Ingrid Block is entering her freshman year at Ohio State University, where she plans to major in biochemistry. She aspires to be a chemical engineer so she can work for a chemical company to develop materials that are a safer and better performing alternative than what we have today. Ingrid has received numerous recognitions due to her academic achievements in high school, where she has been on the honor roll with distinction every quarter. As an underclassman, Ingrid has distinguished herself in various STEM competitions, including being awarded a scholarship during her junior year for a STEM commercialization project, in which she developed a buoy device prototype to help control the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and other bodies of water. Currently, she is a candidate for The Seal of Biliteracy for proficiency in English and French. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Ingrid is a captain on her school’s varsity cheerleading team, a violist in the orchestra, tutors other students and is involved in an anti-drug program. She also volunteers and does community service work.
Nicole Bradford is entering her freshman year at the University of Virginia, where she plans to major in chemistry or biology. She aspires to be a pharmacist. Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. She has been awarded a Hanover Scholar for having earned at least a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) throughout high school. She has participated in the class council, raised funds for the JDRF and worked as a crewmember on the Youth Conservation Corp.
Dalton Bui is entering his freshman year at the University of Houston, where he plans to major in psychology and aspires to become a doctor. He was recognized as a National Merit Commended Student for outstanding achievement on the PSAT. He has also received the AP Scholar Award with Distinction for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all the advanced placement (AP) exams he has taken, plus scores of 3 or higher in five or more of the exams. He is in the top 5 percent of his class. In addition to his outstanding academic performance, Dalton is a talented musician and has participated in his school’s marching band all four years of high school and drum captain for the drumline. He participates in his school’s math and science club and volunteers in his community.
Tara DiFazio is entering her sophomore year at Boston University, where she is majoring in pure and applied mathematics and minoring in Spanish. While in high school she received an AP Scholar with Honors Award as well as an AP Scholar with Distinction Award for her scores on her advanced placement (AP) exams. She was recognized as a North Carolina Scholar and an outstanding scholar in her county of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Tara is proficient in Spanish and hopes to study abroad in Spain. In her spare time she is learning Italian and Polish, tutors high school students and has worked as a greeter in the National College Fair in Charlotte, NC, USA.
Rayce Harrison is entering his freshman year at the University of Kentucky, where he plans to major in pre-pharmacy and ultimately become a pharmacist. He has received numerous state-level awards, including the Kentucky High School Athletic Association All-State Academic Award for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) and participating on his high school’s soccer team and was a 2016 Governor’s Scholar, which enabled him to participate in a five-week program with the best and brightest of Kentucky’s high school students which focused on enriching educational activities and community services. Rayce has received numerous awards for art in addition to academics, plus is the president of the National Art Honor Society and the Beta Club.
Abigail Hubbard is entering her freshman year at the University of Texas. She plans to major in neuroscience and aspires to be a neuroscientist. Abigail has received numerous honors and awards, including Commended National Merit Scholar from the National Merit Scholarship Foundation, the AP Scholar with Distinction Award from the College Board, the “Most Hours Worked” and “Most Outstanding Member” awards from her high school student council and the high school’s 4.0 Award, given to students who maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or above on a 5-point scale. She belongs to the National Spanish Honors Society, the National Art Honors Society, the student council and she plays softball.
Julia Hurley is entering her freshman year at Grand Valley State University, where she plans to major in cell and molecular biology. She aspires to be a pediatric oncologist. She has been on the honor roll every semester of high school and is a member of her school’s National Honor Society. Julia has participated in her school’s cross country team all four years of school, while also working part time and tutoring. She will graduate at the top of her class.
Zachary Kerstens is entering his senior year at Texas A&M University, where he is majoring in industrial distribution and hopes to have a career in technical sales. He has received numerous academic honors while in college. He was invited to join the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society after he earned a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) his first semester. He joined the Sigma Delta Industrial Distribution Honor Society his junior year, as he met the society’s requirement to have a GPA above 3.3. As a result of his involvement in the Professional Association for Industrial Distribution, he was invited to their Distinguished Recruiters Banquet as well as the Texas A&M industrial Distribution 60th Anniversary celebration with industry leaders. Zachary is an Eagle Scout and active in his church youth group.
Isabella Kreko is entering her freshman year at Tulane University, where she plans to major in biology. She aspires to be a doctor. She has received numerous recognitions due to her academic achievements in high school, including awards for the highest ACT composite score in her class, four awards for having the highest score on an End of Course exam and multiple awards for earning all As every semester. She is involved in the school’s student government association and the BETA Club. Isabella has taken every college level and advanced placement class her school offers and is graduating at the top of her class.
Krista Russell is entering her junior year at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, USA, where she is majoring in agricultural education. She aspires to be a teacher. Krista has the honor of serving as an Agbassador for her school. As Agbassador, she travels to high schools and events throughout Illinois and neighboring states to talk to potential students about Southern Illinois University. To be selected as an Agbassador, she had to have a high grade point average, submit an application and essay and be interviewed by a committee. She has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the first two years of college. In high school, Krista was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received numerous academic awards, awards from the music and agriculture departments and the Dekalb Award, which went to the most involved student in the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization. She is currently Collegiate FFA president, which has given her the opportunity to organize events for high school FFA members, present leadership training workshops to students, organize and judge competitions and lead an officer team.
Hannah Smith is entering her senior year at Marshall University, where she is majoring in biochemistry and anthropology and minoring in Latin. She aspires to be a professor. While in high school, Hannah was class president, varsity soccer captain, National Honor Society president and Valedictorian. She attended HOBY and Rhododendron Girls State, which are camps for outstanding students that foster leadership and community outreach. In college, Hannah has been on the Dean’s List ever semester and has received Honors College and College of Science scholarships. She is a Presidential Ambassador, working with the Office of the President to represent students of Marshall University. She serves as treasurer of Medlife, which promotes the growth of medicine, education and development within the community. She assisted the head of the anthropology department to organize the 51st annual Southern Anthropological Society’s academic conference.
Rachel Smith is entering her freshman year at Ohio Dominican University, where she is majoring in biology (pre-med). She aspires to go to medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon specializing in scoliosis realignment. She has been involved in her high school yearbook all four years of school and served as editor-in-chief for two of those years. In addition, she is a member of the National Honor Society, has participated in 4-H and has been on the Principal’s List through most of her high school career.
William VanSolkema is entering his freshman year at the University of Michigan, where he plans to major in aerospace engineering. He aspires to work in the aviation or automotive industry as an aerospace engineer. William has been on the honor roll all four years of high school and has been designated an AP Scholar of Distinction for high scores on his advanced placement (AP) exams. In addition, William is a violinist in his school’s concert orchestra, plays on the tennis team, works part time and volunteers with a youth group.