Affton: Elias Cotton
Academic rank • 19 of 193.
Sports • Wrestling, cross country, track and field.
Academic bio • Honor roll, nine-time scholastic athlete award recipient, Bright Flight, Chancellor's Scholarship (Mizzou), US Navy ROTC Scholarship, Missouri Boys State Citizen.
Athletic bio • Wrestling:2018-19 first team all-conference, team MVP; 2017-18 team most improved. Cross country: 2015-16 team most improved. Etc: Affton Wendy’s High School Heisman recipient.
Activities • Step Up STL Volunteer, AHS Band Section Leader, Thespian (AHS Theatre), Mathletes, TSA, TEAMS, PLTW Engineering, Saint Louis Jesuit Wrestling Club.
College, major • University of Missouri with the US Navy ROTC program, electrical engineering.
Goal • “A lot of my goals are incremental in the sense that I have one after the other. My first goal is to graduate and become a nuclear engineer for the Navy, and serve my country for as long as I can. Later on, I want to become a high school wrestling coach and live out my days in a log cabin in the Rockies with my family. My overall goal, however, is to do good for the world. Whether it's a small or large impact, I want to make a positive mark on the world and see the people around me succeed.”
Favorite subject • Physics and calculus. “Math has always been my favorite part of school and both of these courses are very math intensive. The biggest reason has to be my grandfather's sentiment about math: it's the language of the universe. I always get excited when we derive a value in physics class, then we test it and the value we calculated ends up being the real life tested value. It's an awesome feeling.”
Favorite book • “Living With a SEAL” by Jesse Itzler.
Favorite musician • Grandson.
Role model • “The people I consider my biggest role models are my parents. My mom is one of the toughest, more organized, and driven people I know. She's taught me so much and has given me so many opportunities, and has pushed me when I can't move forward myself. My father has been one of the most supportive and upbeat parts of my life, and has taught me how to love everyone around me, love life, and be as happy as I can be. The unconditional love and support my parents have given me throughout the years (has) made all the difference. I know that without their guidance and support (and sometimes redirecting), I would not be where I am today.”
Althoff: Mitchell Kidd
Academic rank • 3 of 82.
Sports • Soccer, tennis, volleyball.
Academic bio • National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; top 10 percent.
Athletic bio • Soccer (2018):South Seven offensive player of the year; Post-Dispatch All-Metro third team; Chicagoland all-state team; first team all-conference; all-sectional.
Activities • Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Big Brothers; Campus Ministry.
College • Truman State.
Goal • “I hope to be a high school soccer coach.”
Favorite subject • Math.
Favorite book • “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
Favorite musician • Drake.
Role model • “My father, because he was a math teacher for 13 years and that is what I plan to do when I get older.”
Alton: Tami Wong
Academic rank • 1 of 507.
Sports • Softball.
Academic bio • Valedictorian, Platinum Alpha, Silver Medallion, Illinois State Scholar, Rotary Student of the Month.
Athletic bio • Art Fahrner student-athlete of the month, Alton offensive player of the year, softball team MVP.
Activities • School: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Saturday Scholars, student council, Minority Excellence, Scholar Bowl, Redbird Nest, Biology Club, Spanish Club. Volunteer: Special Olympics flag football/basketball, Salvation Army bell ringing, Adopt-A-Family, middle school softball.
College, major • Washington University, biochemistry on the pre-dental path.
Goal • “I hope to be happy. I have worked so hard in high school and will do the same in college to set myself up to have a good life after I graduate. I hope that everything I've done will pay off, and all of the sacrifices I've made thus far will be worth it. The ultimate goal is to achieve happiness.”
Favorite subject • Zoology. “It does not pertain to my field of study in college, but it is the most interesting class that I have now, and it is the one class where I can definitely say that I learn new things every day.”
Favorite book • “Heat” by Mike Lupica.
Favorite musician • Drake; James Arthur.
Role model • “I consider my parents my role models. They had to work so hard for everything in their childhoods and didn't have the opportunity to have fun and play sports. I'm extremely lucky that I have that chance to become a first-generation college student-athlete and live out the dreams of my parents for them. I hope that when I grow up, I can be half the people that they are.”
