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Nominees, winners are tops among area seniors

February 29, 2004

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Nominated seniors:

Benjamin Bowman

School: Perry-Lecompton High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 32

Parents: Douglas and Sandra Bowman, Perry

Honors, activities: Future Business Leaders of America, KTEC Business Plan Competition Team (2001-2003), CEO (2001-2003), Second Place State Competition (2002), Fourth Place State Competition (2003), Vice President (2002-2004); Scholar's Bowl (2001-2004), Team Captain (2002-2004), First Place 4A Division High-Q (2004), 16th Place Statewide High-Q (2004); Envirothon Conservation Team, First Place Regional Competition (2002); National Honor Society (2002-2004); Kansas Honors Scholar (2004); Kansas Regents Oxford on the Plains Honors Scholar (2003); Duke Talent Identification Program Participant (2001-2002); Student Council (2003-2004); Senior Class President (2003-2004); Biology Club (2002-2004), Executive Council Member (2002-2004); Drama Club (2001-2004); International Club (2001-2004); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2001-2004); Chess Club (2002-2004); Soccer (2000-2004), Varsity Captain (2004), Letter (2000-2004); School Theater (2000-2004), Co-technical Director (2002-2004), Lead Role Fall Musical (2004), Lead Role Spring Play (2001, 2004); Choir (2000-2004), Singers Select Choir (2001-2004), 1 Rating Men's Ensemble State (2002-2003), 1 Rating Men's Ensemble Regional (2002-2003), 1 Rating Vocal Solo District (2002); Band (2000-2004), Lead Chair Trombonist (2003-2004); Meals on Wheels volunteer, Monarch Cove Beautification and Painting crew (2002-2003); Perry United Methodist Church volunteer (2000-2004), guest reader (2003-2004), Bazaar volunteer (2000-2004); Can Drive advertising coordinator (2003); soccer official (2002-2004

College: Grinnell College for undergraduate, East Coast for graduate study

Career plans: Theoretical and Practical Applications of Physics

Major: Physics






Peter Crall

School: De Soto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 27

Parents: Mark Crall and Karen Rubino, De Soto

Honors, activities: NASA Moon Buggy Racing Competition, Team Leader; Drafting Class Cardboard Boat Race (11); Varsity Basketball (9-12), Captain (11); Varsity Track (9-12), 3-Event State Qualifier, Regional Champ, League Champ, Freshman of the Year, 2-Time Male Athlete of the Year, Letter (9-12); Varsity Soccer (10), Regional Champs, Letter; Varsity Football (9), Letter; Student Council (9); Freshman Class Vice President; National Honor Society (11-12), Vice President; Holy Family Catholic Church member, Starside Elementary School Buddy Program participant; Wildcat Basketball Winter League Coach and Referee (9-12)

College: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, or Kansas University

Career plans: Engineer for Indy Car or NASCAR Team and Data Analyst or Research and Development at Track or Wind Tunnel and Develop Personal Sprint Car and Indy Car Racing

Major: Mechanical Engineering






Katie Fabac

School: Free State High School

Grade-point average: 3.96

Class rank: 33

SAT score: 1360

Parents: Steven and Rebecca Fabac, Lawrence

Honors, activities: Brown University Pre-college Summer Program (11), scholarship and eight credit hours; Kansas Honor Scholar (12); National History Day competition (11); Principal's Mark of Excellence (10, 11); Silver Key (11), Honorable Mention in Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (11); Honorable Mention in Developing Images Competition (11); Advanced Category Kansas State Math Assessment (11); National Honor Society (10-12), Secretary (11), President (12); FYI Leadership Club (10); Key Club Junior Class Representative (11); Douglas County AIDS Project Board (11); West Junior High Student Council Executive Board (9); West Junior High Drama Club Officer and Stage Manager (9); West Junior High Yearbook Staff Section Editor (9); Varsity Letter (9); Cultural Heritage Panel (10-11); Students Teaching About Tobacco Panel (10-12); Elementary Students Tutoring Program (11); West Junior High Garden Project (9); Lawrence Memorial Hospital volunteer

