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Journal-World’s 2008 Academic All-Star nominees

March 9, 2008

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Carrie Shirk

Carrie Shirk

Carrie Shirk

School: Wellsville High School

Grade-point average: 3.9

Class rank: 1

Parents: Steve and Denita Shirk, Wellsville

Honors, activities: Outstanding Student physical science (2005); Outstanding Student American history, chemistry, English (2007); Citizenship Award nominee (2005-2007); Citizenship Award (2005); Lawrence Journal-World All-Area Track triple jump (2007); Ottawa Herald All-Area Volleyball (2007); All-League Volleyball (2007); All-Tournament Team-Jayhawk-Linn (2007); Kansas Honor Scholar (2007); honor roll (2005-08); FBLA (2006-08); KAYS (2005-06); National Honor Society (2006-08), vice president 2008; STUCO (2005-08), treasurer (2007), vice president (2008); volleyball (2005-08); track (2005-08); dance team (2005-08); choir (2005-08); basketball (2005), Eagle Lift-Off Mentor (2007-08).

College: Missouri State University

Career plans: Undecided

Major: Undecided

Michaela Frehe

Michaela Frehe

Michaela Frehe

School: De Soto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Michael and Melinda Frehe, De Soto

Honors, activities: Kansas University Achievement Award Scholarship (12); Kansas State Freshman Achievement Award Scholarship (12); All-Star Dancer (11); People to People Student Ambassador Program (9-12); Lead America Conference (11); NCSL (11); Who's Who Among American High School Students (11); placed second individually in math competition (9); Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); Kansas Honor Scholar (12); track (9-12), dance (9-12); cross country (9-12); soccer (9), musicals (9-12); spring play (12); FCA (9-12); NHS (11-12); thespian (12); barbershop (10); forensics (10-12); Madrigals (11-12)

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Wildlife biologist or conservationist

Major: Biology with an emphasis in wildlife ecology

Lauren Lang

Lauren Lang

Lauren Lang

School: Santa Fe Trail High School

Grade-point average: 3.8

Class rank: 7

Parents: John and Linda Lang, Overbrook

Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar (12); Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); Spanish competition (10-11); reading exemplary state assessment (11); Allen County Community College Academic Scholarship (12); Kansas Board of Regents pre-college and scholars curriculum (12); dance team (9-12), officer (12), most improved (9), most effort (9); wrestling manager (9-12); band (9-12), flute section leader (11-12); honor band at Baker University (11); fall musical (9-12); spring play (9, 11-12); Women's Choir (11); Kansas Association for Youth (9, 11-12); FBLA (9); Principal's Advisory Committee (12); Student Council (12); National Honor Society (11-12), historian (12).

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Undecided

Major: Agronomy

Kayla Roush

Kayla Roush

Kayla Roush

School: Santa Fe Trail High School

Grade-point average: 3.9

Class rank: 2

Parents: Richard and Carol Roush, Burlingame

Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar (12); Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); reading exemplary state assessment (11); Allen County Community College Academic Scholarship (11-12); National Honor Society (11-12); Kansas Association for Youth (9-12), local board of directors (11-12); Principal's Advisory Committee (12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-12); Student Council (10-12); softball (9-12); basketball (9-12); volleyball (9-11), cheerleading (12)

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Speech pathology

Major: Speech pathology

Colby Heckathorne

Colby Heckathorne

Colby Heckathorne

School: Baldwin High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: John and Kim Heckathorne, Baldwin City

Honors, activities: Kansas Honors Scholar; Kansas State University Foundation Scholarship; Margaret Boyd Memorial Scholarship; 4.0 Honor Roll; State of Kansas Scholarship Contest, HM Algebra 1 (2005), HM Spanish (2006); Who's Who Among American High School Students; National Young Leaders Conference nominee; U.S. Achievement Academy National Honor Student; National Honor Society; Winner's Circle; choir, Girl's Ensemble Regional, 1 rating, state letterman's club; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, co-captain; Student Council; FCCLA chapter president, BHS Culinary Team, state champ management team, Kansas representative for nationals; fall musical; basketball (9-12), team captain; volleyball (11-12), lettered (2 years); cross country (2 years); track (3 years); class vice president (9); class treasurer (12).