Alton Marquette: Christopher Hartrich
Sports • Basketball, soccer.
Academic bio • IHSA all-state academic first team, Student of the Month, Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Athletic bio • Soccer: First team all-state; all-sectional team; 2017 Class 1A state champion; Post-Dispatch athlete of the week. Basketball: 110 career wins; broke single-season school record in wins with 30; all-sectional team; all-state honorable mention.
Activities • Student council (four years); National Honor Society.
College • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Goal • “Hope to obtain a degree from U of I in business and help other achieve their goals.”
Favorite subject • History. “Learning about the past has always interested me.”
Favorite book • Of Mice and Men.
Favorite musician • Drake.
Role model • “My father because he has pushed me and made me the man I am today and I am forever grateful for him.”
Barat: Mia Davis
Sports • Golf, lacrosse, basketball, dance.
Academic bio • Honor roll, National Honor Society (president).
Athletic bio • Skippy Keefer nominee; team captain for golf, volleyball and basketball.
Activities • School: Student council, honor council, choir, Christmas club, band, campus ministry, student ambassador. Volunteer: Camp Weloki For Girls, a camp founded by Dr. Tim Jordan. It provides a fun, accepting, and safe place for girls to speak their truths and make real connections with other girls. I started going to Camp Weloki about six years ago, and after being a camper, I have started to volunteer and work there to give back to younger girls; various service organizations through Barat's service program; Archbishop May Service Award, among other service awards at Barat Academy.
College, major • Undecided, nursing.
Goal • “As a nurse, I aspire to move up in the field as a nurse practitioner or teacher. One of my other goals in life is to be a mother and be able to teach them all of the lessons that I've learned throughout my life and especially through sports.”
Favorite subject • Biology.
Favorite book • “The Kite Runner.”
Favorite musician • Taylor Swift.
Role model • “My role model is my mom because she shows me what it means to work hard and love other people. My other role models are Taylor Swift and Michelle Obama because they are positive examples of strong, powerful, and influential women in today's society.”
Bayless: Amra Mehmedi
Academic rank • 4 of 120.
Sports • Volleyball, soccer.
Academic bio • Honor roll.
Athletic bio • First team all-conference.
Activities • Student council (president), National Honor Society (recording secretary), FBLA, DECA.
College, major • UMSL, marketing.
Goal • “I hope to find a job where I look forward to going to each and every day.”
Favorite subject • Sociology. “I love learning how groups of people work together.”
Favorite book • “The Kite Runner.”
Favorite musician • Shawn Mendes.
Role model • “My parents because they have always been there for me in the worst of times and in the best of times.”
Belleville East: Chloe McIsaac
Academic rank • 1 of 561.
Sports • Tennis.
Academic bio • National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honors Society), English Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Math Departmental Honors, Social Studies Departmental Honors, Spanish Departmental Honors.
Athletic bio • Four-year state qualifier;Southwestern Conference player of the year (three times); second team all-state (2018); first team all-conference (four times).
Activities • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (officer and metro east student board member), Mentor in East Scholars Society, Spanish Club, First Priority (student leader). Volunteer: Peer Tutoring, summer tennis camp coach.
College, major • University of Southern Indiana, mathematics, specializing in secondary education.
Goal • “As an aspiring high school math teacher, I hope to impact high school students lives through teaching and coaching. Some of the most influential people in my life have been teachers and coaches, so I want to continue their legacy by positively impacting high school students.”
Favorite subject • "Math! I love learning critical thinking skills, practicing aspects from all branches of math, and earning satisfaction from solving complex problems.”
Favorite book • “I am Malala.”
Favorite musician • Jon Bellion.
Role model • “I consider my three sisters role models to me because they constantly work to their fullest potential and strive to reach their goals while maintaining a positive attitude.”
Belleville West: Will Lanxon
Academic rank • 27 of 475.
Sports • Football, baseball, basketball.
Academic bio • Academic all-state football (twice); Rotary Club Football Scholar Athlete; academic all-conference football.
Athletic bio • All-conference football at three different positions; all-conference baseball.
Activities • Student council; Mentor/Mentee Club.
College • Lindenwood-St. Charles.
Goal • “I hope to one day run my own business.”
