Britta Beesley

School: Hugoton High School

Parents: Jennifer and Walt Beesley

Activities: Softball, basketball, volleyball, science club, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society (president), Student Council, band, piano, senior class (treasurer)

Awards/honors: All A Honor roll every semester all four years, Governor’s Scholar, Triple Crown award, 2015 and 2017 state basketball championship team, PEO Star Scholar

Hobbies: Playing the piano

Plans after graduation: Attend Kansas State University, major in business and finance, minor in leadership studies

Favorite memory from high school: Being undefeated in basketball and being the 2017 state champions.

What will you miss most about high school?: Playing sports with my teammates and my sister.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: Being a part of so many teams has allowed me to develop perseverance and determination and a no-quit attitude. I will take this grit and hard work ethic and apply it as I go to college and beyond.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Be involved in as many activities as possible. Being a part of these teams and groups gives you the chance to make lifelong friends and memories.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: I see myself being a financial advisor in southwest Kansas and giving back to the community that has given me so much.

 

Alex Elise Howie

School: Satanta High School

Parents: Leanne and Brent Howie

Activities: Cheer (captain), volleyball, basketball, softball, track, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, S-club, yearbook

Awards/honors: Kansas Honor Scholar, Governor’s Scholar, Superintendent’s Honor Roll, first team all-league softball, Girl Scout Gold Award

Hobbies: Farming, running, and playing with dog, Harley

Plans after graduation: Attend Wichita State University, major in forensic science, earn a doctorate in pathology from the University of Kansas School of Medicine

Favorite memory from high school: Winning the 1A 4x100 state championship my sophomore year, becoming the 100-meter dash 2018 SPIAA League champion.

What will you miss most about high school? Seeing my sister, Ava, at school every single day

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I’ve come to appreciate my small town and all the support I have received here.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Get involved! High school isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of a whole new adventure.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I’d like to come back to southwest Kansas and work as a pathologist.

 

Mariah Litton

School: Ingalls High School

Parents: Lori and Kyle Litton

Activities: Kansas Association for Youth Club, National Honor Society, volleyball, I-Club, IHS&JH Bible Club, Scholars Bowl, forensics, Student Council, choir, band, cheerleading, ValleyView Bible Church youth group, Cornerstone youth group

Awards/honors: National Choral Award, National Honor Choir Member, All-State Honor Choir Member, Southwest District Honor Choir Member, Kansas State Scholar, Governor’s Scholar, University of Kansas Honor Scholar, KAY Area 5 President

Hobbies: Singing, ukulele, guitar, piano, writing songs and hiking

Plans after graduation: Attend Tabor College, major in music and Christian leadership

Favorite memory from high school: Getting to take part in our schools KAY Club. It was amazing to see so many lives touched by the service that we did.

What will you miss most about high school?: I will miss all of the friendships I have made and all of my wonderful teachers who I won’t see every day anymore.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I used to be very unsure of myself, always making sure that everyone approved of what I did or said. Over the years, I realized that it doesn’t matter what others say about you. The only thing that matters is that you stand up for what you believe in.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Enjoy your senior year, but don’t let your schoolwork pass you by. Too many of my classmates ruined their GPA and chances at scholarships by being lazy. Along with scholarships, make sure you apply to as many as you can. Once you get to college, they will make a huge difference in the cost.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: With a beautiful family, leading worship at a church and working on getting my doctorate in music.

 

Sarah Martinez

School: Sublette High School

Parents: Aidee Deluna

Activities: Band, Scholars Bowl, Student Council, National Honor Society, Kansas Association for Youth, S-club

Awards/honors: Scholars Bowl Regional Champions, Junior Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year, Scholastics Gold Key, Artist of the Year, Art League Winner, Principal’s Honor Roll

Hobbies: Playing video games, reading, making art, listening to music, and occasionally, just being lazy.

Plans after graduation: Attend the University of Kansas, major in aerospace engineering

Favorite memory from high school: Our reading teacher, Mr. Baker, left us without a substitute one period, so our class was left alone without a teacher for a day. We didn't do anything bad because we were shocked by the fact that we didn't have a substitute.

What will you miss most about high school?: Being around my friends and teachers that I’ve come to bond with over six years. It’s hard to leave.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: Yes, I have. I have my favorite teacher, Mr Baker, to thank for that. He helped me unwind and become a stronger person. I know he'd be proud if he were here.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Do not, I repeat, do not take senior year for granted. It sneaks up so quick and, before you know it, you're graduating. Take the time to enjoy the year and not fail your classes.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I see myself working as an engineer for an aircraft company in either Kansas or Texas.

