Brent Henderson is an Academic All-Star from Blue Springs South High School.
SCHOOL: Blue Springs South High School
HONORS: Top 1 percent; graduated first in class of 434; earned a final GPA of 4.455; AP Scholar with Honor; named to Missouri Scholars 100; received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence; Missouri Bright Flight Scholar; GE STAR Award Recipient; member of National Honor Society; Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete of the Year for Blue Springs South; received the NAIA Champions of Character High School Award; selected as a Sonic Scholar Athlete of the Week; two-time Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist (tied for 17th place in 2009); high school swimming awards (All-State, three-time state championship qualifier, school record holder, four-time varsity letter winner, Ryan and Logan Keeler Award, Hardest Working Man Award, Sportsmanship Award); high school tennis awards (two-time varsity letter winner, Jaguar Teammate Award, Blue Springs Tournament “A” singles champion); achieved top 40 ranking state of Missouri Boys 18 and Under - United States Tennis Association and Kansas City Blazers USA Swim Club awards (Hardest Worker Award - Elite Group, Missouri Valley Swimming All-Academic Team).
ACTIVITIES: Co-captain of swim team; member of the tennis team; participated in the Truman Heartland Youth Advisory Council; secretary of Parent Teacher Student Association; member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team; attended Missouri Boys State; A-plus tutor; member of the United States Tennis Association; member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee; member of the Kansas City Blazers USA Swim Club Senior/National Group; participated in the Blue Springs Christian Church youth group and volunteer for numerous church and community organizations/groups including Special Olympics, two food banks, an emergency family shelter, a charitable thrift store and a children's Sunday School class
What advice do you have for next year’s freshmen?
Get involved in a lot of activities so you can meet new people and get the most out of your high school experience.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Davis, because he had a fun teaching style that was effective and made it easier to understand the subject.
When you were not in school or studying, what did you most enjoy doing?
Swimming and playing tennis.
What college do you plan to attend and why?
Truman State University because it is a great academic school that challenges its students.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
Working as a software engineer for a company in the Kansas City area.