Favorite subject • Social Studies. “I enjoy learning about history and different countries.”
Favorite book • “The Great Gatsby.”
Favorite musician • Brad Paisley.
Role model • “My dad has always been a role model for me because he showed me how to work hard and taught me to always have high character on and off the field.”
Borgia: Grant Straatmann
Academic rank • 15 of 120.
Sports • Cross Country, track and field, wrestling.
Academic bio • St. Francis Borgia HS Knight of Honor Award; Academic Letter; honor roll; Certification of Excellence Physics, Earth & Space Science; Excellence in Video Production; Distinguished Theology Student.
Athletic bio • Cross country: team state qualifier (three times); AAA Conference champion (2018). Track and field: AAA conference champion in 1600 and 800 (2018). Wrestling: AAA Conference champion, 138 pounds (two times).
Activities • Piano; US Coast Guard auxiliary member; National Honor Society; concert/marching band (xylophone); first in division, seventh overall at Bass Pro Conservation Marathon in Springfield (Nov. 2017). Volunteer: St. Francis Borgia Food Pantry, Borgia H.S. Mass, Franklin County Humane Society, Lutheran Church Harvest Table.
College, major • Maryville University, business administration.
Goal • “(Become) an officer in the United States Coast Guard.”
Favorite subject • Navy JROTC. “I enjoy wearing the uniform, drilling and learning more about the military from guest speakers.”
Favorite book • “Catcher in the Rye.”
Favorite musician • Warren Straatmann, my dad.
Role model • “I consider my former wrestling teammate, Dominic Dolce, a role model because he has a positive attitude no matter what.”
Breese Central: Hunter Strubhart
Academic rank • 6 of 130.
Sports • Track and field, soccer.
Academic bio • National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; Top Ten Percent Club.
Athletic bio • Soccer: three-time regional champion. Track and field: state qualifier in 1600-meter relay.
Activities • Pit Crew (student section); hobbies revolve around the outdoors, such as bass fishing, waterfowl hunting, and deer hunting.
College • Minnesota.
Goal • “I hope to have an income large enough to support the expensive hobbies of both me and my family. I hope to accomplish this through an engineering degree that will work to make the future safer and more efficient.”
Favorite subject • Math. “Solving a problem is extremely rewarding, and it gives you the a sense of self pride that is unmatched in other classes.”
Favorite book • “Tunnels” series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams.
Role model • “I do not have a role model. I like to base my goals off of my own ideas and interests, because I believe that independence and individuality is important to success in life.”
Brentwood: Margaret Callihan
Sports • Volleyball, basketball, soccer.
Academic bio • 4.13 weighted cumulative GPA; National Honor Society member and officer (2017-2019); Spanish Honor Society member and officer (2017-2019); Honor Roll (2015-2019).
Athletic bio • Volleyball: all-conference (two times). Basketball: all-conference (three times). Soccer: all-conference (junior season); MVP (sophomore season).
Activities • Student council (three years); Fellowship of Christian Athletes member and huddle leader (four years); St. Louis FCA Student Board (two years); class officer (senior); Spanish Club member and president; mission trip to Indianapolis (2017).
College, major • University of Missouri, elementary education.
Goal • “I hope to positively change the world. I want to live and happy and good life.”
Favorite subject • College credit biology.
Favorite book • “Mockingbird” by Kathryn Erskine.
Favorite musician • Dan + Shay.
Role model • “The biggest role model in my life is my younger sister. She is the strongest and most hard-working person I know. She has shown me how to love life and laugh often. I’m also very grateful for my parents. They have taught me to be kind to all, and pursue everything wholeheartedly. My family has influenced me to become the person I am today.”
Brussels: Grace Nolte
Academic rank • 1 of 16.
Sports • Volleyball, cheerleading, softball.
Academic bio • Outstanding Citizenship Award by the Sons of the American Revolution; Brussels student of the month (three times); High Honor Roll (four years); Silver Medallion recipient; Provost Scholar at SIUE; Honors Program member at SIUE.
Athletic bio • Member of Brussels High volleyball team that earned first regional victory; most coachable award; volleyball co-captain.
