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High School students from throughout the area gather Tuesday for the 44th Annual Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement Banquet in the SIU Student Center Ballrooms.

Honoring Excellence Region’s top students recognized at achievement banquet at SIU SCOTT FITZGERALD THE SOUTHERN‌

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oreville High School seniors Aaron Brenningmeyer, Raeghan Goins, Dallas Melot and Raechel Ward glowed brightly Tuesday during the 44th Annual Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement Banquet in SIU Ballrooms. They were among 175 high school seniors from 32 local schools honored for their achievements during the 2013-14 school year. Each student was honored and given an award by Editor Gary Metro and Community News Editor Marilyn Halstead, both of The Southern Illinoisan.

“It’s really kind of cool,” said Brenningmeyer, who will attend Shawnee Community College to pursue a career in nursing. Melot is attending Lindenwood-Belleville on a football scholarship and will study exercise science. Goins, the senior class president, will attend Shawnee Community College. She eventually wants to teach high school English. Ward will attend SIU, pursuing degrees in mathematics and education. Two other Goreville honorees, Shon Messmer and Connor Seavers, were not in attendance. They were playing in a Goreville High School baseball game. Sitting at a table next to the Goreville seniors were their mentors, administrators and teachers. “Something like this looks good on their transcript for college and job applications later in life,” said Goreville math teacher and senior class sponsor Tammy Patterson.

Christopher High School Principal Jeff Johnston congratulates the students Tuesday during the 44th Annual Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement Banquet at the SIU Student Center Ballrooms. Local high school students were honored at Tuesday’s banquet at SIU.

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Anna-Jonesboro Community High School ‌A nna-Jonesboro Community High School has recognized Jacob Barger, Mikayla Dammerman, Erica Friebel, Olivia Gordon, Adam Goforth and Anna Sobon for academic honors. Barger, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, Scholar Athlete, received the SAR O u ts ta n d i n g C i t i ze n ship Award, the District 15 Award, and placed second in VFW Voice of Democracy. He is a member of National Honor Society, Scholar Bowl, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team, math team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish club, audio-visual club, band, track, soccer and AFB youth group. The son of Pete and Stacie Barger of Anna, he

Barger

Dammerman

planes to major in petroleum engineering at Missouri University of Science Technology. Dammerman, 18, is an member of the National Honor Society and was named Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club Honorary Student of the Quarter and Capaha Bank Student Athlete of the Month for October. She is a member of the softball and volleyball teams, student council, WYSE team, Salem Lutheran Church youth group, Beta Club, Mu Alpha

Friebel

Gordon

Theta, math team and Spanish club. The daughter of Mike and Carmen Dammerman of Cobden, she plans to major in athletic training at Indiana State University. Friebel, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, Top Five, Scholar Athlete, received the Science Award and is on the All-Tournament team in the Harrisburg Tournament in basketball. She is vice president of the senior class, member of the National

place first in the FBLA State Talent. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Scholar Bowl, WYSE team, speech team, Divine by Design, Broadway Artists’ Alliance and SIU’s McLeod Summer Playhouse. The daughter or Brent a n d A n g i e G o rd o n o f Anna, she plans to major in speech communication/ public relations at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Goforth, 18, is and Illinois State Scholar, Student Athlete of the Month, placed third in math in WYSE regional competition, received the highest golf team GPA in 2012 and 2013, and was named Most Valuable Golf in 2013. He is a member of Beta Club,

math team, WYSE team, president of Spanish club, baseball, golf and bowling teams. The son of Chuck and Sherri Goforth of Anna, he plans to major in nursing at Southeast Missouri State University. Sobon, 18, is an Illinois State Scholarship, Top Five and Academic Excellence in Spanish. She is vice president of the National Honor Society, member of the Beta Club, Tutoring Pals, Mu Alpha Theta, Scholar Bowl, FBLA, Girl’s Group and Spanish club. The daughter of Terry and Shelley Marshall of Buncombe, she plans to major in biology at Loyola University of Chicago. Commencement will be at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at AnnaJonesboro Football Field.

advanced choir. The daughter of Jeff and Jan Johnston of Whittington, she plans to major in speech pathology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Krapf, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and received Leadership Award, 10 firsts in IHSA Music Contest, Most Improved in Speech and Most Improved in Band. She is a member of National Honor Society, Speech, Key club, student

chamber, District IMEA vocal festival, Quad State Vocal and Instrumental, IHSA Music Contest, History club, River to River Honors band and Art club. The daughter of Keith and Susan Krapf of Benton, she plans to major in music education at John A. Logan College. Oxford, 18, is an Top Ten, All Southern Illinois Volleyball, All-Conference Volleyball and Softball. She is 2014 class president, member of the National Honor Society, student council, student chamber, FCA, volleyball and softball teams, yearbook staff, John Bradley Student advisory board, Immanuel Baptist Church youth, Art club, History club and pep club.

The daughter of Dave and Julie Oxford of Benton, she plans to major in elementary and special education at Red Lake College and Eastern Illinois University. Wills, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, IHSA AllState Academic Nominee and maintained high honors all four years. She is yearbook staff editor, member of the National Honor Society, FCS/FCA, student chamber, pep club, Art club, volleyball and softball. The daughter of Tim and Kelly Wills of Benton, she plans to study at Rend Lake College. Commencement will be at 8 p.m. May 17 at Rich Herrin Gym at Benton Consolidated High School.

computer technology at Lindenwood University at St. Charles, Mo. B u , 18, is an IlliTrivedi nois State Scholar, received Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair Best in Engineering and Best in Physics. He is a member of Model United Nations, math team and physics team. The son of Lingguo Bu and Shucui Zheng of Carbondale, his future plans are undecided. Lahlou, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar and placed second in Egyptian Forensics

League, chosen Lion’s Club Student of the month, nominated to be in the Chicago Tribune all academic team and publish in the fall 2013 issue of the Illinois English Bulletin. She is the Speech captain, Vice-President of FBLA, Choir Alto section leader, band, Secretary of the French club, Improv troupe and Theater. The daughter of Meriam Lahlou of Carbondale, she plans to major in English/ communications/education. Tolley, 17, is a member of the national Honor Society, varsity Scholar Bowl, math team, piano, CCHS Winter play and French club. The daughter of Luke and Maren Tolley of Carbondale,

she plans to study chemistry at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Trivedi, 17, is a National Merit Scholar finalist, received National Spanish Exam Gold levels two and three and the AMC 2013 Distinction. He is Spanish club president, Scholar Bowl captain, member of the National Honor Society, math team, WYSE team, physics team, history club and the Model U.N. The son of Bhargav and Gayatri Trivedi or Makanda, he plans to study biology or chemistry at St. Louis University. Commencement will be at 8 p.m. May 17 in the SIU Arena.

of America, WYSE and student council. T h e daughter of Steven and Debra HolThompson lerson, she plans to study biotechnology and forensic science at Southeastern Illinois College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Parks, 17, achieved high honors, awarded Wall of Fame, was junior graduation marshall; a member of Scholar Bowl, speech team,

WYSE, FCCLA and choir; a Math Field Day participant, a class officer and a part of the homecoming court. The daughter of Mark and Colleen Parks, she plans to study pharmacy at Southeastern Illinois College and SIUE. Taborn, 18, achieved high honors, received Biology II Award; a member of FCCLA, Scholar Bowl, WYSE, student council; a Math Field Day and Hip Hop Competition Team participant, a class officer; a member of the softball team and a cheerleader.

The daughter of Carol Taborn, she plans to study at John A. Logan College. Thompson, 18, achieved high honors and was named to the Wall of Fame. The daughter of Bobby and Susan Thompson, she plans to study nursing at Southeastern Illinois College. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 20, on Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School front lawn or in the gym in case of inclement weather. Valedictorian is Sydney Hancock and salutatorian is Rachael Parks.

Spanish club, Freshman Focus Club; and in the fall play. The daughter of Kevin Manis and Nagela Swiatkowski, she plans to study computer programming at SIUC. Spoerre, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, in National Honor Society, and on allconference cross country and track team. She is a member of Interact Club, band, Scholar Bowl, F B L A , B e ta C l u b a n d WYSE team. The daughter of Gary Spoerre and Julie and R i c h a rd D u n s to n , s h e plans to study English and journalism. Weisel, 17, is an Illinois

State Scholar, National Honor Society president, an Out-of-State Excellence Scholar, received Director’s Award and most dedicated band member. She is a member of Beta Club, Interactive Club, volunteered in Freshman Focus and a newspaper staff assistant editor. The daughter of Brad and Deanna Weisel, she plans to study music education at univeristy of Tennessee in Knoxville. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 17, in Carterville High School Gymnasiium. Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. in Christian Covenant Church with Kirby Ownby speaking.