College: Brown University

Career plans: University Professor

Major: Philosophy





Cassandra Garza

School: De Soto High School

Grade-point average: 3.98

Class rank: 3

ACT composite score: 19

Parents: Rafael and Arlena Garza, De Soto

Honors, activities: Honor Roll (9); Principal's Honor Roll (10-11), K.C. Royals Straight "A" Club (10); Certificate of Outstanding Achievement on Kansas State Math Assessment (10); Certificate of Outstanding Achievement on Outstanding Performance and Achievement (11); Who's Who Among American High School Students (11, 12); Academic Excellence Award (11, 12); Kansas Honors Scholar, Homecoming Royalty Court Princess (11); Homecoming Queen (12); National Scholar for National Young Leaders Association Nominee; Student Council (10, 12), Treasurer (12); National Honor Society (11-12), President (12); Dance Team Captain (9-12); Sunflower Girls State American Legion Auxiliary House of Representatives; Basketball (9-11), Team Captain (9-11), Letter (10-11); Varsity Cross Country (9-10); Varsity Tennis (11-12); Varsity Track (9-12), 4x8 Relay Team to State, Fourth Place Regionals; DHS Musical (9, 10, 11); Jazz Band (9); Band (10-12), Second Place Regionals Brass Quartet, First Place Regionals Brass Quintet and Second Place State, Second Place Regionals Brass Sextet, First Place Marching Band at Baldwin Competition; Basketball League boys and girls instructor (9); Math tutor (9-12); D.A.R.E. Program assistant (10); Dance Kiddie Clinics (10-12); election booth volunteer (2002); Senior Citizen Prom planning, preparation, and participation (11-12); Leaders in Teen Education Program (11-12); Buddy Program (12); Girl Scout Spokesperson (12); Rotary Club Spokesperson (12); Leadership, Respect and Education Speaker to Fourth Grade Class (12); National Honor Society pumpkin and squash fundraiser (12); Angel Tree Co-organizer (12); Thanksgiving Dinner planning and delivery for homebound families (12); food drive organizer (12); Silver Cat Program (12)

College: Kansas State University or Kansas University

Career plans: Interior Design

Major: Interior Design





James "Jamie" Huston

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 3.97

Class rank: 10

ACT composite score: 31

Parents: John and Melinda Huston, Lawrence

Honors, activities: History Day Project on Polio (11), Regional Winner and State Qualifier; Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee for Athletics, Academics, and Service (12); Yale Book Award (11); Kansas Honors Scholar (12); National Honor Society (11-12); National Merit Semi-finalist (12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Officer (10-12), Football (10-12), Letter (2-years), Team Captain (12), All-Sunflower League Honorable Mention; Basketball (9, 10, 12), Cornerstone Tournament MVP (9), Team MVP (9), Letter (12); Track (10-11), JV Sunflower League 4x400 Relay Champs; Ninth Grade Class President; Band (9); Boys Choir (10); Concert Choir (11-12); communicate member Christ Covenant Church; Christ Covenant Church Youth Group; mission trip to inner-city Chicago (9)

College: Kansas University or Grinnell College

Career plans: Orthopedic Surgery or Family Practice

Major: Pre-med





Alexandria Jeannin

School: Basehor-Linwood High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 26

Parents: Patrick and Michele Jeannin, Bonner Springs

Honors, activities: Bobcat Gold Honor Roll (9-12); Academic Honor Roll (10-11); Kansas Honor Scholar (12); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (10-12), Vice President (11-12); National Honor Society (11-12), Secretary (12); Volleyball (9-12), Letter (12); Basketball (9-12), Letter (9-12), Honorable Mention All-Kaw Valley League (2002), All-Kaw Valley League (2003); Track and Field (10-11) Letter (10, 11), Kansas Swoosh '09s Assistant Basketball Coach (9-10); Trinity Lutheran Youth Group (9-12); Youth Friends Corp. (11-12)