Activities • National Honor Society, member (two years) and president (senior year); student council member (two years) and president (junior); Pep Club, member (four years) and secretary (senior); Civics Club, member (three years) and secretary (junior); Brussels Scholastic Bowl team captain; cheerleading co-captain; Blood Drive coordinator; Junior Achievement Teacher volunteer; Veteran's Day Program volunteer; Vacation Bible School leader volunteer; Canned Food Drive volunteer.
College, major • SIU Edwardsville, cellular and molecular biology. “I plan to continue my education and obtain a masters in health science at an accredited physician's assistant program.”
Goal • “I hope to be content and happy in life. I plan on having a family and living on a farm with lots of animals. As for my career, I plan on becoming a physician's assistant and bringing medicine to rural areas. Coming from a small town, I understand the need to provide medicine close to home and I intend to do so after I graduate.”
Favorite subject • English/literature. “I absolutely love learning about the history that comes along with literature. Reading a story that can take you into a whole new world in indescribable to me. I also enjoy writing and journaling.”
Favorite book • “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls.
Favorite musician • Garth Brooks; Jon Pardi.
Role model • “My mom because she is such an amazing person who exemplifies the qualities of how to be happy in life and show compassion to everyone. She is the kindest, wisest person who I strive to be like! I look up to her for everything and admire her strength.”
Cahokia: Jacob Bullock
Academic rank • 10 of 190.
Sports • Wrestling, football, track and field.
Academic bio • Honor roll (four years); 4.0 GPA.
Athletic bio • Wrestling: 2019 state champion, 2018 state runner-up. Football: all-conference.
Activities • National Honor Society; Interact.
College, major • Old Dominion, business or sports management.
Goal • “To be a businessman.”
Favorite subject • Social studies.
Favorite book • “Bluford” series.
Role model • “I consider all of my teachers and coaches to be my role model.”
Carlinville: Lexi Egelhoff
Academic rank • 6 of 112.
Sports • Volleyball, soccer, basketball.
Academic bio • Illinois State Scholar; IHSA all-state academic team honorable mention; IHSA scholastic achievement; Lions Academic Excellence; National Honor Society; High Honor Roll; Marshal for graduation; Citizenship award.
Athletic bio • Volleyball: offensive player of the year; player of the week. Soccer: all-conference, most improved.
Activities • Student Council president; school musical; FORCE (Friends Offering Respect Citizenship and Empathy); yearbook. Volunteer: church mission trips to New Jersey and Ohio; Help the Elf; Thanksgiving food pantry packaging; Salvation Army bell ringer; delivering Christmas cards to nursing homes.
College, major • Belmont University, nursing.
Goal • “As an adult I see myself becoming a successful working mother and wife. After getting my bachelors in nursing I am going back to school to become a nurse practitioner. I currently am planning on specializing in pediatrics and working in a children’s hospital. In addition to this, I am looking forward to starting a family. I come from a large family with five children, and I see myself wanting this for myself in the future. Overall, I am optimistic about the coming chapters in my life and what they will bring with them.”
Favorite subjects • AP biology, anatomy and physiology. “I say both because they go hand in hand in some ways. The way the human body functions, changes and heals fascinates me. From the network of veins and arteries running through our bodies, to the chromosomes found in our DNA, to the defense mechanisms used to fight off pathogens, the human body proves to be nothing less than a masterpiece.”
Favorite book • “The Help.”
Favorite musician • “I love country music, with 90s and early 2000s being my favorite of all.”
Role model • “My mother has always been a huge role model to me. She has sacrificed so much for my brothers and I, and there’s not a day that goes by that she doesn’t remind us how much we are loved whether it be by words or by actions. She is so supportive of me, and without her help I wouldn’t be the strong, successful, good hearted person I am without her. In addition to being an outstanding mom, she is also one of the kindest people I have ever met. She is a living breathing representation of, ‘Treat others how you want to be treated.’ It doesn’t matter if the other person deserves her kindness or not, she is always gives it without expecting anything in return. I can only hope to be as good of a mother and person as her in the future.”
Carlyle: Noah Crocker
Academic rank • 1 of 73.
Sports • Baseball.
Academic bio • High Honor Roll; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; Top Math Student at Carlyle (three years).
Athletic bio • All-conference and all-area selections.