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Hospitality industry

Major: Hotel and restaurant management

Sun Young Yoon

Sun Young Yoon

Sun Young Yoon

School: Bishop Seabury Academy

Grade-point average: 4.2

Class rank: 1

Parents: Wang Joon Yoon and Kyung Hye Ahn, Lawrence

Honors, activities: Mount Holyoke Book Award (2007); Le Grand Concours second in state, fourth in U.S. (2005), fourth in state, ninth in U.S. (2006), fourth in state, ninth in U.S. (2007); International Foreign Language Award; Scholastic Art and Writing Award for excellence in visual arts (2005); Seabury Scholars (2004-07); American Mathematics Competitions, outstanding performance (2006-07); prefect (2007-08); Student Senate Council leader, Heritage Community Council, Seabury Social Event Committee, Mentor System Committee, Seabury Community Service Committee; KSHSAA's music festival, vocal solo and wind instrument solo, superior rating in regional and state, (2006), choir, excellent rating regional (2006), piano solo, vocal solo and wind instrument solo, superior rating at regional and state, (2007) choir, superior rating regional, excellence rating state (2007); varsity drill team captain (2008); music achievement certificate (2005-07); varsity girls soccer captain (2008), most improved (2005)

College: Princeton, Duke, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Georgetown, Boston College, College of William and Mary, Dartmouth College, Northwestern or Kansas University.

Career plans: Medical doctor or dentist

Major: Biochemistry or pre-med

Meghan Rush

Meghan Rush

Meghan Rush

School: Wellsville High School

Grade-point average: 3.9

Class rank: 2

Parents: Kip and Connie Rush, Wellsville

Honors, activities: Citizenship Award (9-11); English Student of the Year (9-10); Geography Student of the Year (9); Computer Applications II Student of the Year (10); Kansas State University Achievement Award; state track medalist (9-11); state music festival medalist (10); Lawrence Journal-World All-Area track team, 200m dash (11); Homecoming queen (2007); Art Club (4 years); Drama Club (4 years); SADD (4 years); NHS (2 years); FCA (4 years), team leader (11-12); Annual staff (4 years), editor (12); Student Council (4 years), vice president (11), president (12); choir (1 year); Singers (3 years); dance team (4 years), co-captain (12); track (4 years); cross country (4 years); FBLA (3 years); KAYS (3 years); Scholar Bowl (4 years); Eagle Lift-Off Mentors (2 years); math team (2 years); class president (3 years)

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Undecided

Major: English literature with an interest in secondary education

Kassidie Kramer

Kassidie Kramer

Kassidie Kramer

School: McLouth High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Kerry and Sandra Kramer, McLouth

Honors, activities: Kansas University Honor Scholar (12); Who's Who Among American High School Students (10); National Honor Society (11-12), president; Art Club (9, 11-12), treasurer; cheerleading/dance (9-12); cross country (9-10); track (9-10); drama (11-12); forensics (10-12), state qualifier (3 years); class president (9-12)

College, career plans and major: Undecided

Myla Heston

Myla Heston

Myla Heston

School: Oskaloosa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Duane and Linda Heston, Oskaloosa

Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar (12); student of the month (10-12); Principal's 4.0 Honor Roll (9-12); ranked 1 in class (9-12); Academic Excellence Award (9-12); basketball, lettered (11-12), captain (12); softball, lettered (10-11); 4-H Key Award (12), I Dare You Leadership Award (11); FBLA (9-12); Students Against Destructive Decisions (10-12); Youth Against Drugs and Alcohol (11-12); Student Council (9-12); NHS (10-12), historian (12); yearbook staff (11-12), section editor (12); FCCLA (10); Helping One Student to Succeed mentor (9); Fairview 4-H (11 years), president (12), vice president (10-11); Jefferson County 4-H Council (9-12), reporter (10-11), ambassador (10-12); basketball (9-12), lettered (11-12), captain (12); softball (9-11), lettered (10-11); volleyball

College: Emporia State University

Career plans: High school history teacher

Major: Secondary education in social science

Megan Ketchum

Megan Ketchum

Megan Ketchum

School: Ottawa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: William and Jan Ketchum, Ottawa

Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar (12); KSPA journalism competition (11-12); Who's Who Among American High School Students (9); Scholars Bowl (10-12); Kansas University Freshman Honors, Dean's Scholar, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Scholarships (12); Student Council (10-12), representative (10), class president (11), student body president (12); NHS (11-12), vice president (12); Key Club (10-12); SADD (9-10); Pep Club (10-12); Renaissance (11-12); volleyball (9-11); basketball (9-10); cross country (12); cheerleading (12); tennis manager (9-12); yearbook (11-12); newspaper (10), copy editor (9-12).

