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ACADEMIC ALL-STAR NOMINEES

May 10, 1998

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Kristy Johnson

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1 of 497

Parents: Larry and Peggy Johnson

Honors, activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, Merit Scholars Development Program, Governor's Scholars Award Program.

Hobbies: working out, watching movies, listening to music, horseback riding

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: National Honor Society, Kansas University Whittaker Leadership Award Scholarship, Geographical scholarship, published poetry.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: fast pitch softball, basketball, marching band, symphonic band, concert band.

Community and church activities: Plymouth Congregational Church bell choir, vocal choir, LINK, retirement and hospital entertainment.

Advanced placement classes: American Literature, American history, calculus I and II.

College and career plans: Kansas University. Major: physical therapy.

Jennifer Vaughn

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 3.97

Class rank: 12 of 497

Parents: Larry Vaughn and Debbie Vaughn

Honors, activities: KU Honors Scholar, National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Gateway Invitational National Tennis Tournament Sportsmanship Award, Indoor National Tennis Championships, Easter Bowl National Tennis Championships.

Hobbies: reading, jet skiing, listening to music, jogging, swimming

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: University of Michigan athletic scholarship

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Co-president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, junior and senior planning committee, varsity tennis, state tennis champion

Community and church activities: Bible study, Salvation Army bell ringer, Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Family, blood drive volunteer

Advanced placement classes: Biology, calculus

College and career plans: University of Michigan. Major: physical therapy, specializing in sports medicine.

Sarah Wales

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 3.97

Class rank: 2 of 497

Parents: Timothy and Cathy Wales

Honors, activities: Spanish Club secretary, National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude award, superior ratings for marching and symphonic band, Kansas Honors Scholar, outstanding crew member for McDonald's, Bible quizzing nationals, honors program at KU, nominated for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

Hobbies: Listening to music, in-line skating working out, shopping, collecting seashells and teddy bears.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Second place and Environmental Science Award in the Douglas County Fair, Kansas University Alumni Assn. Kansas Honor Scholar Award, superior rating at Washburn and KU Marching festivals.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Spanish Club, Latin Club, band.

Community and church activities: Free Methodist Church Bible Quizzing, Free Methodist youth group, church nursery baby-sitting, Clinton Lake cleanup.

Advanced placement classes: English, statistics, calculus I, II, and III, U.S. history, Spanish IV and V, chemistry, politics, differential equations and world literature.

College and career plans: Kansas University. Major: Chemistry and Spanish; pharmacy or medical school.

Bidisha Banerjee

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 3.96

Class rank: 12 of 497

Parent: Mahasweta Banerjee

Honors, activities: Scholars Bowl, first place Hi-Q, state and knowledge master, German Club president, president and co-captain of mock trial, Model U.N., Amnesty International treasurer, Ping Pong Club secretary, debate and forensics, National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Scholar, Kansas Honor Scholar.

Hobbies: reading, talking to friends, writing, spending time with my mother.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: First place National Women's Hall of Fame essay contest, Silver Key National Scholastic Writing Award, National Council of Teachers of English Award, Wellesley Book Award, silver medals National Latin Exam, first place Optimist International Oratorical Contest, third place Masonic Essay Contest.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Student representative for Youth in Local Government, German Club, mock trial, Model U.N., Amnesty International, Ping Pong Club, debate and forensics, Scholars Bowl.

Community and church activities: volunteer at Mother Teresa's Home for Disabled Children in Calcutta, poetry reader at elementary and junior high schools, usher

Advanced placement classes: European history, Latin, U.S. history, U.S. literature, biology and politics.

College and career plans: Yale University

Corinne Brinkerhoff

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 3.95

Class rank: 15 of 497

Parents: Cory and Cindy Brinkerhoff

Honors, activities: Varsity cheerleading, A Capella Choir, Showtime, National Poetry Guild Editor's Choice Award, yearbook section editor, honorable mention, Na-tional Journalism Contest.

Hobbies: Reading, playing piano, snow skiing.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Kansas Honors Scholar, honorable mention for feature writing, National Convention of Journalism Educator's Assn., honorable mention for poetry, Kansas Voices Writing Contest, National Poetry Guild Editor's Choice Award.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: FYI Club reporter, sophomore, junior and senior Class Planning Committees, cheerleading, marching band, choir, newspaper and yearbook staffs.

