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Northwest Reasons To Believe


Several years ago our school district initiated the KCK Reasons to Believe. The reasons to believe are individuals who have matriculated through and graduated from KCK District 500 Schools. These are individuals who are an inspiration as they have made a positive impact on the communities in which they live and serve.

In the 2008-09 school year, at the conclusion of his first year as principal at NWMS, Dr. Donnie Mitchell initiated this same honor for our school. His desire was to recognize and honor individuals who have matriculated through and graduated from Northwest Middle School. These individuals are people of outstanding character and have made apositive impact in the communities they live and serve in.

Each spring, during the 8th grade promotion exercises, a new class of Northwest Reasons to Believe is inducted into our school hall of fame. These individuals are officially recognized at promotion and presented a plaque for thier outstanding achievement. Their picture is then professionally framed and mounted and permantley placed on the wall directly across from the main administrative office in the school.

Our recipients thus far are listed here.


Nancy Browne
Class of '70

Rev. Desmond Lamb
Class of 86
Senior Pastor

Cynthia Moore
Class of '84
National Education Consultant

Reginald Jones
Class of 78
Motivational Speaker


the late Ms. Deborah Vaughn Daniels
Class of '74
Medical Executive

Jackie Randall
Class of '74
Human Resources Executive

Paul Jones
Firefighter Chief


Alvino Crawford
Business Owner

Bishop Jack C Vaughn
Class of 74
Senior Pastor

Wilene Jones
Class of '75


Mrs. Samia Guess
Class of '88
Educator / Administrator

Ms. Monica Portley
Class of '97
Family Community Specialist   

Ms. Mary K. Sims
Class of '64
   International Women's Leader

Trevaughn White
Class of '07
College Athlete  


Mr. Greg Patton
Class of '77
Social Services

Mr. Brian Torres
Class of '79
Business Entrepreneur   

Mr. Gary Wilson
Class of '79
   Owner, Wilson's Pizza

Mrs. Janice McConnell-Miller
Class of '80
   Educator / Principal


Ms. Latoria Chinn
Class of '71
Executive Director of
Kansas Speedway

Mr. Dwight Holland
Class of '69
Building Engineer   

Mr. Tim Robinson
Class of '77
    Behavior Specialist


Mrs. Hattie Smith
Class of '69
Information Specialist
KCK Unified Government

Mr. Broderick Crawford
Class of '80
Health Services

Mrs. Janice Moore   
Class of '85
   Postal Services

Ms. Regina Cofield
Class of '68

Mr. Harold Simmons
Class of '62
Inspirational Speaker
and Former
KCK Police Detective

Mrs. Mary Pulley
Class of '94


Ms. Pam Johnson-Williams
Class of '75
Sales Manager

Mr. Michael Knight
Class of '98

Mr. Anthony Hollinshed
Class of '74
Military Veteran
and Educator

Mr. Randall Pulley
Class of '95
Business Owner

If you know of any individuals who graduated from Northwest Middle School and are making a positive impact in our community or in the community they live and serve, please let us know by completing the following form. It will be sent to Dr. Donnie Mitchell, Ms. Monica Portley, or Ms. Karen Vaverka. Once the information is received you will receive a contact confirming receipt and if the nominee is honored you will receive a personal invitation to the ceremony.

Today's Date: Name of Person you are Nominating: (If married female, please include maiden name.)

School Years This Person attended Northwest:

Nominee's Phone Number:

Nominee's E-mail or contact information:

In 75 words or less, why or you nominating the above indivudual?

Your Name and Contact Information:

Form Here

Updated October 6, 2016