High school is all about receiving an education and preparing for the next step in life. While students are at school, they are expected by their teachers and parents to receive passing grades. However, there are a quite a few students who strive for more than a passing grade, but for a spot in the Kansas Honors Program.
Each year, the University of Kansas sponsors the Kansas Honors Program. The top 10 percent of students in their senior class are recognized as Kansas Honor Scholars. The students’ cumulative Grade Point Average decides the top 10 percent of students in their class.
Scholars from Rock Creek Junior/Senior High School for this year include seniors Aaron Kuecker, Thomas McAnerney, Logan Miner, Ben Peterson, Adam Schmitz and Jessi Snapp. These students met at the Manhattan Country Club on Nov. 7 for their recognition into the Honors Program. These students were not only recognized, but they were also awarded a dictionary, with the Kansas Honors Program engraved on the front cover.
“My parents are extremely proud of me for receiving this award. They will probably take a couple of photos of me with that dictionary,” Schmitz said.
The banquet for these scholars is to recognize their hard-work, dedication and effort. Counselor Kevin Sullivan said that this banquet can be as awarding for the scholars as it is to their parents. Miner and Snapp both agreed that their parents were their motivation for their good grades.
Miner said, “My mom [secretary Staci Miner] calls me down to the office if she notices that one of my grades has dropped.”
At their banquet, scholars will be announced alongside the scholars from other schools, such as Blue Valley, Manhattan, Onaga, and Wamego. There, they were able to celebrate their outstanding achievements their academic careers.
Sullivan said, “Kansas Honors banquet is all about recognizing the next generation … that’s what it is all about.”
By Katie Hodges, Yearbook Editor in Chief