Community and church activities: Habitat for Humanity, meal deliveries to Babcock Place, attend First Presbyterian Church.

Advanced placement classes: Topics, English, Biology, American Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Calculus I, II and III, Politics

College and career plans: Undecided; Major: Aerospace engineering with a minor in creative writing.

David Andrew Hunt

School: Santa Fe Trail High School

Grade-point average: 3.95

Class rank: 2 of 97

Parents: Ron and Denise Hunt

Honors, activities: Future Business Leaders of America, salutatorian, Who's Who Among American High School Students, 1998 Santa Fe Trail High School Business Person of the Year, Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation, National Honor Society, newspaper, state KSPA qualifier in newspaper design, Making a Difference Academic Student Award, Civil Beret's Community Service Group.

Hobbies: Desktop publishing, Internet Web-page design, playing strategy games on the computer.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: math and Spanish contests, High-Q competition, Top Biology Student Award, national qualifier for Kansas FBLA.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Future Business Leaders of America, Kansas State Editor, vice president of National Honor Society, Math Club, Spanish Club, assistant editor for newspaper, Student Council, Kansas Association of Youth, track and cross country.

Community and church activities: Hugh O' Brien Youth Foundation ambassador and junior counselor, Civil Beret's Community Service Group vice president, 4-H historian, Headstart volunteer, Heartland Share volunteer, Junior Leaders, Community Internet Awareness, blood donor.

Advanced placement classes: Physics and English; Allen County Community College human anatomy and physiology, calculus, general psychology, developmental psychology, English, speech and American history.

College and career plans: Pittsburg State University. Major: Commercial Graphics and Business Administration.

Diana Noelle Sylvester

School: Ottawa High School

Grade-point average: 3.978

Class rank: 8 of 106

Parents: Wayne and Cheryl Sylvester

Honors, activities: Sunflower Girls' State, Kansas Honors Scholar, Soroptimist Youth Citizenship Award, student council president, Spanish tutor, DAR Good Citizen, Variety Show, Baker University chemistry scholarship.

Hobbies: reading, singing, listening to music, spending time with friends, spending time outside.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: High honor roll, Who's Who Among American High School Students

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: student council, Glee Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, musical, play, Variety Show, cross country, track, band and jazz band.

Community and church activities: Kanza Park luminaria display, public library volunteer, Vacation Bible School assistant leader, Heart by Heart intergenerational programming volunteer, counselor-in-training for United Methodist camp.

Advanced placement classes: English, chemistry, physics, economics, algebra and trigonometry, American studies, speech.

College and career plans: Baker University. Major: Chemistry with a pre-medicine emphasis.

Shawn P. Henry

School: Ottawa High School

Grade-point average: 3.731

Class rank: 27 of 106

Parents: Steven and Brenda Henry

Honors, activities: Future Business Leaders of America, forensics, debate, disc jockey for KTJO, Sirloin Stockade waiter.

Hobbies: Video games, Internet surfing, reading, pinball.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Who's Who Among American High School Students, National Honor Society.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Track, O Club.

Community and church activities: Page for the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church.

College and career plans: Kansas University. Major: Chemical engineering.

Amanda Erickson

School: DeSoto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1 of 135

Parents: Forrest and Karen Erickson

Honors, activities: 4A state champion in long jump and triple jump, track and field letter winner, girls basketball manager, NHS student council representative, yearbook sports editor, volunteer for the Johnson County Library, Wellesley Book Award, Kansas Honor Scholar, Governor's Honor Scholar, Rotary Student of the Month.

Hobbies: Weightlifting, reading, playing the piano, cooking, writing, listening to music.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Piano regionals, state qualifier for KSPA Journalism, sports writing, Excellence in Math and Science, Student of the Month, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, top weightlifter.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: NHS student council representative, junior varsity basketball, junior varsity volleyball, girls basketball manager, track, fall musical orchestra, PRIDE.

Community and church activities: Concessions for Hope Lutheran Booster Club, Hope Lutheran Senior Youth, statistician for the fifth-grade volleyball team at Hope Lutheran School.

