The Kansas City Star announced their 50 top female and male Athlete-Scholars of the Year. The following Shawnee Mission School District students were honored with this recognition:
Jordyn Martin, Shawnee Mission South, has a 4.5 GPA and earned four varsity letters in soccer. Martin is a member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew, and Black Student Union.
Lindsay Edmonds, Shawnee Mission West, has a 4.69 GPA and earned four varsity letters in soccer. Edmonds is an AP Scholar and made the Principal’s Honor Roll.
PJ Spencer, Shawnee Mission East, has a 4.40 GPA and earned four varsity letters in football and swimming. Spencer is a three-time state champion in swimming and two-time team captain in football.
Asher Molina, Shawnee Mission North, has a 4.82 GPA and has earned four varsity letters in cross country and track and field. Molina is an AP Scholar and earned the President’s Community Service bronze award.
Benjamin Harrell, Shawnee Mission Northwest, earned a 4.17 GPA and four varsity letters in swim/dive and three varsity letters in cross country and track and field. Harrell is a member of the National Honor Society and the Link crew.
The selection process began in late winter when schools, in the KC metro area, submit up to three nominees of graduating seniors. The nomination includes a resume about skills on and off the field and personal endorsements.
The Kansas City Star judges the nominees in three separate rounds. During each round, the student-athletes are evaluated 45% on their athletic prowess, 35% on academic prowess, 10% on participation in activities apart from sports and academics, such as community service and student government, and 10% on overall impact on their school environment. The overall impact is usually summarized in an endorsement from a faculty member.