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Valedictorians and Salutatorians Lauded at the 2019 KCKPS Honors Celebration

Congratulations to the Class of 2019’s Valedictorians and Salutatorians!

J. C. Harmon High School

Valedictorian

Oliver Vera-Burgoa

Oliver Vera-Burgoa

Oliver Vera-Burgoa will take the Pomodoro Technique (a time management method) onto the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he will major in biology. His goal is to be a dermatologist.

Salutatorian

Sabrena Tishora Hayles

Sabrena Tishora Hayles

Hayles plans to double-major in pre law and chemistry. She is also a part of National Honor Society, Pay it Forward and track and field. She plans to go to Law School to become an Intellectual Property Lawyer.

F. L. Schlagle High School

Valedictorian

Carmen Garcia Benitez

Carmen Garcia Benitez

Benitez will attend the University of Kansas to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Benitez joined the Robotics team and from there it dawned on her that she was very good at the mechanical aspect of engineering.

Salutatorian

Jamie Timm

Jamie Timm

Timm will attend Kansas City, Kansas Community College (KCKCC), to major in psychology. Being a part of the music program has been the highlight of Timm’s high school experience.

Sumner Academy of Arts & Science

Valedictorians

Morgan Dierks

Morgan Dierks

On a partial soccer scholarship, Dierks will attend Missouri Valley College, where she will major in exercise science to become an athletic trainer. When Dierks is not scoring goals she is running cross-country and is a part of the IB advisory board.

Gracious Ford-Brownlee

Gracious Ford-Brownlee

Brownlee will attend Baker University to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Brownlee is a part of the Debate and Forensics team and Student Council. The rigorous and challenging assignments from Sumner has prepared her for college.

Salutatorians

Olivia Caudillo

Olivia Caudillo

Caudillo will attend the University of Kansas to major in aerospace engineering. In five years, she hopes to work for NASA to contribute to Hispanic Women working in the engineering field. She is also the secretary for Student Body, cross country manager and a member of the Senior Board.

Kasey Romo-Nieves

Kasey Romo-Nieves

Kasey Romo-Nieves’ interest in social justice has led her to attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Five years from now, she plans to return to the community to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She is a part of the Debate and Forensics Team, Student Council, French National Honor Society and National Honor Society.

Washington High School

Valedictorian

Tin Za Thang

Tin Za Thang

Thang will continue his studies with a full ride to Kansas State University (K-State). He plans to become a construction manager to change the environment in Myanmar.

Salutatorian

Elizabeth Zing

Elizabeth Zing

Zing is involved in 20/20 Leadership, KU Talent Search, Senior Board, Asian American Student Association, EY College Map, Spanish Club, soccer, volleyball, Air Force Junior ROTC and the National Honor Society. Zing will attend the University of Kansas, to major in Biology. In five years, she hopes to be in medical school, to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatrician.

Wyandotte High School

Valedictorian

Araceli Maldonado

Araceli Maldonado

Maldonado will attend Rockhurst University to major in bio chemistry. As a future obstetrician-gynecologist, she is determined to give back to the community. She is a part of 20/20 Leadership, Upward Bound, Student Council, Senior Board, cross country, and varsity captain of the soccer team.

Salutatorian

Semira Gebrezgabher

Semira Gebrezgabher

Gebrezgabher will attend Park University to major in nursing. Recently, she participated in an internship at CVS, where she was able to get hands-on experience in the medical field. When she isn’t in the library studying, she is involved in Student Council, International Club, volleyball, and soccer.