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De Soto High School students named to Lawrence Journal-World Academic All-Star Team

March 22, 2007

De Soto High School senior Alexandra Prosser 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 Prosser; Jennifer Crawford and Shiv Subramaniam, both of Bishop Seabury Academy; Emily Krystof and Amanda Vander Tuig, both of Baldwin High School; Charles Mersmann, Eudora High School; Amber Peterman, Perry-Lecompton High school; Andy Petz, Free State 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.

De Soto High School seniors Christina Davis and Jordan Smith were two of the nominees for the all-star team. The DHS students' profiles are below.

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Alexandra Prosser

School: De Soto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Grandparents: Stephen and Nancy Prosser, De Soto

To say Alexandra Prosser was busy last week is an understatement.

The De Soto High School senior was out visiting several colleges, trying to determine where she wants to attend next fall.

For that reason Prosser was unable to attend the honors luncheon last week for the Journal-World's Academic All-Stars -- and the reason she wasn't in the photo.

"I have applied to eight schools around the country," Prosser wrote in her Academic All-Star application.

Those included Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Chicago and Duke University.

Wherever she decides to go, her goal is to study biological sciences and then pursue a career in a scientific field.

Prosser, who finished first in her senior class of 109 students, has made an impression on Cindy Crabtree, her high school counselor.

"She is a phenomenal young lady," Crabtree said. "She is very dedicated. She is, of course, very accomplished in music. She's an excellent tennis player. She's very, very self-disciplined -- you can tell by all she's accomplished."

Those accomplishments include playing the flute and being named to the Kansas Music Educators Association All-State Band.

"She's just plain nice," Crabtree said. "She's just a lovely young lady."

Prosser said her mother died when she was 3 years old and she has been raised by her grandparents, Stephen Prosser, a courier, and Nancy Prosser, a homemaker.

Honors, activities: Commended National Merit Scholar; Kansas Honor Scholar; Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); Wellesley College Book Award (11); KCATM Math Contest (10), third place team (10), second place trigonometry (11); Shooting Stars Scholarship Competition nominee (12); band (9-12), lettered (3 years); KMEA All-State Band, fourth chair (12); KMEA District Band, third chair (10), first chair (11), second chair (12), KSHSAA Solo and Ensemble State Medalist, solo, flute choir and woodwind quintet (11); KSHAA Piano State (9, 11); choir, lettered (3 years); Madrigal Singers (11-12); KSHAA Solo and Ensemble Medalist (11); tennis, lettered (9-11), National Honor Society (11-12), president (12); Olathe Area Symphony (11-12)

College: Washington University, University of Chicago or Duke University

Career plans: Scientific field

Major: Biological sciences

Christina Davis

School: De Soto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Charles and Pamela Davis, De Soto

Honors, activities: Kansas Honor Scholar (12); Who's Who Among American High School Students (11-12); National Honor Roll (11-12); Principal's Honor Roll (9-12); USAA International Foreign Language Award (10); Kansas State Alumni Association Scholarship (12); volleyball (9-12), lettered (11-12); basketball (9-12), lettered (10-12); track (9-11), lettered (10-11); Madrigal Singers (10-12); school musicals (9-12); Teens As Teachers (9-12), activities coordinator (10-11); Future Educators Association (10-12), president (12); newspaper reporter and photographer (11); Leaders in Teen Education (9-10); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (9-12); sophomore class vice president (10); class president (11); class representative (12); National Honor Society (11-12); Student Council (9-12), secretary (11), vice president (12)

College: Kansas State University

Career plans: Chemical engineer

Major: Chemical engineering

Jordan Smith

School: De Soto High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Murray and Donna Smith, Shawnee

Honors, activities: National Commended Scholar (12); Kansas Honor Scholar (12) National Honor Society (11-12); LITE Team (11-12); baseball (9-12); basketball (9-10, 12); football (9-12); tennis (2004); track (2005); junior varsity baseball coach

College: University of Notre Dame

Career plans: Business

Major: Business and Spanish

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