Goforth

Sobon

Honor Society, Beta Club, volleyball, basketball and softball teams, Mu Alpha Theta, math team, WYSE team and Spanish club. The daughter of Elizabeth and Greg Bowen or Buncombe, she plans to major in physical therapy at Maryville University of St. Louis. Gordon, 18, is Illinois State Beta Club Secretary 2013-2014, SIU Chancellor’s Scholarship Finalist, DAR Good Citizen state finalist, received the IDTA Rising Star Award and

Benton Consolidated High School ‌Benton Consolidated High School has selected Logan Buckner, Sara Dixon, Jenna Johnston, Kayla Krapf, Emily Oxford and Jordon Wills for academic honors. Buckner, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, on the high honor roll, received the Lion’s Club Award and placed third in the Patriot Essay Contest. She is senior class vice president and a member of National Honor Society, student council, Student Chamber, WYSE team, history club, pep club, Lion’s Banquet and FCS. The daughter of Andy and Shelly Germann of Whittington, she plans to major pre-medicine at Rend Lake College for one year.

Buckner

Dixon

Dixon, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, Benton Lion’s Club Student representative and WYSE Chemistry Regional champion. She is National Honor Society vice-president, student chamber secretary, member of Scholar Bowl, softball team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Girl scouts. The daughter or Clark and Alicia Dixon of Benton, she plans to major in pre-dentistry at Rend

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Krapf

Lake College. Johnston, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, Lion’s Club Honor Student, Quad State Honor Choir qualifier and state qualifier, and was named All-South and All-Conference in track and cross country. She is student council executive treasurer, Key Club secretary, and a member of National Honor Society, Student Chamber, history club, FCS representative, yearbook staff and

Oxford

Wills

Carbondale Community High School ‌C arbondale Community High School has recognized Anish Bhattacharya, Maggie Bryant, Mengqian Bu, Radia Lahlou, Elizabeth Tolley, and Prerak Trivedi for academic honors. Bhattacharya, 17, is a National Merit Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, three time winner of the State H istory Fair, received the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Provost Scholarship, Abraham Lincoln Association Award and named a Simons Fellow by the Simons Foundation. He is treasurer of National Honor Society and Spanish club, Varsity Scholar Bowl co-captain and member of the math team and SIUC

Bhattacharya

Bryant

Table Tennis team. The son of Bhaskar and Arunima Bhattacharya of Makanda, he plans to major in electrical engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bryant, 17, is a Girls Golf MVP 2011-2013, All South Golf Team 2013-2014, Regionals Golf Champ 20122013, South Seven Golf Conference Champ 2013, Gold State Qualifier 2012-2013,

Lahlou

Tolley

placed third in Sectional Golf 2013 and Hickory Ridge volunteer of the year 2013. She is a member of National Honor Society, Lifesavers, student senate, freshman mentor, Future Business Leaders of America and the varsity golf team. The daughter of Don A. Bryant Jr. and Donna McClusky-Bryant of Carbondale, she plans to major in accounting, business or

Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School ‌C arrier Mills-Stonefort High School has recognized Sydney Hancock, Kaci Hollerson, Rachael Parks, Raichel Taborn and Mable Thompson for academic honors. Hancock, 17, was a math field day participant and Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering team member for four years, awarded Academic Wall of Fame and received high honors. She was junior class graduation marshall and junior class president, performed in high school plays, and is a member of Future Business Leaders

Hancock

Hollerson

of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, softball and volleyball and cheerleading squad. The daughter of Earl and Tami Hancock, she plans to major in biotechnology and biosystems engineering at Southeastern Illinois College and University

Parks

Taborn

of Kentucky. Hollerson, 17, achieved high honors, was awarded Wall of Fame, competed in Math Field Day and participated in Engineering days. She is a class officer and member of speech team, Scholar Bowl, Future Career and Community Leaders

Carterville High School ‌C arterville High School has recognized Jordan Gaston, Jessica HeimBrouwer, Courtney Kinnard, Mariah Manis, Anna Spoerre and Emily Weisel for academic honors. Gaston, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, in National Honor Society and recipient of Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Award. She is a member of Beta Club, student council and Future Business Leaders of America; freshman focus leader and on the basketball team. The daughter of Raeona McCalla, she plans to study pharmacy. Heim-Brouwer, 17, is an

Gaston

Heim-Brouwer

Illinois State Scholar and National Honor Soci ety secretary. She is a member of band, advanced choir, Beta Club, Spanish club and Life Savers, newspaper saff; and was a Freshman Focus leader and junior marshal. The daughter of Nathan and Krista Brouwer, she plans to study journali s m a t t h e Un ive rs i ty

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Manis

of Missouri. Kinnard, 17, is a National Merit Scholar finalist, an Illinois State Scholar and named to the All-State Band. She is a member of National Honor Society, Interact Club, band, Scholar Bowl, Life Savers, Beta Club, rocketry club, Future Business Leaders of America and Worldwide Youth in Science and engineering.

Spoerre

Weisel

The daughter of Darren and Melissa Kinnard, she plans to study computer science at SIU. Manis, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, received volunteer award, and was junior marshal for 2013 graduation. She is a member of National Honor Society, band, Life Savers, Interact Club, astronomy club, Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes,




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Century Junior-Senior High School ‌C entury Junior-Senior High School has recognized Morgan Atherton, Nathaniel Baker, Amanda Cheek, Aaron Jones, Zachary Sauerbunn and Katelan Webb for academic honors. Atherton, 18 is an Illinois State Scholar, All-Conference in basketball and softball and led in points and rebounding in basketball. She is a member of a local church, Honors Escrow, Beta Club, student council, science club and the basketball and softball teams. The daughter of Craig and Patena Atherton of Ullin, she plans to major in physical therapy or sports management at Shawnee Community College and

Atherton

Baker

Southeastern M issouri State University. Ba ke r, 18, is a State Science Fair finalist and received honors in English II, Chemistry and Physical Science. He is the class vice-president, member of Honors Escrow, Beta Club, student council, science club and Spanish club, The son of Stanley and Elaine Baker of Ullin, he

Cheek

Jones

plans to major in chemical engineering at Shawnee Community College. Cheek, 18, received first with high honors. She is a senior class officer, member of basketball, softball and volleyball teams, Beta Club and Church of Christ in Dongola. The daughter of David and Debbie Cheek and Brad and Tori Goines, she plans to major in nursing

Sauerbrunn

Webb

at Shawnee Community College. Jones, 18, is FFA president 2013-2014 and vicep re s i d e n t 2 0 1 2-2 0 1 3, Tamms Auto Body and Fender Student of the Year, and placed first in A l l - Co n fe re n ce ba se ball. He is a member of the baseball and basketball teams, FFA, Beta Club, student council and the Fellowship of

Christian athletes. The son of Richard and Cheryl Jones of Karnak, he plans to major in combination welding at Shawnee Community College. Sauerbrunn, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, placed third in accounting at the State Beta Club Convention, received the high school accounting and ecology awards. He is a member of Beta Club, basketball team, Scholar Bowl and science club. The son of Julie Sauerbrunn and the late Bud Sauerbrunn, he plans to major in agricultural business at Shawnee Community College. W e b b , 1 7, i s a n d

All-Around Champion Cowgirl, Champion Goat Tying, Champion Barrel Racing, Champion Breakaway Roping and Champion Pole Bending. She is a members of the Illinois High School Rodeo Association, FFA, Beta Club, FCA and student council. The daughter of Greg a n d C i n dy We b b, s h e plans to major in agricultural business at Shawnee Community College and Southeastern M issouri State University. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 16 at Century Elementary School Gymnasium. Morgan Atherton is valedictorian and Amanda Cheek is salutatorian.

of Life Jackets, Drug Free Youth, volleyball, cross country, basketball and track teams. The daughter of Bart and Trisha Lawrence, she plans to study nursing, specializing in pediatrics, at Southwestern Illinois College. Lo c h h e a d , 18, is a National Honor Society member and received high honors, National Career Readiness Certificate Silver, Daughters of American Revolution Scholarship, Elks Student of the Month, al- conference in football and basketball, All-South Football Team. He is varsity captain of football and basketball teams, and a member of the 1,000 point club for varsity basketball, Fellowship of

Christian Athletes, a fouryear member of basketball, football, baseball, swing choir and band. The son of T im and We n d y L o c h h e a d , h e plans to study occupational therapy. Redeker, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, recipient of PSAE Awards for reading and science, and WYSE sectionals qualifier for physics. He was named All South and All-Conference for football—kicking, and is a member of the Chester High School Drama Department. The son of Dallas Redeker and Angie Nordmeyer, he plans to study computer science and mathematics. Commencement will be at 3 p.m. May 25, in Colbert Gymnasium.

