Kendi Keller

School: Syracuse High School

Parents: Ken and Denise Keller

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Activities: Golf, basketball, National Honor Society, student council, Library Leadership Group, Kansas Honors Program

Awards/Honors: Valedictorian, all-area honorable mention Garden City (basketball), all-state honorable mention Topeka (basketball), 1st team all league (basketball), Wichita Eagle’s 2018 all class honorable mention (basketball)

Hobbies: Basketball, golf, volleyball, babysitting, reading, watching movies, and traveling

Plans after graduation: I plan on attending Fort Hays State University to major in elementary education.

Favorite memory from high school: My all-time favorite memory from high school was being a part of the state champion girls golf team.

What will you miss most about high school?: I will definitely miss high school sports and competitions the most.

Have you grown as a person over your high school career?: High school allowed me to find out who I really am, and I definitely grew over my career.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Cherish every moment because high school really does fly by. Always try your best in everything you do over your career because you only get one chance.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: I see myself being an elementary teacher somewhere in southwest Kansas.

Meleny Jacome

School: Stanton County High School

Parents: Martha and Alejandro Jacome

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Activities: Band, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, basketball, theatre

Awards/honors: Kansas Honor Scholar, Governor Scholar, state solos and ensembles

Hobbies: Playing instruments, reading

Plans after graduation: Attend Fort Hays State University, major in Music Education.

Favorite memory from high school: Basketball games

What will you miss most about high school? Taking school trips

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I have gotten more out of my shell.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Try your hardest and enjoy high school. Time will fly.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: I can see myself working at a university.

Jaylen Mendez

School: Moscow High School

Parents: Kari Mendez

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Activities: Basketball, track, yearbook, baseball, all-school play; Scholars’ Bowl, NHS president, student council, band, Moscow Buddy Days, Senior Citizens Christmas Party, Pheasant Heavens Dinner

Awards/honors: National Honors Society, superintendent's honor roll (4 years), Top Student of Algebra I, homecoming candidate for football, Exlemplary Student of the quarter, basketball all-league (4 years), lettered in track and basketball (4 years) and baseball (3 years), state track qualifier (3 years), Honorable mention Best Actor (2 years), valedictorian, Homecoming King 2018 Basketball

Plans after graduation: I will be attending Ottawa University, pursuing a degree in biology, while playing volleyball for the men's team. After my time at OU, I will attend a dental school in Kansas City and specialize as an orthodontist.

What will you miss most about high school?: I will miss being able to see all my friends every single day, the minimal homework, no bills, the school cafeteria, goofing off during class. But what I will likely miss the most is the friends, teachers, the memories, the crazy other people, the days where the whole school gets involved like our state send-offs, and how the community gets so involved in everything.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: The way I have seen myself grow through high school is to be able to put a smile on someone's face every day. I had one goal every day when I woke up, and that was to make at least one person at school smile. High school has made me the person I am today because in high school, the people you hang out with and the people you socialize with are going to be the people you are going to act like.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Appreciate and listen to your parents. Don’t let fear stop you from stepping outside of your comfort zone. Your GPA will follow you for forever, and the work you put in in the classroom now will reflect upon it. Make a difference. Don’t stress about the things you can’t change. It’s OK to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Slow down, enjoy your high school career, and make the most out of your experience.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: I hope to see myself about to graduate dental school and starting my own orthodontic business.

Trey Paul

School: Ulysses High School

Parents: Mark and Carrie Paul

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Activities: Basketball, tennis, volleyball manager, student council,  FBLA, class president, Interact, SADD, Industrial Arts Club

Awards/honors: Kansas Honor Scholar, National Honor Society, Principal’s Honor Roll, SCCC Dean’s Honor Roll, varsity tennis letter, KSHSAA Citizenship Award

Hobbies: Spending time with my black labs, being outdoors, going to the lake, attending sporting events, and watching NBC’s "The Voice."

Plans after graduation: Attend Kansas State University and study industrial engineering

Favorite memory from high school: Winning tennis tournaments with my teammates.

