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  • Academic All-Star: Grant A. Watkins Davis

  • Academic All-Star: Fort Osage High School's Grant A. Watkins Davis

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  • NAME: Grant A. Watkins Davis
    SCHOOL: Fort Osage High School
    HONORS: Valedictorian; Appointee to the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2017; Missouri Bright Flight recipient; received the Presidential Education Award, Fort Osage Academic Achievement Award, George Washington Carver Award and U.S. Military Scholastic Excellence Award for Fort Osage; earned Honors High School Diploma with Career Emphasis and College Preparatory emphasis; president of National Honor Society; academic letter; named Fox 4 Reaching for Excellence Young Achiever Award winner for May 2013; Student of the Month for the Rotary Club of Independence; winner of Dr. Ben Carson Foundation Awards and scholarships; attended Missouri Youth Senate 2013 as a Delegate, first alternative; 2012 Missouri National Finalist for American Legion Samsung Scholarship; 2012 Missouri Boys State Citizen of the Week for Whitfield City; on “A” Honor Roll throughout high school; All District first team Scholar Bowl in 2012 and 2013; All American Scholar award winner; National Society of High School Scholars; 2012 Missouri Boys State; Eagle Scout and graduate of Project Lead the Way engineering program.
    ACTIVITIES: Varsity soccer and track and field; member of the Academic Scholar, Science Knowledge Bowl, Math Competition/Relay and Destination Imagination Improv competition teams; Student Ambassador; participated in musicals and one act plays; volunteer court attorney for Independence Youth Court; graduate of Independence Chamber of Commerce Youth LEAD program; volunteer at community food drives and blood banks; graduate of Missouri Scholars Academy; attended Naval Academy Summer Seminar and Missouri S&T Nuclear Engineering Summer Program and volunteer counselor for 2013 Missouri Boys State.
    What advice do you have for next year’s freshmen?
    Challenge yourself now as it will make your future endeavors that much easier to accomplish.
    Who was your favorite teacher and why?
    Josh Maleki. He has been both my teacher an Scholar Bowl coach for many years and is a fantastic educator and mentor. I also really enjoyed all of my advanced classes with Brock Bult and Henry Grubb.
    When you were not in school or studying, what did you enjoy doing?
    Playing and watching soccer, hanging out with friends, reading and expanding my mind with research and knowledge.
    What college do you plan to attend and why?
    I will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., this June as a Cadet in the Class of 2017. I plan to major in aerospace engineering and computer science with a minor in Russian. The Air Force Academy is one of the top schools in the country for my majors and will provide me with incredible educational and career opportunities.
    What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
    I will either be working at NASA or continuing in my military career with the Air Force in Space and Flight Operations.
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