High School Drama Team, student council, cheerleading squad and WYSE. The daughter of Clint and Heidi Mayer, she plans to study journalism at SIU. Towers, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and National Honor Society secretary, placed third in computer science on WYSE team, achieved high honors, was named to the All-South and All-Conference football teams, and received a Wendy’s Heisman Award. He is a member of math team and student council, and a volunteer for American Red Cross, Special Olympics and Upward Basketball. The son of Richard and

Jeanette Towers, he plans to study mathematics at SIU. Valette, 17, achieved h i g h h o n o rs. H e i s a member of Scholar Bowl and the baseball and trap shooting teams. The son of Mark and Linda Valette, he plans to study agriculture business at Rend Lake College. Commencement will be at 2 p.m. May 18, at Christopher High School Gymnasium. Valedictorians are Ethan Conner, Zoie Flatt, Storey Mayer and Jacob Towers. Salutatorian is Steven Head. Baccalaureate will be at 4 p.m. May 4, in First Christian Church in Christopher.

achieved high honors, received the Danny Balance Spirit Award and Most Active FFA Member Award. She is a two-year member of FCCLA and a member of Beta Club, science club, art club and yearbook staff. The daughter of Nealy Flamm and the late Tommy Quertermous, she plans to study medicine, nursing or OTA at Shawnee Community College. Robles, 19, is a member of FFA, Beta Club, FCCLA, art club and yearbook staff. The son of Jesus Robles and Maria Robles, he plans

to study art and animation. Tomazzoli, 17, acheived high honors, was junior class president. She is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, FCCLA, FFA, art club and WYSE, math, basketball and volleyball teams. The daughter of Zee and Lisa Tomazolli, she plans to study occupational therapy at Murray State University. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 23, in Cobden High School Gymnasium. Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. May 18, in the gymnasium.

Chester High School ‌C hester High School h a s s e l e c te d B r a d l e y Asselmeier, Sarah Bindel, Nicholas Gross, Maribeth Lawrence, Jake Lochhead and Austin Redeker for academic honors. Asselmeier, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, IHSA All-State Academic Team n o m i n e e ; i n Na t i o n a l Honor Society, received National Career Readiness Certificate Gold; PSAE for mathematics and Science, geometry, Spanish II and II awards, was graduation marshall, Elks student of the month, prom prince, homecoming king. He received Football First Team All-conference Mention, All-South, Team MVP and All-State Honorable Mention. He is a member of youth group,

Asselmeier

Bindel

marching band, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, yearbook staff, and football, baseball and track teams. The son of Larry and Sheri Asselmeier, he plans to study engineering at M i sso u r i Sc i e n ce a n d Technology in Rolla. Bindel, 18, received high honors and Career Readiness Certificate Silver, Leadership Award and All Conference for 2011 and 2013, both for cross country, and was 2013

Gross

Lawrence

graduation marshall. She is a member of concert choir, marching band 2011 to 2014, Drug Free Youth 2011 to 2014 and Peer Ambassador in 2011. The daughter of Alan and Nancy Bindel, she plans to study dietetics at Murray State University. Gross, 18, is a member of National Honor Society, an Eagle Scout Award recipient, Elks Student of the Month for October, Illinois Boys’ State and DARE role Model. He is

Lochhead

Redeker

a member of Life Jackets, St. John Evangelical Youth Group, Boy Scouts, student council and Drug Free Youth. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gross, he plans to study petroleum engin e e r i n g a t Un ive rs i ty of Oklahoma. Lawrence, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, nominated for IHSA All-State Academic Team and National Honor Society vice president. She received high honors and is a member

Christopher High School ‌Christopher High School h a s re cog n i ze d E t h a n Conner, Zoie Flatt, Steven Head, Storey Mayer, Jacob Towers and Anthony Valette for academic honors. Conner, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, received an SIU Math Field Day Scholarship and was first team all-conference in football. He is a member of National Honor Society, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team, football, basketball and track teams. The son of Dixie Conner, he plans to study mathematics at Vanderbilt University. Flatt, 17, achieved high honors and was a 2013

Conner

Flatt

graduation marshall. He is a member of math team, yearbook staff and art fest. The daughter of Tina and David Bird, she plans to study nursing at Southeast Missouri State University. Head, 18, achieved high h o n o rs, i s a Na t i o n a l Honor Society member; placed third in chemistry on WYSE team and first on Math Field Day team.

Head

Mayer

He is a member of Special Olympics, Knights o f C o l u m b u s To o t s i e Roll drive and city wide cleanup volunteer; a Red Cross Blood Drive sponsor and donor; and a member of Scholar Bowl team. The son of Ginny Head, he plans to study mechanical engineering at SIU. Mayer, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, class president and placed first in

Towers

Valette

English at WYSE regionals and third at sectional competitions, and placed first in 15-19 age group at Tunnel Hill 10-mile run. She is a National Honor Society member, received National Cheerleader Association Award and was cheer captain. she a member of River to River Running, Southern Illinois Worship Center Drama Team, Christopher

Cobden High School ‌C obden High School has recognized Savannah Eck, Wendy Flamm, Zachary Moore, Logan Quertemous, Miguel Robles and Haley Tomazzoli for academic honors and overall character. Eck, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar. She is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Scholar Bowl, WYSE and math teams. The daughter of Micheal and Jennifer Eck, she plans to study biology and premedicine. Flamm, 17, is a member of National Honor Society,

Eck

Flamm

Beta Club, student council, Future Career and Community Leaders of America, art club, cheerleading squad and volleyball team. She competed on Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and Math teams. She is the daughter of

Moore

Quertermous

Ron and Tracie Flamm Moore, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar and second in his class. He placed first in WYSE biology competion and third in math at Beta Club convention, was named to the All-South team for baseball and baseball Co-MVP. He is

Robles

Tomazzoli

a member Scholar Bowl, math team, FFA, student council, prom committee, FCCLA, drama club, baseball and basketball teams, and was homecoming king. The son of Missy Moore and Greg Moore, she plans to study pre-medicine. Q u e r t e r m o u s , 1 7,

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Crab Orchard High School ‌Crab Orchard High School has recognized Nicholas Langheld, Cheyenne McCoy, Joshua Tanner, Katie Troxel, Rebecca West and Benjamin Westrich for academic honors. Langheld, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar and Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, placed first in Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering for math and physics, volunteers at Veteran’s Affairs hospital, received All-Sectional Scholastic Bowl Award and VFW Voice of the Eagle competition. He is a four-year Scholar Bowl member, four-year Order of the Arrow recipient, in

Langheld

McCoy

Strategic Studies four years and a member of the engineering and business teams. The son of Ruth Langheld and Gene Langheld, he plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Chicago. McCoy, 18, achieved high honors and placed first in WYSE math competition. She is a two-year member of

Tanner

Troxel

Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a member of Business Team and Engineering Team. The daughter of Sandra McCoy and Randy McCoy, she plans to study nursing at John A. Logan College. Tanner, 17, achieved high honors, received Daughters of American Revoluton Award, high honors in geometry, English, twice for American

history and agriculture. He a three-year member of Scholar Bowl and a four-year member of FFA, baseball, bass fishing team, FCA and student council,The son of Tempa Tanner and Brian Tanner, he plans to study agronomy at John A. Logan College and Murray State. Troxel, 17, achieved high honors for English two

years, math four years and for child development. She is a four-year member of FFA.The daughter of Angela Troxel, she plans to study optometry. West, 18, achieved high honors for English and math two years, and math honors. She is a four-year FFA member. The daughter of Beverly King, she plans to study equine veterinary science transferring from John A. Logan College. Westrich, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, achieved high honors, a LEAD SI graduate, PHBA Youth Reining World Champion; received high honors for horticulture,

agriculture science and English III. He is a student government and student council president, Scholar Bowl varsity captain, 4-H president, federation treasurer, FFA vice president and sentinel, and a member of FCA, bass fishing team and baseball. The son of Steve and Amy Westrich, he plans to study agronomy and agribusiness at SIU, Iowa State, SEMO or UTM. Commencement will be at 7:30 p.m. May 22, in Crab Orchard High School Gymnasium. Co-valedictorians are Ben Westrich and Cheyenne McCoy and salutatorian is Nick Langheld.

Community Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Spanish club. The daughter of Joe and Stephanie Day of Du Quoin, she plans to major in pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Dorsey, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received Sons of the American Revolution Award and Superior Honor Roll for four years. He is a member of the National

Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, engineering club, Spanish club and the theater department. The son of Gary and Renee Dorsey of Du Quoin, he plans to major in masscommunication in radio and television at SIUC. Toler, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar. received Wendy’s High School Heisman Award and Superior Honor Roll. She is a member

of the National Honor Society, a class representative, Indianettes, FCA, FCCLA, Spanish club, pep club, math club and the softball and volleyball teams. The daughter of Kathy Toler and the late Kevin Toler of Du Quoin, she plans to major in pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Commencement will be at 6: p.m. May 24 at Du Quoin State Fairgrounds grandstand.

Urbana-Champaign. McClarney, 17, is a Student of the Month, Student of the Year and received the English Award. She is a member of Beta Club, student council, FFA and volleyball team. The daughter of Bill and Amy McClarney of Thebes, she plans to study at the University of Oklahoma. Price, 17 ,is a Student of the Year, received the Foreign Language Award and Math Award. He is a member of Senior Beta Club, student council, art club, Scholar Bowl, FCCLA and baseball

team. The son of Tiffany Price-Sanders of Tamms, he plans to major in journalism at SIUC. Wood, 18, is a Student of the Year, Student of the Month and received the English Award. She is a member of the Beta Club, FFA, student council, volleyball, basketball and softball teams.The daughter of Dale and Dena Wood, she plans to major in physical therapy. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 16 at Egyptian High School gymnasium.

