Superintendent Scholar Award

Kathryn Moore Honored as Explorer 2018 Superintendent Scholar
Posted on 05/22/2018
On May 21, students, staff and families gathered for an evening of celebration at McCormick Woods. Principals and Counselors from South Kitsap High School, Discovery Alternative High School, and Explorer Academy nominated students who displayed outstanding academic achievement for the Superintendent Scholar honor. The program was made possible due to support from the South Kitsap Public Education Foundation.

Superintendent Karst Brandsma spearheaded the development of the Superintendent Scholar Award. “This program is something special. Student finalists were asked to nominate a staff member that inspired them along their educational journey,” stated Superintendent Brandsma. “At the ceremony, students talked about their nominated teacher. It was heartwarming to hear their stories and see what a difference a teacher can make in the life of a student. A big thank you goes out to the South Kitsap Public Education Foundation for their support and to the counselors at our high schools who were instrumental in getting the applications distributed and collected.”

The student finalists and their nominated teachers received certificates of recognition. The winning students and teachers also received medallions and mounted certificate plaques. In addition, the South Kitsap Public Education Foundation awarded $500 to the winning teacher’s school. A perpetual trophy displaying the student’s name will be displayed at each high school.

The finalists and winners are listed below.

South Kitsap High School
Winner: Naomi Green and teacher Janna Viergutz from South Kitsap High School
Finalist: Ryan Hopkins and teacher Alexander Chertok from South Kitsap High School
Finalist: Rebecca Jones and teacher Thomas O’Loughlin from Marcus Whitman Middle School
Finalist: Naia Kennedy and teacher Maureen Dawson from the Highly Capable Program

Discovery Alternative High School
Winner: Noah McKenzie and teacher William Johnson from East Port Orchard Elementary
Finalist: Tabitha Castillo and teacher David Young from West Sound Technical Center

Explorer Academy
Winner: Kathryn “KC” Moore and teacher Shari Carragher from Explorer Academy
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