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Heartland's Best Students for 2015

HIGH SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN ACTIVITIES and HONORS
Advance High School Hannah Clark Hannah served as class president and Beta Club President. She was named Stoddar County Softball Player of the year.
Advance High School Grant Woodfin Grant advanced to state championships in both basketball and golf. Grant will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Anna-Jonesboro High School Dallas Marks Dallas was a member of the WYSE team, Math team, and Scholar Bowl team. He was named all-conference in football. He was also a member of the Beta Club
Ballard Memorial High School Breanna Jones Breanna served as FBLA vice president and Beta President. She was also a 2014 Kentucky Governor's Scholar.
Ballard Memorial High School Elizabeth Goodin Elizabeth was named to 1st team All state in Class A volleyball. She was named Miss Ballard Memorial High School. She served as FBLA president.
Bernie High School Caleb Ellenburg Caleb was named to all state basketball and all-district scholar bowl. He was also named BA Player of the year for small school basketball. Caleb will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Campbell High School Matthew Campbell Matthew was named to All District 2nd team for baseball. His FBLA Business Ethics Team received 1st place. He attended FFA National Convention.
Cape Central High School Alex Gentle Alex was named to Missouri Top 100 Scholars. He was President of the National Honor Society. He was also on the varsity tennis team.
Cape Central High School Tessa Valleroy Tessa was scholar bowl team captain. She attended Missouri Girls' State. She won the Missouri high school poetry competition.
Carlisle County High School Lisa Ann Fujisawa Lisa was named homecoming queen. She was a member of the Beta Club and yearbook staff. She was also named a student of the month.
Carterville High School Brooke Hewlett Brooke was named an Illinois State Scholar. She served as Senior class president and was a member of the National Honor Society. Brooke will attend Southeast Missouri State University. 
Carurthersville High School Mariah Shai Bullington Mariah was President of the National Honor Society. She was named scholar athlete of the year. She was softball defensive MVP for 4 years. She was also football and basketball and homecoming candidate.
Century High School Caden Trice Hight Caden was the all time leading scorer for basketball and was named MVP for 3 years. He was also named to the Southern Illinois Society of High School Achievement.
Chaffee High School Megan Chisum
Megan graduates with 66 college credits already. She attends Southeast Missouri State University in the fall with Junior standing. Megan plans to become a clinical psychologist.
 
Charleston High School Luke Andrew Harris Luke achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of the National Honor Society. He was baseball MVP. He received 4-year English, Math, Science and social studies awards.  Luke will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Chester High School Mallory Westerman Mallory was named an Illinois State Scholar. She attended Illini Girls State. She served as Naitonal Honor Society President and Student Council President. Mallory will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Chester High School Danny Moeller Danny was named an Illinois State Scholar. He served as Naitonal Honor Society secretary. He also served as manager for Cross Country and Track.
Christopher High School Courtney Young Courtney was named an Illinois State Scholar. She graduated from Rend Lake College with an Assoicate in science and an Associates in Arts. She was founder and president of CHS Community Service Club. 
Christopher High School Kalyn Hubbard Kalyn was named an Illinois State Scholar. She was Commuinty Service Club Vice President and Senior Class President. She was a member of the Heartland Honor Band. Kalyn will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Christopher High School Thorn Hall Thorn was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a member of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team. He was also a Questbridge finalist.
Clarkton High School Zachary Carson Provance Zachary attended Missouri Boys State. He was a member of Beta Club. He received a United State Student National Mathematics Award.
Clearwater High School Dakota Jordan Dakota was a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA & Beta Club. Dakota quailified for state contest in architectural drawing.
Clearwater High School Jason Parker Jason was a member of Beta Club, FBLA, and the National Honor Society. He had perfect attendance in high school.
Clearwater High School Madilyn Brand Madilyn attended Missouri Girls State. She was received Missouri Top 100 Scholars Honorable Mention. She was an FBLA National Competitor.
Clearwater High School McKenzie Brinkley McKenzie was a member of FCCLA, Beta Club, FBLA, and the National Honor Society. She received a gold medal in regional STAR events for FCCLA.
Clearwater High School Tate Carter Brand Tate attended Missouri Boys State. He was a FBLA State Qualifier. He was a member of the Bi-state Band. He also participated in the state choir solo competition.
Clearwater High School Tyler Turnbough Tyler was a member of FBLA, FCCLA, and the National Honor Society. He was a national FBLA competitor and a State Robotics competitor
Cobden High School Karlyn Jean Furry Karlyn was named an Illinois State Scholar. She received the 2015 Union County Top Achiever Award. She also received the Women in Business Award.
Crab Orchard High School Johanna Mandrell Johanna received All-state special mention in volleyball. She served as senior class president. She was also named an Illinois Scholar Athlete.
Crab Orchard High School Donovan Barger Donovan was named an Illinois State Scholar. He was a member of the Student council and the FFA. He was elected 2015 Prom King. He also served on the yearbook staff.
Delta R-V High School Caleb Clinton Amelunke Caleb was a FBLA State Qualifier 3 times. HE was a Cross Country State Qualifier 2 times. He also participated in Southeast Missouri State University's classical guitar ensemble for 2 years.
Dexter High School Alexis Smith
East Carter County High School Samantha Joe Carter Samantha was Beta club president and edtitor of the school newspaper. She was also student council secretary and an attended the Missouri Scholars Academy.
East Prairie High School Aleah Cave
Aleah was a member of FTA, the student council, Ensembles, and BETA Club. She received the BETA Club Award and the William Russell Scholarship
 