Robert Dale, she plans to major in criminal justice at Missouri State University. Fennell, 17, is an Athletic Director’s Assistant and received Honor Roll. He is President of Beta Club, ALPHA group leader, captain of Elverado High School baseball and basketball teams, member of FFA and Spanish club. The son of Kaila Tyner, he plans to major in mechanical engineering at SIUC. Khoo-Torres, 17, had perfect attendance, received the Presidential Physical Fitness Award and the Principal’s Award. She is President of

FCCLA, Vice-President of the drama club, member of LEAD SI, Youth to Washington, ALPHA ,Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team, Spanish club, yearbook staff, Chess club, FFA, art club, cheerleading, and the softball and volleyball teams. The daughter of Dalice Torres, she plans to major in veterinary medicine at SIUC. Commencement will by a 7 p.m. May 16 at Elverado High School Piper Valerius Gym. Alicen Khoo-Torres is valedictorian and Tryce Cobin is salutatorian.

State Journalism qualifier, River to River Scholar Bowl medalist and placed third in English in WYSE competition. She is class treasurer, French Club president, Scholar Bowl captain and Freshman Focus Leader, a member of drama club and editor in chief for Redbird Notes school newspaper. The daughter of Kenny and Tara Sullivan, she plans to study education at SIUC. Wyant, 17, is a National Honor Society member, achieved high honors and was senior of the month. She is a member of Key Club, Beta Club, Life Savers, NSHSS, Top Ten and

science club. The daughter of Christina and Josch Mitchell, she plans to study pediatric nursing. Yadro, 18, is a National Honor Society member and received Illinois Principals’ Award, Top 10, FCHS Senior of the month, River to River Scholar Bowl medalist. He is a member of Beta Club, student council and Key Club. The son of Mike and Jena Yadro, he plans to study pharmacy at SIUE. Commencement will be at 8 p.m. May 17, in Max Morris Gymnasium. Baccalaureate will be at 6 p.m. May 14, in the gymnasium.

Evans, 17, is an All-American Cheerleader, won the Chapter 25 Records Book on Diversified Livestock and received High Honors all four years. She is class secretary, member of Beta Club, FFA, 4-H, FBLA, FCCLA, Children’s Church leader Church choir and volleyball team. The daughter of David and Patty Evans of Galatia, she plans to major in cosmetology at Southeastern Illinois College. Fletcher, 17, was on the High Honor Roll. She is a member of student council.

The daughter of Wade and Tiffany Fletcher of Broughton, she plans to major in musing at SIUE. Tso, 18, is and Illinois State Scholar. She is a member of Beta Club, FCCLA, WYSE and Scholar Bowl. The daughter of Marcus and Maridy Tso of Galatia, she plans to major in biology (pre-medicine). Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Galatia High School gymnasium. Layna Bond is valedictorian and Rachel Davis is salutatorian.

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Westrich

Du Quoin High School ‌D u Quoin High School has selected Cody Bailey, Sydnie Day, Collin Dorsey and Kate Toler for academic honors. Bailey, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, received Superior Honor Roll and the National Society of High School Scholars. He is a member of the engineering club, Spanish club, band and the Saluki Swim club. The son of George and Cary Bailey of Du Quoin, he

Bailey

Day

plans to major in biology ay SIUC or at Illinois Wesleyan University. Day, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received Superior Honor Roll and had perfect

Dorsey

Toler

attendance for 10 years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a class representative, pep club, Indianettes Dance Team, Future Career and

Egyptian High School ‌Egyptian High School has recognized Aaron Bigham, Danielle Carthell, Cameron Grueninger, Hannah McClarney, Nathan Price and Kayde Wood for academics and leadership. Bigham, 18, is a Student of the Month, received the math and science awards. He is a member of Scholar Bowl, Beta Club, student council, FFA and baseball team. The son of Tammy Bigham of Olive Branch, he plans to study at Southeast Missouri State University. Carthell, 17, is a Student of

Bigham

Carthell

the Month and received the Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative Achievement Award. She is a member of Senior Beta Club, cheerleading, student council, Egyptian by Design, art club, photography, Future Career and Community Leaders

Grueninger

McClarney

of America, science club and TREC. The daughter of Daniel and Norlisha Carthell of Tamms, she plans to major in biology at Missouri State University. Grueninger, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, Student of

Price

Wood

the Month and received the Math Award. He is a member of the Beta Club, FFA, student council and basketball and baseball teams. The son of Chris and Stacey Williamson of Olive Branch, he plans to study at the University of Illinois at

Elverado High School ‌Elverado High School has recognized Lauren Buser, Tryce Cobin, Allecia Cross, Jessi Dale, Elijah Fennell and Alicen Khoo-Torres for academic honors. Buser, 18, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award, All-American Cheerleader Award and High Honor Roll. She is a member of Beta Club, Future Career Leaders of America, Spanish club, yearbook staff and cheerleading. The daughter of Brandon and Kimberly Buser, she plans to major in biological sciences at

Buser

Cobin

Greenville College. Cobin, 18, received the Sons of the American Revolution Outstanding Citizenship Award and High Honor Roll for four years. She is Secretary for the Beta Club, Secretary of the senior class and member of Spanish Club. The daughter of Bruce

Cross

Dale

of Kim Cobin, she plans to major in dental hygiene at John A. Logan College. Cross, 18, received Honor Roll. She is a member of Beta Club and the basketball team. The daughter of Gray and Amber Cross, she plans to major in accounting at John A. Logan College.

Fennell

Khoo-Torres

Dale, 18, received the Girl Scouts Bronze Award and High Honor Roll for four years. She is a member of the Beta Club, Ladies’ Auxiliary, Spanish club and Adolescent Leaders for Positive Healthy Assets Peer Leadership program. The daughter of Davey and Holly Zimmerman and

Frankfort Community High School ‌Frankfort Community High School has recognized Noah Drone, Keegan Gardner, Ethan Sisk, Olivia Sullivan, Callie Wyant and Garrett Yadro for academic honors. Drone, 18, achieved high honors and is a member of National Honor Society and student council. The son of Patrick and Lisa Drone, he plans to study pre-medicine. Gardner, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society member, selected All-State Wrestler and recipient of Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He served as student body president, freshman focus

Drone

Gardner

leader, student council vice president, class president for freshman and junior years, track and wrestling captain and is a member of Beta Club, science club, drama club, band, cross country, French club, electronics club and football team. The son of Chuck and Robin Gardner, he plans to s t u d y b i o m e d i c a l

Sisk

Sullivan

engineering at Drake University. Sisk, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society member and class officer; selected for AllState and All Conference football teams; a member of student council, BASI First Priority; and played football and baseball. The son of Kelly and Dale

Wyant

Yadro

Sisk, he plans to study engineering. Sullivan, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and a National Honor Society member, received the SIU Commitment to Excellence Award, Illinois Principals’ Award; achieved academic top 10 for four years; was FCHS Senior of The Month, a homecoming queen candidate, IHSA

Galatia High School ‌Galatia High School has honored Larissa Bond, Layna Bond, Rachel Davis, Addyson Evans, Madison Fletcher and Seneca Tso. Larissa Bond, 18, was on the Honor Roll in 2010 and High Honor Roll 2011-2014. She is a member of Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America and Family Career and Community Leaders of America. The daughter of Ronnie and Janean Bond of Harrisburg, she plans to major in physical therapy assistant at Southeastern

Larissa Bond

Layna Bond

Illinois College. Layna Bond, 17, was on the High Honor Roll. She is a member of Beta Club, FFA, 4-H, Jefferson County Livestock Judging team, Illinois Club Pig Association, FBLA, FCCLA, student council, Catholic Youth

Davis

Evans

Organization, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team and Saline County Young Farmers. The daughter of James and Micki Bond of Galatia, she pans to major in animal science at Lake Land College. Davis, 17, received High

Fletcher

Tso

Honors. She is a member of Beta Club, FCCLA, FBLA, student Council, WYSE team and Scholar Bowl. The daughter of Shannon and Regina Davis of Galatia, she plans to major in nursing at SIU or Murray State University.




