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Olathe East tenor sax player chosen for National Jazz Band

Evan Kappelman is a standout musician from Olathe East High.
Evan Kappelman is a standout musician from Olathe East High. Photo provided

Saxophone player Evan Kappelman, a junior at Olathe East High School, is one of only two tenor saxophone players nationwide to be selected to the Bands of America National Jazz Band.

“Evan is one of the rarest talents in music,” Olathe East Director of Bands Jeff Smikahl said in a release. “His understanding of jazz theory and improvisation literally comes along once or twice in a music educator’s career. Evan is an exceptional performer and musician. ... He put in an incredible amount of extra work in lessons, practice, local jazz groups — and then time in our program to make this happen.”

Kappelman will travel to Indianapolis this month for a performance with the band.

Landworks Studio honored for downtown Olathe renovation

Carisa McMullen and Landworks Studio have been honored with a CREW Kansas City Impact Award for the purchase and renovation of a historic building in downtown Olathe.

The award recognizes women who have made a significant impact in the Kansas City area commercial real estate community, according to a news release from the Olathe Chamber of Commerce.

After renting in Olathe for more than four years, company owner McMullen chose the Patron’s Building at Park and Cherry streets for its permanent headquarters. Its foundation dates to 1871, the chamber said.

Landworks Studio occupies the second floor, with retail below. Storefront improvements were made, the chamber said, and Park Street Pastry is a new tenant there.

California Trail tops Science Olympiad

California Trail Middle School won the top middle-level honors at the 2018 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, which recently took place at Johnson County Community College.

All five Olathe high schools and nine middle schools participated.

Besides California Trail, four other Olathe middle schools placed in the top 15 among 28 teams competing: Oregon Trail, fifth; Indian Trail, 10th; Prairie Trail, 11th, and Pioneer Trail, 13th.

At the high school level, Olathe North placed second overall while earning 27 medals, while Olathe Northwest placed seventh and Olathe South placed 12th

‘Locker Love’ wins $1,000 kindness prize

Frontier Trail Middle School seventh-grader Moira Mullen has won $1,000 through Lifestyle Publication’s Elevate Kindness Challenge.

The competition promotes kindness, thoughtfulness and positivity in middle schools. Moira was honored for her “Locker Love” initiative, which featured positive affirming messages and notes left at random on lockers.

Olathe musicians perform at statewide conference

Olathe schools were well-represented at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop last month in Wichita.

The Olathe East High School Chamber Orchestra, Olathe North High School Wind Ensemble, Olathe North High School Jazz performed at the event along with the Olathe South High School Southside Singers, Olathe Northwest High School Raven Jazz and Olathe East High School Madrigal Singers.

In addition, dozens of Olathe students performed in several all-state ensembles.

Spring Break Living History at Mahaffie

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm has scheduled Spring Break Living History activities March 15-17 at the 19th-century farm site, 1200 E. Kansas City Road.

During this traditional plowing and planting time, visitors may see horse-powered plowing, blacksmith and cooking demonstrations, take a stagecoach ride and play 19th-century games. Stagecoach rides begin at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11, which covers all activities. Olathe residents get a $2 discount.

Pet vaccination clinic on March 10

Olathe has scheduled a rabies vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to noon on March 10 at the fire/police facility at 24200 W. College Blvd. It’s open to Olathe residents only.

The cost is $10 for a one-year rabies vaccination and $30 for a three-year vaccine. Also available are $25 microchip implants and $15 distemper or bordetella vaccines.

Residents also can obtain 2018 pet licenses at the clinic. Cash or checks will be accepted. All dogs brought to the clinic must be leashed and cats must be in a carrier.

Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Olathe News