East Prairie High School Victoria Hutcheson
Victoria was a member of the Future Teachers of America, Science Olympiad, BETA Club, Choir Ensembles, and the school band. She was an A+ Scholar and won the Lyon College Honors Award
 
East Prairie High School Bradley Kelly
Bradley served as FFA reporter and Future Teachers of America vice-president. He was also involved in FBLA, the Science Olympiad, school band, choir ensembles, BETA club, and the Speech & Drama club. Bradley received the senior band award. He plans to study English Education in college
 
East Prairie High School Kali Thurman
Kali was the Student Council and Student Body President, an FFA Vice-President, BETA Club President, Lady Eagles Basketball captian, and a Marching Eagles drum major. Kali plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University to major in secondary mathematics.
 
East Prairie High School Danielle Whybark
Danielle was active in the BETA Club, FTA, the student council, Science Olympiad, the contest choir, and served as president of the FBLA. She plans to work for a degree in biochemistry in preparation for medical school
 
Egyptian High School Cambria Marie Bigham Cambria was president of the Beta Club and student council. She was secretary of the FCCLA. She was also captain of Basketball & volleyball. She participated in Scholar Bowl.
Eldorado High School Riley Duckworth Riley was named an Illinois State Scholar. Riley served as Senior class secretary and FFA Secretary. Riley was also Beta Club Treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society.
Elverado High School Alysa Cook Alysa attended the Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement Banquet. She was a member of the Beta Club. She received a Distinguished Writing Award.
Farmington High School MacKenzie Weakley MacKenzie was invited to the Missouri Scholars Academy. MacKenzie was nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum. MacKenzie was slected for the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Fredericktown High School Gabriel Coonce Gabriel was JROTC Battalion Commander. He was Caption of the JROTC Marksmanship Team and competed nationally for 4 years. He was named to All-Conference and All-District scholar Bowl.
Galatia High School Kylee Brown Kylee was named an Illinois State Scholar. . She was a member of the Beta Club. She was a member of the WYSE team for 3 years.
Gideon High School Camille Randolph Camille was a fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader. She won the softball award for best batting average. She was a member of the National Honor Society.
Greenville R-2 High School Madison McLane Baker Madison attended Missouri Boys State. He was a member of the FFA, FCCLA and FBLA. He served on student council. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club.
 