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Goreville High School ‌Goreville High School has recognized Aaron Brenningmeyer, Raeghan Goins, Dallas Melot, Shon Messmer, Connor Seavers and Raechel Ward for academic honors. Brenningmeyer, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received Daughters of the American Revolution Award and High Honors. He is Student Body president, vice president of Beta Club, member of student council, Scholar Bowl, band, theater, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team and bass fishing. The son of Dennis and Sheryl Brenningmeyer of Goreville,

Brenningmeyer

Goins

he plans to major in nursing at Shawnee Community College. Goins, 18, is a 2014-2015 State Scholar, received Illinois Principal’s Association Student Achievement Award and High Honor Roll. She is President of Beta Club, President of senior class and Vice-President of student

Melot

Messmer

council. The daughter of Eric and JoAnne Goins of Goreville, she plans to major in English at SIUC. Melot, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, All-State Academics for football and received High Honors for four years. He is a member of Beta Club, FFA, Scholar Bowl, Boy Scouts and

Seavers

Ward

football, basketball and track and field teams. The son of Jim Melot and Theresa Foltz of Goreville, he plans to major in exercise science/ coaching at Lindenwood University in Belleville. Messmer, 17, receiver High Honors for four years. He is a member of Beta Club and baseball, basketball and golf

teams. The son of Eric and Angie Messmer of Marion, he plans to major in physical therapy. Seavers, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, All-American Scholar, All-State Academics for football and receive Honor Roll for four years. He is a member of Beta Club, FFA, Scholar Bowl, Boy Scouts and football, basketball and track and field teams. The son of Kent and Alice Seavers of Creal Springs, he plans to major in exercise science/coaching at Lindenwood University in Belleville. Ward, 18, is an Illinois

State Scholar, received the SIU Dean Scholarship and Illinois Baptist State Association Bible Drill Scholarship. She is a member of High Honors Escrow program, National Beta Club, Scholar Bowl, and WYSE team. The daughter of Michael and Paula Ward of Goreville, she plans to major in secondary math education at SIUC. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 24 at the Goreville High School Gym. Dallas Melot and Connor Seavers are valedictorians and Aaron Brenningmeyer is salutatorian.

the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, student council, Key club, Youth for Christ and WYSE teams. The daughter of Steve and Stephanie of Harrisburg, she plans to major in education at Southeastern Illinois College. Robinson, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, marshal and received the Monet Award. She is a member of the National Honors Club, Mu Alpha Theta, speech team, theatre, Department of Children and Family Services volunteering, book club, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Spanish club, St. Mary’s Youth Group, pep club and history club.

The daughter of Dennis and Vivian Robinson of Harrisburg, she plans to major in biomedical engineering. Walker, 18, is and Illinois Sate Scholar, graduation marshal, received Honor Roll all four years, was on the SIC President’s List. She is Mu Alpha Theta treasurer, served as the history club secretary, a member of the National Honor Society, book club and the HHS Lady basketball team. The daughter of Teresa Walker, she plans to major in pre-medicine at the University of Southern Indiana. Commencement will be at 8 p.m. May 17 at Taylor Field at Harrisburg High School.

she plans to major in international relations. Miller, 18, received the 2014 Presidential Scholarship at Columbia College, Honor Roll for four years, multiple musical theatre roles, 2013 HHS talent show winner and was 2013 HHS student representative in China. She is a member of the ALPHA program, Freshman Academy, Operation Teen Safe Driving, travel club, French, Jen Fortune Photography spokesmodel, Melise’s Boutique swimsuit and dress model and active in the local community theatre. The daughter of Ryan and Margaret Cooling of Marion, she plans to major in musical theatre at Columbia College at Chicago.

Ryker, 18, is an AllConference, All-South and State Cross Country runner, won 2013 VFW Voice of Democracy essay and West Frankfort MidWinter Classic All-Tournament team. He is FBLA president, student council president, basketball cocaptain, student council representative, a member of National Honor Society and cross country, basketball, baseball and track teams. The son of Terry and Debbie Ryker of Herrin, he plans to major in athletic training at Rend Lake College. Commencement will be at 5 p.m. May 17 at Herrin Memorial Gym in Herrin High School.

plans to major in petroleum engineering at the University of Kansas. Pyle, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar. She is a member of the National H o n o r S o c i e t y, m a t h team, dance team, musical, Scholar Bowl, student council, WYSE team, pep squad and track team. The daughter of Darren and Amanda Pyle and Dawn Roeder of Johnston City, she plans to major in computer engineering at SIUC. Zeigler, 18, is an AllConference Baseball ad B a s ke tba l l , A l l - So u t h Baseball, 1,000 points Basketball All-Tournament Team at Sesser Holiday Tournament, Goreville Invitational and West

Frankfort M id-Winter Classic, most athletic and friendliest senor favorite, Prom Prince, attended Paul Simon Leadership Day and received Honor Roll. He is basketball team co-captain, senior class officer, member of the National Honor Society, business club, Special Olympics, Mike Dean blood drive and Care for Kassidy volunteer. The son of Charles and Dana Zeigler of Marion, he plans to attend Southeastern Illinois College. Commencement will be at 7:30 p.m. at Wendell Starrick gymnasium. Dylan Crain and Andrea Pyle are valedictorians and Colson Myers is salutatorian.

Honor Society, Math Honor Society, FBLA, Friends in Christ, student council, Second Baptist Student Ministry and the bass fishing team. The son of Wade and Deanna Hudgens of Marion, he plans to major in engineering at SIUC. Taylor, 18, received the Marion Rotary Club Sliver Key, Marion Rotary Club Pin, Marion High School Top 10 , Top Honors English I, II and III and Top French I, II and III. He is a President of the Nation Honor Society, member of marching band, jazz band, Model United Nations, student council, WYSE team and Illuminations. The daughter of Steven and Janet Taylor of Marion, she plans to major in English literature/history.

Van Horn, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, received the Rotary Award, Rotary Silver Key Award, Honor English Award, Advanced Accounting Award, Business Concepts Award and has perfect attendednce. She is at a leader level in FBLA, member of the Nation Honor Society. Second Baptist Church Youth Group, Tri-Hi Y, student council, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Alpha Peer Mentor, Friends in Christ, Youth and Government and volleyball team. The daughter of Brain and Margret Van Horn of Marion, she plans to major in accounting at Murray State University. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 15 at Rent One Park.

Harrisburg High School ‌Harrisburg High School has recognized Mychaela Colbert, Skylar Edmister, Brittney Frailey, Hannah Hefner, Hannah Robinson and Hannah Walker for academic honors. Colbert, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received Honor Roll and the highest achievement in Anatomy and Physiology. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key club, White Hats, Youth for Christ and Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team. The daughter of Brian and Lori Colbert of Harrisburg, she plans to major in nursing. Edmister, 18, is an Illinois

Colbert

Edmister

State Scholar, graduation marshal, received the Prairie State Achievement Examination Award, the highest achievement in English, Spanish II and Algebra II Honors. She is Key club vice-president, White Hats treasurer, a member of the National Honor Society, Youth for Christ, pep club, Mu Alpha Theta, WYSE team and history club. The daughter of David

Frailey

Hefner

Edmister and Kim Jackson of Harrisburg and Greenville, she plans to major in molecular biology at St. Louis University. Frailey, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, was on Southeastern Illinois College President’s List, received the PSAE high achievement in Reading and the highest achievement in English III Honors. She is a member of the National

Robinson

Walker

Honor Society, Youth for Christ, Key club, WYSE team, Mu Alpha Theta, history club and music club. The daughter of the late Marieca Frailey and Richard and Sherrie Frailey of Harrisburg, she plans to major in English at SIUC. Hefner, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received Honor Roll and the highest achievement in Physics Honors. She is a member of

Herrin High School ‌H errin High School has recognized Megan Benitone, Kayla Fann, Laura Guebert, Ashley Kuan, Brandy Miller and Nick Ryker for academic honors. Benitone, 17, received first in sculpture at ArtStatrts, second in printing at John A. Logan College and second in printing at Little Egypt. She is an Scholar Bowl, student chamber, drama cub, Spring play and Rotary Interact. The daughter of Troy and Beth Benitone of Herrin, she plans to major in art education at McKendree University. Fann, 17, received the 2013 Young Citizen of the Year Award and multiple math awards. She is National Honor Society

Benitone

Fann

secretary, student council executive president, student chamber president, Future Business Leaders of America secretary, a member of Scholar Bowl, Rotary Interact club, math team, chemistry club, Adolescent Leaders for Positive Healthy Assets peer leader, LEAD SI, First Tiger Trust Bank and bowling and tennis teams. The daughter of Clinton and Michelle Bigham and Robert and Kim Fann of

Guebert

Kuan

Johnston City, she plans to major in nursing at SIUE. Guebert, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, Scholastic Arts and Writing Silver Key, Writing Award and second in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering. She is National Honor Society vice-president, senior class president, a member of Scholar Bowl, student government, math team,

Miller

Ryker

WYSE team, Rotary Interact, FBLA and cross county, bowling and track teams. The daughter of Don and Barb Guebert of Herrin, she plans to major in English at Murray State University. Kuan, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar. She is a member of Scholar Bowl, student government, student chamber of commerce, math club, WYSE team and FBLA. The daughter of David and Aileen Kuan of Herrin,

Johnston City High School ‌Johnston City High School has recognized Zachery Bernico, Dylan Crain, Shelbi Linton, Colson Myers, Andrea Pyle and Hunter Zeigler for academic honors. Bernico, 17, received Best Drum Major in class and played in the Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra’s Heartland Honor Band. He is a member of the National Honor Society and marching band. The son of Matthew Bernico and Krystal Dukes of Johnston City, he plans to major in air traffic control at the U.S. Navy. Crain, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, placed second in Math Team Written State, first in Chemistry Worldwide Youth in

