Academic bio: First Honors every semester; Pope Francis I Scholarship Award (top 10% of class); Presidential Education Award (3.5 or higher cumulative GPA); National Honor Society; Class of 2020 man of the year.
Athletic bio: Starter on the 2019 Class 4 state championship team; second team all-conference.
Activities: Companero (senior leader); National Chinese Honor Society vice president; Christmas on Campus volunteer; Special Olympics volunteer, Camp Independence volunteer; Kairos retreat leader.
Goal: "I want to be able to start a business with my brothers once we have all graduated college.”
Favorite subject: Physics. “I enjoy being able to learn how and why different things work and even calculate how fast they mover or how much energy they need.”
Favorite book: "A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin.
Favorite musician: Luke Combs.
Role model: My former physics teacher, Joe Feld. "After spending time as a success engineer, he decided to leave his job to pursue a new goal: educating young men. Just last year, he chose to pursue a new path. He now works at the Solomon Project, a non-profit that builds and fixes up houses in North Grand neighborhoods, with hopes of starting his own non-profit in the future.”
Activities: School ambassador; peer mentor; served lunches at St. Vincent DePaul food kitchen; club soccer.
College, major: Harris-Stowe State University with a direct admittance to the Washington University occupational therapy doctoral program.
Goal: “Earn my doctorate in occupational therapy, which will enable me to help others.”
Favorite subject: Anatomy. “I have always enjoyed science, and the anatomy class solidified my desire to pursue a medical degree in college.”
Favorite book: "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson.
Favorite musician: AC/DC.
Role model: DuBourg athletic trainer Nathan Jarman. “Nate became my role model when I watched him working his tail off to help others get better and back to doing the sport they love. His guidance about the medical field has been invaluable, even though he tried to get me to be an athletic trainer instead of occupational therapist. He has been my sounding board about classes and schools. He has helped guide me in my college and degree selections.”
Duchesne: Claire Weber
Sports: Volleyball, basketball.
Academic bio: First team academic all-conference (four years); academic all-state (senior year); National Honor Society; President’s List (every semester); Bright Flight.
Athletic bio: Volleyball: team captain (junior and senior season); first team all-conference, second team all-district. Basketball: first team all-conference and all-district.
Activities: Club volleyball (seven years); student ambassador; student council; house system leadership; freshman mentor; Duchesne Scholars’ Academy; Outreach service club.
College: Missouri State University.
Goal: “I hope to become a physician’s assistant because that career combines two of my passions; health sciences and working with people.”
Favorite subject: Anatomy and physiology. “I love to learn about the complexities of the human body and how everything works together. “
Favorite book: “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.
Favorite musicians: Luke Combs, Travis Scott.
Role model: My mom. “She is such a fun, smart, loving, and patient person and I hope that one day I can be as good of a mother, friend, sister, and daughter as she is.”
Dupo: Annalese Gill
Academic rank: 8 of 67.
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, track and field.
Academic bio: Physics senior award; journalism senior award; Cadet of the month April and December 2019.
Athletic bio: Basketball: most improved (2017); Track and field: top female field event (2018); Volleyball: heart award (2019).
Activities: ROTC; student council; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; class officer; organized a blood drive; organized fundraiser for my teacher with breast cancer.
College: Lipscomb University.
Goal: “I want to be able to help special-needs kids. When I have helped these kids in the past, I could really tell and hoped that I am making a difference. I know that everyone has something that sets them off, but it is harder for these kids to push through them. I hope to be able to help them push past these challenges or help them to get through their hard times.”
Favorite subject: Physics. “Even though I found it a very challenging class, I still pushed through and continued to try my hardest. I later found out that I was given the senior physics award and I was excited. Plus in that class, everyone was so helpful and was always cheering everyone.”
Favorite book: “Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.
Role model: My brother, Dakota. “We have been through so much together and he has really pushed past so many boundaries or stereotypes that people could consider him. He has always been there to help me in my journey. Even when we have been mad at each other, I knew that I could count on him. Dakota has always been someone who believes in me and will no matter what never give up on me.”
Edwardsville: Lloyd Reynolds
Sports: Football, wrestling.
Academic bio: High honor roll.
Athletic bio: First team all-conference in football and wrestling; two-time state placer in wrestling.
Activities: “I like to lift weights and watch movies.”
College: University Wisconsin-Parkside.
Goal: "I hope to earn a degree after my four or five years and have a well-paying job and a family.”
Favorite subject: History. “I find it interesting to go back and learn from their mistakes.”
Favorite book: “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle.
Favorite music: “I love 70s-80s classical rock.”
Role model: High school wrestling coaches. “They push me to be my best and I don’t want to let them done and they inspire me to be better than I was yesterday.”
Elsberry: Lyman Heras
Academic rank: 5.
Sports: Cross country, track, golf, soccer.
Academic bio: National Honor Society, A honor roll.
Athletic bio: Golf: Most improved; Track: Most points in a season (male).
Activities: Band, jazz band, pep band, marching band, choir, FCA, FBLA, Student Ambassadors, church services at local senior center.
College: Southwest Baptist University.
Goal: "I plan on becoming a band and/or choir teacher at a high school somewhere. I think it would be fun.”
Favorite subject: Music. “I think it's fun and a good way to relieve stress and/or express your feelings. It's kind of my thing.”
Favorite book: "The Bible.”
Favorite musicians: Kane Brown and Jason Aldean
Role model: "I look up to my Papa (grandpa) because he is a very hard-working and honorable man. He is thoughtful and honest with everything he does. I also look up to my girlfriend because she works so hard and always has a good attitude.”
