The Kansas City Star announced the top 2021 high school Scholar-Athletes.
“The caliber of nominees is always staggering and we don’t take lightly the responsibility of the review,” wrote Jeff Rosen.
Here is a look at the SMSD students recognized for their academic and athletic skills:
Sarah Bingham, Shawnee Mission East has a 4.45 GPA and earned four varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Bingham is two time all-state and all-conference in volleyball and is a career blocks leader in basketball. Sarah is in National French Honor society.
The Star also recognized nominees Caden Nicholson and Hanna Robinett.
Trevor Maxville from Shawnee Mission North has a 3.78 GPA and earned four varsity letters in track and field and cross country. Maxville is the record holder at Boulder Run in cross country, a state qualifier in track and field, and participated in DECA and mathletics.
The Star also recognized nominees Kiara Williams and Dayton Moody.
Shawnee Mission Northwest
Ty Black has a 4.02 GPA and earned three varsity letters in football, two in basketball, track and field and golf. In 2020, Black was named a Gatorade Kansas player of the year and Simone Award finalist. Black served as a peer model and participated in the Student Leadership Committee.
The Star also recognized nominee Julie Johnson.
Max Close has a 4.2 GPA and earned four varsity letters in basketball and three in football and track and field. Close was selected to play football in the Shrine Bowl, served as team captain in basketball, and placed 12th in state in shot put. Close participated in National Honor Society and DECA.
The Star also recognized Natalie Payne and Chloe Wannamaker.
Olivia Morris has a 4.59 GPA and earned four varsity letters in soccer and two in basketball. Morris was on the 2018 conference championship team and received all-conference honors in 2019. She was in student government and National Honor Society and dedicated time to helping individuals with disabilities.
The Star also recognized nominees Aiden Moxness and Spencer Schade.
Scholar athletes were nominated by coaches and educators at their school. They were reviewed by KC Star staffers and members of the community. The evaluations were based as follows:
45% for athletic prowess and accomplishments
25% for academic achievements
10% for participation
10% for overall impact on their school environment.
This is the 38th year the Star has recognized high school scholar athletes.
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