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EHS students earn academic all-star honors

March 22, 2007

From staff reports

Eudora High School senior Charles Mersmann was recently named one of the 10 members of the 2007 Journal-World Academic All-Star team.

Three judges selected the winners from 31 high school seniors nominated for the newspaper's annual team based on how they would spend $10 million; the extent of student's community achievement and involvement; students' academic achievements; and the judges' overall impression.

The nominees came from a pool of 14 high schools in the Journal-World's coverage area, with the winners representing eight schools.

The 10 winners all rank at the top of their classes and were involved in activities that included band, government, student newspaper, debate and other activities.

The 2007 team members were Mersmann; Jennifer Crawford and Shiv Subramaniam, both of Bishop Seabury Academy; Emily Krystof and Amanda Vander Tuig, both of Baldwin High School; Amber Peterman, Perry-Lecompton High school; Andy Petz, Free State High School; Alexandra Prosser, De Soto High School; Justin Smith, Tonganoxie High School; and Baoquing Zhou, Lawrence High School. They all have 4.0 grade-point averages or above.

The primary judges were Robert Harrington, professor of psychology and research in education at Kansas University; Rand Ziegler, associate dean of faculty at Baker University; and Austin Turney, a former Lawrence school board member.

The Journal-World honored the all-stars and their parents with a luncheon, and each student received a backpack.

Eudora High School seniors Mary Cox and Brittney Graff were two of the nominees for the all-star team. The EHS students' profiles are below.

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

Charles Mersmann

Eudora High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Walter and Martha Mersmann, Eudora

Some business majors dream of climbing the corporate ladder. Others think about making their way on Wall Street.

And still others get the itch to be an entrepreneur.

Charles Mersmann might find himself in the latter category a few years from now.

"One of my dreams or goals is to possibly own a sporting goods store," the Eudora High School senior said.

Mersmann, one of nine children, is ranked first in his class of 108.

At Eudora High, he played football and baseball and is now on the track team. He also likes to hunt and fish and enjoys browsing the outdoors sections at sporting goods stores.

His plan is to attend Kansas State University in the fall, where he'll follow two family members: a brother, who will be on campus, and a sister, who is studying abroad.

"I like the environment up there. I really like the school and the people there," Mersmann said.

Not to mention KSU gave him an incentive -- tuition and books as a Putnam Scholar.

"I'll probably end up studying some field of business. That I'm not sure of yet," Mersmann said. "I like finance, so that's where I might end up, in the finance department."

After getting a master's degree, he'll look into opening his own sporting goods store.

"I think it would be fun," he said. "I can incorporate my own enjoyment for sports and business at the same time."

Honors, activities: Wichita State University Clay Barton Scholarship Finalist (12); FBLA (11-12), state qualifier (11-12); Kansas State University Henry J. Putnam Scholar (12); National Honor Society (11-12); Outstanding Math Student (11); Spanish Student of the Year (9-10); 4.0 Honor Roll (9-12); USAA All-American Scholar (12); USAA National Honor Roll (12); Who's Who Among American High School Students (10-12); baseball (9-11); SADD (10); class treasurer (11-12); Student Council (11-12); Environmental Club (11-12), president (12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-12), president

(11-12); football (9-10); International Club (9-10, 12); Principal's Advisory Committee, vice chairperson (12); LINK (11-12)

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Graduate school, own a sporting goods store

Major: Business, finance or management

Mary Cox

Eudora High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: David and Jodi Cox, Linwood

Honors, activities: District journalism contests (2005-06), yearbook layout and design honorable mention and yearbook copy writing (2005), first place yearbook copy writing, second place advertising (2006); state journalism contest, honorable mention yearbook copy writing, third place advertising; FBLA district conference (2004, 2006), third place, Introduction to Business (2004), second place, Accounting I (2006); FBLA state conference, ninth place, Accounting I (2006); Scholars Bowl (9-10); Kansas Honor Scholar; Principal's Leadership Award nominee (2006); Straight-A Honor Roll (2004-06); Senior Advisory Council chairwoman (11-12); National Honor Society treasurer (11-12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes, huddle leader (2006-07); Student Council reporter (2006-07); class president (2003-05); magazine newspaper editor (2005-07); yearbook editor

(2006-07); junior varsity soccer team captain (2006); SADD secretary (2005-06); International Club vice president (2005-06); co-ed soccer, lettered (9-12); Environmental Club (2004-06); FBLA (2004, 2006); FCCLA (2005-07); school play, "You Can't Beat the House" (12); Eudora 4-H (9-12), Douglas County 4-H, council (2004-06), ambassador (2004-06)

College: Kansas University

Career plans: Undecided

Major: Undecided

Brittney Graff

Eudora High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Darren and Pam Graff, Eudora

Honors, activities: Straight-A Honor Roll (9-12); Kansas Honors Scholar, All-State All-Academic Cross Country Award

(10-12); Spanish Speaking Student of the Year

(10-11); National Honor Society (10-12); Student Council (10-12), president (12); International Club

(9-12), treasurer (12); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-12); Environmental Club (9-12); prom committee (11); senior advisory committee (12); theater (10, 12); track and field (9-11), captain (11), MVP (9-11); cross country (9-12), captain (11-12), MVP (9-12); basketball (9-11)

College: Missouri State University, Wichita State University or Pittsburg State University

Career plans: Nurse practitioner

Major: Nursing

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