Top seniors recognized for perfect GPAs: Part Two

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.

Dalton Thompson

Dalton is the son of Susan and Bill Thompson. After graduation, Dalton plans to attend Coffeyville Community College, where he will play baseball on an athletic scholarship. He plans to major in pre-law and hopes one day to play Division 1 baseball. In addition to his academic scholarship, Dalton has received the Presidential Academic scholarship. During his time at DHS, he has played baseball all four years. He says he will always remember the friends he's made and the teachers he's had along the way.

Parker Williams

Parker is the son of Perry and Shelby Williams. After graduation he plans to attend Kansas State University to study chemical engineering. He has received the First in Class scholarship, Engineering Scholarship and been named a Foundations Scholar by K-State and has received the John Robert Dole Scholarship. During his time at DHS, Parker played baseball and soccer all four years, he was captain of the soccer team his senior year, which went to state. He was also a member of Student Council, the National Honor Society and band.

"I will always remember homecoming from senior year," Parker said. "A bunch of us went to iHop after the dance and I chugged a pint of maple syrup, then got sick."

Katelyn McKeirnan

Katie is the daughter of Bill and Linda McKeirnan. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas University, where she will study clarinet performance, as well as Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. She has received both a musical and academic scholarship from the university, as well as teh Shooting Stars scholarship. During her time at DHS, Katie was a drum major for the Wildcat marching band, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She was the principle clarinet in the Kansas City Youth Symphony and a music mentor through DHS.

"I will always remember our (DHS) symphonic band performance at the Kansas Music Educators Association," she said.

Joseph Seidl

Joseph is the son of Bridget and Ed Seidl. After graduation he plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study mechanical engineering. He is the recipient of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award. During his time at DHS, Joseph was a captain on the DHS football team and a member of the Student Council. He was secretary of the National Honor Society and a volunteer in the Shoulder Pads and Paragraphs reading program, as well as a Youth Court volunteer.

"DHS was a great school in the sense that it allowed me to excel both athletically and academically," he said.

Hilary Schmidt

Hilary is the daughter of Steve and Sheryll Schmidt. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Missouri to major in biological engineering. She has received the Heritage scholarship from MU. During her time at DHS, Hilary played on the volleyball and basketball teams and managed the baseball team. She was a member of the National Honor Society, secretary of the Student Council and secretary of the senior class.

"I will always remember the fun friendships I've made at DHS," she said.

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