Auburn Community Builders Club Recognized Top Scholars from Three Schools
On April 22, The Auburn Community Builders recognized the top senior scholars from three local high schools. Recognized as ranking in the top ten percent academically in their respective schools were Nathan Allgood, Jeff Boden, Greg Florence, Sara Mason, Matt Oliver and Serena Plympton of Auburn High; MaryAlice Karel, Tessa Wellsandt, Laura Ruskamp and Sarah Bohling of Johnson-Brock; and Dylan Smith, Curtis Rexroth Nicole Dyas and Victoria Linnerson of HTRS.
Guidance counselors from each school introduced their students who were in attendance, commented about each’s accomplishments and noted the high school seniors’ future plans.
Auburn High Introductions
Kristin Kudrna introduced Auburn High’s six honorees, but two weren’t able to attend as they were competing that evening in a track meet.
Sara Mason is the daughter of Rory and Carla Mason. She has been a member of Student Council, the volleyball, business and math teams, and is an academic letter winner and a member of National Honor Society (NHS). Sara will attend UNL, having received a Regents Scholarship. Sara will major in cognitive science with a minor in medicine. She hopes to become a neurosurgeon.
Jeff Boden, the son of Michael and Janelle Boden, has been active on the Bulldog football and wrestling teams. He has been on the consecutive honor roll and is an NHS member. Jeff was Homecoming King last year. His future goal is to become a surveyor and he will enroll in the Surveying program at Southeast Community College.
Serina Plympton, the daughter of Helen Stewart and Robert Plympton, has been involved in her church’s youth group and in Future Leaders of America. She has been in Math & Science Club and is an NHS member. Serina ranks #3 in this year’s class with a 3.9 GPA. Her future goal is to major in Pre-Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Nathan Allgood, the son of Jeff Allgood and Amanda Allgood, has earned a 3.9 GPA and is ranked fourth in his class. He is currently serving as the FBLA President. Sports are a great love of Nathan’s, especially cross country, and he earned Academic All-State and All-State Honorable Mention. Recently, he was awarded the Jeffrey Raikes Scholarship. Nate will pursue a Computer Science degree at UNL.
Matthew Oliver is the son of Mark and Kay Oliver. Matt has been involved in varsity sports since his freshman year. He is a member of the FBLA, and the math and business teams. He excels in wrestling and will wrestle for UNK, where he is considering majoring in Pre-Med. Oliver intends to go on to medical school and would like to became a surgeon.
Gregory Florence is the son of Jim and Kathy Florence. During high school, Greg has participated in band, swing choir, and NHS. He has also served as a class officer. Florence plans to attend UNL this fall, but is undecided about his major.
Nikki Hayes introduced Johnson-Brock’s three students who were present that evening. She said all show persistent goal-directed behavior both inside and outside of the classroom. Hayes said the honorees have a superior attitude toward education, their peers and cooperation with teachers and staff. They [the students] are self-confident, dependable and self-reliant, she commented.
MaryAlice Karel, daughter of Martin and Elaine Karel, is a 4.0 student with an ACT score of 33. She plans to attend UNL with a major in Accounting, Animal Science and Agribusiness. Karel plans to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Professional Accountancy. MaryAlice has accepted the UNL Regents, Top Scholar and Honors Text Book scholarships, and FBLA and Forrest Blood scholarships, Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, and the Nemaha County 4-H Council Scholarship.
Tessa Wellsandt, daughter of Kurt and Kim Wellsandt, is a 4.0 student with an ACT of 30 who plans to attend UNL with a major in Biology. She has accepted the UNL Regents and Honors Text Book scholarships.
Laura Ruskamp, daughter of Jerry and Judy Ruskamp, is a 4.0 student with an ACT of 32 who plans to attend Concordia University, with a major in Exercise Science. Laura has accepted the Concordia University President’s Scholarship.
HTRS Students Recognized
Karen Mezger introduced Dylan Smith and Curtis Rexroth, who have been selected as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2010. Dylan is the son of Steve and Laura Smith of Table Rock, and Curtis is the son of LeAnn and Rodney Schaardt and the late Dean Rexroth, Humboldt.
Both HTRS students have been involved in sports, were members of the State Champion Quiz Bowl Team, on the Greater Southeast Nebraska Math Team, selected to National Honor Society, achieved High Honor Roll status, served as class officers and are involved in church youth activities.
Dylan is headed to Wayne State College as a participant in the Rural Health Opportunities Program to become a doctor.
Curtis is bound for UNL, having received a Chancellor’s Scholarship as well as the Gist and Canfield scholarships to help in his effort to become a doctor of radiology.