Hip-Hop artist DJ Khaled’s song, “All I do is Win,” set the tone when more than 130 students and their achievements were honored at KCKPS Excellence in Education ceremony held at Gloria Willis Middle School.

The ceremony is in response to students who were nominated but not selected as Student of The Month. 

“We didn’t want to discount the hard work that these students put in, so this is to acknowledge them,” said Christal Watson, Executive Director at Kansas City Kansas School Foundation for Excellence..

Students were nominated by their grades, classroom behavior, and school attendance. Each student received a medal, a trophy, and a certificate. In addition, over 300 meals were contributed by Necessary Catering, a local catering company.

Remarks were made from KCKPS Supt .Dr. Anna Stubblefield, Executive Director of Student Services and Family Support Dr. Jermaine Wilson, and a representative from Capitol Federal Bank, who helped sponsor the event. 

Excellence in Education originally started nearly 15 years ago by Pastor George Kemper. The KCK native wanted to shine a spotlight on students excelling in the community and at school. Kemper launched it with a focus on a small number of elementary and middle schools. Kemper recently retired but wanted Excellence in Education to resume. 

The collaborative efforts between the Student Support Programs and the KCK Foundation for Excellence are ensuring that the program continues.

Students seated with their Excellence in Education certificates.