Name: Maya Baughn

High school: Fort Osage

Class rank: 1

Academic honors: National Honor Society, Math Excellence Award, valedictorian, Science Achievement Award, All-Fort Osage.

Major extracurricular activities: Health Occupations Students of America president; KC Health Tracks; cross country and track and field; Scholar Bowl; volunteer at Mother's Refuge.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

Mr. (Brock) Bult was the most inspirational teacher for me. He never tolerated negative attitudes, pushing me to excel in math and all other subjects. He understood frustration and always helped me work through it.

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

I will be attending UMKC in the fall of 2018. I chose this school because it has everything I want in a college – it is close to hime, and I've spent a lot of time there through certain programs and camps, so I feel comfortable with the school.

 

Name: Francesca Rodriguez

High school: Fort Osage

Class rank: 2

Academic honors: 4.46 GPA, George Washington Carver Award, Academic Excellence Award, President's Education Award, Top 10 Award (all four years), academic letter-winner, National Honor Society.

Major extracurricular activities: One year of softball; two years of choir; Interact Club; two years as track and field manager; three years of Math Club (president, senior year); two years of Youth Advisory Council (team leader both years).

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

My most inspirational teacher was Allan Kovach. He was a teacher who challenged us and pushed us to our limits, but he was always there to help as well. He was everything I wanted in an English teacher and he also had a great sense of humor. I will always remember his witty comments and dedication to help us.

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

I am attending Florida State University because it has a very nice program for geology – and the weather is pretty nice too! It's also close to my aunt and little cousin who I rarely get to see, so it'll be nice to see them more often.