Seniors nominated for academic team
Students named finalists for Lawrence Journal-World’s all-star team
Top students from Tonganoxie and McLouth recently were recognized as nominees for the Lawrence Journal-World's 10th annual academic all-star team.
Judges selected 10 area seniors for the all-star team.
Although they were not on the list, Tonganoxie High seniors Micah Titterington and Zack Pistora and McLouth High senior Kevin Stewart were nominated.
All three seniors have 4.0 grade-point averages. Titterington and Pistora are tied with the No. 1 class ranking in Tonganoxie. Stewart also has a No. 1 class ranking at MHS.
Here is a rundown of the seniors' activities and accomplishments:
Titterington's honors include being a National Merit semifinalist, a Kansas Honor Scholar and a member of National Honor Society. At THS, Titterington has participated in scholars' bowl, debate, math team, pep band, concert band, marching band, district band, soccer and track. He also participated in school musicals and was in Spanish Club.
On the debate team, Titterington was a member of the four-person THS squad that placed second at state.
Away from school, Titterington has been involved in Boy Scouts, Life Scout, church youth group, leadership team, Senior High Guys' Bible Study, mission trips and has been a youth soccer referee.
Titterington plans to attend Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., or Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and major in religious studies or philosophy. For a career, he'd like to work in religion or apologetics.
Pistora was student council president last year as a junior and again is class president this school year as a senior. In the fall, he was named Homecoming King and was a Presidential Scholar and a Kansas Honors Scholar. In addition, he's been a Wendy's High School Heisman nominee and won an American Youth Foundation's "I Dare You" Leadership Award.
Pistora won a state championship while on the debate team and participates in forensics. He also has been involved in basketball and golf, scholars' bowl and he established Extreme Ping Pong at THS. Pistora is a Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence volunteer and volunteered with the Special Olympics and a Kansas City soup kitchen. And at Tonganoxie Elementary, Pistora is a tutor.
After high school, Pistora plans to attend Kansas University, Kansas State University or American University in Washington, D.C., and major in political science and journalism.
As for career plans, Pistora would like to enter politics, be a policy analyst, television broadcaster or newspaper editor.
A member of National Honor Society, Stewart is vice president of activities at MHS.
He also is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the M Club, football, basketball and baseball.
In football, Stewart was named all-league, all-area and all-state as a running back and was the Lawrence Journal-World player of the year last fall. He also earned all-league and all-area honors in baseball and basketball.
Stewart participated in the MHS Mentor Program for incoming freshman and does umpire and field work for the McLouth Youth Baseball Association.
In the community, Stewart volunteered with the St. Theresa Catholic Church Annual Fall Bazaar and the McLouth Kiwanis BBQ Blowout.
The McLouth senior is undecided on a college, major or career plans, but plans to play college football.