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Journal-World’s 2009 Academic All-Star nominees

March 15, 2009

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Lezley Lawson

School: McLouth High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: Michael and Donna Lawson, McLouth
Honors, activities: National Honor Society, president (12), secretary (11); Principal’s Honor Roll (9-12); Kansas Honor Scholar; class treasurer (9-12); Entrepreneurship president (12); softball (9-12); cheerleading (9); volleyball (9-10); band and jazz band (9-12); forensics (9-12); flag team captain (11-12); Math-letics (12).
College: Emporia State University
Career plans: Business actuary
Major: Math, minor in business

Cassandra Allen

School: Oskaloosa High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: William and Janet Allen, Oskaloosa
Honors, activities: Presidential scholarship, Baker University; ACT Incentive Scholarship, Baker University; Academic Leadership Scholarship, Baker; Principal’s Honor Roll (9-12); Student of the Year, geometry (10), English II (10), English II (11); vice president, Students Against Destructive Decisions; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (12); National Honor Society (12); volleyball (9-12); basketball (9-11); band (9-11).
College: Baker University
Career Plans: Elementary teacher
Major: Elementary education

Katie Wootten

School: Wellsville High School
Grade-point average: 3.89
Class rank: 3
Parents: Marshall and Kathy Wootten, rural Ottawa
Honors, activities: Kansas State University activity scholarship; Student of the Year, geometry and Spanish; Future Business Leaders of America (9-12); KAYs (9-10, 12); National Honor Society (11-12), vice president (12); class officer (10-12); Student Council (10); Eagle Mentor (12); yearbook (10-12), editor (12); cross country (9-12); basketball (10); softball (9-12); 4-H (9-12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-10).
College: Kansas State University
Career Plans: Elementary teacher
Major: Elementary education, minor in leadership studies

Kotie Lane Wootten

School: Wellsville High School
Grade-point average: 3.88
Class rank: 4
Parents: Marshall and Kathy Wootten, rural Ottawa
Honors, activities: Kansas State University Achievement Award; Student of the Year, chemistry (11), math (11); Citizenship Award (11); 4-H (9-12); basketball (9-10); class officer, president (11-12); cross country (11-12); Eagle Mentor (12); Future Business Leaders of America (9-12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-10); KAYs (9-10, 12); National Honor Society (11-12), president (12); Student Council (9-12).
College: Kansas State University
Career Plans: Veterinarian
Major: Animal science and industry

Margaret Kuhlman

School: Perry-Lecompton High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: Dan and Leah Kuhlman, Lecompton
Honors, activities: Art Club, vice president (12); Drama Club, VP (11-12); Fellowship of Christian Students (9-12); cross country (9-12); Kansas Honor Scholar; National Honor Society; Governor’s Scholar; Drama Club (9-12); track (9-10); basketball (9); art fair (9-12); choir (11).
College: Kansas State University
Career Plans: Teacher
Major: Secondary education, Spanish minor

Chelsea Williams

School: Perry-Lecompton High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: Bryan and Wendi Williams, Perry
Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar (12); Kansas State University Fairchild Scholarship (12); 4.0 Honor Roll (9-12); Kaw Excel Program (10-12); National Student Leadership Conference (11); USAA National Mathematics Award Winner (10); softball (9-12); Ambassador’s Club (12); Biology Club (9-12); Art Club (9-12); Blue Krew Spirit Club (9-12); Lettermen’s Club (9-12); volleyball (9-12); track (11).
College: Kansas State or Washburn University
Career Plans: Athletic training and physical therapy
Major: Athletic training

Amber White

School: De Soto High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: Kevin and Beverly White, De Soto
Honors, activities: National Young Leaders Conference; Journal-World scary story contest first place (11); Girl Scouts, 13 years; scholarship participant in Freedom in Academia, Alvin J. Cox and All Ink programs.
College: Baker University
Career Plans: Research and writing
Major: Sociology

Ashlyn Cole

School: Baldwin High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: Dan Cole and Kara Stegman, Baldwin City
Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar; High Honor Roll (9-12); President’s Award for Educational Excellence; 2008-2009 yearbook cover design; forensics KSHSAA certificate for outstanding achievement; Student Council president (12) and vice president (11); journalism, chief photographer and photo editor (11-12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-12); forensics (11-12); Citizens for Drug-Conscious Baldwin (12); volleyball (9-10); National Honor Society (11-12); Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (12).
College: Baker University
Career Plans: Teacher
Major: Undecided, leaning toward elementary education

