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Karlene Hoch, who will be in eighth grade this fall at Washington Middle School, was honored by the Washington Elks Lodge for her Americanism Essay.
She won first place at local lodge level, first place at district level, and second place at the state level in her age group.

Hoch’s essay titled, "Why Our Veterans Are America's Heroes" focused on Veterans being the true heroes in our nation because of their willingness to sacrifice their lives for us.

Hoch’s English teacher at WMS is Kaylin Bade.

Karlene Hoch


Washington High School cross country and track athlete Mikayla Reed has been named the Washington Missourian's Athlete of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Pacific’s Cameron VanLeer (basketball and golf) also received the honor.

Reed, a 2018 graduate of WHS, led the track and field Lady Jays to a second place team finish in Class 4 by winning four state titles at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships May 25-26 at Jefferson City High School.

Reed was a winner in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.26, the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.21, and the 3,200-meter run in 11:10.14.

Reed also anchored the Lady Jays’ winning 3,200-meter relay team, who cruised to a first-place finish in a time of 9:32.2. Also running for WHS were Claire Ayers, Mia Reed and Morgan Holdmeyer.

During her junior season, Reed won Class 4 state track crowns in the 1,600-meter run (5:02.52) and the 3,200-meter run (11:04.06).

During the fall of her senior season, Reed placed third in the Class 4 state cross country race in a time of 18:26. She won the Class 4 state title in 2016 in 18:02.

For her high school career, Reed won seven state championships, six in track and one in cross country. She earned 10 state track medals and four state cross country medals. She also claimed 14 GAC Central titles and nine district crowns.

Reed will continue her running and academic career at the University of Missouri.

Mikayla Reed

Mikayla Reed


The School District of Washington's Board of Education was selected Outstanding Board of Education.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association selected 20 school boards as Missouri’s Outstanding Boards of Education for 2018.

The awards were announced at the MSBA Leadership Summit at the Lake of the Ozarks on June 2.

The Outstanding Boards of Education awards were aligned to six specific categories of the Missouri Public Education Vision Project.

Winners in the respective category were selected by a committee made up of school board members from districts throughout the state.

The winners are as follows:


Climate, Culture and Organizational Efficacy

Bolivar R-I
Fayette R-III

Pattonville R-III

Windsor C-1


Governance, Leadership and Accountability

Lee’s Summit R-VII

Mehlville R-IX

Raymore-Peculiar R-II


Human and Organizational Capital

Affton 101


Physical and Environmental Resources

Branson R-IV

Mountain Grove R-III

Nixa Public Schools

Rockwood R-VI


School Finance

Park Hill


Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Brentwood School District

Camdenton R-III

Liberty 53

Montgomery County R-II

St. Charles R-VI


Waynesville R-VI


School District of Washington Board of Education members are:

*Kevin Blackburn, President

*John Freitag, Vice President

*Trish Mitchell, Treasurer

*Scott Byrne, Director

*Dan Contarini, Director

*Susan Thatcher, Director

*Bob Oreskovic, Director.

Dr. Lori VanLeer is the District Superintendent. The Board Secretary is Julie Bell.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards succeed.

Outstanding Board of Education

The School District of Washington's Board of Education was selected Outstanding Board of Education by the Missouri School Boards’ Association. Pictured from left are Melissa Randol, MSBA Executive Director, and SDOW representatives John Freitag, board member, Dr. Lori VanLeer, Superintendent, Susan Thatcher, board member, and Julie Bell, board secretary.


Lydia Juengling, a 2018 Washington High School graduate and member of the National Honor Society (NHS) at WHS, has been named one of 500 national semifinalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program.

Juengling was chosen from more than 11,000 applicants and will receive a $2,850 scholarship.

High school seniors who are members in good standing of an active National Honor Society chapter are able to apply for an NHS Scholarship.

Finalists are selected on the basis of their leadership skills; participation in service organizations, clubs, and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record.

As a semifinalist, Juengling is recognized as one of the top 500 NHS members in the nation this school year.

While at Washington High School, Juengling was an officer of four clubs, a cross-country runner, a track and field team manager, the Student Representative to the Board of Education, the Yearbook editor-in-chief, and a Blue Jay Journal staff member.

Juengling plans to attend the University of Kansas to study Architecture.

Click on the attached link below for the official press release.

Lydia Juengling


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