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KEWANEE (Ill.) HIGH SCHOOL has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 127 students.

Academics

ANDREW BECKER, son of Steve and Joan Becker of Kewanee, plans to major in political science/legal studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Top achievements:

  • Valedictorian
  • National Honor Society president
  • Honor Roll, 4-year

ADVICE TO FRESHMAN SELF: The advice I would give to my freshman self is to be as open as possible to many new things. Do not limit yourself to anything. Spend time with your friends as often as possible.

FAVORITE MEMORY: There are many things I will remember forever, but I will definitely never forget my trip to the J. Kyle Braid Ranch. I developed many great new friendships and learned many new life skills while in Colorado.

The Arts

DANA BURHORN, daughter of Thomas and Gayle Burhorn of Kewanee, plans to major in music education at Augustana College, Rock Island.

Top achievements:

  • National Honor Society
  • Honor Roll
  • Three Rivers Conference Academic All-Conference

ADVICE TO FRESHMAN SELF: Looking back on the past, I would tell myself as a freshman to do what you want to do, not what others think you should do. Now, as a senior, I can say when I became more active in the things like the musicals and choir, I had a better time in high school.

FAVORITE MEMORY: The most memorable part of high school for me was making the district choir. To be able to make it I had to practice non- stop and, gladly,my hard work paid off. Being a part of that choir made me stronger vocally, and was it was an overall great experience.

Humanities

RYAN HICKS, son of Josh Hicks and Lisa Hill of Kewanee, plans to major in pre-dental at Augustana College, Rock Island.

Top achievement:

  • National Honor Society
  • Academic All-State, football
  • Honor Roll, 4-year

ADVICE TO FRESHMAN SELF: High school has definitely been years that I will carry with me in life. Many bonds have been built on to and new friendships were made. To all freshmen, go into your freshman year with an open mind and be willing to go outside of the norms. That is where the best memories will be made.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Graduation, of course will be the best memory of high school, but one experience comes to mind when I reflect on high school. Spending the seasons with the football team have given me the best experience. Life lessons were taught and friends have been established.

Leadership

MADELINE BREEDLOVE, daughter of Bill and LaJean Breedlove of Kewanee, plans to major in business at University of Missouri-Columbia.

Top achievement:

  • National Honor Society
  • Honor Roll, 4-year
  • Top 20%  of class

ADVICE TO FRESHMAN SELF: Looking back at my freshman year, I can easily say I wish I was more involved. I was passive, didn't step up as a leader to volunteer my time, or give input during club meetings. I genuinely regret not volunteering more with local organizations freshman year, as it's the most rewarding feeling.

FAVORITE MEMORY: One experience I'll forever cherish is volunteering for Key Club's annual Good Fellows Christmas Baskets. I packed boxes of food for less fortunate families and was rewarded with simple thank yous and smiles.

Math/The Sciences

ZOEY VOGT, daughter of Jill Kinsella of Kewanee, plans to major in nursing at Bradley University, Peoria.

Vocational Education

STEPHANIE HOLLIS, daughter of Steve Hollis of Kewanee, plans to attend the University of South Carolina, Aiken.

Young Journalist

BLADE WILLIAMS, son of Rhonda Rusk of Kewanee, plans to major in humanities at Blackburn College, Carlinville, Ill.

CLASS OF 2014

Trevor Alexander, Paul Allensworth, Andrew Becker, Mariah Blodgett, Katie Blume, Elizabeth Bral, Madeline Breedlove, Yazmin Bretado, Carlos Bretado, Quentin Bryner, Dana Burhorn, Emily Burmeier, Christie Burnett, Mauricio Castaneda, Adolfo Cazares, Diana Cervantes, Chelsea Chayer, Kellee Chayer, Dakota Copeland, Blanca Corral, Madison Costenson-Segura, Nicholas Cravens, Omar Delgado, Jonathan DeMay, Lorena Diaz, Paige Dougherty, Autumn Eilts, Conrad Engelbrecht, Michael Ensley, Skylar Finin, Ashley Folger, Connor Forbis, Andrew Fowler, Thomas Freeburg, Dylan Galloway, Jose Gandarilla, Maranda Grabbe, Taylor Gunn, Noah Heath, Samantha Henry, Armando Herrera, Ryan Hicks, Stephanie Hollis, Tyler Hulslander, Skiler Ince, Donald Jamison, Alexis Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Isaac Jones, Riley Keenan, Jacob Kida, Nathan Klein, Gabrielle Kubiak, Jennifer Kubinsky, Cody Lanxon, Kylie Likes, Jacob Martin, Rosa Martinez, Cameron McBride, Jailynn Mercer, Ajay Minton, Clarissa Mitro, John Moraski, Karyssa Mosher Schwickerath, Donovan Murphy, Zachary Murphy, Mikayla Nelson, Tyler Nelson, Melanie Nichols, Jared Nimrick, Dalton Nuding, Dawson Nuding, Connor Oetzel, Erin Peed, Chloe Peterson, Tristan Pettersson, Emily Pettis, Jordan Pyles, Paige Reeser, Caleb Reiter, Adan Rodriguez, Liliana, Ruiz, Trevor Schaefer, PaRisa Scott, Sara Short, Cole Silvis, Andrew Slusser, Matthew Smith, Aaron Sutton, Denzell Taylor, Trayvond Taylor, Selena Tito, Edgar Torres Paredes, Brianna VanCleve, Ian VanDamme, Casey Verway, Zoey Vogt, Tierra Warren, David Washburn Jr., Elysa Wassell, Abigail Wheelhouse, Isaac Wieser, Blade Williams, Tyler Williams, Jacob Woods and Keely Young.

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