Eureka: Jake McCollum
Sports: Football, wrestling.
Academic bio: Eureka student-athlete of the year (2018); 4.271 grade point average; Glory of Missouri Award; football academic all-state (three years).
Athletic bio: Football: three-year starter; first team all-state linebacker, conference defensive player of the year, second team Post-Dispatch All-Metro, Andy Bedo Award (2019); all-conference linebacker (2018); American Cancer Society all-star team. Wrestling: four-year starter, three-time state qualifier; state runner-up (2020) and fourth-place finishes (2019); Eureka’s Riley Baker Award; participated in Missouri vs. Illinois dual match.
Activities: Teenage Health Consultants (went to elementary and middle schools in area to talk about importance of good life choices and being prepared for future); Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader at Eureka.
College, major: Truman State University, business/criminology.
Goal: “Whatever I end up doing in life, I just hope to be a servant of Christ to everyone I come into contact with. I hope to be a great dad and husband who makes the world a better place, and I know that the progress to become a better man in preparation for adulthood is happening now and every day until then.”
Favorite subject: History, social studies. “I just enjoy learning about crazy things that have happened in the past and seeing how people reacted to come to affect the present day. I also like learning about things like the economy because it is very important to know how it works in order to make the right economic moves for my future.”
Favorite book: “Fearless” by Eric Blehm. “It is a remarkable true story about a mess of a man who fights and claws his way through tough trials to become part of the most elite fighting forces in the world, the Navy Seals. His life shows the power of Christ and the power of the human spirit in its very finest moment. “Fearless” also shows how one can be a good person as well as one of the fiercest warriors ever known.”
Favorite musician: Cody Jinks.
Role model: All of my coaches. “Every day they show up and give hours and hours of their time just to help me better myself as an athlete. Coaching is really a selfless job and I will always be grateful to all of the people who have spent their time and effort to help me.”
Father McGivney: Marta Korte
Academic rank: Top 10 percent.
Sports: Volleyball, soccer, cheerleading.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; High Honor Roll.
Athletic bio: Cheer captain (senior year).
Activities: Visit a local nursing home to bring communion monthly; soccer and volleyball athletic camps for grade-school kids (four years); volunteer: school open houses, new student orientation; annual week-long group mission trip with school (three times); student ambassador; house leader; The Celtic Crew fan club; Science Olympiad team.
College: “I will likely attend college at SIUE.”
Goal: "I am majoring in nursing. I hope to eventually become a NICU nurse.”
Favorite subject: AP biology. “I enjoy the variation in the subject matter — there are countless things to learn. It’s intriguing with so many aspects to it. It’s also more than sitting in a classroom, because lab activities give you a hands-on approach. Our teacher is very engaging and works hard to make it a beneficial class, which has only increased my fondness of it.”
Favorite books: "The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini; and “Just Listen” by Sarah Dessen.
Favorite musician: Luke Combs.
Role model: My mom. “I am the youngest of the five kids she has successfully raised with strong values. She makes our family breakfast in the mornings, then she goes to work all day and, without fail, I come home to a home-cooked meal every night. Somewhere in all of this, she finds time for gardening and bike riding, which are her favorite hobbies. On top of that, she's a supportive friend, sister to 7, and daughter. My mother is easily the strongest, most hard working woman I know, and I can only hope to reflect her as an adult.”
Festus: Abigail Rickermann
Academic rank: 7.
Sports: Softball, basketball, track and field.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; academic all-state (four seasons); track and field (one); honor roll; Festus High student of the month (January).
Athletic bio: Softball: First team all-state (two seasons); first all-conference and all-district (four seasons); first team all-region (three seasons); JCAA MVP (2019); program career stolen bases record holder; KJFF Dream Team Member (2017, 2018); program single-season stolen bases record (2017); All-Metro second team (2017). Basketball: Three-time JCAA MVP (2018, 2019, 2020); more than 1,000 career points; first team all-conference (three seasons); first team all-district (two seasons); KJFF Dream Team (2019, 2020); Perry County Character Athlete (2018); Ms. Lady Tiger of the Year (2019). Track: first team all-conference for 400-meter relay, long jump.
Activities: Student council; Key Club; Gold and Black Pack; Varsity Club; Community service: local park cleanup; Festus and Arnold Food Pantry; SPENSA soccer; FHS blood drives; youth basketball coach; FHS/kindergarten registration; Arnold Kiwanis Thanksgiving Day meal prep; Arnold Jaycees; State of the County server; Special Olympics buddy; Play Unified buddy; Project Fairy Godmother (vice president); local cookie bake deliverer, Key Club toy drive.
Goal: “I plan to pursue a degree in physical therapy and eventually obtain my doctorate degree. I plan to someday open my own physical therapy business somewhere local. I would love to open one in Jefferson County because I have grown extremely fond of the area and just the overall atmosphere it has. Plus, I would still be very close to my family and friends.”
Favorite subject: Science. “I just find it completely fascinating. I especially love the anatomy portion of science. The way that all of the different pieces in our body work together in harmony to make us function the way we do just really amazes and interests me.”
Favorite book: “Mockingjay” out of the “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. “I actually love the whole series and how it's full of unpredictable twists and turns, but I really like Mockingjay the best because it raps up the story line nicely and Katniss is finally able to find some peace in the world.”
Favorite musician: Luke Combs.
