GEHS Blazers football, other activities recognized by USD 231

Various sports and activities were recognized for their accomplishments at the January school board meeting on Monday, Jan. 9.

Scott Peavey, athletic director, said he wanted to thank the board for the opportunity to celebrate the kids. “Students and athletes worked very hard,” he said.

Peavey said he wanted to commend the Fall sports athletes in soccer, golf and volleyball.

“I am proud of the way they repped the school,” he said.

Peavey said he also wanted to give special recognition to the debut of the unified bowling team.

“I am excited to see how the program grows,” he said.

Peavey also gave recognition to the cross country running teams.

“The girls was one of the most successful teams in history,”he said. “And the boys qualified for State a third year in a row.”

Peavey said the football team was one of the most historic and successful teams thanks to the Seniors and Coach Owens.

“Momentum carried them,” he said. “It is only the second time in State history and the first to a 6A classic football game. I couldn’t be more proud of how we were represented. Nothing can bring a community together like a playoff run like that. No one will ever forget.”

Mike Simpson, activities director, said six students made the Kan-sas State Music Education Association band (KMEA), four freshmen made the Honors Sousa Band and the band achieved the top rating of 1 at a marching festival they competed in.

Simpson said two students four 2-person teams competed for debate at the KSHA in Topeka, the dance team were regional competition winners, the cheerleading team were regional champions competing at the National Cheer Competitions in Orlando and the drama department was competing in a national competition.

Kelli Baker, vocal music teacher, recognized Sam Scoggins for being one of 250 for being one of the first Gardner students chosen for the honor of the All National Honor Choir.

Peavey, Simpson and Baker said they all appreciated the district’s support for the various high school sports and activities.