What will you miss most about high school?: Making T-shirts in applied business development class with Mrs. Boekhaus.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I have learned to do what I love, and not let the opinions of others change that.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Don’t wish for senior year to fly by because it goes by faster than you think, and you will miss high school more than you think you will.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: I see myself as an established engineer that is constantly working on ways to better society and positively impacting the young people who are chasing their dreams like myself.

Tricia Redburn

School: Healy High School

Parents: Rachel and Todd Redburn

Cumulative GPA: 3.3

Activities: Quiz Bowl, volleyball, cheerleading, choir, forensics

Awards/honors: University of Kansas Honor Award, American Legion Citizenship Award, State Honor Choir, state solo

Hobbies: Singing, reading and cooking

Plans after graduation: Attend Colby Community College, major in massage therapy; attend Northwest Kansas Technical College, major in respiratory therapy

Favorite memory from high school: Spending time with my friends and my senior trip

What will you miss most about high school?: My school was like one big family. Everyone cared about each other, and no one felt left out.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: l am more responsible and hard working. At the start of my freshman year, I was more selfish and only thought about myself, but now I care more for others and I like to make other people happy.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Relax, it's going to be OK. Make the best memories you can, and remember, life is too short to sweat the small stuff, like drama. Work hard on your studies, and you will go far.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: I would like to see myself happy, working as a respiratory therapist and a massage therapist.

Sheridan Rodriguez

School: Deerfield High School

Parents: Pamela Olufs and Francisco Rodriguez

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Activities: Cross country, volleyball, basketball, track, scholars bowl, forensics, math relays, and NHS.

Awards/honors: TEDx Conference Speaker, SFTL volleyball and basketball all-league 2014-18, Musicians Award, valedictorian, citizenship award, Dale Denis Award

Hobbies: Art projects, traveling, learning new things, finding new places to eat, and staying active

Plans after graduation: Attend college and hopefully play college sports while continuing my education.

Favorite memory from high school: Going to state all four years in track.

What will you miss most about high school?: Having the opportunity to be so easily involved in a lot of things. The sports for sure, there’s nothing like being able to play everything.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I feel like I’ve definitely changed my perspective on happiness. I used to let days pass and not care for the meaning of each day, but I’ve come to a new appreciation for life. High school taught me a lot about people and how important it is to value yourself for sure.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. No matter how stuck you may think you are, there is a new day and a new chance. Change is possible, you can be the person you want to be. Don’t hold yourself back because of other people. Live with no regrets.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: I plan to be a teacher at a midsize school, while also coaching track. I also see myself pursuing some other careers on the side. Hopefully I can end up there, but if not, I see myself being happy with whatever path I end up on.

Summer Smades

School: Wichita County Junior/Senior High School

Parents: Darcey and Chad Smades

Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Activities: Basketball, baseball, cross country, band, Scholars Bowl, science olympiad, 4-H, National Honor Society, Kansas Association for Youth Club, Student Council, track and field, forensics, drama

Awards/honors: Kansas Honor Scholar, Governor's Scholar, Kansas Board of Regents Scholar Program, Kansas Cross Country Academic All-State award, 2A All-State cross country placer, state qualifier for forensics, band, woodwind ensemble and Science Olympiad

Hobbies: Spending time with my friends and family, working with my animals and making various items out of wood

Plans after graduation: Attend Kansas State University, major in animal science and pre-veterinary medicine

Favorite memory from high school: My favorite memory from high school is when Mrs. Weilert, our business teacher, and Mr. Schmidt, our principal, played “Speak Out” in front of the whole school, and Mrs. Weilert couldn't get the mouthpiece to fit in her mouth.

What will you miss most about high school?: I will miss getting to see some of the teachers and my friends every day.

How have you grown as a person over your high school career?: I have grown in many ways, but I would say my biggest growth was learning how to accept that sometimes things don't work the way we want them to.

What advice would you give the next graduating class?: The more work you put in, the easier it will be.

What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?: Ten years from now, I will hopefully be a practicing veterinarian with a family of my own.

Profiles compiled by Amber Friend and Brett Riggs