Sion News

2 seniors receive KC Scholars Traditional Scholarship


Congratulations to Daphne Calderon and Maria Rojas who have both been offered the KC Scholars Traditional Scholarship! This award is a $10,000 scholarship per year to one of the KC Scholars partnership schools for college.



Sion journalism wins local awards


On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Sion journalists shined at the Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City awards ceremony. In this competition, there are no size categories. Sion's Newspaper placed third in the overall results, or sweepstakes. Sion's Yearbook placed second in sweepstakes. Additionally, Sion students received three of five scholarships:

Lanie Jones won the Sarah Campbell Media Workshop Scholarship: $150
Lily Coit won the Michael Dunlap Excellence in Journalism Scholarship: $500
Madeline McMaster won the Bill Garrett Photojournalism Award: $150
(Kate Noble was a runner-up for the Bill Garrett Photojournalism Award)
Congratulations to the staff of Le Journal and Le Flambeau!

Sion celebrates 4 college athletic signings


Congratulations to the four Sion Storm student-athletes that signed their letters of intent to play college sports last night: Natalie Arreguin, softball (Emory University); Megan Ostrander, lacrosse (Benedictine College); Margo Gerke, tennis (John Hopkins University); and Paige Dussold, soccer (Rockhurst University). We are so proud of you!


3 students accepted into Missouri Scholars Academy


Congratulations to Phoenix Lyons, Elizabeth Puthumana and Kelsey Wilcoxsin who have all been accepted to the Missouri Scholars AcademyThey will be among 330 rising gifted juniors in the state of Missouri who will be attending a 3 week camp at the University of Missouri campus.

Storm Soccer Ranks #4 in the Nation


 Congratulations to the Storm Soccer Team! These athletes have risen to #4 in the nation.

Students compete at Kansas City Brain Bee


Neurology club junior Maria Rojas, senior Hannah Hawver and junior Anna OıByrne represented Sion at the 2017 Kansas City Brain Bee at the University of Kansas Medical Center on Saturday, February 11. The Local Brain Bee includes oral question and answer sessions based on Brain Facts, the publication of the Society for Neuroscience. Psychology teacher, Mrs. Blasdel and Anatomy teacher, Mrs. Stewart praised the team for their hard work and making it through to the last round before the final four.

Student qualifies for National Scholastic competition


Senior Geneva Sinkula received a Gold Key award in the architectural division of the Scholastic art and writing competition this year. As a result of this award, her project will be entered in the National Scholastic competition. Her project can be seen at the Kansas City Art Instituteıs Crossroadıs Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice March 16-21st.

Le Flambeau Yearbook named a 2016 Pacemaker finalist


The National Scholastic Press Association selected Le Flambeau 2016 as a 2016 Pacemaker finalist. Only 70 yearbooks across the country were selected. Winners will be announced in April at the national convention in Seattle, Washington. Congratulations to the 2015-16 yearbook staff!

Shooting Stars Finalists going to Exhibit at the Nerman Museum


Notre Dame de Sion High School is proud to announce that 3 seniors have been named Johnson County Shooting Stars nominees. Morgan Ciocca '17 and Mayme Loyd '17 are going to Exhibit at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Yardley Hall. Maria Arroyo '17 is in the running for the Classical Vocal competition. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Yearbook Excels in Quill & Scroll Yearbook Excellence Contest


Congratulations to the staff of the 2016 Yearbook. The staff had 35 national award winners out of 297 selected, all judged by professionals in the Quill & Scroll Yearbook Excellence Contest. There were 1400 entries from across the country, in 18 categories. Sion also had one first place winner, Emma Holland & Lucy Cruciani. Finally, the staff was given the Blue & Gold Writing Award, awarded to overall writing excellence to the top three schools in the country. Outstanding job!

Sion student named Athlete of the Week


Notre Dame de Sion is proud to announce Amaya Adams as the Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week from NBC Action News.

Sion celebrates top performers of New York Times' Student Contest


 Juniors at Sion, led by English Instructor Mrs. Casey Engel, participated in The New York Times' Learning Network's 2016 Student Review Contest. In its second year, the contest challenges teenagers to go out and experience works of culture that are new to them and then write up their reactions and opinions for the Student Review Contest.

Out of over 1,250 student entries, Sion had 9 juniors recognized in the competition. Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Student Review Contest and to Mrs. Engel!