College: Washburn University

Career plans: High School Math Teacher and Coach Girls Basketball

Major: Mathematics Education





Emily Johnson

School: Wellsville High School

Grade-point average: 3.93

Class rank: 3

ACT composite score: 23

Parents: David and Patricia Johnson, Wellsville

Honors, activities: Future Business Leaders of America (9-12), Book Drive for "Read Across Kansas" (12), Placed in Computer Applications Test for Nationals, President (12), District VI Vice President (12); Scholar's Bowl (2 years); National Honor Society; Nominated for Principal's Nomination Award and Scholars 2004 Academic All-Start Team; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; SAC; Forensics; Drama Club; Concert Band (3 years); Pep Band (3 years); Drill Team (9-12); Volleyball (3 years); Basketball (2 years); Softball (2 years); server for Church Valentine's and Christmas dinners; participated in Church Plays

College: Bethany College

Career plans: Special Education or Nursing

Major: Special Education or Nursing





Kaitlyn Kelly

School: Tonganoxie High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 32

Parents: Michael and Keyta Kelly, Leavenworth

Honors, activities: Scholar's Bowl Co-captain; Debate Team; First Runner-up Leavenworth County Junior Miss Competition; Kansas Scholar; Educational Excellence Award; Tonganoxie Civic Club Award, Kansas Regents Honors Academy (2002); Student Council Vice President (12); Science Club President (12); Foreign Language Treasurer (12); National Honor Society Secretary/Treasurer (12); Future Business Leaders of America Secretary (12); Students Against Destructive Decisions; Book Club; Sacred Heart Youth Group, Lector at Youth Masses

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Engineering or Nephrologist

Major: Chemical Engineering and Pre-med





Anne Killough

School: Ottawa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 31

Parents: John and Dee Killough, Ottawa

Honors, activities: Youth in Government, developed Teen Court and hosted Leadership Camp for Middle School Students (2 years); Kansas Honor Scholar (11); Sunflower Girls State Delegate (11); National Student Leadership Conference (2002); Academic Letter (9-12); High Honor Roll (9-12); Who's Who (9, 10, 11, 12); Student Council (9-12), Class Representative (9-10), Secretary (11), President (12); Key Club (9-12), Secretary (11), President (12); Peer Counseling (11-12); Theater (10-12); Tennis (9-10); Dance Team (9-11); French Club (9-11); Youth Action Council (10-12); Franklin County Leadership Class (11)

College: University of Virginia, Tufts University, Wake Forest University, or Kansas University

Career plans: Biotechnology

Major: Biology or Biomedical Engineering





Joshua King

School: Santa Fe Trail High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 28

Parents: Stephen and Jeanette King, Overbrook

Honors, activities: Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); Renaissance Gold Card (9-12); Science Honor Roll (10-11); Valedictorian (12); Kansas University Honor Scholar (12); Renaissance Committee (9-12) National Honor Society (11-12); Students Against Destructive Decisions (11); School Musical (9, 10, 11, 12), Lead Roles (11-12); Band (9-10), Section Leader (10); Choir/Choraliers (10-12), Select Group (11-12); Golf Letter (9-10); SFTHS Play (10, 12); Odyssey of the Mind (11, 12); First Christian Church member, Youth Group, Advisory Council (3 years), summer mission trip to Doctor Arroyo, Mexico (3 years), service project participant, Worship Band; Fast Lane After-school Program for Kids

College: MidAmerica Nazarene University, Manhattan Christian College, or Kansas-State University

Career plans: Undecided

Major: Undecided





Andrew Marietta

School: Oskaloosa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 26

Parents: Jim and Lisa Marietta, Oskaloosa

Honors, activities: Scholar's Bowl, Student of the Year in Chemistry, Biology II, Algebra II, Computer Technology; Student of the Month March 2001 and April 2000; Future Business Leaders of America; National Honor Society; Oskaloosa Outdoor Sports Club; Basketball; Baseball; Choir; Letterman's Club; Youth Group; Earth Team volunteer, SWAPA community service project