 

Marcelo Neufeld

School: South Gray High School

Parents: Helena and David Neufeld

Activities: Football, basketball, track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council (vice president), pep band, journalism

Awards/honors: 2016 & 2017 BlueJay Invitational All-Academic First Team, 2017 SPIAA League, football honorable mention, 2018 1A-D1 basketball state champion, Kansas Honor Scholar, Garden City Community College Student Ambassador

Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends, playing video games, lifting weights, buying stuff on Amazon, listening to music, traveling, eating

Plans after graduation: Attend Garden City Community College, attend either Kansas State University or Pittsburg State University, major in construction

Favorite memory from high school: When we won the basketball state championship our senior year

What will you miss most about high school?: I am going to miss sports, but most of all, I’m going to miss all my friends.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I have become a much more confident and positive person. When I was a freshmen, I was really negative and throughout most of high school I was not very confident in anything I did. But over time, I learned and grew, and now I am happier than I have ever been with myself.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: I would tell them to enjoy each day and make lots of great memories because the time will go very fast.

Where do see yourself 10 years from now?: In 10 years, I see myself living in the same town I grew up in with a management job in construction.

 

Gunther Shull

School: Dighton High School

Parents: Michelle and Kent Shull

Activities: Football, track, band, choir, musical, student council

Awards/honors: High Honor roll, all-league football, Kansas Honor Scholar, Kansas Governor's Scholar, football letterman

Hobbies: Work on vehicles, build things, karate (black belt)

Plans after graduation: Attend Kansas State University, major in mechanical engineering

Favorite memory from high school: When I was a part of Dighton’s first football team to make it to state

What will you miss most about high school?: Sports and playing with some of my closest friends.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I think I have completely changed since I got into high school. My work ethic was always there, but I matured a lot and now always finish things I start. Football is also a great character builder.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Make sure you fill out all the scholarships that you don’t want to do because they are “too long.” I filled out one like that and ended up getting the scholarship.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I hope to be a college graduate working in the engineering field or as a professional engineer. 

 

Makaela Stevens

School: Scott Community High School

Parents: Heidi and Corbin Stevens

Activities: Cross country (senior team captain), track & field, National Honor Society, student council, Sugar n’ Spice: Woman’s Ensemble, flute trio and soloist, SCHS musical/all-school play, Sid’s Piano Kids, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, marching/pep/concert/jazz band, Country Cousins 4-H Club, 4-H Ambassadors, 4-H Council, First Christian Church Youth Group, Prairie View Church

Awards/honors: Four-year all state cross country; state cross country girls team state runners-up; Academic all state cross country; three-year all area cross country; cross country four-year letterman; track and field four-year letterman and four-year state qualifier; SCHS choir three-year letterman; SCHS band four-year letterman; SCHS Athletic Wall of Fame; 2017 Fall Homecoming Queen; National Honor Society vice president; state piano festival I rating; Kansas Honors Scholar; Platinum Honor Roll; Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award; Kansas State Board of Regents Scholar; 4-H Watch Award

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, reading, playing the piano, running, photography

Plans after graduation: Attend Kansas State University, major in English literature with an emphasis in pre-law, minor in music, Kansas State Legal Education Accelerated Degree, or LEAD, Program

Favorite memory from high school: I love training and competing with my team year-round, and thanks to my experiences in cross country and track, I’ve built many wonderful friendships and learned substantial life lessons along the way.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I have become much more confident in myself as an individual. Through music and athletics, I’ve learned the importance of having a strong work ethic, as well as the impact that simple encouragement can have on the success of a team.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Urge students to be kind, respectful, positive and proud to be themselves. In their last year at home, don't get too caught up in what comes next. 

 

Heather White

School: Lakin High School

Parents: Darla and Tom White

Activities: Cross country, track, band, student council (president), class president, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Awards/honors: University of Kansas Honor Scholar, all-league academic, citizenship award, Regents Diploma, Trifecta Talent Award, Top 10 percent of class, 4.0 GPA throughout all of high school, gifted program

Hobbies: Traveling

Plans after graduation: Attend Washburn University, major in pre-engineering

Favorite memory from high school: Winning league cross country my senior year.

What will you miss most about high school?: All of the activities I was involved in during high school.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I have become more confident. I have had the opportunity to grow as a student and an athlete.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Try something new, turn in your homework, be involved and proud of your school.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I see myself working as an engineer abroad.

 

Compiled by Staff Writer Amber Friend.