Lakota Shout Outs: Nov. 30

Lakota Shout Outs: Nov. 30
Posted on 12/05/2018
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Photos of East Marching Band, Women of Excellence Winners and Teen Photo Contest Winning Entry

Lakota East Marching Band Makes Historic Appearance at Grand Nationals

The Lakota East Marching Thunderhawks made an historic first-time appearance at the Bands of America Grand National Semi-Final Championship on Nov. 10. They were one of only 110 bands from 23 states to earn an invitation and ultimately placed 31st in the nation.  

“Their 2018 show, ‘Line, Shape, and Color,’ shows a sophistication, yet an approach that is still accessible to the audience,” wrote Andy Schamma in an article titled “Andy’s Top 5 BOA Shows Heading to Grand Nats”. “It's very easy to follow along as each new element is added into a Mondrian-esque aesthetic across the props in the backfield. This band's size also makes them a blast to listen to when they open up all the way.”

East band director Rob Tanis says the team’s historic success this season doesn’t even begin to tell the complete story. “The season was about laughter with friends, pride in what WE can accomplish, tears of joy and sadness, the rush of adrenaline that performing gives, the rehearsals that were too hot, too cold, too windy or too wet, the new friends we made, the old friends that we got to hang out with for one more season, or the life lessons and lifetime memories. Our season wasn’t about the show and it wasn’t about winning, but it was about every single student taking this journey together as a family. Working for a common goal and having a blast doing it!”

Student, Volunteer and Board Member Named Women of Excellence

The West Chester-Liberty Chamber of Commerce recently held their 17th annual Women of Excellence Awards, and three of the honorees have close ties to Lakota. Congratulations to Megan Zahneis (West Class of 2015), parent volunteer Kathy Cook, and Board of Education President Julie Shaffer, who were celebrated for having a positive impact on the lives of people in the region through their employment or volunteer work.

Megan Zahneis, a senior journalism major at Miami University, was recognized for her work with Children’s Hospital and the Ohio Youth Leadership Forum as well as founding Miami’s Students with Disabilities Advisory Council.

Kathy Cook’s work in the Lakota community is far-reaching. She’s volunteered with more than 30 area organizations and clubs in the past 20 years, including everything from serving on five different parent-teacher organizations to co-chairing the Rhythm and Brews Festival to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.  

Julie Shaffer has been a long-time Lakota volunteer, being part of nearly every PTO event at Endeavor Elementary and she has helped with projects at the district level as well. Julie has been on the Lakota Board of Education for six years and currently serves as president. She was also recognized for her work with The Dragonfly Foundation.

Lakota West's Viviana Marcus Takes Grand Prize in Photo Contest

Congratulations to all Lakota East and West students who won top honors in the 4th annual High School Photo Contest sponsored by the West Chester Photo Club and Miami University VOA. Viviana Marcus's photo won the grand prize out of 132 entries. All photos are on display until Dec. 19 at Miami VOA.