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Medicine

Major: Pre-med





Ashley Moran

School: Eudora High School

Grade-point average: 3.9

Class rank: 7

ACT composite score: 22

Parents: Thomas and Sherry Moran, Eudora

Honors, activities: Kansas Honors Scholar (2003); Presidential Academic Scholarship from Baker ($5,000); Kansas State 4-H Team/Consumer Quiz Bowl (2002-2003); Grand Champion Carcass Steer, Douglas County Fair (2002); Who's Who Among American High School Students; Honor Roll (9-12); Top Gun Tournament Academic Aware (2004); Kansas University Journalism Contest (2003); Queen Candidate for Tonganoxie Tournament; Basketball (9-12); Softball (3 years); Students Against Destructive Decisions (9-12); Volleyball (1 year); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2 years); National Honor Society (3 years), President (1 year); Senior Advisory Committee Vice Chairperson (1 year); 4-H (6 years), President (2 years), Vice President (1 year), Secretary (1 year), Council Representative (3 years), Ambassador (2 years); International Club (2 years); Student Council (1 year); Journalism/Yearbook Editor (2003-2004); Relay for Life (6 years), American Cancer Society volunteer, Committee Board (2 years), Team Captain (3 years); Big Brothers and Big Sisters (1 year); Grade School mentor (1 year)

College: Washburn University or Johnson County Community College

Career plans: Obstetrics or Oncology Nurse

Major: Nursing





Jaymie Paavola

School: Oskaloosa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 24

Parents: Michael Paavola, Oskaloosa, and Denise Eggers, Ozawkie

Honors, activities: Future Business Leaders of America (12), Newsletter Editor, Who's Who; Yearbook Editor (11-12); Newspaper Editor (11-12); Cheerleading Captain (11); National Honor Society Social Chairman (11); Student of the Year in Newspaper and Yearbook (11); National Association of Journalism Award (11); Who's Who Among High School Athletes (10); Who's Who Among High School Students (10); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America; Spanish Club; HOSTS Program; NEKAP Center volunteer; Hickory Pointe Nursing Home volunteer; March of Dimes basketball game volunteer; Salvation Army buckets organizer and distributor; community service

College: Ottawa University

Career plans: Journalism or English Secondary Education

Major: Secondary Education





Neela Sandal

School: Baldwin High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 32

Parents: Onkar and Gwen Sandal, Baldwin

Honors, activities: Scholar's Bowl (10-12), Co-captain (12); Debate (12); Math Team (11-12); Independent research in theology, ethics, and philosophy for use by Hridhinandu Maharaja for soon to be published international work (11-12); National Merit Commended Student; Kansas Honor Scholar; National Honor Roll (11-12); Student Government, Student Body Vice President (12); National Honor Society (11-12); Rocket Club (11); various volunteer projects through National Honor Society, Student Government, Baldwin High School, and the Social Service League of Lawrence

College: Rice University

Career plans: International Diplomat or other world-view civil servant

Major: Political Science





Alan Sheu

School: Free State High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 34

Parents: Albert Jeu-Liang and Jing Ping Sheu, Lawrence

Honors, activities: Scholar's Bowl (2001-2003), Knowledge Master (1998-2003); National Merit Semifinalist (2003); AP Scholar (2003); A+ Certificate (2003); Kansas State Scholar (2003); Harvard Book Award (2003); National Honor Society (2003); Principal's Mark of Academic Excellence (2002-2003); Who's Who (2002, 2003); Citizenship Award (2001); Tennis (1999-2003); Math Team (2000-2003); Film Club (2003); Web Team (2003); Piano (1993-2003); Computer Club (1998-2003); Business Professionals of America (2002-2003); Model United Nations (1999-2002); Orchestra (1997-2003); Audio Reader Radio Program (2002-2003); Web Page Development (2002-2003); Chamber Orchestra (1998-2003)