Activities • National Honor Society (president, Carlyle chapter); Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); Science Club; Spanish Club; Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) team.
College, major • Kaskaskia College for two years, then transfer to achieve a degree in actuarial science.
Goal • “I enjoy working with numbers and formulas, so I hope to become a successful actuary.”
Favorite subject • Math. “I enjoy using formulas and problem-solving techniques to solve complicated equations.”
Favorite book • The Bible.
Favorite musician • Jason Aldean.
Role model • “I consider my parents the greatest role models in my life. They are both hard-working and successful individuals.”
Carnahan: Brynant Bailey
Academic rank • 3 of 79.
Sports • Football, track and field.
Academic bio • SLPS scholar athlete (four years); Principal award for student with great character; Honor Roll (four years); Perfect Attendance award 2019.
Athletic bio • Football team captain.
Activities • Chess club.
College, major • Missouri Baptist University, business administration.
Goal • “I want to become a coach and become a great leader for students who are still in school and help improve a community.”
Favorite subject • Mathematics. “I love solving problems, it keeps my mind occupied.”
Favorite book • “Bluford series: The Bully.”
Favorite musician • Michael Jackson.
Role model • “The challenges my father has been through, he has raised me not to make those same mistakes and to go for my dreams.”
CBC: Andrew Woodman
Sports • Tennis.
Academic bio • Academic Student of the Semester; Gateway Arch Design Challenge Champion.
Athletic bio • Class 2 double champion (2017); Class 2 singles third place (2018), fifth place (2016); two-time first team All-Metro; two-time Athletic Student of the Semester.
Activities • National Honor Society; Honors Program; Aviation Club; Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Center (volunteer work).
College, major • United States Military Academy at West Point, engineering.
Goal • “I hope to become a successful U.S. Army aviation officer.”
Favorite subject • Math. “I am good with numbers and think it can be helpful for an engineering degree.”
Favorite book • “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy.
Favorite musician • “Toby Keith.”
Role model • “I consider my tennis coach, Troy Bray, to be one of my role models because of his honesty, humility, and selflessness. He dedicates so much of his time to the kids he teaches both on and off the court. He has not only turned me into the tennis player I am today, but also into the man I have become.”
Chaminade: Tyler Fogarty
Sports • Baseball.
Academic bio • National Honor Society; National Chinese Honor Society; First Honors Honor Roll.
Athletic bio • Two-time first team all-conference; 2018 second team Post-Dispatch All-Metro; 2017 Perfect Game All American Team; ranked 11th in Missouri by Perfect Game for class of 2019; ranked 96th by position by Perfect Game nationally for class of 2019; 2019 Perfect Game second team All-Region.
Activities • Esto Vir Ambassador; Father Dempseys Food Outreach; TASK; House Captain; Usher at Our Lady of the Pillar Church; Chinese mentor and tutor.
College, major • Notre Dame, engineering.
Goal • “Become the best husband, father and be successful with any career that I desire to pursue. If I had to choose right now it would be a professional baseball player.”
Favorite subject • Math. “It is my best subject and I am always intrigued in the class.”
Favorite book • “The Hunger Games.”
Favorite musician • Post Malone.
Role model • “My dad because he always helps me achieve my goal of becoming the best person I could possibly be.”
Civic Memorial: Jenna Robinson
Academic rank • 27 of 169.
Sports • Soccer, tennis.
Academic bio • High Honor Roll; National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; Illinois Principals Association award.
Athletic bio • Tennis: MVC second team all-conference and team MVP. Soccer: MVC honorable mention all-conference, MVC second team all-conference; IHSA all-state honorable mention.
Activities • Class President; Student Council; Spanish Club; Science Club; FreshMentor; Saturday Scholars.
College, major • Lewis and Clark Community College, mathematics.
Goal • “I hope to be successful in my career in math while also being a role model for the people around me.”
Favorite subject • Math.
Favorite book • “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Favorite musicians • Jason Aldean; Post Malone.
Role model • “I consider my coaches, teachers, and parents to be my role models because they push me to be my absolute very best every day and encourage me to follow my passions to their full extent. I wouldn't be where I am today without them.”
Clayton: Andrew Wang
Sports • Cross country, track and field, wrestling.
