Seventeen area high school students continue in the hunt for a National Merit Scholarship.
Thirteen Lawrence High School seniors and four seniors from three Lawrence-area high schools are among the estimated 15,000 students nationwide who are semifinalists in the 41st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 6,900 Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $26 million, to be offered next spring.
Semifinalists score in the top half of 1 percent of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year.
Two students from Basehor-Linwood High School and one student each from DeSoto and Oskaloosa high schools also were named semifinalists.
The Lawrence semifinalists are:
- Adam Clark, son of Jackson Clark and Brigid Murphy, Lawrence, and Mary Clark, Sacramento, Calif. Adam's activities have included: Science Olympiad Team, TEAMS competition, Youth in Local Government, Model United Nations, debate and Mock Trial. His plans for college are not decided.
- Lawrence Dietze, son of Nancy Dietze, Lawrence. His activities, honors and awards: LHS Swim Team, German Club, Boys and Girls Club volunteer, Future Problem Solving, score of 5 on the Advanced Placement Latin Exam, high honor roll and honor roll, magna cum laude on the National Latin Exam, Regents Academy nominee and NCTE participant. His plans for college are not decided.
- Kristine Eck, daughter of Kathy Eck and Randy Pine, Lawrence. Her activities: Alliance for Social Awareness, Key Club, Model U.N., Girls State delegate, LHS Student Advisory Committee, Mammoth Club, Biology Club, Lawrence Earth Day Planning Committee. She plans to attend Kansas University.
- Hilary L. Getz, daughter of Jon and Judy Getz, Lawrence. Her activities, honors and awards: Science Olympiad, Scholars' Bowl, Kansas Junior Classical League, National Honor Society and maxima cum laude on the National Latin Exam. Her plans for college are undecided.
- Laura Hubert, daughter of Pat and Wes Hubert, Lawrence. Her activities, honors and awards: Student Council, swimming, Model U.N., choir, Girls State, Close-Up Kansas, National Honor Society, Mammoth Club, Who's Who, school plays, National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America state top 16 award, maxima cum laude and summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam and NCAA National Student-Athlete Day Award. She plans to major in English at KU.
- Molly Imber, daughter of Jane and Mickey Imber, Lawrence. Her activities, honors and awards: cross country, track, concert choir and chorale, Key Club, National Honor Society, Youth in Local Government and 4-H. She plans to major in biology.
- John Magnuson, son of Larry and Sarah Magnuson. His activities, honors and awards: orchestra, band, jazz band, Model U.N., debate, Youth in Local Government, Science Olympiad, Harvard Book award, Regents Honors Academy, AHSME/AIME, ninth place in Kansas State University computer programming, junior varsity and varsity TEAMS competition and Mock Trial. He plans to attend Stanford University or Harvard and has not decided on a major.
- Jeff O'Neal, son of Judy and Lynn O'Neal, Lawrence. His activities, honors and awards: Mock Trial, Model U.N., Scholars' Bowl, German Club, Junior Achievement, orchestra, National Honor Society and Academic Fitness Award. Jeff, who has been active at First United Methodist Church, plans to major in philosophy and/or biological sciences.
- Ben Simmons, son of Steven C. and Susan E. Simmons, Lawrence. Ben earned a first place in the 1994 Lawrence Art Show. His college plans are undecided.
- Darren Smith, son of William and Darlene Smith, Lawrence. His activities, honors and awards: marching, concert and symphonic bands, tennis, newspaper, Student Council, Scholars Bowl, Biology Club, debate, German Club, Science Olympiad, Mammoth Club, 4-H, Governor's Conference on Teen Leadership, honor roll, National Honor Society, Presidential Academic Fitness Award and AHSME Award of Achievement. He plans to study physics and political science in college.
- Tamara Suderman, daughter of Bob and Linn Suderman, Lawrence. Her activities, honors and awards: Science Olympiad, Amnesty International, Scholars Bowl, Mammoth Club, Model U.N., honor choir, volunteer internship at KU, school plays, orchestra, A Cappella Choir, National Honor Society and National Thespian Society. She plans to major in biology in college.
- Ken Takusagawa, son of Fusao and Mieko Takusagawa, Lawrence. His activities, honors and awards: Biology Club, Key Club, Mammoth Club, Model U.N., band, Scholars Bowl, Spanish Club, Science Olympiad, TEAMS competition, Student Council, track, Kansas State University stock market game, Advanced Placement scholar, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, American High School Mathematics Examination Award of Achievement, prize winner in the USA Mathematical Talent Search, National Honor Society and gold medals in the National Latin Exam. His college plans are undecided.
- Brian Tongier, son of Randy and Jane Tongier, Lawrence. His activities, honors and awards: Alliance for Social Awareness, Biology Club, National Junior Classical League, Latin Club, cross country, A Cappella Choir, Concert Choir, Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, honor roll, summa cum laude on National Latin Exam, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Brotherhood in Order of the Arrow and Who's Who Among High School Students. His college plans are undecided.
Following are semifinalists from Lawrence-area schools:
- Jake Davis and Scott Reed of Basehor-Linwood High School.
Jake, the son of Joanne Davis of Bonner Springs and Mike Davis of Linwood, plans to attend Kansas University and major in mechanical engineering. He's been active in Future Business Leaders of America, Art Club and golf. And he's received an academic excellence award throughout high school.
Scott, the son of Ted and Linda Reed of Bonner Springs, plans to attend Kansas State University and major in education. His activities, honors and awards: Future Business Leaders of America, Scholars Bowl Team, Students Against Drunk Driving, Photo Club, Art Club, Science Club, academic excellence award, graduate of both Southern Leavenworth Leadership Academy and the Kansas Board of Regents Honors Academy.
- At DeSoto High School, Eric Strongin, son of Phillip and Sara Strongin, Shawnee. Eric plans to major in economics in college, earn an MBA and enter investment banking. His activities, honors and awards: cross country, Knowledge Bowl, track, Math Team, PRIDE club, A honor roll, Student Council, HOBY ambassador, Boys State, District Strategic Planning Team, and Junior Statesmen summer school at Stanford University.
- At Oskaloosa High School, Holly Krebs, daughter of Jill and Jack Krebs, McLouth. Her first choice for college is Kansas University, where she would major in music theater. Her activities, honors and awards: Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, thespians, band and choir, Knowledge Bowl, forensics, Foreign Language Club, Students Against Drunk Driving and Leadership Cadre.