On Nov. 2, the 2015-2016 Kansas Honor Scholars were recognized, including seniors Rachel Askew, Mariah Matthews, Justin Moser, Lilly Schmitz and Alli Snapp.
For this program, each school in Kansas nominates the top 10 percent of seniors with the highest GPAs as Kansas Honor Scholars.
“It feels like I have a sense of accomplishment,” Matthews said.
As an honor scholar, the students have the ability to apply for a $4,000 scholarship, but they also receive other benefits, such as being accepted into colleges more often and having the recognition on their resumes.
“I applied and have been accepted to the University of Kansas, so I’ll be going to KU,” Askew said. “I’m going into Pre-pharmacy and Pharmacy.”
Rock Creek counselor Kevin Sullivan said that the program was important and that the students were deserving of the honor.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Sullivan said. “It recognizes our students’ academic accomplishments when, often times, they’re overlooked.”
These students also strive to continue their success outside of high school. Askew said that she wanted to major in pharmacy because she felt it would be a challenge that would make her more motivated to succeed and pull through. Moser and Matthews wanted to major in general engineering and engineering, respectively, hoping to help the community after they graduate.
“I’m going to college next year, so that’s probably my main focus,” Moser said. “I want to stay involved in organizations in college and just keep working hard and hopefully earn my degree, get a good job… all that sort of stuff.”
Being an honor scholar is not easy. All the students said they had to work hard to maintain good grades, whether it be in their senior year with their Advanced Placement classes or their entire high school careers.
“If I push myself, I can do pretty much anything I want to do because I do get good grades, and it’s easier to get into colleges when you get good grades, so I thought ‘I don’t want to do something easy,’” Askew said. “I want to challenge myself more and do harder things.”
Article by Dessy Mathos, staff member
Photo courtesy of Lisa Moser, parent