Role model: My parents. “Because of how hard working and selfless they are. My parents constantly work their hardest to provide for my brother and I and to make sure that we have everything we need. They always put us first and love us unconditionally. Day in and day out they both set an incredible example for my brother and I as to what a great person and parent should look like. They have given me people to look up to and aspire to be like. Thanks to them I want to always be hard working, caring, selfless, and dedicated, but most of all I want to make them proud.”
Athletic bio: Softball: second team all-conference and all-district (two seasons). Basketball: GAC Central player of the year (2019, 2020); first team all-conference (three seasons); first team all-district (two seasons); Class 4 all-state (2020); Post-Dispatch All-Metro third team (2020).
Activities: Activities: marching band; Leader League; Community service: JDRF One Walk; JDRF Art of the Home Kitchen Tour.
College: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Goal: "I hope to become an aerospace engineer.”
Favorite subject: Calculus. “I love math, problem solving, and I always enjoy a challenge.”
Favorite book: "Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling.
Favorite musicians: Daughtry; Maroon 5.
Role model: My parents. “They embody the person I strive to be and the adult I hope to become.”
Fort Zumwalt North: Jordyn Grimes
Academic rank: 14.
Sports: Basketball, track and field, cheerleading.
Academic bio: Summa Cum Laude; academic all-Gateway Conference (four years); National Honor Society; Chancellor's Scholarship to Webster University.
Athletic bio: Basketball: first team all-district and all-conference. Track: third team all-district and all-conference.
Activities: Women's Chamber Choir; Positive Peer Influence; theatre; League of Leaders; FZNiam; tutor at Jefferson Elementary in the Normandy School District.
College, major: Webster University, journalism.
Goal: “I hope to become a broadcast journalist. I also want to go to law school and become a criminal justice defense attorney. With both of those jobs, I feel like I will fulfill my desire to promote a future of equality and safety.”
Favorite subject: Math. “I love the challenge. Everything connects, and it makes me feel very accomplished when I solve problems.”
Favorite book: “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins.
Favorite musician: Beyonce.
Role model: My brother. “We are close in age, and he has always inspired me to push my limits and stay involved. I started playing basketball, playing music, and enrolling myself in every AP class, so I could be successful in everything just like him.”
Athletic bio: GAC Central player of the year and MBCA Class 5 All-State (2020); first team all-conference (2019, 2020); first team all-district (2018, 2019, 2020); second team all-conference (2018).
Activities: Leadership League; Empowering Young Men; A+.
College: Quincy University.
Goal: “I hope to be able to succeed both on and off of the court at Quincy and set myself up for a successful future.”
Favorite subject: Calculus. “I have a great teacher who cares for us as students and it makes sense to me.”
Favorite book: “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling.
Favorite musician: J. Cole.
Role model: My parents. “They have shown me that the only way to succeed in life is through hard work and dedication. My dad's favorite quote, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard’ is something that I will always think of when times get tough. He taught me that I will not always be the most talented, but nobody should ever outwork me. Without them I would not be the man I am today, both on the hardwood and in life.”
Fort Zumwalt West: Brooklyn Palmer
Academic rank: 25 of 436.
Sports: Volleyball, basketball.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; Volleyball: academic all-conference (junior and senior seasons); all-state all-academic team (junior season). Basketball: academic all-conference (junior and senior seasons); honor roll; Summa Cum Laude.
Athletic bio: Basketball: all-district team (junior and senior seasons); second team all-conference (junior); first team all-conference (senior); made six all-tournament teams.
Activities: Jag Connection (mentor to freshman class); “Leader in Me” leadership program (mentor to elementary schools); A+ tutoring; adaptive PE class (mentor for special-needs students); leadership in church youth group.
College: Utah State Eastern.
Goal: “I want to live life to the fullest. With whatever career I decide, I want to be able to touch as many lives as possible and be a help to anyone I come in contact with. I hope to raise a family and enjoy spending time with them. I have learned some of my greatest life lessons through sports, and I hope to help others learn these important lessons. I wish to live a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle and help others to do the same.”
Favorite subject: Human anatomy & physiology. “I think it is interesting to learn about the human body and how it functions.”
Favorite book: “Wonder” by R.J Palacio.
Favorite musician: Maroon 5.
Role model: My older sister. “She is the ultimate example of how to work hard, persevere through hard times, and how to be selfless. She puts others needs and wants first before even thinking about herself. When I was a freshman in high school, she was a junior, and I took her starting spot on the varsity basketball team. Instead of being upset or frustrated, she was so proud and ended up being my biggest supporter. She pushed herself to be better and pushed me also. She is so loving and so friendly to everyone, and she lights up a room when she walks in. She is the best example of how to be determined and compassionate.”
Fox: Carson Elwood
Academic rank: 56 of 396.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; 3.9 GPA; National Leadership Academy scholarship winner; academic all-state (twice); A+ program; A honor roll.
Athletic bio: All-conference and all-district linebacker (twice); third team all-state linebacker; J98 Dream Team; four-time conference champion.
Activities: Senior class vice president; DECA; student advisory council; student leadership council; Volunteer: weight training for middle schoolers; flood sandbagging; Arnold Food Pantry.
College: Northwest Missouri State University.
Goal: "I know that with hard work and perseverance, I can do anything I put my mind to. One of my teachers once told me that I may face great adversity at some point in my life, but to never back down. Keep clawing at the end game. For me the end game is to become an amazing father one day who supports and provides for their family with love and courage. I hope to lead them on the path to great achievements and success that I wish to reach in the future as well. I want to join a business out of college where I can learn a great set of skills that will eventually lead me to owning my own business where I can grow and expand- shaping the life I know I can live and love.”
