- Unified School District 232
Student Recognition by Board of Education on February 5
At the USD 232 Board of Education meeting on Monday, February 5, one student team from De Soto High School and two student teams from Mill Valley High School were recognized for outstanding accomplishments.
Isabella Guess and Lucienna Guess from De Soto High School, were recognized for winning the Kansas Class 5A State Championship for Two-Speaker Debate last month. Both students, along with their Debate Coach, Will Mercer, were honored with a Certificate of Achievement from the Board of Education.
Bella and Luci qualified for the state competition and went on to finish with a 9 and 2 record at the state tournament, including a 2-1 win over Topeka Seaman in the state final. They also placed first in the United Kansas Conference debate tournament to win the conference title for De Soto High School.
Debate teams are valued for training students in public speaking, grace under pressure, and critical thinking skills. Debating provides practice in developing sound and logical arguments. The research debaters perform expands their minds and increases their understanding of multiple sides of important issues. Having the understating on how to synthesize information and deliver it to an audience succinctly is a skill that benefits people throughout their lives.
Congratulations Bella and Luci!
From left: Superintendent Cory Gibson, Isabella Guess, Lucienna Guess and Coach WIll Mercer
The Board of Education presented the Mill Valley High School Cheer program a team Certificate of Achievement for winning the Kansas Class 6A State Cheer Championship, which was the first such title for Cheer in school history. The seniors from the MV Cheer team and Cheer Coaches, Stacey Moore and Megan Duden, represented the team for this recognition.
This past fall, Mill Valley Cheer won first place in Game Day at Kansas City NCA Cheer Regionals. The team won first place in Crowd Leading Performance at the 2023 NCA Virtual Championship and capped its season with the coveted State Championship. This recognition reflects the many hours of practice and dedication of the student athletes. Congratulations!
From left: Cheer Coach Megan Duden, Kambry Rader, Danika Dulitz, Jaiden FIsher, Molly Morgan, Makenna Payne, Olivia Moore, Gracie Bowline, Madeline Epperson with Superintendent Gory Gibson.
The Mill Valley High School Football program, represented by the team’s Leadership Council and joined by Coach Joel Applebee, was presented with a team Certificate of Achievement from the Board of Education for winning the 2023 Kansas Class 5A State Football Championship. The Mill Valley Jaguars finished the 2023 season with an 11-2 record and won their fifth straight State Championship in Kansas Class 5A with a win over Kapaun Mt. Carmel by a score of 62-37. This was the program’s seventh State Championship victory over the last nine years.
Since 2014, Mill Valley football has posted a 39-2 record in the playoffs. They had 21 All Sunflower League players, three KFBCA All-State players, five Sports in Kansas First Team All-State players, four Wichita Eagle First Team All-State players, and three KFBCA Top 11 players. Coach Applebee also finished as the 5A Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to these student-athletes!
From left: Superintendent Cory Gibson, Tristan Baker, Jayden Woods, Daniel Blaine, Walt Midyett, Garrett Cronin, Evan Seifert, Truman Griffith and Coach Joel Applebee