ACADEMIC HONORS: Class rank 1 of 468; National Merit Finalist, Missouri Scholars 100, Calculus Student of the Year, IB Chemistry Student of the Year, German NHS Outstanding Achievement in German Language Award

MAJOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society (Vice President), Young Aspiring Student Scientists (Co-Founder), Math Club (President), German National Honor Society

• Who was your most inspirational teacher and why? I've encountered a lot of truly exceptional educators throughout the last four years, but Ms. Andrea Hood-Johnson has been the most inspirational. She's been my IB Psychology teacher for two years, and my IB English teacher for one. Not only is she incredibly competent, both in her depth of knowledge and her passion for teaching, but she's also a genuinely amazing person. She takes the time to establish individual relationships with each of her students, and the depth of her dedication to our success, both within and outside of the classroom, exceeds all expectations.

• What college do you plan to attend and why did you choose that school? I applied Early Action to Princeton University in late October, and I was notified of my acceptance in mid-December. I committed to join Princeton's Class of 2021 about 2 weeks later; it's been my dream school for a long time, and it's unrivaled in terms of academics, resources, and its focus on undergraduates. I attended a weekend for admitted students in April, and I loved the campus environment and sense of community.

• What are your plans after college? I plan to concentrate in Computer Science and pursue a certificate, or minor, in Neuroscience. Ultimately, I would like to pursue research at the intersection of these fields. I'm not sure exactly what I plan to do – I hope to make more solid plans once I've had more exposure to both fields – but within the realm of computer science I have a strong interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

-- The Examiner is recognizing the top students, academically, in Eastern Jackson County high schools.