Name: Koba Butkovich

High School: Blue Springs

Class Rank: 1 out of 595

Academic Honors: 4.551 GPA; ACT 36 Superscore; AP Scholar with Distinction; Missouri Scholars 100; National Merit Finalist; National Qualifier U.S. National Chemical Olympiad, Top 10 in KC Metro

Major Extracurricular Activities: Math Club (President); Scholar Bowl; Spanish Club; Robotics Club; National Honors Society; Tutoring and Community Service

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

Ms. (Sara) Crump, my AP English Literature and Composition teacher, was an energetic and resourceful mentor at Blue Springs High School. Her classroom, a unique blend of creativity and camaraderie, was the highlight of my senior school year. In addition, Crump strove to enlighten all her students and push them to do their very best in life. I hope to one day be as gifted and passionate as my favorite teacher.

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

I will be attending the California Institute of Technology after high school. Cal Tech is one of the top universities in the world and stands as a premier center of research throughout a wide variety of fields. Caltech offers me an optimal path to becoming a future chemist, but also helps create connections between me and other bright minds, whether it be fellow students or diligent researchers.


Name: Holly Roustio

High school: Blue Springs

Class rank: 2 of 595

Academic honors: Missouri Scholars Academy, National Honor Society, Missouri Scholars 100 honorable mention, admitted into Honors College, Walter Williams Scholars program and Show-Me Scholars program at University of Missouri.

Major extracurricular activities: Golden Regiment Marching Band; editor-in-chief of Campus Cadence yearbook.

Who was your most inspirational teacher and why?

My most inspirational teacher was junior/senior year English teacher, Dr. Sara Crump. Dr. Crump helped me find my passion for reading, writing and current events and was endlessly supportive of my academic and personal endeavors.

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

I will be attending the University of Missouri in Columbia. I chose Mizzou because of its impressive journalism program and the fond memories I have visiting Columbia.