College: Harvard, Stanford, or University of Chicago

Career plans: Law

Major: Environmental Studies or Pre-Law





Megan Smith

School: Santa Fe Trail High School

Grade-point average: 3.98

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 25

Parents: Bruce and Debra Smith, Overbrook

Honors, activities: Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); Renaissance Gold Card Holder (9-12); Kansas University Honors Scholar (12); Valedictorian (12); Future Business Leaders of America (9-12), National Mountain Plains Region Vice President , Mountain Plains Region Membership Committee, Kansas State Executive Vice President, Kansas State Treasurer, Local Chapter Ex-officio, Local Chapter Sophomore Representative; National Honor Society (11-12), Historian; Student Council (12); Students Against Destructive Decisions (9-11); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9, 11-12); Church Youth Group

College: Kansas-State University or University of Oklahoma

Career plans: Business

Major: Business





Audrey Southard

School: Free State High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 34

Parents: Jeffrey Southard, Lawrence, and Marylee Southard, Lawrence

Honors, activities: National Merit Semifinalist (12); Principal's Mark of Excellence (11, 12); West Junior High Citizenship Award (9); American Mathematics Competition American Invitational Mathematics Exam (11); Scholar's Bowl (11-12); Science Olympiad (11, 12), Regionals Second Place (11, 12); National History Day, State Competitor (9), State First Place (11); National German Exam, Kansas' highest score (11); National Honor Society Vice President (11-12); Key Club (11); Student Active Leadership Team, First Christian Church (9-12); Jericho Cafe Leadership Council (9-11); PASS Tutor at Pickney Elementary (12); Lawrence Interdenominational Nutritional Kitchen (9-12)

College: Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, or Kansas University

Career plans: Medicine

Major: Pre-med





Christopher "Kit" Swain

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 3.91

Class rank: 23

SAT score: 1420

Parents: Randy and Linda Swain, Lawrence

Honors, activities: Honor Roll (9-12); Debate (10-11), medaled fourth place, sixth place, and seventh place; History Day (10, 11), District Winner (11); German Student Congress (10, 11), First Place Poetry Recitation (10); National Honor Society (11-12); LHS Student Newspaper Sports Editor (12); Kansas Honors Scholar (12); Student Council (9-12), Executive Board (9); Bel Canto Choir and Variety Show, Tenor Section Leader (9); Basketball (9-12), Letter (12); Track (9); Lawrence Children's Choir, performed at Carnegie Hall, N.Y. (9); Golf (10-12), Letter (12); German Club Vice President (12); Ping Pong Club (12); cleaned pond and picked up trash at SWJHS; cleaned Lawrence Public Library (11); raked and bagged leaves at Christian Science Society (11); Exchange Program to Lawrence Sister City Eutin, Germany, hosted exchange student for six weeks; attend Christian Science Church

College: Kansas University, Pepperdine University, Northeastern University, Dartmouth College, or Principia College

Career plans: Law

Major: Business





Srivalli Telikepalli

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

SAT score: 1350

Parents: Hanumaiah and Arunasri Telikepalli, Lawrence

Honors, activities: Honor Roll (9-12); President's Education Award for Academic Excellence (9); Gen Y (9); Science Knowledge Bowl (10); Scholar's Bowl (11-12); National Honor Society (11-12); Excellence in Attendance Award (9, 10, 11); Certificate of Excellence in French Level IV (11); Who's Who Among American High School Students (12); Kansas Honors Program (12); National Honor Roll (12); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (10); Key Club (12);

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Physician

Major: Pre-med





Gary Van Horn

School: Wellsville High School

Grade-point average: 3.85

Class rank: 7

ACT composite score: 25

Parents: Gene and Sharon Van Horn, Wellsville

Honors, activities: Citizenship Aware (10); Chemistry Student of the Year (11); National Honor Society (11-12); National Society of High School Scholars; Duke University Early Identification Program ACT test; Student Council (9-12), Treasurer (10-11); Future Business Leaders of America (11-12); Scholar's Bowl; Football (9-12), Letter (9-12), Frontier League First Team (2 years), Lawrence Journal-World First Team All-Area Team, Topeka Capital Journal First Team 3A; Baseball (3 years), Letter (3 years), Frontier League Fist Team; Basketball (3 years), officiate various youth activities, coach youth teams, Kansas Farm Bureau Leadership Camp (11)

