Mother Evelyn O’Neill Awards Ceremony

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Ella Sowle stands next to Dr. May-Wash during the Mother Evelyn O’Neill Awards Ceremony Mar 30, 2021. Sowle has done service work with Diane’s School of Dance as well as the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. photo by Mara Callahan

by Mara Callahan, Lifestyles Editor

Senior Ella Sowle was announced the winner of the Mother Evelyn O’Neill Award for the 2020-21 school year. The ceremony took place in the Windmoor chapel on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 and was live-streamed via Microsoft teams. The six nominees for the award attended the event with their parents while the rest of the school watched the event with their advisories. The ceremony started off with a brief prayer and welcome from Dr. May-Wash, followed by a student reflection and speech by a previous Mother Evelyn O’Neill Recipient, Carol Hallquist. Hallquist is the founder of Principals Connect and shared her story of service that started at a young age. Sophomore nominee Maggie Reintjes attended the ceremony with her parents. “Going into the ceremony, I was excited to be a part of the experience,” Reintjes said. “The Mother Evelyn O’Neill award was somewhat new to me because I didn’t get to witness the ceremony my freshman year due to COVID. I was very honored to be nominated, especially when I saw the five other incredible nominees and all that they have done. The ceremony reminded me of the value of service and leadership. When a person dedicates their time, effort, and love to something they believe in, a lot can be accomplished and change can happen.”