Name: Adam Ryan

High school: Blue Springs South High School

Class rank: 1 of 464

Academic honors: Presidential Finalist Scholarship, AP Scholar with honors, National Speech and Debate Academic All-American, High School Swim Coaches Association Academic All-American,  National Honor Society.

Major extracurricular activities: Debate president, swim team captain, Future Business Leaders of America vice president

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

This year I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Shawn Schmelzle as my English 124 teacher. I can say without hesitation that Mr. Schmelzle is the most culturally in touch, or “woke,” teacher I have ever had. Our many in-depth conversations about the latest episode of Westworld, Christopher Nolan films, or literature that we had read in class profoundly enhanced my perspective on a variety of issues inspiring me to follow in Mr. Schmelzle’s footsteps and pursue a major in philosophy.

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

Saint Louis University. SLU’s holistic approach to educating the mind, body and spirit was uniquely adept to best balance all of my varied interests. At SLU, I will have the opportunity to double or triple major, play water polo, and join the mock trial team if I so desire. SLU’s academic prowess and reputation will afford me plentiful opportunities in pursuing a career in law. In fact, I have already been admitted to SLU’s law school through the Pre-Law Scholars program.

What are your plans after college?

I apologize for being unable to answer this question with complete certainty because I feel that college is the place to truly figure out what one is to do with their lives. Nonetheless, my preliminary plan is to complete a dual MBA-JD graduate program and subsequently practice corporate law.

 

Name: Rushil Thakker

High School: Blue Springs South High School

Class Rank: 3 of 464

Academic honors: Missouri Scholars 100 recipient, a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction.

Major extracurricular activities: Vice president of National Honor Society and Technology Student Association, engineering club, Scholar Bowl team.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

My most inspirational teacher is my computer science teacher, Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis is extremely willing to go the extra mile and has helped me better understand the field of programming outside of just classwork. He is also always willing to listen and never shies away from helping others. He encourages you to bring out only the best version of yourself.

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

I will be attending Mizzou in the fall, mostly due to scholarships, but also I really enjoyed the feel of the campus.

What are your plans after college?

I know I want to do something with engineering, I am still undecided about what exactly I would like to do, but Mr. Davis has sparked my interest in computer science so I am leaning more towards pursuing a career in that field.

 

Name: Henry Bahr

High school: Blue Springs South High School

Class rank: 4 of 464

Academic honors: Missouri medical math state champion and international qualifier, BSSHS math student of the year, one of South’s four national merit finalists.

Major extracurricular activities: Cross country and track teams as a distance runner, senior leader for varsity physics club and math club.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

My most inspirational teacher has to be Mr. Dorsch. He is my physics teacher, math club sponsor, a great role model whom I see a lot of myself in and wish to be more like in many ways, and most surprisingly a mentor who I have stepped outside of my comfort zone to seek guidance from (something I never thought I could do with a teacher).

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

Next year I will attend the University of Missouri. I picked Mizzou because a longtime dream of mine is to attend college on a full ride and just this year Mizzou updated their national merit finalist scholarship to include full tuition and expenses as well as one year room and board.

What are your plans after college

I don’t know what I will do after college, only how I will do it. Regardless of what my career is I want to start a family early and lacking college debt, command the direction of my life spending it with my family and living modestly making the most of what I have living fit and living happy.