Lakota Shout-Outs (9.20 edition)

Lakota Shout-Outs (9.20 edition)
Posted on 09/25/2019
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Eleven Lakota Students Named National Merit Scholars

Eleven students from Lakota East and Lakota West high schools have earned positions as semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, recognizing the nation’s most academically talented high school seniors. Honorees include:

Alexander Bastin (East)
Eve Beiting (East)
Eric Coons (East)
Megan Hoke (East)
Rebecca Horwatt (West)
Tanya Kukreja (East)
Colin McQueen (East)
Abigail Niehaus (East)
Anne Pachuk (East)
Caroline Rice (West)
Kaya West (East)

The Lakota seniors are among the approximately 16,000 students nationwide being named National Merit Semifinalists for their performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). About 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools took the PSAT. These semifinalists represent about one percent of U.S. high school seniors. 

Lakota West Senior Aces ACT

More than 1.9 million students took the ACT last year and less than 1% received a perfect composite score of 36. Lakota West senior Truman Mason is one of them. 

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. All major U.S. colleges accept ACT test scores and scores provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors of college coursework.

Lakota East Kicker/Punter Dedicates Football Season to Childhood Cancer

In a continuing effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, Lakota East High School kicker/punter Gavin Myers is dedicating his senior football season to kids with cancer. Gavin is accepting donations for each field goal and extra point he makes during the football season. All donations received will benefit childhood cancer research through Kick-It, powered by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

Gavin is taking on the “Kick-It Champion” title for a third year, after raising more than $7,000 in his first two years. For more information, and to pledge or donate, visit Gavin’s Kick-It Champion page.

Lakota West Takes Home Awards in Mid States Band Competition

The Lakota West Marching Band rose to the top at the Mid States Band Competition’s Taylor Invitational on Sept. 14. One of 17 schools participating, West walked away with seven accolades, including: Best Percussion, Best Guard, Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effects, First Place in Open Class and Grand Champion.

Three Lakota Students Win Awards in "Why I Love My Grandparent" Essay Contest

Three Lakota students won awards in an inaugural contest that challenged elementary students to write an essay answering this question: Why do you love your grandparent(s)? Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care and West Chester Assisted Living and Memory Care, the contest was designed to honor National Grandparents Day. 

Congratulations to the three award winners - VanGorden Elementary’s Landon Pratt (first place in 3rd grade category), Endeavor Elementary’s Leila Hafidi (first place in fourth grade category) and Cherokee Elementary’s Zander Brewer (third place in 6th grade category) - who were honored at an awards ceremony and ice cream social on Sept. 12. 

Ten Lakota Musicians Land Seat on All-State Ensembles

Ten student musicians will represent Lakota East and Lakota West high schools in the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) All-State ensembles, for which thousands of students auditioned. Honorees include: 

All-State Band
Reuben Allan - clarinet (East)
Cora Anderson - bassoon (East)
Evelyn Best - bass clarinet (West)
Nolan Collins - alto sax (East)
Johnathan Lemma - clarinet (East)
Thomas Skoog - horn (West)
Isaac Yoby - trumpet (West)

All-State Orchestra
Ian Mason - trumpet (West)

All-State Jazz Band
Alex Merk - piano (West)
Gabe Pimentel - trumpet (West)

The All-State ensembles practice for several days in late January, working with some of the most renowned guest conductors and composers in the country. The groups will perform as part of the OMEA’s Professional Development Conference being held at the Cincinnati Convention Center Jan. 28 through Feb. 1. All student performances are free and open to the public.The complete schedule can be found at