Favorite subject: DECA business marketing. “It is what I plan to major in and I love the whole aspect of what the subject is about. I enjoy projects, presenting, and putting graphics together for the class.”
Favorite book: “Hard Times Create Strong Men” by Stefan Aarnio.
Favorite musician: Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Role model: My brother, Cole Elwood. “Cole currently goes to Northwest Missouri State University and plays football, as well. Being his brother has been one of the greatest blessings I could ever have. Without his constant drive for me to become a better athlete, scholar and man, I do not know where I would be today. I am so thankful for him as well as the rest of my family for their support they have provided me my whole life.”
Francis Howell Central: Mackenzie Jones
Academic rank: 65.
Sports: Tennis, soccer, basketball, swimming.
Academic bio: Summa cum laude; scored 31 on ACT; AP all-state.
Athletic bio: Tennis: two-time state qualifier; Soccer: all-conference second team; all-conference first team; all-district; all-state; fourth-place finish in state as a junior; Basketball: conference championships as junior and senior.
Goal: "I hope I to continue to stay learning more and more about life and have the ability to experience more and more new and exciting things.”
Favorite subject: History. “I am so intrigued in the past and am always fascinated by all of the different types of leadership and their successes along with their failures.”
Favorite book: "Salt to the Sea” by Ruty Septys.
Favorite musician: Khalid.
Role model: My friend, Aleuria. “She is an extremely amazing person who has been through some extremely difficult trials in life and yet she is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Her strong faith and continuous positive, thankful outlook on life inspires me day in and day out.”
Francis Howell North: Joanna Dohrman
Academic rank: 1 out of 356.
Academic bio: National Merit Scholar; USA Swimming Scholastic All-American; AP Scholar with Distinction; National Honor Society (historian); academic all-conference.
Athletic bio: Class 2 state champion in the 500-yard freestyle; school record holder in six events; Gateway Athletic Conference record holder in 500 free; Post-Dispatch All-Metro second team; first team all-conference; Class 2 all-state.
Activities: Student council (cabinet); HOSA (international competition team); Mentors; jazz band; basketball pep band.
College: Johns Hopkins University.
Goal: “I hope to work in the medical field.”
Favorite subjects: Math and English.
Favorite book: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger.
Favorite musician: Rihanna.
Role model: “I consider my parents to be my role models. They are always supporting me, and they inspire me to always try my hardest at anything I do. Both of them are very good people that I can look up to.”
Francis Howell: Danielle Lindsey
Academic rank: 60 of 410.
Sports: Softball (3 years); girls wrestling (2 years).
Academic bio: "Golden Helmet" school award; academic all-conference (2017, 2018, 2019); honor roll (four years).
Athletic bio: Softball, first team all-conference (2019); first team all-district (2018, 2019); second team all-conference and second team all-region (2018); fourth-place state team finish (2017); St. Charles County Amateur Hall of Fame Outstanding Senior Athlete nominee (2020). Wrestling, state qualifier (2019, 2020); first two-time girls state qualifier in school history.
Activities: President of DECA; vice president of National Honor Society; FCA and FBLA; volunteered at Daniel Boone Elementary School.
College: Jefferson College on a softball scholarship.
Goal: "I hope to help others and be someone that is supportive and caring of everyone in my life. I want to be successful in the career that I choose.”
Favorite subject: Marketing. “It is a really fun subject to learn about because buying and selling is a part of our everyday lives. Marketing is also associated with our DECA program, and I really enjoy competing in DECA and being a part of such a fun club.”
Favorite book: “Friday Night Lights” by Buzz Bissinger.
Favorite musician: Luke Combs.
Role model: My parents. “They are always so supportive of everything I do. They have taught me so much about being a good friend and a good peer. They show me how to look at the bright side of things at all times.”
Freeburg: Caroline Gagen
Academic rank: 4 out of 187.
Sports: Volleyball, track and field.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; Illinois State Scholar; high honor roll.
Athletic bio: Track and field: three-time Class 2A state qualifier in triple jump; school record holder in triple jump; all-conference (three seasons); team MVP (2019). Volleyball: Freeburg offensive player of the year, kills leader and all-conference (2018); leadership award (2019); three-time USA Volleyball girls junior national championship qualifier; Also: Apex Physical Therapy athlete of the month (2018).
Activities: Student council; Illinois Academic Challenge; Washington University chemistry competition; Model United Nations; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Saturday Scholars; science club; Spanish club; Volunteer: Memorial Hospital junior volunteer; tutoring (math, science); Freeburg Food Pantry drive; Apex Network Physical Therapy job shadow; youth volleyball camps and clinic.
College: Murray State University.
Goal: "I hope to become a physical therapist specializing in either pediatrics or neurology.”
Favorite subject: Biology. “It is interesting to learn how the intricate processes in our bodies work, and I can see it functioning in my everyday life.”
Favorite book: "One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus.
Favorite musician: Post Malone.
Role model: Freeburg volleyball coach, Brooke Kloess. “She has three young daughters and still finds time to be involved in many things around the school. She is very driven in everything she does, and she never gives up. I really admire her work ethic and positive outlook on life.”
Gateway STEM: Sandrea Cogio
Academic rank: 3.
Sports: Volleyball, track.