Advanced placement classes: Political Science, English.

College and career plans: Kansas State University. Major: pre-pharmacy or chemistry.

Sarah E. Beaver

School: DeSoto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1 of 135

Parents: David and Cheryl Beaver

Honors, activities: Kansas University journalism camp, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, first place in cutline writing at KSPA state competition, National Scholastic Journalism convention, KSPA regional competition in cutline writing and layout, PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort) Award, academic letter, yearbook, Fifth place in statistics and probability at KATM math competition.

Hobbies: reading, shopping, doing things with friends.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Watkins-Berger Scholarship from Kansas University, Geographical scholarship from KU.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Photography editor and student life editor for yearbook, band, flags.

Community and church activities: volunteer at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Advanced placement classes: English, political science, calculus, french.

College and career plans: Kansas University. Major: Political science and Russian or journalism.

Kaci E. Adams

School: Baldwin High School

Grade-point average: 3.398

Class rank: 4 of 96

Parents: Randy and Barb Adams

Honors, activities: Second-grade classroom volunteer, elementary Spanish tutor, Governor's Camp for Teen Leadership, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership camp, Girls State, student council, National Honor Society, Maple Leaf Scholarship, Emporia State Scholar, cheerleading.

Hobbies: Spending time with children, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends and family.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Frontier League Award, National Merit Scholarship from Helen Curtis Inc., National Honor Society scholarship nominee, Presidential Scholarship from Emporia State University.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Class vice president and president, Community Service Club, Student Council president, Leadership Team, International Club, National Honor Society, Baldwin City Cheer Squad.

Community and church activities: Church youth group, Citizen for a Drug Conscious Baldwin City, community cleanup day, mural painting to promote Baldwin, nursing home volunteer.

Advanced placement classes: Ceramics, Spanish, Mathematics, Physics, English.

College and career plans: Emporia State University. Major: Elementary education.

Johnelle J. Nuspl

School: Baldwin High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1 of 96

Parents: John and Lou Gen Nuspl

Honors, activities: Governor's Scholar, Kansas Honor Scholar, Wendy's High School Heismann nominee, Who's Who Among American High School Students, first place in GFWC art contest; ceramics, KMEA district choir, Sunflower Girls State senator, precinct and county chairwoman, governor's council, KYCK president and secretary-treasurer, selected for a volleyball team that traveled to China.

Hobbies: Sports, reading, art, singing, camping, hiking, rollerblading, being with friends.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Pittsburg Math Relays, Emporia State University Math Day, Washburn University Math Day, Regional Science Olympiad, KU Design Contest.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Top Gun Tournament, All-Academic Team, National Honor Society, basketball, track and volleyball letter winner, International Club, Letterman's Club, Madrigals, Choir, Junior Class vice-president.

Community and church activities: Relay for Life, Easter baskets for needy, church youth group, church bazaar volunteer, youth basketball coach, community cleanup, Christmas food drive, senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner.

Advanced placement classes: English, physics, math

College and career plans: University of Wyoming. Major: Pre-physical therapy.

Gary Don Walker

School: McLouth High School

Grade-point average: 3.86

Class rank: 2 of 43

Parents: Randy and Dee Turner

Honors, activities: Future Business Leaders of America, Future Homemakers of America, class president, District E-East vice president of Power of One, District E-East president, student council president, Na-tional Honor Society president, honor roll.

Hobbies: Weightlifting, going to the movies, spending time with friends, fishing, bull riding, working on the farm.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Future Homemakers of America and Future Business Leaders of America state competition, FHA national meeting.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Student government, class president, National Honor Society, lettered in football.

Community and church activities: Highway cleanup, blood drive, community cleanup.

Advanced placement classes: Calculus, physics, government

College and career plans: Kansas State. Major: Construction Science and Management.

Lindsay A. Viner

School: Oskaloosa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1 of 65

Parents: Allen and Becky Wise and Phil and Vicky Viner

Honors, activities: Class valedictorian, volunteer at Kansas School for the Blind, Future Business Leaders of America national competition, Kansas Honor Scholar, National Honor Society President, pom pon captain, Wal-Mart scholarship recipient, Emporia State University honor business student, Queen of Courts candidate.