Bernico

Crain

Science and Engineering Sectionals and Highest combined individual score for WYSE Regionals. He is a member of National H o n o r S o c i e t y, m a t h team, WYSE team, Scholar Bowl, student council and bowling and track and field teams. The son of Lance and Tricia Crain of Johnston City, he plans to major in petroleum engineering. L i n t o n , 1 8, re ce ive d

Linton

Myers

National Cheerleading Association and Universal Cheerleading Association titles, Honor Roll/Honorable Mention for four years and Honors in English for four years. She is a Johnston City Junior Tackle Cheer Coach, member of cheerleading squad, business club, pep club and volleyball and track teams. The daughter of James and Lori Linton of West Frankfort, she plans to

Pyle

Zeigler

major in pharmacy at Purdue University. Myers, 18, is and Illinois State Scholar, received the Presidential Scholarship at the University of Kansas and is enrolled in University of Kansas Honor’s program. He is a member of the National Honor Society, math team, WYSE team, business club and football and basketball teams. The son of John and Debbie Ray of Marion, he

Marion High School ‌Marion High School has recognized Jordan Baker, Carsen Cash, Ashley Farthing, Tristan Hudgens, Rachel Taylor and Kara Van Horn for academic honors. Baker, 17, is a 2012-13 All-Conference and AllSouth Cross Country Team, 2012 accounting Student of the Year, nominated for the 2014 IHSA All-State Academic Team, received the 2013 National Honor society Top 10 Award, 2013 Wildcat Award for track, 2013 Accounting II Award and the 2013 Most Improved Award for cross country. She is Vice-President of student council, Vice-President of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of French club, Math Honor Society president, French Honor Society and varsity cross

Baker

Cash

country and track and field teams. The daughter of John and Tifani Baker of Marion, she will major in aerospace engineering at Purdue University. Cash, 18, is Lion’s Club MVP for track and field, received the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key in Personal Memoir Category and the Rotary Club Gold Key three times. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor society, Future Business

Farthing

Hudgens

Leaders of America, Spanish club, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team, Scholar Bowl, math team and varsity basketball, golf, track and field teams. The son of Rob and Jil Cash of Marion, he plans to study chemical engineering. Farthing, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, three year FBLA National competitor and has perfect attendance. She is student council president, President of Little Egypt District of Student Councils, Secretary

Taylor

Van Horn

of FBLA, President of Kiddie City, Vice-President of Future Educators of America, Secretary of National Honor Society and four year choir member. The daughter of David and Kim Farthing of Marion, she plans to major in elementary education at Murray State or SIU at Edwardsville. Hudgens, 17, received the Rotary Award for two years and the SIU Carbondale Dean’s Scholarship. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish


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Meridian High School ‌M eridian High School has recognized Alexxus Blake, Theodore Green, David Hileman, Marie Johnson, Dinah Nelson and Zachary Shepard for academic honors. Blake, 18, received the Governor’s Award and was nominated National Daughters of the American Revolution candidate. She is a member of the Beta Club, Girl Scouts and cheerleading. The daughter of Sand Woods Jr. and Charlotte Woods of Villa Ridge, she

Blake

Green

plans to join the U.S. Army. Green, 18, received the Awa rd o f E xc e l l e n c e , Award of Appreciation and place third in the National Scholar Bowl Tournament. He is a member of Beta Club, Scholar Bowl, junior class club and 4-H club.

Hileman

Johnson

The son of Lawanda Green of Mounds, he plans to major in chemical engineering at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Hileman, 18, received Honor Roll. He is a member of Scholar Bowl and

Nelson

Shepard

baseball team. The son of David Hileman and Julie Mason, he plans to study at Shawnee Community College. Johnson, 17, is a National Honor Society. He is a member of the Beta Club, student council, drama

club, junior class club and basketball, volleyball and track and field teams. The daughter of Jerry a n d M a ry Jo h n so n o f Mounds, she plans to major in nursing. N e l s o n , 17, re ce ive d Honor Roll, the Presidential Award and the Library A ss i s ta n t Awa rd . S h e is a member of student council, junior class club, A-Team and IDOT. The daughter of Elvis Nelson of Villa Ridge, she plans to study mechanical engineering at Shawnee

Community College. Shepard, 18, received Honor Roll. He is a member of English club and drama club. The son of Scoot Shepard and Lisa Kerr of Villa Ridge, he plans to major in journalism/ drama at Shawnee Community College. Commencement will be at 10 a.m. May 17 at Jim Byassee Gymnasium at Meridian High School. Alexxus Blake is valedictorian and Andrew Hileman is salutatorian.

Murphysboro, she plans to major in secondary education in English at SIU. Finders, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, Indiana Pharmacists Alliance Student of the Year and received H igh Honors 2009-2014. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and football, basketball and track and field teams. The son of Scott Finders and M ike and Kris Layne of Murphysboro, he plans to major in physics at Southeastern Missouri University or Maryville University. Grammer, 18, is a member of the National Honor

Society, Beta Club, Key club and Choir. The daughter of Jerry and Caroline Grammer of Murphysboro, she plans to major in criminal justice at Olivet Nazarene University. Parrone, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Scholar Bowl, student council, band and history club. The daughter of Scott and Cynthia Parrone of Murphysboro, she plans to study psychology. Commencement will be at 8 p.m. May 17 at Doc Bencini Field at Murphysboro High School.

b u s i n e s s a d m i n i s t ra tion at the University of Missouri. Queen, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, MurphyWall State Bank Student of the Month, Illinois Music Education Association All-District Band, Heartland Honor Band, Quad State Honor Band, River-to-River All-Conference Band and received Honor Roll. She is a member of Beta Club band, jazz band, MAPPS/Lifesavers, WYSE team, Music Makers, Spanish club and pep club. The daughter of Toby and Erin Queen of Pinckneyville, she plans to major in radiology at Rend Lake Community College. Wieland, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, nominated Illinois High School Association All-Academic team,

Southern Illinois Riverto-River All-Conference softball 2012, placed sixth in IHSA 2013 competitive dance, received the Wendy’s High School Heisman School Award and Rend Lake College softball scholarship. She is senior class vice-president, a member of Beta Club, Scholar Bowl, Marching Panthers band, pep club, pep band, PCHS dance team, Southern Express travel softball and varsity softball team. The daughter of Donnie and Tammy Kincannon of Pinckneyville and Brett Wieland of Herrin, she plans to study at Rend Lake College. Commencement will be at 2 p.m. May 18 in Thomas Gymnasium at Pinckneyville Community High School.

a member of the National Honor Society, math team, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team, Scholar Bowl and track and field team. The son of Chet and April Nosalik or Sesser, he plans to major in aerospace engineering. Stubblefield, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received the Presidential Scholarship from Lipscomb University and Dale Miller Scholarship. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Scholar Bowl, FCA, math team, WYSE team, Outdoorsman club and First Christian youth group. The son of Christopher

and Tammy Stubblefield of Benton, he plans to major in biology with a focus on pre-medicine at Lipscomb University. Wylie, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Outdoorsman, Youth and Government, FCCLA, student council, Operation Teen Safe Driving and volleyball team. The daughter of Greg and Dana Wylie of Sesser, she plans to major in diagnostic medical sonographer at SIUC. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 22 at the high school gym.

Missouri State University. Spurlock, 18, achieved high honors. She is a member of cheerleading squad, volleyball, track and art club. The daughter of Rodney Spurlock and Leslie Glidewell, she plans to study nursing at Shawnee Community College. Williams, 18, achieved high honors and received Student of the Quarter and Principal Award. She is a member of Beta Club, Worldwide Yo u t h i n Science and

Engineering, science club, poms, cheerleading, Poms youth for Christ and prom committee. The daughter of Ron and Myra Williams, she plans to study psychology at Southeast Missouri State University. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 16, in Shawnee High School Gymnasium. Valedictorian is Brittany Williams. Salutatorian is Billy Joe Davis Jr. Baccalaureate will be at 7:30 p.m. May 13, in Shawnee High School cafeteria.

Murphysboro High School ‌M u r p h y s b o r o H i g h School has recognized Amy Buhman, Bria Ciganovich, Erin Cotter, Eric Finders, Cleda Grammer and Veronika Parrone for academic honors. Buhman, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, received first in biology at Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Regional and High Honors. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key club, Scholar Bowl, WYSE team, band, chorus and history club. The daughter of Steve and Linda Buhman of Murphysboro, she plans to major in zoology at SIUC.