Herrin High School Mary Jones Mary was named an Illinois State Scholar. She was named a Herrin Rotary Interact Student of the Month. She was a member of the National Honor Society and President of the FBLA.
Jackson High School Devin Murphy Devin was a member of the All-District Band. She was an AP Scholar. Devin was named to Scholastic Honor Roll.
Leopold High School Caitlyn Landewee Caitlyn attended Beta Club National Convention. She completed the Red Cross High School Leadership Program. She went to state for volleyball. She also was a state qualifier in Quiz Bowl.
Malden High School Molly French Molly was Student Council President. She was named to academic All state for Volleyball. She was backpacks for Fridays Chairman. She also served as Beta Club Secretary
Marquand-Zion High School Julia Lynn McElvain Julia was Beta Club Treasurer and Class Treasurer. She had perfect Attendance. She placed 2nd in English at Beta Convention. Julia will attend Southeast Missouri State University
Marion High School Aubrey McKenzie Aubrey was named an Illinois State Scholar. She was president of the Math Honor Society and FEA. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society 
Meadow Heights High School Emma Cook Emma was Beta Club President. She received the Outstanding Citizen Award. She was vice president of the Student Council. She was also a National Youth Science Camp Delegate.
Meridian High School Daryl L. Weldon, Jr. Daryl has completed basic training for the Army/National Guard. He was on the runner-up 1A state championship team for basketball. He was a member of Beta Club and Student Council.
Meridian High School Tiffany Sartore Tiffany was a National Daughter's of the American Revolution Award recipient. She was a SISHA Award recipient. She also received High Honors Escrow scholarship. 
Neelyville High School Dylan Wyatt Robinson Dylan was a 4 year letterman in baseball. Dylan was a member of Senior Beta Club.
New Madrid County Central Monique Fahy Monique received 10th place at state competition for opening and closing ceremony for SkillsUSA. She was a member of Student council. She also was National Honor Society recording secretary
New Madrid County Central Drew Allen Palmer Drew played basketball and football for 4 years. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Drew will attend Southeast Missouri State University
North Pemiscot County High School Kristen Phillips Kristen attend Missouri Girls State. She was a member of Beta club. She was the yearbook editor and served on the student council. Kristen will attend Southeast Missouri State University
Notre Dame Regional High School Tyler James Pech Tyler was cross country state qualifier and a robotics state qualifier. He served as a Kairos retreat leader. He scored a 36 on the ACT.
Oak Ridge High School Chelsea Seyer Chelsea was Class president and Pep Club President. She attended FBLA state. She was a state qualifier in cross country. She was named to all-conference and all-district in volleyball and all-district in softball.
Oran High School Allison Cummins Allison served as student council president. She was all-state softball catcher, all-district in basketball and academic all-state.
Perryville High School Daria Thompson Daria was vice president of the National Honor Society. She was recording secretary of the student council. She was soccer team captain. She also was a member of the volleyball team.
Pinckneyville High School Tristan Fisher Tristan was named an Illinois State Scholar. He was named male athlete of the year. He served as Beta club vice president and was a member of the student council.
Poplar Bluff High School Benjamin Soeter Benjamin was President of Teenage republicans. He served as vice president of the math club. He was admitted as a life member to Mensa International. He placed first at FBLA state competition. He was also a member of the International club and Leo club.
Portageville High School Derrick Joseph Priggel Derrick played football, basketball and baseball for 4 years. He was a member of FBLA, the National Honor Society and Beta club.
Puxico High School Samantha Cryts Samantha served as class president. She was volleyball captain. She was named to Academic All State for volleyball. Samantha will attend Southeast Missouri State University
Richland R-1 High School Joseph Foster Joseph received the Essex Area Development Youth Service Award. He was named to all-district choir and received a 1 rating at state music competition. Joseph will attend Southeast Missouri State University
 