Marianne Sansom

School: Baldwin High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: Charlie and Marcia Sansom, rural Eudora
Honors, activities: Principal’s Honor Roll (9-12); best novice debater (10); Math Day (10-12); Northeast Kansas District Choir (11-12); Kansas University Honors Scholar (12); Trustee’s Scholarship, Freed-Hardeman University (12); Newcomer Vocalist Award (9); Female Vocalist of the Year (10); Director’s Award (11); state solo-ensemble festival participant (9-11); National Honor Society (11-12); freshman class vice president; Student Council (10-12); Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (10-12); Lettermen’s Club (11); Winner’s Circle for Drug-Free Athletes (9-12); International Club (11-12); fall musical (10-12); volleyball (9-11); concert choir (10-12); debate (10); forensics (10-12); jazz choir (11); band (9-12); Kansas University Kansas City Youth Wind Symphony (9-11); flute section leader (10-12); John Philip Sousa Honor Band (9); Baker University Honor Band (9-10, 12).
College: Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tenn.
Career Plans: Possible nurse practitioner
Major: Nursing or pre-medicine

Kyle McDaniel

School: Santa Fe Trail High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 2
Parents: Bill and Ethel McDaniel, Carbondale
Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar; Principal’s Honor Roll (9-12); Presidential Scholarship, Allen County Community College; foreign language achievement award in Spanish; Kansas Association for Youth (9-12); Principal’s Advisory Committee; Future Business Leaders of America (9-12); National Honor Society (11-12); Spanish Club (9-12); cross country (9-12); basketball (9-12); baseball; golf; band, state ensemble qualifier.
College: Kansas University
Career Plans: Medicine research, pharmaceutical chemistry
Major: Chemistry

Joseph Burgett

School: Santa Fe Trail High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 2
Parents: Greg and Mary Burgett, Carbondale
Honors, activities: Principal’s Honor Roll (9-12); cross country (9-12); basketball (9-12); track and field (9-10); golf (11-12); Kansas Honor Scholar (12); American Math Competition winner (9-10); Allen County Community College Presidential Scholar (11-12); Kansas State University Medallion and Opportunity Scholarships (12); Kansas Association for Youth (9-12); National Honor Society (11-12); Future Business Leaders of America (9-12); Leo Club president and charter member (12); Renaissance Service Committee member (9-12); band (9-10).
College: Kansas State University
Career Plans: Engineer
Major: Engineering

Emily Gripka

School: Tonganoxie High School
Grade-point average: 4.0
Class rank: 1
Parents: Paul and Janet Gripka, Tonganoxie
Honors, activities: Education Excellence Banquet (10-11); three-time Outstanding Student of the Month; Kansas Honor Scholar; University of Saint Mary Jubilee Scholarship (12); debate (9-12); forensics (10, 12); softball (9-12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (11-12); Science Club (11-12); dance team (11-12); Foreign Language Club (12); basketball (9-10); volleyball (9); National Honor Society (11-12); band (9); math team (12); senior-freshman mentor (12).
College: University of Saint Mary
Career Plans: Pediatrician
Major: Biology

Thomas Dohle

School: Tonganoxie High School
Grade-point average: 3.98
Class rank: 8
Parents: Tom Sr. and April Dohle, Tonganoxie
Honors, activities: debate (9-10), fourth place 4A state tournament; Scholars Bowl (11-12); Science Club (10,12); Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (9,11); Future Business Leaders of America (10-11); Educational Excellence Award (10-12); Kansas Honor Scholar (12).
College: Boston University or University of Pittsburgh
Career Plans: Surgical oncologist
Major: Health sciences, minor in biochemistry

Jennifer Birzer

School: Ottawa High School
Grade-point average: 3.96
Class rank: 3
Parents: Anthony and Elizabeth Birzer, Ottawa
Honors, activities: Scholastic Achievement Award (9-12); Forensics state qualifier (11); Vocal regional and state qualifier (10-11); Choir (10); Drama (10); Girl Scout Bronze Award (9); Cytones show choir (12); Girls Glee (10); Cyclonettes Dance Team (11-12); Student Council (12); Track (9); National Honor Society (11-12); Key Club (11-12); French Club (9); Pep Club (9-12); Girl Scouts (9); Concert Choir (9).
College: Kansas State University or Texas Christian University
Career Plans: Personal stylist or buyer
Major: Fashion merchandising

Jamie Allan

School: Ottawa High School
Grade-point average: 3.96
Class rank: 6
Parents: Kevin Allan, Lake Ozark, Mo., and Kris Wallace, Ottawa
Honors, activities: Letters about Literature state winner (10); KU Honors Program (12); K-State Scholar (12); National Honor Society (11-12); High Honor Roll (9-12); Kansas State University Foundation Scholarship (12); Volleyball (9-12); Track and field (9-12); Key Club (9-12), treasurer (12); Dance team (9); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-11); Student Council (9-10); Freshman class president.
College: Kansas State University
Career plans: Wellness and fitness industry
Major: Exercise science and nutrition

Kirsten Bennett

School: Veritas Christian School
Grade-point average: 3.82
Class rank: 2
Parents: Douglas and Angela Bennett, Lecompton
Honors, activities: Honor roll (9-12); Student council secretary (12); Basketball (9-12); Varsity volleyball (11).
College: Washburn University
Career Plans: Physical therapy
Major: Physical therapy assistant program

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