Buhman

Ciganovich

Ciganovich, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, Honor Marshal, received the Key Club Award for community service and the Beta C l u b Awa rd fo r co m munity service. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key club, WYSE team, A l l - C o n fe re n c e c ro s s country and track teams, All-South volleyball team

Cotter

Finders

and All-Tournament girl’s basketball team. The daughter of David and Cindy Ciganovich of Gorham, she plans to major in nursing at University of Illinois. Cotter, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, SIU Excellence Scholar, Outstandi n g C r i m s o n E x p re s s 11th grader, Outstandi n g C r i m s o n E x p re s s

Grammer

Parrone

woodwind, Outstanding jazz saxophone and received H igh Honors. S h e i s s t u d e n t co u n cil president, a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, High Schools Against Cancer, Key club, marching band and jazz band. The daughter of John C o t t e r, A n n H o g a n a n d B o n n i e Sw i f t o f

Pinckneyville Community High School ‌P i n c k n e y v i l l e C o m munity High School has recognized Denise Bruns, Danielle Bruns, Katherine Kovic, Katelyn Mayer, Logan Queen and Jordyn Wieland for academic honors. Denise Bruns, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, Murphy-Wall November Student of the Month and was a Graduation Marshal junior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, junior class congress, Spanish club, pep club, cheerleading and the volleyball team. The daughter of Dennis and Diane Bruns of Pinckneyville, she plans to major in radiologic technology at Rend Lake Community College. Danielle Bruns, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar,

Denise Bruns

Danielle Bruns

P ra i r i e S ta te Sc h o l a r, Murphy-Wall February Student of the Month and was a graduation marshal junior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, junior class congress, Spanish club, pep club, cheerleading and the volleyball team. The daughter of Dennis and Diane Bruns of Pinckneyville, she plans to major in radiologic technology at Rend Lake Community College. Kov i c, 17, is an Illin o i s S t a t e S c h o l a r,

Kovic

Mayer

Murphy-Wall State Bank Student of the Month, R ive r- to - R ive r B a n d , received the Prairie State A c h i e v e m e n t Aw a r d , Daughters of the American Revolution Award and Honor Roll. She is senior class secretary/treasurer, a member of Beta Club, Marching Panther Pompons, band, Music makers, Future Business Leaders of America, Scholar Bowl, special chorus, Mosley Advanced Placement Program for Success, Spanish club and pep club.

Queen

Wieland

The daughter of Michael and Shari Kovic o f P i n c k n ey v i l l e , s h e plans to major in accounting at SIUC. Mayer, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, All-South in basketball, President’s List at Rend Lake College and received Honor Roll. She is a member of Beta Club, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team and varsity basketball and volleyball teams. The daughter of Judy Mayer of Pinckneyville, she plans to major in

Sesser-Valier High School ‌Sesser-Valier High School has recognized Jordan Gunter, Isaiah Loucks, Rachel Marlo, Nicholas Nosalik, Morgan Stubblefield and Kristen Wylie for academic honors. G u n t e r, 17, re ce ive d Honor Roll. He is captain of the basketball team, a member of the National Honor Society, church yo u t h g ro u p, Ad o l e s cent Leaders for Positive Healthy Assets peer leader and basketball, football and track teams. The son of Cory and Sonya Gunter and Dennis Harris of Valier, he plans to major in athletic training/ physical therapy at Rend

Gunter

Loucks

Lake College and St. Louis University. Loucks, 18, was on Rend Lake College Vice President’s List and received High Honor Roll. He is a member of the National Honor Society, math team and the FFA organization. The son of Danny and Carolyn Loucks of Sesser, he plans to major in welding and automotive at

Marlo

Nosalik

Rend Lake College. Marlo, 18, is an All-Conference basketball team, Homecoming queen, Top 10 seniors and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award. She is National Honor Society president, student council president, a member of ALPHA peer leader, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Family Career and

Stubblefield

Wylie

Community Leaders of America, yearbook committee and volleyball and basketball teams. The daughter of David and Cathy Marlo of Sesser, she plans to major in psychology at Rend Lake College. Nosalik, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar and AllState Academic team. He is basketball team manager,

Shawnee High School ‌Shawnee High School has recognized Triston Charles, Billy Davis Jr., Brylea Foutch, Breanna Nimmo, Jessica Spurlock and Brittany Williams, for academic honors. Charles, 18, achieved high honors. He is a member of Future Farmers of America, art club, track and Student Government League. The son of Doug and Wendy Charles, he plans to study diesel mechanics. Davis Jr., 18, achieved high honors; received Student of the Quarter, Principal’s Award, FFA

Charles

Davis Jr.

Chapter Degree and FFA Greenhand Degree. The son of Monica Davis, he plans to study criminal justice at Shawnee Community College. Fo u c h , 1 8, a c h i eve d high honors and received Student of the Quarter.

Fouch

Nimmo

She is a member of Beta Club, science club, art club, Youth for Christ and prom committee. The daughter of Jeff and Betty Pennington, she plans to study criminal justice at Three Rivers Community College.

Spurlock

Williams

Nimmo, 18, achieved high honors. She is a member of Beta Club, cheerleading squad, choir, art club, poms and color guard. The daughter of Kenneth and Stacey Nimmo, she plans to study dietetics and dance, at Southeast




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Steeleville High School ‌S teeleville High School h a s h o n o re d L a J e n n a Bievenue, Trenton, Conway, Mackenzie Grefe, McKenna Lalis, Brenden Parker and Sara Potter for academic excellence. Bievenue, 18, received academic excellence in biology, Web Design I and II and third in Network Concepts at Southern Area Conference for Future Business Leaders of America. She is a member of FBLA and the student activity board. The daughter of James and LaDonna Bievenue of Steeleville, she plans to major in management information systems at Eastern Illinois University. Conway, 17, is an Illinois

Bievenue

Conway

State Scholar, received High Honors Roll, regional and international 2010 Young Achiever of the Year Award, English Award and Academic Award. He is National Honor Society president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes cocaptain, Peace Lutheran Angel Tree, American Red Cross volunteer, The Gathering and St. Mark’s Youth Group. The son of Terry and

Grefe

Lalis

Misty Conway of Steeleville, he plans to major in nursing. Grefe, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, 2013 Illini G i rl S ta te At te n d a n t , re c e ive d O u ts ta n d i n g Citizen Award, School Academic Award and Golf Team Academic Award. She member is National Ho n o r So c i e ty, Pea ce Lutheran Youth Group, FCA, science club, Spanish club and Seeds of

treasurer, a member of m a t h l ea g u e , S pa n i s h club, youth group, FCA, yearbook staff and girls basketball team. The daughter of Joseph and Julie Lalis of Steeleville, she plans to major in mathematics. Parker, 17, is and Eagle Scout. He is a member of Boy Scouts of America, FCA, history club, science club, Spanish club, varsity club and basketball, cross country, track and trap shooting teams. The son of Timothy and Tracy Parker of Steeleville, he plans to study e=as an electrician at Southwestern Illinois College. Potter, 17, received Academic Award for Biology,

English I and II, Chemistry I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Anatomy and Information Processing, H igh Honor Roll, was a junior marshal and Wendy’s Heisman School winner. She is class officer, a member of FBLA, science club, St. Mark’s Youth Group, varsity club, history club, Spanish club, Art Society, FCA, yearbook staff and basketball, cross country and volleyball teams. The daughter of Tom a n d Vi c k y Po t te r o f Steeleville, she plans to major in science at SIU at Edwardsville. Commencement will be May 18 at Steeleville High School Gymnasium.

yea r b o o k s ta f f, P ro m c o m m i t te e , a r t c l u b , Spanish club, volunteer of junior high volleyball and high school volleyball team. The daughter of Dan and Terri Harmon of Thompsonville, she plans to major in occupational therapy at Southeastern Illinois College. Head, 18, received High

Honor Roll, Academic Excellence and Perfect At te n d a n c e . S h e i s a member of health occupations, FHA, Prom committee, Spanish club and church youth group. The daughter of Fred and Lola Isaacs of Thompsonville, she plans to major in nursing at Rend Lake College. Jones, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, received High Honors for four years and Academic Excellence. She is student council president, yearbook editor, a member of Prom committee, Homecoming committee, Spanish club,

FHA, art club, church youth group. The daughter of Aaron and Maria Jones of Thompsonville, she plans to major in speech pathology and deaf education at Rend Lake College. L i n s l ey, 18, received High Honors for four years and Academic Excellence. She is a member of art club, Spanish club, FHA and prom committee. The daughter of Andrea Linsley of West Frankfort, she plans to major in nursing at Rend Lake College. Commencement will be at 7:45 p.m. May 21 at the high school gymnasium.