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Anesthesiologist or obstetrician

Major: Chemical engineering, considering med school

Megan Sorrick

Megan Sorrick

Megan Sorrick

School: Perry-Lecompton High School

Grade-point average: 3.9

Class rank: 1

Parents: Brad and Debi Sorrick, Lawrence

Honors, activities: Kansas State University Leadership Scholarship (12); Gold Honor Roll (9-12), academic letter (10-12); NHS (10-12); Kansas Honor Scholar (12); Governor's Scholar (12); Kansas Honor Curriculum; Point 5 Club (10-12); NDA All-American nominee (9-10, 12), All-American team (9, 12), technique award (9-12), showmanship (11); Family and Community Leaders (9-12), officer at large (11), president (12); Student Council (10-12), representative (10-11), executive vice president (12); Varsity Blues (9-12), co-captain (11-12); SADD (10-12); Teen Teams Talking Tobacco (10-12); ambassador (11-12); Spirit Club (9-12); International Club (9-10); competitive dance troupe (9 years).

College: University of Georgia, Kansas State University

Career plans: Undecided

Major: International business, business finance

Martin Lucas

Martin Lucas

Martin Lucas

School: McLouth High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Phillip and Kim Thomas, McLouth

Honors, activities: Scholars Bowl (2004-08), team captain, state qualifier; Science Olympiad (2006), third place; business competition, third place, second overall (2006); Kansas Honor Scholar (2008); All-A Honor Roll (2004-08); Chess Club, second place each tournaments (2004-06); band (2004-06); jazz band (2004-06); choir (2005-08); golf (2007-08), inaugural member, captain; cross country (2004-08); NHS (2007-08), treasurer; blues orchestra (2007-08); FCA ( 2004-08); woodshop (2004-05).

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Club professional for a golf course

Major: Business management, apprenticeship for PGA certified professional golf course manager

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

School: Tonganoxie High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Bob Williams and Kim Wetzel Williams, Kansas City, Kan.

Honors, activities: Kansas University's Summerfield, School of Engineering Dean's Scholar and Aerospace Department Scholar (2008-09); SELF Engineering Leadership Fellows finalist (2008-09); Executive Women International, Kansas City chapter, Scholarship; I.N. and Irene Hart Memorial Scholarship; Dion Fezell Scholarship; Downtown Kiwanis Scholarship; Lion's Club Scholarship ; Kansas Honor Scholar; NHS (2006-08), president (2007-08); KSHSAA Class 4A state debate championship team (2008), fourth place (2007); Kansas Novice debate tournament fourth place team (2006); KSHSAA state forensics championships sixth place, original oration (2007), original oration semifinals (2006); Kansas Catholic Forensics League grand national championships competitor (2006-07); Achievement Award (2005-07); Top Freshman math student (Ward High School 2005); Duke University Talented Identification Program (2003-08); Kansas Academic Decathlon (Ward High School), team high scorer (2005); forensics, lettered (2005-07); debate, lettered (2006-08); golf (2005-07); Who's Who Among American High School Students (2005-07); National Honor Roll (2005-08); class vice president (2007-08); Student Council treasurer (2007-08); FBLA (2007-08); FCCLA, Par-Law team (2007-08); Science Club; Foreign Language Club; peer counselor (2005); golf ( 2005-08); football (2004); 4-H member, 12 years; National 4-H Congress (2007); Kansas 4-H Key Award winner, (2006); 4-H County Council (2004-2007), secretary (2004-05), president (2005-06), vice president (2006-07); National 4-H Shooting Sports medalist (2005-07).

College: Kansas University

Career plans: To own an engineering firm

Major: Aerospace engineering, Bachelor and Master of Science, Doctorate of Philosophy

David Towner

David Towner

David Towner

School: Ottawa High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: David and Christine Towner, Ottawa

Honors, activities: Science Olympiad (3 years), regional award winner; FFA, (4 years), won regional and state contests; Suzuki Strings; Ottawa University Orchestra.

College, career plans and major: Undecided

Patricia Roberts

Patricia Roberts

Patricia Roberts

School: De Soto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Jay and Nancy Roberts, Olathe

Honors, activities: ATP-IEP (4 years); Scholars Bowl (4 years); Kansas Honor Scholar; class secretary (10); Student Council, president (12); cross country, girls varsity captain, 4A girls state champions (2006); track 4x800m relay team sixth-place state (2007); dance team (4 years), team choreographer; band, drum major (12), section leader (11), 1 rating state solo and ensemble festival saxophone (2006-07); Madrigals (3 years), president, 1 rating large ensemble and women's ensemble state festival (2007); Teens as Teachers (3 years).

College: Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Career plans: Undecided

Major: Pre-med or archaeology

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