Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

EHS students earn academic all-star honors

March 9, 2006

Eudora High School senior Megan Ballock was recently named one of the 10 members of the 2006 Journal-World Academic All-Star team.

Three judges selected the winners from among 40 high school seniors nominated for the newspaper's 10th annual team based on academics, test scores, extracurricular activities, community involvement and an essay written by each on how they would spend $10 million.

The nominees represented 13 high schools: Baldwin, Bishop Seabury Academy, De Soto, Eudora, Free State, Lawrence, McLouth, Oskaloosa, Ottawa, Perry-Lecompton, Santa Fe Trail, Tonganoxie and Wellsville.

The three judges were Tim Bengston, a Kansas University journalism professor; Rand Ziegler, Baker University interim vice president and dean of the college of arts and sciences; and Robert Harrington, KU professor in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education.

Each all-star received a certificate and a backpack.

The 10 winners were Ballock; Eric Anderson, Ottawa High School; Brenna Daldorph and Carly Sakumura, both of Lawrence High School; Boning Zhang and Amanda Frederick, both of Lawrence Free State High School; Lilly Varner, Santa Fe Trail High School; Lynne Lammers, Baldwin High School; Cody Heston, Oskaloosa High School; and Allegra Fisher, Perry-Lecompton High School. They all have 4.0 grade-point averages.

The Journal-World honored the all-stars and their parents Feb. 22 with a luncheon at a Lawrence restaurant.

Eudora High School senior Guy Montgomery was one of the nominees for the all-star team. Both Ballock's and Montgomery's profile are below.

The World Company owns both the Lawrence Journal-World and The Eudora News.

Megan Ballock

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Donald and LaDonna Ballock,


Honors, activities: Cross Country and Track, Academic All-State teams; High Honor Roll; Kansas Honors Scholar; Crowell Book Award, KU Endowment Association; National Honor Society; National Honor Society Scholarship nominee; Wendy's High School Heisman Award Finalist; Who's Who Among American High School Students nominee; U.S. Achievement Academy nominee; Cardinal Club; Student Council, class secretary, class vice president, activities coordinator, treasurer; Environmental Club; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; International Club; EHS Newspaper Staff, co-editor; EHS Yearbook Staff, co-editor; Senior Advisory Committee; Spanish trip to Costa Rica; Spanish trip to Ecuador; Spring Play; SADD; Elementary school mentor; Basketball; Track; Cross Country; 4-H, trash pickups, Food Fare, United Way; Adopt-A-Highway Program; Adopt-A-Family Program; Blood Drive volunteer; Body Walk; ECKAN and Meals-on-Wheels volunteer; LINK volunteer; nursing home birthday parties volunteer

College: Pittsburg State University

Career plans: Nutrition and wellness

Major: Health and human performance

Guy Kirby Montgomery

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: David Montgomery

and Cindy Higgins, Eudora

Honors, activities: National Honor Society, Treasurer (11-12); Boys State (2004); Debate, founding member, Sixth Place region (10); FBLA, Communications Officer (9-10); District Spelling Relay, Fifth Place; District Vocabulary, Fifth Place; District Computer Applications, Ninth Place, Historian (11); Scholars' Bowl (9-12), Lettered (11-12); EHS Newspaper and Yearbook Staff (11-12), Photographer (11), Newspaper Photo Editor (12); Chess Club (9); Johnson County Community College Honor Roll (21 hours); Who's Who Among American High School Students (10-12); National Honor Roll (10-11); U.S. Achievement Academy National Honor Student Award (11); Wichita State University Presidential Scholar (11); Rockhurst Dean's Scholarship; Kansas University Freshman Honor Scholar; Washburn Valedictorian Scholarship; University of Minnesota National Scholarship; Spanish Club trip to Ecuador (2006); LHS Europe and Spain trip (2004); Football (9-12), Provisional Letter (11), Lettered (12), All-League Defensive End (12); Basketball (9-12), Lettered (12); Tennis (10-12), Captain (12); Student Council (10-12), Class Representative (10), Class President (11), Treasurer, Fundraising Coordinator and Video Yearbook Coordinator (11), President (12); Drama Club (9-12), President (11-12); Video Yearbook Club (10-11), Founder (10), Editor and Filming Coordinator (11); School Plays (10-12), Lead (10-12), Supporting Actor (11); Environmental Club (9-12), Vice President (12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-12); Students Against Destructive Decisions (10-12); Cardinal Club (9-12); Principal's Senior Advisory Council (12); Homecoming King (12); Frontier League Art Show, First Place; Langston Hughes Poetry Contest, First Place; Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout; guitarist and songwriter "Undeclared" rock band; Basketball Referee, city of Eudora (2005-2006); Eudora Methodist Church member and volunteer "Institute" counselor (2004); Operation Wildlife (2003-2005); Habitat for Humanity (2003); Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer (2005); Eudora Public Library volunteer; Holy Family Youth Group (2004-2005); Kids Voting (2003)

College: Kansas University, Washburn University, Wichita State University, University of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rockhurst University or St. Louis University

Career plans: Legal or medical fields

Major: Prelaw or premed

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