Top seniors recognized for perfect GPAs: Part Four

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. Read parts one, two and three as well.

Emma Tinsley

Emma is the daughter of Ed and Michelle Tinsley. After graduation, she will attend Baker University on an athletic scholarship for golf and plans to study business and sports administration. In addition to her golf scholarship, Emma has received two departmental scholarships and the Presidential Academic Scholarship from Baker. During her time at DHS, Emma was the captain of the golf team, section leader in the band, a Kansas State scholar and a Board of Regents Core Curriculum completer. She also played basketball, ran track, participated in Scholars Bowl and debate and belonged to the National Honor Society and the LITE team.

"I will fondly remember DHS," she said. "I'm grateful for the excellent education that fully prepared me for college and I'll always remember my time spent with friends.

Cora Schimke

Cora is the daughter of Todd and Pamela Schimke. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas University to study dance and pre-med in preparation to enter the medical field. She has received two dance scholarships from KU. During her time at DHS, Cora was president of the Thespians and the Madrigals and was co-captain of the Diamonds dance team. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and ran track.

"I will remember how friendly the teachers were and all the amazing times I had being a part of the dance team," Cora said.

Lacey Erickson

Lacey is the daughter of Melissa and Joel Erickson. After graduation she will attend the University of Tulsa on an athletic scholarship and plans to study pre-med biology. Lacey has received an athletic scholarship to run track and cross-country for the university and she also received an academic scholarship. During her time at DHS, Lacey ran cross-country and track, in which she set four school records, participated in the school musicals and belong to the Thespians. She was also president of CatPride, secretary of the Madrigals and worship leader for her youth group.

"Ten years from now I will remember all of the blessings I had while I was a student at DHS," she said. "I will remember all the opportunities to accomplish great things and the support of faculty, teachers, teammates and friends."

Jesse Spencer

Jesse is the daughter of Dwight and Kim Spencer. After graduation, she plans to attend Kansas State University, where she will study athletic training before advancing to physical therapy school. She has received the Foundations scholarship and the First in Class scholarship. During her time at DHS, Jesse played basketball and volleyball. She was also president of the National Honor Society, a member of Student Council and the Prom committee.

"I will always remember beating Baldwin on senior night for basketball and car dancing with my friends," she said.

Ryan Scott

Ryan is the son of Ray and Cheryl Scott. After graduation he plans to attend Kansas University to study computer science. He has received the Summerfield scholarship, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science scholarship, the School of Engineering Dean's scholarship and the SELF Runner-up scholarship. During his time at DHS, Ryan was captain of the state champion Scholars Bowl team, editor-in-chief of The Green Pride, a member of the National Honor Society, an Eagle Scout and a member of the choir.

"I will remember the triumph of winning the state championship for Scholars Bowl alongside my fantastic teammates," he said.

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