On Monday evening the Kansas Honors Program honored more than 70 area high school seniors who are in the top 10% of their class, including six from Southeast High School. The event took place at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and each Kansas Honor Scholar received a certificate and a special edition of Webster’s New College Dictionary and has a chance to qualify for a $4,000 scholarship to Kansas University.
“It is important to recognize students academic excellence because it is a culmination of so many qualities needed for success after high school,” said Southeast High School Principal Larry Malle. “Students who are academically successful have learned to successfully implement skills such as: time management, organization, setting priorities, persistence. Individual qualities such as leadership, self esteem, self confidence, goal oriented and drive. These are a few of the ingredients involved in becoming a top notch academic student.”
“Students put forth hard work, dedication, and perseverance to achieve and excel during their four years of high school,” said Southeast High School Guidance Counselor Kaci Coots. “The students recognized in the top 10% of their classes are not only excelling in the classroom, their achievements go beyond in areas of leadership and community service. Our students should be very proud of themselves, and I know that this is just the beginning of their many successes.”
The guest speaker at the event was Bernadette Gray-Little, the Chancellor of the University of Kansas.
“(She) honored the students by describing the qualities these students have within themselves, and the leadership they bring to their schools, communities, state, and nation,” Coots said. “She encouraged students to be grateful, keep seeking and striving for achievement, and get involved in their college careers.”
“Also, learning to be true to themselves and trusting the path they have selected for themselves is very important,” said Principal Malle. “It can become easy to put off homework or choose the path of least resistance, but many of the most successfully oriented people are capable of remaining focused. Parents should also be commended. They had a hand in guiding students to this achievement.”
Area seniors honored by the Kansas Honors Program were:
Baxter Springs High School – Abbey Barngrover, Cassidy Bingham, Elicia Bunce, Baylee Forcum, Brendan Skye, Brea Walkley and Thad White.
Columbus Unified High School – Brendan Billesbach, Nate Bole, Millicent Clugston, Abbey Elmore, Chandler Glascow, Kendal Hale, Olivia Murdock, Devon Wheeler and David Windsor.
Frontenac High School – John Barrows, Tanner Forrest, Nathan Hemby, Casey Lindbloom, Trace McKnight, Lauryn Perry, Taylor Smith, Bradley Southard and Aubri Stahl.
Galena High School – Austin Abram, Haley Hall, Peyton McAllister, Lora Rooffener and Kyle Wilkins.
Girard High School – Alixandra Beezley, Breanna Daly, Russell Frisbee, Chelsea Grantham, Brittany Kratz, Erin Kruse, MaCahla Leslie, Katie Massa, Sarah Emily Rawlings and Cassidy Thomason.
Northeast High School – Kaylee Bogina, Drake Courtney and Timothy Peternell.
Pittsburg High School – Ashley Burch, Claire Caffrey, James Clark, Alexis Germann, Micah Hashman, Ethan Hawn, Su His-Cheng, Joshua Jarvis, Joseph Mathew, Adrian McAfee, Miranda Moore , Lucas Redd, Reagan Rink, Ana Ruiz, Haley Uttley, Camille Wallace, Mark Weaver and Joseph Wools.
Riverton High School – Addison Berry, Andrew Darcey, Jennifer Gaines, Hailey Harper, Jayden Rather and Melissa Santiago.
Southeast High School – Megan Gall, Shado Jacobs, Austin Rogers, Jarod Watson , Aaron Westervelt and Jacob Zortz.
St. Mary’s Colgan High School – Ryan Higginbotham, Stephanie Oyibo, Alyssa Patterson and Emily Sanders.