Academic bio: High School Education Talent Search Certificate of Achievement; highest GPA certificate; science department Best Performer Award; honor roll; perfect attendance award; United States Air Force Junior ROTC top performer; certificate of recognition Stars mentoring program; social studies department High Self Expectations Award; certificate of achievement Wyman Temmmen Outreach Program; geometry participation outstanding performance and effort; introduction to business outstanding achievement; Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Athletic bio: Track: four-time district, sectional and state qualifier and medalist; All-American athlete; three-time PHL champion in 100 meters; PHL athlete of the year (freshman and junior seasons; third in 100 at Class 4 state championship; eighth in 200.
Activities: Teen Leadership program; Teem Outreach program; Star mentoring; Lifewise (Kingdom) Academy; volunteer to help underclassmen maintain grades; manager of human resources at school.
College, major: Southeast Missouri State University, physical therapy.
Goal: “I hope to inspire and guide others to be successful as me. Helping them understand that it is okay to fall and start over again; that’s what makes them a better person.”
Favorite subject: “Math has always been my favorite subject because I like challenges and I always learn new things.”
Favorite book: “The Hate You Give.”
Favorite musician: NBA YoungBoy.
Gibault: Kayla Huels
Academic rank: 2.
Sports: Volleyball, soccer.
Academic bio: First Honors; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society.
Athletic bio: Soccer team captain, two seasons; volleyball team captain, three seasons.
Activities: Students Activity Board Club; Hope For Tomorrow Club; Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club.
College: Webster University.
Goal: “I hope to become an elementary teacher, preferably second grade.”
Favorite subject: English. “I like learning and analyzing new literature, analyzing different films and sharing my opinions on them.”
Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Favorite musician: The Weeknd.
Role model: My mom. “She puts everyone before herself, does not have mean bone in her body, always has a smile on her face, and is there for you no matter what. I also look up to my mom because she is an excellent teacher, and I hope to excel just like her when I am older.”
Gillespie: Frankie Barrett
Academic rank: 11.
Sports: Football, basketball, baseball.
Academic bio: National Honor Society.
Athletic bio: Football: team captain; basketball: defensive player of the year (three-time selection); hustle award (two-time selection).
Activities: Macoupin County CEO program; construction trades class; woodworking projects; hunting; fishing.
College: Rend Lake College.
Goal: “I hope to become a high school mathematics teacher and baseball coach.”
Favorite subject: History. “I have a wonderful teacher, Mr. Jack Burns, who always teaches to his highest ability. He makes history interesting while challenging me in new ways every day.”
Favorite book: “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket.
Favorite musicians: Luke Combs, Bazzi, and Jason Aldean.
Role model: My father. “He patiently teaches me so many things, from competitive sports, fishing and now construction work. He always has my best interest in mind.”
Grandview: Zoey Snyder
Academic rank: Summa Cum Laude.
Sports: Cross Country, softball, track and field.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; Twin City Optimist Club Character Student; honor roll; Jefferson College Dean's List; Cardinals Straight-A Award.
Athletic bio: Track and field: District team champion (2018).
Activities: Drama; speech; debate; FCA; FBLA; band, robotics; football and basketball Manager.
College: Jefferson College, then Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Goal: “I hope to become either a mining or electrical engineer when I graduate college.”
Favorite subject: “Math makes my brain happy. It is a puzzle with numbers that I just want to figure out. I enjoy getting problems to solve.”
Favorite book: “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie.
Favorite musician: Barns Courtney.
Role model: My parents. “They have shown me what a good, hard-working, Christian should look like. They led me to be who I am today. My mom showed me how to study and care for others. My dad has shown me how to work hard and get stuff done. They both have shown me how to work and do things through God. I am very thankful to have loving parents that would support me and teach me.”
Granite City: Bennett Smallie
Academic rank: 35 of 440.
Sports: Baseball, swimming, golf.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; Post-Dispatch 'A' Student; secondary honors; Elks student of the month.
Athletic bio: Baseball: SWC third team; all-conference utility player; Golf: Metro East all-area; all-Warrior academic team (2018-20).
Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Saturday Scholars; varsity club; volunteer work: Old Six Mile Community Garden; Speak! St Louis Rescue.
Role model: My dad. "I admire his work ethic and constant support for me and our family. He is the most dependable person I know and I can count on him for anything.”
Greenville: Rylee Pickett
Academic rank: 11.
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, track and field.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; honor roll; Steak'N Shake scholar athlete of the week (Oct. 4, 2019).
Athletic bio: Basketball: school record for 3-point percentage in career (38) and single season (46 percent, 2018-19); Greenville hall of fame for career points (866) and assists (208); team captain (two seasons); IBCA all-state honorable mention (2020); IHSA 3-point state contest (2019, tied for fifth); all-South Central Conference third team (2019, 2020); STLhighschoolsports.com athlete of the week (Feb. 24, 2019); Peoples State Bank Bond County athlete of the week (March 2020). Volleyball: team captain (senior season).
Activities: Coached a youth basketball league for 6 weeks per year-2017-2020; Pep club for 3 years; love working out, lifting weights, running, shooting baskets, hanging out with friends, shopping, and travel.
College: Fontbonne University.
Goal: “I plan to become a speech pathologist so I can work with children who have problems with speech and language. I love children and I wanted to pursue a career where I could assist people overcome difficulties in their life.”
Favorite subject: Biology. “I love learning about living things. It makes sense to me and makes me want to learn more about the evolution of living things.”