College: a university in Kansas yet undecided

Career plans: Currently undecided

Major: Currently undecided





Aaron Westerhouse

School: Eudora High School

Grade-point average: 3.7

Class rank: 9

ACT composite score: 21

Parents: Mike and Sandra Westerhouse

Honors, activities: National Honor Society; Future Business Leaders of America; community service; community blood drive; campaign team; Student Council, Student Council, Homecoming events volunteer, Senior Advisory Committee; Newspaper Photography; Basketball; Baseball; member United Methodist Church of Eudora

College: Currently undecided

Career plans: Business Administration

Major: Business Administration





Kassandra Williams

School: Perry-Lecompton High School

Grade-point average: 3.99

Class rank: 2

ACT composite score: 25

Parents: Richard and Kelly Williams, Perry

Honors, activities: Masonic Lodge Essay Contest Winner (11, 12); Scholar's Bowl (10, 12); A Honor Roll (9-12); Math Team (9-10); Kansas Honors Scholar (12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-12), Secretary/Treasurer (10); National Honor Society (10-12); Book Club (12); Students Against Destructive Decisions (10); Blew Crew (12); Marching Band (9-12); Concert Band (9-12); Jazz Band (9-12); Color Guard (10-12), Captain (11-12); PLHS Singers (9-12); Tennis (11-12); Track and Field (9-12); Volleyball Manager (9); Cross Country Manager (10); Basketball Manager (9-12); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (9-12), President (11), Vice President (12); Drama Club (9-12), Historian (10), Vice President (11), Secretary/Treasurer (12); Student Council (11-12), Executive Secretary (11-12); Youth Group; Children's Choir Accompanist; Church Sunday Morning Worship Team; Vacation Bible School volunteer; Sunday morning Offertory; Sunday morning Special Music; Big Brother and Big Sisters of America

College: Washburn University

Career plans: Elementary or Secondary School Music Teacher

Major: Music Education





All-Stars





Ying Niu

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

SAT score: 1,540

Parents: Fenghui Niu, Wei Zhou

Honors, activities: Harvard Book Award, May Landis Scholar; National Merit semifinalist; AP Scholar with Honor; Medals on National German High School Examination Level 2, 3, 4; State Piano Festival winner; Paul Wunsch Young Artist winner, Piano soloist for Lawrence Chamber Orchestra; Great Plains Math League State Champions team; Washburn University Math Competition, team; American Mathematics Competition 12; Kansas Honor Scholar; National German Honor Society; Honor Recitals at Kansas University and Lawrence Arts Center, National Honor Society; German Club (9-12); Vice President (10); President (11-12); Key Club (10-12); LINK volunteer; Roger Hill Volunteer Center (10-12); National Honor Society (11-12); German National Honor Society (11-12).

College: MIT, Caltech

Career plans: Engineering

Major: Engineering





Faye Cassell

School: Ottawa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 29

Parents: David Cassell, Nam-Eng Cassell

Honors, activities: Grinnell Honor Scholars Program; Chamber of Commerce Scholar (9-12); Top 1 percent of class (9-12); No. 1 class rank (9-12); Debate (9-12); Forensics (9-12); Key Club (9-12); Future Educators of America (10-12); Renaissance (9-12); Spanish Club (10-12); Peer Counseling (11-12); National Honor Society (11-12); Pep Club (10-12); Videography (10); Military Club (11); Site Council (11-12); hospital volunteer (9-12); visitors center volunteer (12).

College: Tulane University, Miami.

Career plans: High school teacher.

Major: Mechanical Engineering, minor in secondary teaching.





