Name: Oakley Barham

High school: Grain Valley

Class rank: 1

Academic honors: National Honor Society, 4.4 GPA, American Legion Scholastic Award (JROTC), Air Force Association Award (JROTC), AFJROTC Aerospace Education Foundation Award.

Major extracurricular activities: Cadet Captain in Air Force JROTC, and unit drill team commander; Cadet Captain for Civil Air Patrol, where served as Cadet Commander and Aerospace Education Officer at the Lee's Summit Composite Squadron; 400 hours of community service.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

Mrs. Michael was definitely my most inspirational teacher. From the beginning of freshman year she supported me and put me on the right track. She stuck with me even when I did not have her class and has been instrumental in solidifying my future.

What college are you attending, and why did you pick that school?

I was recently appointed to the United States Air Force Academy, where I will attend basic cadet training in June and then start my freshman year in August. I've had a long line of military family and because of this, I've always wanted to serve my country. Not only will I get to serve my country, but I'll get to take on the incredible challenge of attending a service academy, which will ultimately make me a far better person than what I am today.

 

Name: Colin Beal

High school: Grain Valley

Class rank: 2

Academic honors: National Honor Society, National Merit finalist, Missouri Scholars Academy, Missouri Top 100 Scholar,

Major extracurricular activities: FRC Robotics Team, Grain Valley Marching Eagles, varsity academic bowl team.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

My most inspirational teacher was Mrs. Knox in Eagle Talent. Mrs. Knox was my teacher for six years, and she always gave 100 percent every day we saw her. Many teachers I've had since care about a select few students or have days of not caring at all. Mrs. Knox was not like that, and her unending determination as well as her goal of helping us think outside the box makes her the most unique and inspirational teacher I've had.

What college are you attending, and why did you pick that school?

I will be attending Wichita State University to major in aerospace engineering. Wichita is my choice due to its central location and the sheer amount of aerospace companies, which makes Wichita the number one destination for aerospace majors. Additionally, the college is offering me, as a National Merit Finalist, an $80,000 scholarship, which nearly pays for college completely.