Favorite books: “Dear John” or “The Hunger Games” series.
Favorite musician: Post Malone.
Role model: “My cousin Samantha Greminger is my role model because of her strength to overcome difficulties. When I was 11 years old, my cousin Samantha (15 years old) had a stroke. She complained to her parents about a severe headache, and she started to slur her words. Her parents rushed her to Children's Hospital, where she had a brain biopsy and emergency surgery, which showed my cousin suffered from a stroke. She remained in the hospital for approximately three weeks during her sophomore year of high school. Samantha was left-handed and the stroke left her very weak on the left side. She had to learn to write with her right hand and completed six months of rehabilitation. She remained very strong and fought very hard. The doctors were surprised Samantha made a full recovery in three months. She is currently a senior in nursing school and just accepted her dream job as a nurse at Children's Hospital on the neurology floor, where she was cared for as a stroke victim. She is my inspiration in becoming a speech pathologist.”
Hancock: Jayla Coleman
Academic rank: 1 of 90.
Sports: Softball, soccer.
Academic bio: Valedictorian; First Academic honors; A+ Program; 'A' Scholar; St. Louis County Outstanding Student Leader Award; National Fastpitch Coaches' Association Scholar Athlete; National Honor Society.
Athletic bio: Softball: first team all-district and all-conference and second team all-region catcher; team MVP.
Activities: International Thespian Society; Varsity H Letterman's Club; student council, senior mentor; student advisor to board of education; robotics; art club; college ambassadors; Washington University College Prep Program.
College: Washington University.
Goal: “I hope to be happy and to make a difference in the life of others.”
Favorite subject: English and literature. “I love reading stories and learning the experiences of the individuals behind the story.”
Favorite book: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.
Favorite musicians: SZA; Harry Styles.
Role model: “My parents, who work tirelessly to provide for their family. They are two of the most selfless people I know, and their support has given me opportunities to be successful academically, athletically, and intellectually, which has shaped my future.”
Hazelwood Central: Nicholas Matteoni
Academic rank: 1 of 424.
Sports: Soccer and baseball.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; honor roll; student of the month; all-academic four years.
Athletic bio: Soccer: All-regional team (2019); all-conference first team (2018, 2019); Hawk award (2019); defensive MVP (2017, 2018, 2019); all-conference second team (2017).
Activities: Southwest Stars baseball (2017-2020); Boy Scouts; Eagle Scout; volunteer with Special Olympics; A+ tutor.
College: Lewis and Clark Community College.
Goal: "I hope to become a civil or geological engineer.”
Favorite subject: “I have always appreciated math, but I like that physics uses math to understand and predict things in the real world.”
Favorite book: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.
Role model: "Recently my mother has become my biggest role model as she is a civil engineer and I hope to follow in her footsteps.”
Hazelwood East: Peter Lawal
Academic rank: 2.
Academic bio: All-academic boys soccer; 4.0 GPA through all years of high school; Hazelwood East boys soccer Scholar Athlete.
Athletic bio: Second team all-conference and honorable mention all-conference.
Activities: Youth and government captain; YMCA youth sports official; WashU college prep scholar; work at Walgreens.
College: Ohio State University.
Goal: “I hope to become a chemical engineer and ultimately help find a cure to many diseases that plague our world.”
Favorite subject: Math. “As young kid math always came easy to me, the numbers and operations are similar to sports. It requires you to understand the fundamentals in order to excel. Math also allows me to apply real world scenarios into the class and calculate the unknown such as speed, acceleration, or distance.”
Favorite book: “The Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison.
Favorite musician: Lil Baby.
Role model: Barack Obama.
Hazelwood West: Jenna Foelsing
Academic rank: 6 of 469.
Sports: Cross country, soccer.
Academic bio: Best of West Academic Award (3 years); math department award (3 years); science department award; Spanish department award; communications department award; physical education department award; teacher’s choice award; perfect attendance award.
Athletic bio: Cross country: ninth-fastest time in school history at state meet; Wildcat award (2019); two-time second team all-conference; four-time academic all-conference selection; soccer: offensive MVP (2017); MVP (2019); captain; three-time academic all-conference selection; three-time first team all-conference.
Activities: National Honor Society (three years); traffic safety committee head (2018-2019); student council (four years); jazz band (four years); symphonic band; Tri-M Music Honor Society; Washington University chemistry tournament (2019); volunteer with Room at the Inn, Special Olympics (three years), Peer Buddies, A+ Tutor Program, MO Cow Bell 5K run, Hot Chocolate 15K/5K run.
College: Truman State University.
Goal: “I hope to find a career that I truly enjoy and be successful.”
Favorite subject: Math.
Favorite book: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.
Favorite musician: Brendon Urie.
Role model: My parents. “They support me both in school and in sports. They work hard at their jobs and take care of our family. I look up to them and I admire that they put their kids first.”
Herculaneum: Jonathon Coffman
Academic rank: 6.
Sports: Cross country, track and field.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; student of the quarter.
Athletic bio: Post-Dispatch All-Metro runner of the year (2019); local dream team runner of the year; cross country: four-time all-state and all-decade teams by Post-Dispatch and MoMileSplit; Herculaneum’s most valuable runner award as freshman, junior and senior.
Activities: Student Council class president and social media coordinator; student board representative; Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Academy member; attended student council summer leadership camps and boys state.
College: St. Louis University.
Goal: "I hope to become a pediatrician with a positive impact on the future on the medical industry.”
Favorite subject: Biology. “I enjoy learning about the basic functions on nature and especially the human body.”
