Independence Community Shines at ISD Academy Awards

Posted May 3, 2019

Congratulations to the students, teachers and Industry Partners honored at the Third Annual Academy Awards on May 4. The Academy Awards celebrated the hard work and dedication of all involved in the ISD Academies.

Three students from each of the six ISD Academies, including Arts and Education, Business, Industrial Technology, Public Service, STEM and the Freshman Academy were recognized. One student from each Academy was named the Academy Student of the Year. The ceremony also highlighted Academy teachers who go above and beyond to better prepare ISD students for college and careers.

Industry Partners received the Community Engagement Award, recognizing their contributions and continuous support for ISD Academies and students. The industry partnerships help to provide ISD students with the guidance and experiences to excel in their fields of interest.

Congratulations to all award winners and honorees:

Academy Teacher of the Year: Debbie Cox, STEM Academy
Kara Cavanaugh, Arts & Education Academy
Sydney Gearhart, Freshman Academy
Jim Oatman, Industrial Technology Academy
Pam Stafford, Public Service Academy
Laura Swearngin, Business Academy

Arts & Education Academy Student of the Year: Skyler Dooley
Sarah McFarland
Dari Conejo Perez

Business Academy Student of the Year: Justin Binnicker
Allison Cook
Jocelyn Rojas-Ramirez

Freshman Academy Student of the Year: Evan Neubauer
Nathanial Cupp
Paige Gonzales

Industrial Technology Academy Student of the Year: Josh Arriaza
Cole Etherton
Connor Hiciano

Public Service Academy Student of the Year: Isabelle Jaynes
Selena Gonzalez
Angelica Johnson

STEM Academy Student of the Year: Bryanna Counts
Tooba Ali
Jennifer Soendker

Northrop Grumman STEM Scholarship Recipients: Josh Hagstrom and Marion Jackson

ISD Public Service Recognition: Colton Kerr, Appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

New Business Partner of the Year: Trane

Business Partner of the Year: Whitney Watson – Northrop Grumman
Metropolitan Community College
Hollis + Miller Architects
Kansas City NARI
Centerpoint Medical Center