1 of the 10 Winners

Morgan Hickman, age 17: “Lolita: Beauty Versus Crime”

2 of the 24 national Runners-Up

Emma Miller, age 17: “Amanda Knox: A Social Critique”

Meg Schwartz, age 17: “‘The Hole’: A New York City Gem”

6 of the 28 Honorable Mentions

Sydney Crawford, age 16: “Josey Records Leads Vinyl Revival”

Ally Crumb, age 16: “Kate McKinnon’s Hallelujah”

Catherine Dehaemers, age 17: “Sway, Swish, Splash: ‘The Dory’ by Edward Hopper”

Lauren Ismert, age 17: “Cocktails and Breakfast: A Perfect Mix”

Moriana Jaco, age 16: “A Seat at the Grammys: Solange Knowles Sings Boldly in Her Triumphant Return”

Paige Ritter, age 17: “Interview With a Serial Killer”

Sion Speech and Debate Coach Receives National Award


 The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce the most recent winners of the Diamond Coach Award! Twenty-five speech and debate coaches have earned this prestigious award in the National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society. Because of these coaches, thousands of students have access to the life changing benefits of speech and debate.

The National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society has been recognizing student and coach achievements in speech and debate since 1925. The prestigious diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate.

Congratulations to Sion’s  outstanding coach, Jeri Connors Willard, for her Third Diamond award.

Coaches earn distinction in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service, and leadership work. To earn a diamond award, a coach must be a member of the National Speech & Debate Association for at least five years. Coaches earn additional diamond levels the more points they receive in the Honor Society. A coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; they receive a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

Jeri will be recognized at the world’s largest academic competition, the National Speech & Debate Tournament, Birmingham, Alabama on June 22, 2017. More than 7,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation attend the National Tournament every year.

Sion performs at Model UN


On Friday, November 11, a small group of dedicated Sion students, many of whom were competing for the very first time, traveled to an all-day Model UN conference, sponsored by Park Hill University, featuring competition with many area schools.

The following individuals received individual top awards:

Representing Spain in the Security Council, Hana Awad received an outstanding delegate award for Most Passionate Speaker, primarily due to her speaking about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Claire Raulston and Phoenix Lyons, representing France and Germany respectively in the ECOSOC committee, received outstanding delegate awards for Most Persuasive Speaker.   The issues in EOCSOC were 1) the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges, and 2) the responsibility of men and boys in achieving gender equality.

Representing France in General Assembly 1, Josie Weck received an outstanding delegate award for Most Outstanding Speaker.  The issues in GA 1 were the 1) National legislation of transfer of arms, military equipment and dual-use goods and technology, and 2) the prevention of an arms race in outer space.  Josie's resolution is also the resolution that the committee adopted to pass.

First timer, Taylor Pitzl, received Outstanding Consensus Builder for her representation of Spain in General Assembly 3.  The issues in GA 3 were the 1) safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, and 2) protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons.

Also providing excellent leadership at the conference were seasoned delegates Reagan Amato, Gwyn Powell, Gracie Synder, Geneva Sinkula, and Karolina Rooney.  If you have first time competitors in class, Victoria Farrington, Caitlin Gura, Rachel McRae, Paula Sweeny, and Alexandra Terry, please congratulate them on their hard work. 

After writing position papers about important issues of global concern, edited by Senior leaders Gabby Ong, Josie Weck, and Zoe Locke, these students really stepped up at the conference.  Coached Mrs. Murphy and Mr. Kramschuster are very proud!  

Le Flambeau is All-American


The 2016 Le Flambeau received an All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. This ranking is awarded to only 1.2 percent of high school yearbooks across the country. Congratulations Le Flambeau staff!

Sion wins 4th overall at the Avila Math and Science Competition for Women


Five Sion high school students competed in the annual Avila Math and Science Competition for Women on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The students did very well at the competition, taking first place in Biology, second place in Computer Technology, and 4th place overall. Congratulations to coaches Mrs. Kathleen Teel and Ms. Kristi Hilgenfeld, and students Gillian Cruz, Jiho Lee, Anna O'Byrne, Karolina Rooney and Maya Scott on their outstanding performance!

Middle School debate wows at first tournament


Sion's Middle School Debate Team, led by Mr. Kaspzyk, recently competed in this year's Debate Kansas City season opener, a debate tournament hosted by Arrowhead Middle School. Students competed in Student Congress debate as well as Policy debate. The team of Alex Miller and Owen Houtakker placed 10th and the team of Grace Gaither and Julian Garcia placed 7th out of 60 teams.  Grace later received accolades for accumulating the 4th most speaker points at the tournament (4th out of 120 debaters). Congratulations to our Sion debate team! The next tournament will be held at Coronado middle school, November 10th.