Favorite book: "Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.
Favorite musician: Lady Gaga.
Role model: Steve Prefontaine. “He left a major impact towards the running world as one of the best and most successful runners in American and world history. When preparing for races, I often refer to his famous quote, ‘To give anything less than your best is a sacrifice of the gift.’ Unfortunately, Steve Prefontaine passed away in a traffic accident in 1975 at the age of 25. His passion and love for the running community will never be lost and will remain an inspiration forever.”
Hermann: Brianna Thomas
Academic rank: 5 of 63.
Sports: Basketball, track and field.
Academic bio: Academic all-conference and all-state; top 10 percent of class; National Honor Society; Gasconade County Math and Science Scholarship candidate; honor roll.
Athletic bio: Track and field: all-state, all-district and second team all-conference (2019).
Activities: Future Business Leaders of America secretary; student council; yearbook assistant marketing editor; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; Special Olympics volunteer; karate volunteer.
Goal: “No matter how crazy life gets, I want to persevere towards my short and long-term goals academically, athletically and religiously.”
Favorite subject: Human biology. “It prepares me to focus on my healthcare interests after high school.”
Favorite book: “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks.
Favorite musician: Shawn Mendes.
Role model: My parents and younger brother. “They have been the strongest support system I could ever ask for. They have shown me the values I hold most important to myself and the dedication towards any interest of mine.”
Highland: Ethan Augustin
Academic rank: 1 of 197.
Sports: Cross country, track and field.
Academic bio: High honor roll throughout high school; top 1 percent award for math; Illinois State Scholar; National Honor Society; Spanish National Honor Society.
Athletic bio: Team captain; cross country: 2019 team sectional qualifier; most Improved and leadership award.
Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes; radio broadcaster of the EvUCC church services.
College: United States Air Force Academy.
Goal: “I hope to make a difference in the world through serving others. I also want to become so famous that people stop spelling my name ‘Augustine.’ “
Favorite subject: Calculus. “It’s challenging, but rewarding. Plus, you’re either right or wrong. 2+2 will always be 4.”
Favorite book: “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles.
Favorite musicians: Aerosmith; The Beatles.
Role model: “Coach Joel Hawkins taught me the importance of living for something bigger than myself. Coach Doug Bradley taught me that you can accomplish anything with the right attitude.”
Hillsboro: Mark Moore
Academic rank: 6.
Sports: Soccer, basketball, baseball, football.
Academic bio: Missouri Bright Flight; 32 ACT; academic all-state football (twice), soccer and basketball; National Honor Society.
Athletic bio: Soccer: all-conference, all-district and all-region first team (three times); all-state first team; Jefferson County conference player of the year; all-region offensive player of the year; J98 Dream Team; J98 Dream Team player of the year. Basketball: Jefferson County conference player of the year; all-conference first and second team; all-district (twice); J98 Dream Team. Baseball: All-Conference Honorable Mention. Football: first team all-conference kicker; Jefferson County conference special teams player of the year.
Activities: Senior class vice president; Future Business Leaders of America; Hillsboro Youth Basketball League volunteer coach; Hillsboro Instructional League volunteer.
College: Webster University.
Goal: “I hope to become a Division I basketball coach and help mold young minds.”
Favorite subject: Statistics. “It is unlike anything I have learned about and it pushes me to my mental limits.”
Favorite book: “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.
Favorite musician: Kool and the Gang.
Role model: My parents. “They work hard while treating people the right way.”
Holt: Claudia Adam
Academic rank: 46 of 454.
Sports: Softball, basketball.
Academic bio: Softball: academic all-conference and all-state (2017, 2018, 2019); National Honor Society.
Athletic bio: Basketball: first team all-district (2019-20); softball: second team all-district (2019); second team all-conference (2017, 2018, 2019).
Activities: Student council; A+ tutoring.
College: Illinois College.
Goal: “I hope to be successful in my career and to have a positive impact on the people around me.”
Favorite subject: Math. “I love facing different types of challenges.”
Favorite book: “The Selection.”
Favorite musician: Morgan Wallen.
Role model: My parents. “They have always been my No. 1 fans. They taught me to work hard for everything I want and to be the best person I can be in life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them by my side.”
Incarnate Word: Ellie Wehrmann
Academic rank: 15.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; first honor roll (four years).
Athletic bio: Four-time individual Class 1 state champion; Class 1 state meet records in 200-yard freestyle and 100 free; Post-Dispatch All-Metro swimmer of the year (2020); Vornbrock Memorial Award for outstanding female swimmer of the year at Jack Buck Awards (2019); first team all-state (sophomore, junior, senior); second team all-state (freshman); first team all-conference (four years); Jeanette Miles Memorial MVP Award.
Activities: “I am a student representative on Student Council and a Student Ambassador. I am a part of the Philanthropy Club and Respect Life Club.”
College: University of Kansas.
Goal: “I hope to become either a physical therapist or a pediatric oncologist. I want to be able to help people get better and reach their goals.”
Favorite subjects: Anatomy and math. “I enjoy anatomy because I've always had an interest in the medical field so I find the content in anatomy interesting. I also enjoy math because I like to have a problem then have to work to figure it out.”
Favorite book: “Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence” by Gary Mack. “This has become my favorite book because I sometimes struggle with mental toughness when competing and after reading this book it opened my eyes to view swimming and competition in a different way. This book has helped me overcome many mental obstacles throughout my swimming career.”