Academic bio • Scored36 on ACT; Missouri 100 scholar; 2017 Missouri Scholars Academy; Cornell Book Award scholar; National Speech and Debate Association Tournament qualifier (2018); qualified for the TEAMS (Tests of Aptitude, Engineering, Arithmetic, Math, and Sciences) national competition twice, including Best in State in 2017; AP Scholar with Distinction (2018).
Athletic bio • Track and field: 3200 relay sectional qualifier (2016, 2017). Cross country: State-qualifying team, including fifth place in 2018.
Activities • Academic: speech and debate (elected board member and captain); Mayor's Youth Advisory Council; TEAMS; Science Olympiad. Social: Fantasy Sports Club (co-founder); Ultimate Frisbee Club Team. Volunteer: Clayton Connect; Helping Hounds; Challenger Baseball.
College, major • University of Pennsylvania, philosophy, politics and economics.
Goal • “I hope to do something that does not only provide for me and my family but for others around me, making a difference in the world. For me, learning became transformative when I realized the concepts that I learned in the classroom applied directly to the problems I saw in the world. Coming from a privileged background, I want to help those who have not had those same opportunities. I had previously thought that I was disadvantaged due to my height (5-1), but I realized that many people were struggling more than me, especially due to my experiences with playing with children with disabilities at Challenger Baseball. I love economics, but I believe it should be used for more than finance. It can be used to create public policy that progresses the world as well.”
Favorite subject • Economics. “It encompasses all of my interests. It describes people's behaviors, the workings of the economy, and uses both math and social sciences, which are two of my passions. Additionally, from the start, economics had direct applications to my life, from why I stop eating at buffets to why pricing is the way it is. Due to both its utilitarian nature and combining my passions, economics is my favorite subject.”
Favorite book • “The House of the Spirits.”
Favorite musician • Lil Uzi Vert.
Role model • “I consider my younger brother, Zach, one of my biggest role models. Although he is younger, I admire his passion for others and his dedication to improving himself. When he pursues something, he always completes it but has enough time for others as well.”
Cleveland: Jadia Stacy
Academic rank • 9 of 61.
Sports • Softball, cheerleading.
Academic bio • Honor Roll.
Athletic bio • Cheerleading team captain.
Activities • Basketball at Marquette Park with kids under age 11; Tutoring for A+ Program.
College • Forest Park Community College.
Goal • “I want to own my own business, thinking about becoming a funeral director.”
Favorite subject • Anatomy and Physiology. “It relates to the medical field I am planning to major in.”
Favorite book • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.
Role model • “My mother is my role model because she is very accomplished despite of the many adverse events she had to face as a young lady.”
Collinsville: Zane Baker
Academic rank • 55 of 439.
Sports • Soccer, basketball.
Academic bio • Illinois State Scholar; Honor Roll (four years).
Athletic bio • First team all-Southwestern Conference; all-sectional honorable mention; Post-Dispatch athlete of the week (Aug. 24).
Activities • Student Council; National Honor Society.
College, major • Kansas State, business/finances.
Goal • “I hope to become either a financial adviser or auditor in a rather big city.”
Favorite subject • Statistics. “It applies to my future plans and is pure math, which I love.”
Favorite book • “The Mamba Mentality” by Kobe Bryant.
Favorite musician • Thomas Rhett.
Role model • “I consider my parents to be my role models. They continuously sacrifice their own time and money to make sure my brother and I can succeed in school and enjoy athletics. I would not be the same without them.”
Columbia: Alexandria Touchette
Academic rank • 10 of 160.
Sports • Softball, basketball, volleyball.
Academic bio • Honor Roll (four years); National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar.
Athletic bio • Softball: all-conference (3); all-area (2); All-Metro (3); all-state (3); Athlete of the Week. Basketball: Athlete of the Month; all-conference (2019); all-tournament Candy Cane Classic and Lebanon Christmas Tournament (2018).
Activities • Student Council; children's athletic summer camps (softball, basketball, volleyball).
College, major • Maryville University, accounting.
Goal • “I hope to have a successful accounting career.”
Favorite subject • Math. “It always provides a new challenge for me to overcome.”
Favorite book • "Divergent Series" by Veronica Roth.