Hobbies: Dancing, listening to music, reading.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Regional Masonic Lodge Essay winner, Wal-Mart scholarship, first place for state FBLA job interview, FBLA national competition.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Students Against Drunk Driving, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Homemakers of America secretary, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America.

Community and church activities: Vacation Bible School teacher, church nursery worker, youth representative of nominations committee at Oskaloosa United Methodist Church, United Methodist Church Youth Group, meals-on-wheels and commodities delivery, community cleanup worker.

Advanced placement classes: Calculus, English, political science, American government.

College and career plans: Pepperdine University or Kansas University. Major: Biology and communications.

Jon Kramer

School: Wellsville High School

Grade-point average: 3.675

Class rank: 10 of 49

Parents: Tracy and Jo Kramer

Honors, activities: State historian for Future Business Leaders of America, National FBLA Annual Report competition, Scholar's Bowl team captain, league chess, National Who's Who in FBLA.

Hobbies: playing golf, chess, video games, playing Magic with friends.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Physics Rube Goldberg competition, math team, Kansas State computer programming competition, Scholar's Bowl, Science Knowledge Bowl, extended learning program; stock market game chairman, Future Business Leaders of America.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Class officer, National Honor Society, student activities council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, football, basketball, track, cross country, golf, state and national level campaign committees for FBLA.

Community and church activities: Math and science tutor, elementary basketball coach, church nativity scene participant, DARE role model for elementary students, Vacation Bible School helper, March of Dimes fund-raiser chairman, charity golf tournaments, Santa's helper for community celebration, Sonic Drive-In employee.

Advanced placement classes: Physics, calculus, speech, world civilization.

College and career plans: Kansas University. Major: Computer engineering.

Darin T. Seidel

School: Free State High School

Grade-point average: 3.8

Class rank: 6 of 115

Parents: Bill and Wanda Seidel

Honors, activities: Boys State Outstanding Citizen Award, Kansas Honor Scholar, superior rating for trombone quartet at state music festival, Encore, marching band section leader, honor roll.

Hobbies: guitar, singing, computer, golf.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Kansas State University Foundation Scholarship, Kansas State University Engineering Scholarship.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Marching Band section leader, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, A Capella Choir, senior class secretary, Chamber Choir, Spanish Club vice-president, Chamber Singers.

Community and church activities: Church Youth Group, Presbytery of Northern Kansas Youth Council.

Advanced placement classes: English, Spanish, calculus, U.S. history, chemistry.

College and career plans: Kansas State University. Major: Electrical engineering.

Sherry L. Smith

School: Eudora High School

Grade-point average: 3.951

Class rank: 2 of 46

Parents: Doug and Arlene Smith

Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar, Eudora High School Good Will Ambassador, EHS Citizenship Award, drum major, yearbook sports photo editor, cross country most inspirational leader, basketball All-State Academic Team, Wellsville Top Gun Academic, Alternative Team.

Hobbies: Running, playing with my cats, anything outdoors.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Regional competition in saxophone quartet and tenor saxophone solo, John F. Kennedy Diarama.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Peer tutor, Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Drunk Driving, Cardinal Club, photojournalist, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pep and Jazz Band, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track.

Community and church activities: Methodist Church Bell Choir, Youth Group, Vocal Choir.

College and career plans: Fort Hays State University. Major: Athletic Training and Sports Medicine.

Jay Fisher

School: Eudora High School

Grade-point average: 4.141

Class rank: 1 of 46

Parents: Brian and Rita Fisher

Honors, activities: Kansas Honors Scholar, Governor's Scholar, valedictorian, senior class treasurer, student council, Future Business Leaders of America, Homecoming king candidate.

Hobbies: Reading, playing sports, playing Super Nintendo, being with my friends.

Academic projects, contest participation and awards: Kansas University Whittaker Leadership Award.

Clubs, student government, athletics, band, chorus: Cross country, basketball, track, student council, senior class treasurer, FBLA.

Community and church activities: Junior high track meet volunteer, youth recreation basketball volunteer.

College and career plans: Kansas University. Major: Accounting.

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