Shawnee Mission steals the show at sustainability awards ceremony

SM East sophomore Emily Perkins Rock was the star presenter for Shawnee Mission School District at the MARC Sustainable Success Stories awards at the Kauffman Center. She was backed by students and administrators from from several district schools.

Seven awards, but only one standing ovation. That was the count Friday at Mid-America Regional Council’s 2012 Sustainable Success Stories ceremony — and the one standing ovation went to the Shawnee Mission School District and its presentation involving students from 12 schools, including SM East, Briarwood, Prairie, Tomahawk  and Corinth.

The schools and the district were recognized for its cafeteria waste diversion program that began at Briarwood Elementary in 2008. SM East sophomore Emily Perkins Rock was the main presenter for Shawnee Mission along with Briarwood parent Luci Lee, who spearheaded a program that has spread through the district.

The MARC program is designed to highlight successful efforts across the metropolitan region that exemplify sustainable living. Another northeast Johnson County winner, the Williams York residence in Leawood, was recognized for its energy-efficient design and its reuse of deconstructed building materials.

Shawnee Mission told its story by involving a large cast of students, parents and administrators from the 12 schools. The capacity crowd at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center showed its appreciation with a spontaneous standing ovation.

Principals, students and parents from Briarwood and Tomahawk were part of the presentation Friday morning.