Top seniors recognized for perfect GPAs

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan.

Twenty seniors in the De Soto High School class of 2011 have achieved a 4.0 grade point average and/or have earned a placed in the top 10 percent of the class. Not pictured: Dalton Thompson and Katie McKeirnan. by Laura Herring

Twenty seniors in the graduating class of De Soto High School have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be recognized at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. Each day this week, the Explorer will highlight these seniors, be sure to check every morning for the next group of seniors.

Ryan Endres

Ryan is the son of Tammy and Greg Endres. After graduation, he plans to attend Kansas University to study aerospace engineering. He has received multiple scholarships, including KU's Presidential scholarship and the Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout scholarship. During his time at DHS, Ryan was co-captain of the 2011 Scholar's Bowl team, which won state, was captain of the cross-country team and ran track. He was also a member of the National Honors Society and is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

"I will remember all my time spent with friends in cross-country and track and our Scholar's Bowl state title," he said.

Kevin Brashears

Kevin is the son of Paul and Jessy Brashears. After graduation, he plans to attend Kansas State University, where he will study either mechanical or civil engineering. He has received the Medallion scholarship and the First in Class guarantee award. During his time at DHS, Kevin played on the golf team, which won the Frontier League championship this year, and in the band all four years and played basketball and ran cross country before that.

Aubrey King

Aubrey is the daughter of Philip and Vickie King. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas University to study pediatric nursing. She has received the FAS scholarship. During her time at DHS, Aubrey was a cheerleader for two years and participated in two school musicals.

"I will always remember my friends and the teachers I had at DHS," she said.

Hannah Jokisch

Hannah is the daughter of Dave and Linda Jokisch. After graduation, she plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology to study chemical engineering and play softball. She has received an athletic scholarship to play softball, as well as the MSP Make a Difference, MST Excellence, Hall Clyde W., Midwest Student Excellence, S&T and Women in Engineering scholarships. During her time at DHS, Hannah was the captain of the Frontier League champion softball team, president of the Student Council and treasurer of the DHS Madrigals. She also ran cross-country and was a member of the DHS Thespians and National Honor Society and performed in the musicals.

"I will remember the outstanding success and achievements [the class of 2011] has reached throughout high school," she said.

Adrian Clarkson

Adrian is the daughter of Jayne and Gary Clarkson. After graduation, she plans to study elementary education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she has received the Chancellor's Scholar award. During her time at DHS, Adrian was a member of the LITE Team and the state champion Scholars Bowl team.

"I will always remember how much I changed and grew from my freshman year to my senior year," she said.

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