Favorite musician • Kane Brown.
Role model • “I consider my parents to be my role models because they have always been there for me, and they always push me to be the best that I can be.”
Confluence: Jayla Dora
Academic rank • 15 of 105.
Sports • Cheerleader, volleyball.
Academic bio • Honor Roll.
Athletic bio • Volleyball captain; cheerleader-lead.
Activities • School store; student government; basketball and football manager.
Goal • “I am interested in a career in the dental field.”
Favorite subject • Math. “Because of the way it engages my mind.”
Favorite book • “Junie B. Jones” series.
Role model • “I consider my older sister (Shanta Bealer) as a role model because she influenced me to be an independent, confident young lady.”
Cor Jesu: Teresa Phillips
Sports • Swimming, field hockey, track and field.
Academic bio • High Honors (four years); National Latin Exam: Magna Cum Laude (2) and Cum Laude; Annual Catholic Appeal Essay Contest Winner.
Athletic bio • Skippy Keefer Scholarship Award nominee; Metro Women's Athletic Association all-conference track and field, swimming and diving.
Activities • National Honor Society; Student Council representative; Benin Babies Mission Club; Cor Jesu Tour Guide; CARE Service Club; Camp Circle Star Volunteer.
College, major • St. Louis University, physical therapy.
Goal • “To always challenge myself to be my best self and to inspire others to do the same by loving unconditionally and showing compassion to one another so that we can all say this world is better because of us.”
Favorite subject • Science. “It involves critical thinking skills and allows me to explore causes of and solutions to challenges in the world.”
Favorite book • "Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Favorite musician • Florence + the Machine.
Role model • “My hero is my 3-year-old niece, Ruthie, who faces daily challenges with joy and perseverance.”
Crosspoint Christian: Lydia Young
Academic rank • 2 of 14.
Sports • Volleyball, soccer.
Academic bio • Honors in English, history, math, science and Bible.
Athletic bio • Volleyball: first team all-conference (three years); first team all-state (three years). Soccer: second team all-state.
Activities • Student Council secretary.
College, major • Southwest Baptist University, communications.
Goal • “I want to use the skills I've learned to aid organizations, companies, and individuals in telling their stories, preserving their values, and achieving their goals.”
Favorite subject • English. “I love reading and reflecting on classic literature.”
Favorite book • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
Favorite musician • Bjear.
Role model • “I consider my dad a role model because he works hard at everything he does and is always looking for ways to serve and love others.”
Crossroads: Blaire Williams
Sports • Basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, track and field.
Academic bio • Upper School Award (sophomore); George Eastman Young Leaders Award (junior).
Athletic bio • Basketball: first and second team all-conference. Soccer: first team all-conference (twice); second team all-conference.
Activities • Student council (president); student ambassador.
College, major • College of William and Mary, public policy.
Goal • “I hope to work in the political realm for a while and then work for the FBI or CIA.”
Favorite subject • History and government. “It is important to me to be an informed citizen, and I learn new things every day that only increase my interest.”
Favorite book • “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.
Favorite musician • Johnny Cash.
Role model • “I look up to strong women who are hard-working and outspoken.”
Crystal City: Kailey Krieg
Academic rank • 4 of 41.
Sports • Basketball, softball.
Academic bio • Perfect attendance (freshman through junior year); Honor Roll (four years); Principal's Award (two years); Mastodon Science Fair, third place (junior); Twin City Optimist Award (junior).
Athletic bio • Basketball: all-conference, all-district (three years). Scored more than 1,000 points.
Activities • Student Council; Varsity Club; National Honor Society.
College, major • Mineral Area College, criminology or forensics.
Goal • “I would love to be a crime scene investigator, or be able analyze the evidence of a crime scene as well.”
Favorite subject • English. “I love to write and that is one of the only classes where I am able to do that often.”
Favorite book • “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.
Favorite musician • Thomas Rhett.
Role model • “I consider my grandma who passed away from leukemia to be my biggest role model. She was overall an amazing person and would do anything for those she loved. She was always positive and was my No. 1 supporter through everything I participated in while growing up. She always found a way to accomplish what she set out to do. If I grow up to be half the person she was, I would be happy with that.”