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NKCSD Excellence in Education Recognizes Two Oak Park Athletes and Bell Prairie Elementary Students

North Kansas City School Board Meetings always begin with Excellence in Education recognition. Elliott Eisele-Miller from Oak Park High School, Orie Agbaji from Oak Park High School, and several students from Bell Prairie were recognized by the board for various accomplishments.

Eisele-Miller, who is a senior at Oak Park High School, was recognized for his swimming accomplishments. He competed at the Missouri state swimming meet in early November. He defeated Lee’s Summit junior Sam Drew by .01 seconds in the 100 breaststroke. His performance lowered his existing school record. Eisele-Miller is also the first ever boy’s swimming state champion from Oak Park High School.

Eisele-Miller said that it felt amazing to be the first from Oak Park ever to accomplish a title at state. Attending the board meeting with Eisele-Miller was his mother, Wendy Eisele, and his father Greg Miller.

Orie Agbaji appeared before the board to be recognized for receiving the Evelyn Gates Award. We interviewed Agbaji recently about winning the award which is presented annually to the top female high school volleyball player in the Kansas City area that exhibits top tier skill, spirit, and sportsmanship.

Agbaji has an impressive resume on the court. She had 364 kills and 80 blocks during the fall season. Additional athletic accomplishments include being a member of the US Women’s Junior National volleyball team as well as all conference and all state honors in Missouri.

Bell Prairie’s SAGE fifth graders earned “Top 20 Finalist” status in the Burns & McDonnell’s “Battle of the Brains” Competition. Their idea, “Ants Enlarged: Learning from Ants,” competed to become the next exhibit at Science City in Union Station, earning an “Honorable Mention” award and $2,500 for their work.

The Battle of the Brains is open to all schools throughout the greater Kansas City metro. The exhibit students competed to make will be featured in a new outdoor exhibit space. You can learn more about the Bell Prairie student’s entry by clicking HERE. The top winner in the competition, Not-So-Simple Simple Machines Playground, was entered by Mason Elementary in the Lee’s Summit School District.

Not mentioned at the meeting, but included in the district’s board documents was recognition of Kansas City Power & Light. KCP&L gifted the Pin Oaks building back to the district recently. The gift added additional classroom space which expanded district services of secondary at-risk and special education student programs.


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