Three Oshkosh Area School District Recipients Honored by Herb Kohl Educational Foundation

posted Mar 13, 2019, 10:41 AM by Katie Nieman   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 10:46 AM ]
Image result for herb kohl scholarship student winnersThe Oshkosh Area School District is proud to have three honorees, two students and one educator, among those to receive 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarships and Teacher Fellowships. 

Two Oshkosh Area School District high school seniors are being recognized for their exceptional scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and school and community involvement. Megan Best, a senior at Oshkosh West High School; and Miranda Leggett, a senior at Oshkosh North High School, were recently selected as Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship recipients. 

Megan Best excels academically and is involved in numerous extracurricular activities and athletics. She enjoys science and Spanish and is currently enrolled in a Spanish CAPP class through the school's partnership with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is also a member of the O’Neil National Honor Society and the Oshkosh West Student Athlete Volunteer Expedition (SAVE) and spends her free time volunteering with a variety of clubs and organizations. After graduating from Oshkosh West, Best plans to attend the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and continue her track and field career. 

“Megan is an outstanding student and leader at Oshkosh West High School,” said Erin Kohl, Oshkosh West High School Principal. “Not only does Megan excel academically, she is also involved in the school community through athletics and organizations. Megan is most deserving of this distinguished award!”

Miranda Leggett is an exceptional student, involved in numerous school and community activities. She enjoys choir, Spanish, English, and biology. She is also a member of the Polaris National Honor Society, the Hispanic Honor Society, Oshkosh North Choir Council, numerous acapella clubs, and regularly participates in school plays and musicals. Leggett also volunteers for the Special Olympics and Salvation Army and is a swim coach for the Oshkosh YMCA Swim Team. After graduating from Oshkosh North, Leggett plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology to study biochemistry and Spanish; and later hopes to attend medical school. 
“Miranda is an extremely motivated and hardworking student and leader within our school community,” said Jacquelyn Kiffmeyer, Oshkosh North High School Principal. “We are so proud of her accomplishments and look forward to her continued success.”

Best and Legget will each receive a $10,000 award and will be honored at a regional luncheon along with other Herb Kohl scholarship and award recipients this spring. Student Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Only 188 graduating high school students are selected statewide

Additionally, Alexandra Griffith, an English teacher at Oshkosh West High School, has been named a 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow. Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service inside and outside of the classroom. Griffith will receive a $6,000 grant, and Oshkosh West High School will also receive a matching $6,000 grant. Griffith’s professional accomplishments will be celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring. Only 100 fellowship recipients are selected statewide

“Alex Griffith has been a pioneer in implementing personalized learning approaches in her classroom in order to meet the diverse needs of her students,” said Principal Kohl. “When students were surveyed about who their "trusted adults" were at school, Alex's name was identified by the most students, which demonstrates her positive, caring relationships with her students. She is most deserving of this distinguished honor!” 

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date, the foundation has awarded $17.8 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.