The Kansas City Star announced their top 2020 scholar athletes. In the 37th year of recognizing the best of the best in Kansas City-area young athletes, the Star honored the following Shawnee Mission School District students:
Brooklyn Beck, Shawnee Mission East, has a 4.6 GPA and earned four varsity letters in gymnastics, three in track and field and two in cross country, qualifying for state in cross country in 2019. She plans to attend Creighton University in the fall.
Josephine McCray and Jack Slaughter were also nominated from Shawnee Mission East.
Harden Boldt, Shawnee Mission North, has a 4.7 GPA and earned three varsity letters in swimming/diving, two in cross country, one in track and field. He will be attending the Naval Academy.
Alex Williams and Madison Koller were also nominated from Shawnee Mission North.
Ty Lindenman, Shawnee Mission Northwest, has a 4.21 GPA and earned three varsity letters in football and basketball and two in baseball. He plans to attend Illinois University.
Scott Kelin and Rylee Garrett were also nominated from Shawnee Mission Northwest
Tyler Wissell, Shawnee Mission South, has a 3.53 GPA and earned three varsity letters in football, two in basketball and tennis and team captain in all three sports.
Simone Kohl and Mariana Ochoa-Guerra were also nominated from Shawnee Mission South.
Ashlyh Henrie, Shawnee Mission West, has a 4.70 GPA and earned four varsity letters in soccer and basketball and captain of the soccer and basketball teams. Henrie was a member of the 2018 regional championship team and ranked third in the conference for steals in basketball. She plans to attend Southern Illinois University in the fall.
Hannah Silverstein and William Frankel were also nominated from Shawnee Mission West.
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 athletics, 35% on academics, 10% on extra-curricular participation, such as community service and student government, and 10% on overall impact on school environment. The overall impact is usually summarized in an endorsement from a faculty member.