Tonganoxie senior chosen for all-star academic team
Tonganoxie High senior Hunter Samuels was named part of a select group last week.
Samuels was one of 10 area high school students selected for the Lawrence Journal-World Academic All-Star team.
Judges picked the team from 28 nominees from area high schools. Of the 10, nine students had 4.0 grade-point averages.
Samuels, ranked No. 1 in his class at THS, was one of those nine.
In addition to his top marks in academics, Samuels has been involved with Future Business Leaders of America, as well as Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Science Club. Regarding community activities, Samuels has been a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign and helped with a safe trick-or-treating event for Tonganoxie youth.
And Samuels has wrestled since he was 6 and recently competed at the state wrestling championships in Wichita.
A National Honor Society chapter president, Samuels also is in the Kansas Honors Program and has won educational excellence and civic awards.
After high school, Samuels plans to enroll at Dana College in Blair, Neb., or Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Joining Samuels on the All-Star squad were Flora Jiang, Marie Hull and Lynne Stahl, Lawrence-Free State; Shawn Turner and Jennifer Harness, Ottawa; Chelsey Forge and Emma Willis, Oskaloosa; Kristin Lynch, Baldwin; and Nat Wells, Lawrence High.
Another Tonganoxie senior was nominated for the All-Star team, while two McLouth seniors also made the nominee list.
Tonganoxie's Levi Huseman carries a 3.96 GPA and is ranked sixth in his class. Huseman was a Kansas Merit Scholar, and won a Kansas University Freshman Honor Scholarship. He also has been involved in T-Club, track, basketball and cross country. Huseman was a DARE role model and has been past band member.
After high school, Huseman plans to attend Kansas University and major in pre-med/biology. He plans to become a surgeon for sports-related injuries.
Twins Erin and Hallie Watson are at the head of the class at McLouth High. The siblings currently are tied for top spot in their class at MHS as both have perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Erin is a Kansas Honor Scholar and is in National Honor Society. She also has been involved in band, track and cross country. In cross country, she competed in the state meet. Erin also is the senior class student council president and is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Erin plans to attend Kansas State University and major in biology with a foreign language or history minor.
Hallie also has a 4.0 GPA and is a Kansas Honor Scholar and a National Honor Society member. Hallie has competed in state track and cross country meets and was a Shrine Bowl cheerleader. In addition, she's involved in band and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Involved in drama, she's participated in ACTS Club dinner theaters, including "Oklahoma!" and "A Christmas Carol."
Hallie plans to join her sister at K-State and will major in biology with a language minor. Hallie hopes to be an author or conservation biologist.