Softball players make All-District Team


Congratulations to softballers Natalie Arreguin, Madeline Dercher and Sarah Totta for being named to the Class 3 All-district softball team. Natalie was named 1st team shortstop, Madeline was 2nd team third basemen, and Sarah was a 2nd team outfield selection. 

Individual awards were given at the Sion team banquet on the 24th. Madeline was the outstanding offensive player, while Natalie was the outstanding defensive player. Sarah Totta was most improved, and Lacy Whitcomb was tabbed newcomer of the year. Senior Lucy Bahner was awarded the coveted "most inspirational player". 18 of the 19 players atttended the event along with about 35 other family members in a fantastic show of support for the Storm softball squad.

Middle School girls win Cross Country Championship


The 8th grade girls placed first in the 7th/8th Grade Girls division at the championship meet for Cross Country on October 10th. The girls received their trophy today. Congrautlations to Sophie Henkle, Olivia Sopoyla, Caroline Giocondo, Abby Farmer, and Gabby Gaither. Way to go!

Tennis doubles takes 2nd at State


Congratulations to Catherine Henne and Margo Gerke for their 2nd place finish in the Missouri State Tennis Championships.

Student wins photo of the month


In the first Missouri Interscholastic Press Association monthly photo contest, senior Maddi McMaster won with a picture from Freshmen Field Day. This is a state-wide contest and the Le Flambeau staff is proud of Maddi's work.


Sion alumna first African American crowned Miss Missouri USA


Congratulations to alumna Bayleigh Dayton '11, the first African American woman crowned Miss Missouri USA!

Student newspaper receives All-American ranking


Le Journal has received an All-American ranking from the National Scholastic Press Association for the 2015-16 publications. Only the top 1.2 percent of high schools across the nation receive this award. Congrats to the 2015-16 staff!

Yearbook receives All-Missouri ranking


Le Flambeau has received an All-Missouri ranking from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association for the 2016 book. This is the highest award given in the state. Congrats to the 2015-16 yearbook staff!

Sion announces 4 National Merit Commended Students


Congratulations to our 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition Commended Students: Alexandra Koehler, Claire Raulston, Honor Schleicher and Zoe Trouve. Notre Dame de Sion is so proud of you!

Sion announces 5 National Merit Semifinalists


Notre Dame de Sion High School is incredibly proud to announce its five Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Congratulations to Maria Arroyo, Elsa Brundige, Zoe Locke, Angela Neunuebel and Catherine Vopat!

Grade School Alum named NextGen Leader


 Andrew Shepard GS '01 has been named a 2016 NextGen Leaders Honoree from the Kansas City Business Journal. Congratulations, Andrew!

Camellot Academy to debut at Sion next summer


 Camellot Academy will be relocating to Notre Dame de Sion Grade School in Hyde Park for the 2017 season. The summer performing arts camp announced this new partnership at the opening night of their final musical on Thursday, July 15.

Camellot has provided an environment for children seeking to explore the world of the arts in Kansas City for fifty years. “This partnership will allow us the opportunity to continue to offer our beloved fine arts camp in a nurturing environment within which we can expand and evolve,” says Camellot’s Executive Director Trinda Crow. “Due to the shared passion and enthusiasm for the arts that both Sion and Camellot posses, we believe that by working together we will be able to bring our program to an even greater population of KC’s youth.”

As an extension of Sion’s summer and arts programming, the school will provide Camellot Academy additional education and childcare services to enhance the Camellot experience. New opportunities in tech and lighting will grow the course offerings during the day. Working parents of campers will benefit from the extended day and swim programs offered in conjunction with Sion Summer. 

“We are thrilled to begin a new partnership with Camellot Academy to further Sion’s commitment to arts education in Kansas City,” says Chris Broderick, Head of Notre Dame de Sion School. “Now our students will have the opportunity to participate in the visual and performing arts year-round to grow as people and as artists.” Sion announced a new instrumental music program earlier this year.

The foundation of the summer program will remain the same, centered on Camellot’s four main areas of focus: drama, dance, art and music. Campers in Kindergarten through 9th grade will have the chance to perform in the BRAVO! Show, two in-house showcases, and the final musical.