatre

  • BSSHS senior Hayden Kolster selected for the USAF Chief of Staff Private Pilot Scholarship to receive his pilot’s license

  • Samantha Baker, Mia McCoy and Caelen Walker of Blue Springs High School receive National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing awards. Kyra McCabe of BSHS named honorable mention

Group Accolades

  • Blue Springs Robocats place first in the Greater Kansas City Regional Robotics Competition and qualify for World Championships

  • BSSHS Wind Symphony the first in Missouri to perform at the National Concert Band Festival

  • BSHS Golden Regiment places third at Bands of America, the highest finish in school history

  • BSSHS Chamber Choir and BSHS Orchestra perform at MMEA Conference

  • BSSHS Air Force Junior ROTC Raider team is ranked No. 1 in the country

  • Jaguar Pride marching band finishes first at the inaugural Bentonville, Arkansas Invitational

  • BSSHS Softball wins state championship, making both program and school history in its third straight trip to the final four

  • BSSHS Volleyball team earns a 4.22 team GPA

  • Blue Springs School District FFA Program recognized as a 3-Star Chapter in the 2018 National Award Program

  • BSSHS’s Bowls for Souls event raises more than $3,000 to fight hunger

  • Two BSHS DECA trios place in the top 10 in the world out of more than 20,000 students

  • $16,490 raised to fight cancer by the BSHS and BSSHS volleyball teams in the annual Dig Pink effort

Staff Accolades

  • BSSHS’s Col. Stan Cole named the top Air Force Junior ROTC instructor in the nation

  • BSHS’s Matt Marble named a KC Royals “Coach of Character”

  • BSSHS’s Jon Frentrop receives the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award

  • Kelly Lee (BSHS) and Kristin Haussmann (DWMS) named semifinalists for the Jedel Excellence in Mathematics Education Award

  • BSHS Football coach Kelly Donohoe named Missouri Class 6 Football Coach of the Year, awarded the Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award, and inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

  • James Lewis Elementary’s Lori Reynolds named Exemplary New Principal by the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principal’s Association

  • Thomas Ultican Elementary’s Eric Neff named Outstanding Assistant Principal by the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principal’s Association

  • Tammy Steinwachs of Brittany Hill Middle School named American History Teacher of the Year by the Sons of the American Revolution Harry S. Truman Chapter

  • WBE Principal Jennie Alderman named the Greater Kansas City School Counseling Association’s Administrator of the Year

District Highlights

  • BSSD scores a perfect 100 percent on the state’s Annual Performance Report

  • Rated by NICHE as the best school district in the Kansas City area

  • William Bryant Elementary named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School, the fourth district school in three years to earn the honor

  • BSSD is the first school district to win the KCIC Silver Sustainability Award for LED lighting

  • Four Project Lead the Way distinguished schools

  • Healthy KC Workplace Wellness certified company-Gold Level