Favorite musicians: Thomas Rhett; Chris Lane.
Role model: “Definitely my mom! She is my best friend, biggest cheerleader and the hardest-working person I know. My mom is at every single one of my swim meets and wakes up at 4 a.m. just so she can drive us to morning practice or make us breakfast before we go. She is always the first person I want to see after my race and is always encouraging me to be the best that I can be. She would do anything for me and my brothers. She is a role model to me because I want to be just like her when I grow up. She is a nurse and has inspired me to want to be in the medical field. She has always taught me to work hard, follow my dreams, and never give up.”
Jefferson: Abi Chipps
Academic rank: 3.
Sports: Softball, basketball, track and field.
Academic bio: National Honor Society; academic all-state softball and track and field (three years); Twin City Optimist Club winner (2020); Academic Prestige (2016-2020).
Athletic bio: Perryville Character Athlete Award (2017, softball; 2020, basketball); Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy Athlete of the Week (2019); Softball: first team all-state (2016, 2018, 2019); state record for career singles (2016-2019); Track: all-state in 400-meter relay at Class 2 state meet (2017, 2018, 2019); third in 800 relay at Class state meet (2017); all-state in 1600 relay at Class 2 state meet (2018, 2019); Basketball: second team all-conference (2020).
Activities: Student council; leadership class; American Red Cross blood drives; Youth Election Polls Program; Special Olympics polar plunge; canned food drive; Christmas gift drive.
College: Indiana State University.
Goal: "I am currently undecided on my major but I hope to pursue a career in something I am passionate about and will make me happy. I do see myself coaching softball in the future.”
Favorite subject: Math. “I have a really great teacher and I find it interesting math can be applied to anything.”
Favorite book: "A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron.
Favorite musician: Kid Rock.
Role model: "My greatest role model is an old softball coach of mine, Nicole Krodinger. She is the happiest and most enthusiastic person I’ve ever met. Her energy is contagious. She is also very wise and always gives the best advice.”
Activities: Internship at Washington University’s Youth Scientist Program; attended Lukas Wartman’s Lab in research of leukemia; shadowed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in NICU.
College: Southeast Missouri State.
Goal: "I hope to accomplish finishing college and becoming the neonatal nurse I’ve always dreamed of becoming. I plan to give back to others in my community and help children that were in my footsteps become stronger and together as one.”
Favorite subject: Science. “I enjoy identifying research and health care procedure finding solutions to the major problems.”
Favorite book: "Hidden” by Helen Frost.
Favorite musician: Anita Baker.
Role model: "My health science teacher, Marla Simmons, as a role model because this amazing woman has made me feel as if I can do anything. Without her support and influence I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
Jerseyville: Zeke Waltz
Academic rank: 43 of 212.
Sports: Football, wrestling, baseball.
Academic bio: High honor roll; National Honor Society.
Athletic bio: Football: first team all-Mississippi Valley Conference defensive back (twice); team captain (two years). Wrestling: three-time state qualifier; state runner-up (2020) and fifth place (2019); team captain and all-conference (three years); two-time regional champion.
Activities: Class council officer; student council; summer camp counselor.
College: McKendree University.
Goal: “I would like to become a successful chiropractor and wrestling coach. By doing this I would be able to help people and leave an impact on their day to day lives.”
Favorite subject: Government. “This would be my favorite because I learned a lot of information I had not known before and it will benefit me in my everyday life. I also had a great teacher that was very interesting to listen to and always kept me engaged.”
Favorite book: “Can't Hurt Me” by David Goggins.
Favorite musician: “I like all different types of music and musicians but my favorite would have to be early 2000s country.”
Role model: My parents. “They put their all in to helping me every day and ask for nothing in return. They work their hardest and have shown me what it means to put others before yourself.”
John Burroughs: Ann Zhang
Sports: Golf, swimming, water polo.
Academic bio: National Merit Finalist; AP Scholar; Gold Medal Grand Concours (national French contest).
Athletic bio: Golf: Class 1 team state championship (2018); team third-place finishes (2017, 2019); individual all-state (twice); first team All-Metro League; all-district; team co-captain. Swimming: Metro League all-conference 200-yard freestyle relay, 100 freestyle. Water polo: team co-captain.
Activities: Scholastic art and writing awards: five national medals (three gold, two silver), 12 Regional Gold Keys, Gold Key Writing Portfolio; JUST POETRY!!! national winner. Playwriting: LaBute New Theater Festival: two-time high school finalist, plays performed at Gaslight Theater and Grand Center Theatre Crawl; wrote and directed three plays (two one-acts, one musical) for school-wide student theatre showcase. Journalism: co-editor of THIMUN Press Team in The Hague (international); wrote a Post-Dispatch article for Old Newsboys Day; Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Review (school lit/art journal), Volunteer with children's classes at the Alliance Française, 10th, 12th grade Class Justice in Student Court, Student leader for Montgomery Plan (school service club).
College: Yale University.
Goal: “Career-wise, I hope to work in creative writing or computer science, or at the intersection of both. Most importantly, though, I hope to stay happy and leave an impact on the world that will bring the same joy to others.”
Favorite subject: French. “Translating thoughts into words can be challenging in any case ... and even more gratifying in French.”
Favorite book: “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng.
Favorite musician: Coeur de Pirate.
Role model: “I greatly admire Jennifer Lee, who wrote and directed Frozen and its sequel and has been Disney’s Chief Creative Officer since 2018. Here's my favorite quote from her: ‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.’ ”