Ryan Robinson

School: Basehor-Linwood High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 26

Parents: Ben Robinson, Deanna Robinson

Honors, activities: Eagle Scout (9); Kansas State High School Citizenship Award (9); Kansas Honor Scholar (9); United States National Mathematics Award (10); Nominated for Wendy's High School Heisman (12); Academic Excellence Awards (9-12); 2002 BLHS Business Student of the Year; Perfect Attendance Awards (9-12); Kansas City Royals Straight-A Club (11); Recognized by Who's Who Among High School Students (11-12); 2002 BLHS Most Outstanding Advanced Debator; HOBY Leadership Course (10); Senior Class Vice President (12); NHS Vice President (12); Kansas State Track Meet Qualifier (11); Varsity Letter in Track (10-12); FBLA Secretary-Treasurer (11-12); Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 169 (11-12); Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Course (12); Runner in Tribe of Mic-O-Say (11-12); Prom Committee (11); constructed masonry entrance sign for elementary school; volunteer Jubilee Cafe, Lawrence; School-wide Humane Society supplies collection; raised money for needy families through FBLA; community food drives through Scouting; high school tutor; volunteer Fireman Appreciation Banquets.

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Business-related field.

Major: Business.





Leah Overbaugh

School: McLouth High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 30

Parents: Rudy Overbaugh, Cindy Overbaugh

Honors, activities: Commended National Merit Scholar; Kansas Honor Scholar (12); Who's Who Among American High School Students (12); National Honor Society (11-12); Scholars' Bowl (9-12); Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); Caveman to Chemist project (10); Science Fair (9); National Honor Society (11-12); Art Club (9-12); Future Business Leaders of America (11-12); Volleyball (10); Concert, marching, pep band (9); Class secretary (11-12); National Honor Society blood drive (11-12); McLouth Senior Citizens' banquet (11-12); McLouth Senior Citizens' spring cleanup (11-12); 4-H (9-12); 4-H junior leader for crochet project (9-12); Tutor (11); National Youth Service Day project organizer (10).

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Physician's assistant or working with Spanish-speaking people.

Major: Pre-medicine, minor in Spanish.





Lisa Smelser

School: McLouth High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 33

Parents: David Smelser, Jean Smelser

Honors, activities: Earthwatch Institute's Student Challenge Awards Program (11); National Merit Semifinalist (12); Scholar's Bowl (9-12); Model UN (11-12); Band (9-12); Drum Major (10); KMEA District Honor Band (11); Four State Honor Band (11); Varsity Letter (9-10); Future Business Leaders of America (11-12); Jazz Band (10-12); Varsity Letter (10-12); 4-H (9-12); 4-H Club President (11); Kansas River Youth Leadership (10); Big Brothers/Big Sisters (9-10); Girls' State (11); Colorado Electric Education Institute (11).

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Start a business.

Major: Jewelry design/metalsmithing





Aarika Greenfield

School: Baldwin High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 29

Parents: Mark Greenfield, Jacqueline Greenfield

Honors, activities: Eisenhower Scholar (2003-2004); Certificate of Appreciation, American Red Cross, for assistance after 2003 tornados; Kansas Honor Scholar (2003-2004); Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for scoring in the Advanced Category on Kansas State Math Assessment (2001-2002); Science Fair, judges' choice award (2001); Presidents' Award for Educational Excellence (2001); Honor Student (9-12); National Honors Society (2002-2004); Class representative, Kansas Association for Youth (2000-2001); Band (2000-2001); American Red Cross volunteer (2003-2004); Literacy Kansas City volunteer (2002-2004); Boys and Girls Club (2003-2004); Halloween Carnival at Vinland Elementary (2002); Hilltop Halloween Carnival (2002).

College: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Duke University.

Career plans: Practicing medicine.

Major: Medicine





Chase Nowak

School: Tonganoxie High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 29

Parents: Steven Nowak, Sharon Nowak

Honors, activities: Debate team (9-12); Math competition (10-12); Scholar's Bowl (12); Student Council (9-12); Junior Class President; Science Club (10-12); National Honor Society (11-12); Soccer Team (9-11); Golf Team (10-12); Band (9-12); Jazz Band (9-12); Northeast Kansas District Jazz Piano Player (11); VFW Post Taps Player (9-12); VFW Exemplary Community Service Award (12); Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer; SORT Volunteer.