Risco High School Caitlin Knight Caitlin served as Beta club president and FBLA president. She qualified for FBLA Nationals. She also served as student council president and played volleyball. Caitlin will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Saxony Lutheran High School Lauren Buerck Lauren was a varsity starter on the softball team for 4 years. Her team wond Class 2 state Championship. She was also a member of the band for 4 years
Saxony Lutheran High School Joshua Vogel Joshua was a member of the Missouri Scholars 100. He attended the Missouri Scholars Academy. He was all-state and won a state championship in Scholar Bowl. He was a member of the all district band.
Saxony Lutheran High School Emma Mueller Emma was a member of the National Honor Society. She served as class president. She was yearbook editor. She served as a small group ministry leader. Emma will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Saxony Lutheran High School Nicholas Henry Nicholas was a member of the 2015 Scholar Bowl Championship Team. He was a member of the band. He was a member of the National Honor society. He was also small group leader.
Saxony Lutheran High School Abigail Breite Abigail received a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. She was on the cross country and softball team. She was also a member of the choir. She served as a small group ministry leader.
Saxony Lutheran High School Chase Steffens Chase was named to 1st team all-district in baseball junior and senior year. He served as student body president. He served as captain in baseball and basketball.
Scott City High School Lyndsie Robert Lyndsie overcame 2 ACL tears. She was named to Academic All-State First Team. Her team placed 3rd in the state softball tournament her junior year. She was named to all-state in softball. She has signed to play softball in college. 
Scott County Central High School Matthew Blissett Matthew attended Missouri Boys State. He was Beta club historian. He served as National Honors Society secretary. He won FCCLA gold award at State. 
Scott County Central High School Drake Kesler Drake served as vice president of the National Honor Society. Drake was part of the state championship basketball team.
Scott County Central High School Alexis Graham Alexis cheered her school on to 3 state titles. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She serve as Region 6 Vice president for FCCLA. Alexis will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Sesser-Valier High School Ali Webb
Ali plans to major in Physical Therapy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
 
Sesser-Valier High School Jordan Welch
Jordan plans to pursue a Pharmaceutical Degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy
 
Sesser-Valier High School Kelsi Lewis
Kelsi plans to pursue a degree in Biology Education from Lipscomb University
 
Sesser-Valier High School Kiersten Heiman
Kiersten plans to pursue a degree in Global Studies from the University of Illinois
 
Sesser-Valier High School Presley Robbins
Presley plans to pursue a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Administration with a specialty in theme park management which will include an internship at Walt Disney World
 
Sikeston High School Kaitlyn Ayers Katilyn was named to the Missouri Scholars top 100. She attended Missouri Girls State. She served as National Honor Society President. She was also on the Student Council
Southern Reynolds County High School Jordan Sarthuff Jordan was class president. Jordan was also Senior Beta club President and FBLA president.
St. Vincent High School Kayla Winkler Kayla attended Missouri Girls State. She served as Student Council President. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She served on the softball 2nd team, all-state. 
Ste. Genevieve High School Crystal Naeger Crystal served as a mentor to upcoming freshman. She received medals for top 10% all 4 years. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Thomas W. Kelly High School Kristi Brucker Kristi was named to academic all-state for basketball. She served as president of Beta Club. Kristi will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Trico High School Katie Bunselmeyer Katie was named an Illinois State Scholar. She received a Prairie State Achievement Award in Math. She was a member of the National Honor Society. Katie will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Trico High School Nichole Kimbrough Nichole was named an Illinois State Scholar.  She was a cheerleader and member of FCCLA. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. Nichole will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Twin Rivers High School Ashley Malkowski Ashley participated in the I-SWEEEP International Science Fair. She also particpated in the National FBLA Job interview competition. She was able to complete her associate's of arts degree while in high school. 
Valle Catholic High School Jacob Trautman Jacob's football team went 30-0 during his junior and senior year. He received the Class 1 Football All-State Defensive Player of the Year Award. Jacob also played basketball. 
Waltonville High School Morgan Massie Morgan was named an Illinois State Scholar. Morgan served as FBLA president for 2 years. Morgan was also a student council committee leader.
Woodland High School Garrett Donald Lee Reynolds Garrett was named an scholar athlete. He was a 2x Glory of Missouri award recipient. Garrett will attend Southeast Missouri State University
Zalma High School Andrew Michael Hovis Andrew was a member of Beta club for 7 years. He was named to All-district choir for 4 years and 2 time quad state High School honor choir. Andrew will attend Southeast Missouri State University.
Zeigler-Royalton High School Nicole Short Nicole was a member of the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the Math Club and Spanish Club. She participated on the WYSE Team. She was also named to Softball 2nd team all-confernce
Zeigler-Royalton High School Sean McDicken Sean was a member of the National Honor Society. Sean place 1st in WYSE Biology and 3rd place in Computer fundamentals. Sean was also class president and served as a Drama club cast member.
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