H o n o r So c i e ty, F B L A Points chairperson and varsity baseball team. The son of Doug and Kathy Hammel of Ava, he plans to major in physical therapy at John A. Logan College. H u s e m a n , 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, re c e i ve d t h e P i o n e e r Award for golf, placed first at WYSE Regional, sixth at WYSE state competition for engineering graphics and was a junior marshal. He is a member of the National Honor

So c i e ty, W YS E tea m , Scholar Bowl, performing arts, 4-H, FBLA, Lifesavers and the Lutheran Youth Organization. T h e so n o f M i c h a e l and Jolene Huseman of Campbell Hill, he plans to major in aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Shaffer, 17, received the Daughters of the Americ a n R e vo l u t i o n G o o d Citizens Award and was a junior marshal. She is a member of the National

H o n o r S o c i e t y, c o l o r g u a rd , w i n te r g u a rd , Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and chorus. The daughter of Robert and Angel Shaffer, she plans to major in a medical filed at John A. Logan College and SIU. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 23 at Trico High School Gym. Ko u r t n ey B u n s e l m eye r and Brennen Huseman are valedictorians and Kyle Hammel and Chloe Thies are salutatorians.

member of Beta Club and HOSA the Health Science Education Division of Association for Career and Technical Education. The daughter of Tracy and Bart Loyd, she plans to study general business. Myers, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and recipient of Prairie State Achievement Award and school newspaper editor. He is a member of Beta Club, student council and pep club. The son of Connie and David Folsom, he plans to study computer science at Shawnee College.

Wright, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and Illinois State Beta Club president and received Prairie State Achievement Award. He is a member of Scholar Bowl and pep club. T h e so n o f Me l a n i e a n d Sco t t Wr i g h t , h e plans to study broadcast journalism at University of Illinois. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 23, in Vienna high School Gymnasium. Valedictorian is Claire Pytlinski. Salutatorian is Julia Herzing. Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. May 21, in Gilead Church.

Parker

Potter

Steeleville. The daughter of David and Dawn Grefe of Steeleville, he plans to major in occupational therapy at Maryville University. L a l i s , 17, i s a n I l l i nois State Scholar, Girl’s State Basketball team, received fifth in math for Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and Girl’s Basketball Academic Award. She is National Honor Society

Thompsonville High School ‌T h o m p s o n v i l l e H i g h School has recognized Emily Booker, Casey Bowlin, Lorrae Harmon, Kelsie Head, Kaitlyn Jones and Brianna Linsley for academic honors. B o o ke r, 18, received High Honor Roll for four years and academic excellence. She is senior class vice-president, a member of the National Honor Society, student council, FFA, Spanish club, science club, homecoming committee, prom committee and health occupations. The daughter of David and Mona Booker of West Frankfort, she plans to

Booker

Bowlin

major in veterinary medicine at Rend Lake College and SIU. Bowlin, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, received High Honor Roll and academic excellence. She is a member of student council, FHA, prom committee, homecoming committee, art club and health occupations.

Harmon

Head

The daughter of Ed and Shirley Bowlin of Thompsonville, she plans to major in nursing at Rend Lake College. Harmon, 18, received High Honors, Academic Excellence, Achievement Award for English and Artistic Award of Achievement. She is a member of student council, FHA,

Jones

Linsley

Trico High School ‌Trico High School has recognized Kourtney Bunselmeyer, Kyle Hammel, B re n n e n H u s e m a n and Olivia Shaffer for academic honors. Bunselmeyer, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar. She is a class officer, Future Business Leaders of America president, softball and basketball co - ca p ta i n a n d vo l leyball captain. She is a member of National Honor Society, student council and Worldwide Yo u t h i n Sc i e n ce a n d

Bunselmeyer

Hammel

Engineering team. The daughter of Kevin and Peggy Bunselmeyer of Ava, she plans to major in exercise science at Lindenwold University. H a m m e l , 1 7, i s a n All-Conference bas ke tba l l p l aye r, S pa r ta

Huseman

Shaffer

To u r n a m e n t , re ce ive d H i g h H o n o r Ro l l a n d was voted Best Defensive Player in baseball and basketball. He is student council treasurer, FBLA vice-president, varsity basketball co-captain, member of the National

Vienna High School ‌Vienna High School has recognized Shane Cowsert, Kathryn Jones, Avery Kerley, Ashton Loyd, Nicholas Myers and Lucas Wright for academic honors. Cowsert, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and re ce ive d P ra i r i e S ta te Achievement Award and is an Eagle Scout. He is a member of Boy Scouts of America, Scholar Bowl, Worldwide Youth in Scie n ce a n d E n g i n e e r i n g team and Beta Club. The son of Lucia Cowse r t a n d B ra d Cowsert, he plans to study mechanical engineering at

Waltonville High School ‌ altonville High School W has recognized Claire Pytlinski for academic honors. Pytlinski, 18, is an Illinois State S c h o l a r, 2014 Horatio Alger S c h o l a r, 2 0 1 3 Pytlinski g ra d u a tion marshall, awarded Illinois State Future Farmers of America Degree and United States Achievement Academy. She achieved high honors and is a member of Beta Club. The daughter of Bruce and Annette Pytlinski, her future plans are undecided. Commencement will be at 7 p.m. May 30, in Waltonville High School Gymnasium. Valedictorian is Claire Pytlinski. Salutatorian is Julia Herzing.

Cowsert

Jones

the University of Illinois. Jones, 18, acheived high honors and was Outstandi n g B a n d m e m b e r fo r freshman year. She is a member of Beta Club and Youth for Christ. The daughter of Steve and Susan Jones, she plans to study at Shawnee Community College.

Kerley

Loyd

Kerley, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, received Prairie State Achievement Award for math, re a d i n g a n d s c i e n c e . He is a member of band and Paducah Symphony Youth orchestra. The son of Jennifer Kerley and Michael Kerley, he plans to study music

Myers

Wright

education at SIU. Loyd, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar; received Prairie State Achievement Award; placed second in WYSE competition and first in public speaking at regional competition at Shawnee Community College. She is senior c l a ss p re s i d e n t a n d a

Zeigler-Royalton High School ‌Z e i g l e r - R o y a l t o n High School has recognized Alyssa Henderson, B ra n d o n J o n es, C h l o e McCluskey, Nick McPhail, Andrew Reece and Chelsea Vaughn. Henderson, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and achieved high honors. She is science club vice president and a member of student council and math club. The daughter of Steve He n d e rso n a n d B i l l i e Johnson, she plans to study nursing at Rend Lake College and SIU. J o n e s , 18, was on All Tournament Team at Wayne City. He is a member of math and history clubs. The son of Bob and Dinah Jones, he plans to study criminal justice at John A. Logan College.

Henderson

Jones

M c C l u s ke y , 1 8, i s a National Honor Society member, class president, a t te n d e d I l l i n i G i r l s S t a te b y n o m i n a t i o n from the Eagles Auxiliary and achieved high h o n o rs. S h e i s p re s i dent of Sharp Club and student council and is a member of Worldwide Yo u t h i n Sc i e n ce a n d Engineering team, math, d ra m a , s c i e n c e , h i s tory and Spanish clubs; C h r i s to p h e r- Z e i g l e rRoyalton and ZeiglerRoyalton cheerleading squads and on the prom

McCluskey

McPhail

and homecoming committees. The daughter of Stephanie and Michael McCluskey, she plans to study physical therapy at SIU. McPhail, 18, is in the top five of his class; selected for all conference basketball and baseball teams, All Tournament at Conrad Allen Holiday Tournament, Sesser-Valier H o l i d a y To u r n a m e n t a n d T u r k e y To u r n a ment. He is a member of WYSE team and Coaches verses Cancer.

Reece

Vaughn

The Son of Shane and Vicki McPhail, his future plans are undecided. Reece, 17, is a National Merit Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society president and achieved high honors. He is vice president of Sharp Club and a member of WYSE team, Coaches Verses Cancer, drama, science, math, Spanish and history clubs, and basketball, baseball and football teams. The son of John and Gisele Reece, he plans to study biological sciences

of medicine at SIUE. Vaughn, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, a National Honor Society member, achieved high honors a n d re ce ive d S pa n i s h Achievement Award and Murray State Academic A c h i e ve m e n t S c h o l arshi. She is a member of WYSE team, student council, drama, Spanish science, math and history clubs, Sharp Club, yearbook staff, homecoming and prom committees, Coaches verses Cancer and High School verses Cancer. The daughter of Debbie Mitchell, she plans to study nursing at Murray State University. Commencement will be at 7:30 p.m. in Art Brandon Gymnasium. Valedictorian is Chelsea Vaughn. Salutatorian is Andrew Reece.


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She was joined by Goreville High School Counselor Anna Craig and senior class Sponsor Allison Robison. Students like the Goreville seniors were introduced by school administrators and faculty. Six from each school were chosen on merits of academics, leadership and other skills, said Christopher High School Counselor Sandra Zawaske, who organized this year’s banquet. She began in January, sending letters to each school with information detailing the banquet and the opportunity for each school to select their top six graduating seniors. “It depended on each of the schools for their faculties and staff to pick the best. Some decided on the top six academically. Some included leadership abilities and athletics,” Zawaske said. This year’s banquet guest speaker was John Foppe. scott.fitzgerald@thesouthern.com 618-351-5076

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Local high school students were honored at Tuesday’s banquet at SIU.

Motivational speaker John Foppe talks to students Tuesday during the 44th Annual Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement Banquet in the SIU Student Center Ballrooms. Foppe talked about his experiences growing up without arms and encouraged them to pursue a mission in life.

Local high school students were honored at Tuesday’s banquet at SIU.

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