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Pediatrician

Major: Pre-medicine





Ivan Te-Chiang Sheu

School: Free State High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 34

Parents: Albert Jeu-Liang Sheu, Jing-Ping Chang Sheu.

Honors, activities: National Merit Semifinalist (12); AP Scholar (12); Outstanding Citizenship Award (9); Three-year Citizenship Award (7-9); Yale Book Award (11); Kansas State Scholar (12); Who's Who Among High School Students (11-12); Washburn Math Day First Place, Senior Division (12); Kansas State Hi-Q Champions (11); Principal's Award of Excellence (10-12); A+ Certificate (12); Computer Club (7-12); Computer Club co-president (9-12); Web Team (11-12); Webmaster (12); Business Professionals of America (11-12); National Honors Society (11-12); Scholar's Bowl (10-12), Varsity (11-12); Hi-Q Member (11-12); Tennis (8-12), Varsity, Letter (9); Knowledge Master (7-12); Leader of Knowledge Master Team (9, 12); String Orchestra (7-12); Audio Reader Radio Program (10-12); LINK Volunteer (12); Chamber Orchestra (9-12).

College: Stanford University

Career plans: Physician or pharmacist

Major: Pre-medicine





Ellie Ott

School: Free State High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

ACT composite score: 33

Parents: Genna Hurd, Greg Hurd, the late Michael Ott

Honors, activities: National History Day, First in State, all superiors at Nationals, (9-11); Model United Nations (9-12); Scholar's Bowl (10-12); Forensics (11-12); Math Team (12); Science Olympiad (11-12); KAN Film Festival, First Place in Junior Documentary (9); National Honor Society (11-12); National Merit Commended Scholar (12); Brown University Book Award (11); Honor Roll (9-12); President's Award for Educational Excellence (9); Kansas Scholar (12); Key Club (10-12); Student Council (10-12); Tennis (9-12); Track (9); Track letter (9); French Club (11); Advanced Jazz Dance (9-10); Tap (9); Film Club (12); Generation Why (9); Womens' History Club (9); Lawrence-Douglas County Promise Youth Leadership Team (11-12); Free State Representative to Summit II Planning Committee (10-11); Lawremce Memorial Hospital Volunteer (9-11); LINK Volunteer (9-12); Key Club Volunteer (10-12); Heart of America Hospice Volunteer (10); Math Tutor (11-12); Welcome Guide for New Students (12); Great Green Help (11); United Way Day of Caring (11-12); Habitat for Humanity (10).

College: Princeton University, University of Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, Kansas University, Drake University, Brown University, University of Washington in St. Louis, University of Minnesota, Swarthmore College.

Career plans: Researcher, forensic chemist or pharmacist.

Major: Chemistry.





Karen Bentley

School: Lawrence High School

Grade-point average: 3.941

Class rank: 15

ACT composite score: 29

Parents: Terrence Bentley, Mary Bentley

Honors, activities: National Latin Exam, Magna Cum Laude (9); Presidential Award for Academic Excellence (9); Dole Institute of Politics Oral History Scholarship (11); Kansas Girls State (11); May Party Chair (11); Outstanding City Citizens Award (11); Honors Lawyer (11); Kansas History Day Participant (11); Who's Who Among High School Students (11); National Honor Roll (11); University of Chicago Model UN Speakers' Award (11); Lawrence High Scholars' Bowl (12); Hi-Q Team (12); Student Council President (9); KAYS Board (9); Cheerleading (9); Soccer Team (9); Model UN (10-12); Marching Band (10-12); Symphonic Band (10-12); Full Orchestra (10-12); Jazz Band (10-12); A Capella Choir (10-12); Key Club (10-12); Showtime (10-12); Students Teaching About Tobacco (10-11)

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