Seaman Foundation Honors Students, Teachers

Tatiana Schafer, Trenton Miller and Trang Nguyen earmed scholarships from the Seaman Education Advantage Foundation Feb. 15, 2013. (WIBW)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Local students were honored for their educational achievements Monday night.

The Seaman Education Advantage Foundation held its seventh annual State of the District banquet at Seaman High School.

Earning scholarships through the foundation were Tatiana Schafer, Trenton Miller and Trang Nguyen.

The Foundation also awarded 10 mini-grants to district teachers. They'll be used to implement innovative projects and techniques in the classroom.

USD 345 Superintendent Mike Mathes rounded out the night with his State of the District address. He touted community partnerships with groups like the Sunrise Optimists and Boys and Girls Club. He also spoke of student achievement, with the district boasting a 95 percent graduation rate and every building reaching at least on standard of excellence.

Mathes says, for the future, the district is hopeful its patrols will support an April 2nd bond issue. The nearly $57.5 million bond would fund construction of a new middle school, renovate the current middle school into an elementary school and add new classrooms and gyms at Elmont, North Fairview and West Indianola elementary schools.

13's Melissa Brunner emceed the scholarship and grant presentations.