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Superintendent Scholars Awarded Medals and Scholarships

Superintendent Scholars Ceremony

Belton ISD’s Superintendent Scholars program celebrated the top-performing academic students from eighth-12thgrade in a ceremony Wednesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon told a packed Pittenger Fine Arts Center that Superintendent Scholars represent approximately 3% of students in each grade level. 

“We are specifically celebrating your achievement on the PSAT and are challenging you to push yourself even higher so that you can become a National Merit Scholar,” Kincannon said. “You have demonstrated superior performance on college entrance exams and the ability to continue to advance your skills.”

Kincannon noted that the district’s priority of advancing the highest-performing academic students aims to help students realize their full potential. 

“Our mission is to provide an education that challenges all of our students to excel,” she said. “We know that our public schools are healthiest when we have a strong core of academically talented students in our classrooms. They help us continue to raise expectations for everyone.”

One of those motivated students, Belton High School senior Jacob Jimenez, described himself as a “reluctant benefactor” of the Superintendent Scholars program, initially hesitant to take on even more college preparation.

“I was set on following in my sister’s footsteps. She and her friends were high achievers and became my role models,” Jimenez said. “Although older role models gave me an idea of excellent high schoolachievement, the Superintendent Scholars program rightly set my mind on what happens afterhigh school.”

Jimenez was named both a National Merit Commended Scholar and National Hispanic Scholar, and was recently granted early admission to MIT. Jimenez attributed his National Merit recognition andimproved ACT and SAT scores to guidance from teachers and taking advantage of tools including practice tests, study sessions and the online resource Khan Academy.

“I learned that my studyingpaid off,” he said. “I could work this hard, and harder, on tests to come, and reach that top tier of scores I tasted in becoming a Commended Scholar.”

Jimenez, talking directly to his younger classmates, spoke about how the Superintendent Scholars program is beneficial because students are surrounded by peers with similar ambition.

“No one in this room is going to make fun of you for studying for standardized tests,” he said. “The Superintendent Scholars, more than anything, provide people you can trust and learn from. Smart people, and good role models.”

A number of those seniors, including Jimenez, each received a $5,000 Ward Family Scholarship, presented by the Belton Educational Enrichment Foundation, for having the highest national merit selection index score on the PSAT taken last year as an 11th grader.

At Belton ISD, Superintendent Scholars are identified by scores from the October administration of the PSAT from their eighth, ninth and 10thgrade. In addition to recognizing more than 100 students for high PSAT scores, seven Gold Scholars were awarded for achieving either a perfect score or within a hundred points of a perfect score on the PSAT 8/9.

 

Here’s the complete list of award recipients for the night:

Gold Scholars

Jackson Belobrajdic

Mitchell Bonner

Benjamin Broom

Gautam Ghamande

Andrew Johnson

Krithika Rajesh

Zane Williams

 

Ward Family Scholarship Recipients

Marcus Ake

Sarah Batson

Jacob Jimenez

Bradin McDonald

Peter Morris

Riley Parker

  

10th Grade

 

Madeline

Angell

Christian

Assed

Annie

Bailey

Mitchell

Bonner

Madelyn

Bradshaw

Benjamin

Broom

Ryan

Carpio-brown

Steven

Ellis

Madison

Farwell

Mckenna

Gall

Gautam

Ghamande

Sydney

Hart

William

Holt

Karianne

Hosch

Michael

Huerta

Ibarra

Ibarra

Kylan

Menapace

Isabella

Mills

Carol

Paleti

Ashley

Perrier

Jackson

Rahm

Sonaya

Rason

Richard

Rinehart

Ethan

Rodriguez

Gwyneth

Sachsenmaier

Rachel

Schiller

Nicholas

Sullivan

Daniel

Torres rivera

Madeline

Vacula

Nolan

Warden

Zane

Williams

 

9th Grade

 

Jackson

Belobrajdic

Aditi

Bhat

Sophie

Broom

Keira

Campbell

Shannon

Cook

Kendall

Dollar

Alexander

Elieson

Laurel

Farris

Savannah

Fish

Madeline

Fournier

Rijul

Gupta

Ryan

Hunt

Brady

Ihler

Anuraag

Jha

Andrew

Johnson

Mykaela

Johnston

Garrett

Lazott

Brandon

Lenz

Lauryn

Mcdonald

Jaysen

Mckanna

Grace

Moyer

Shivangi

Ojha

Wesley

Park

Sunshine

Phelps

Krithika

Rajesh

Maheshwari

Rajesh

Ethan

Rasmussen

Jackson

Reasoner

Aaron

Rhoads

Lauren

Rodarte

Matthew

Salazar

Megan

Shelburne

Morgan

Smithwick

Daysha

Thomas

  

8th Grade

 

William

Asuncion-Crabb

 

Connor

Bartz

 

Macey

Boettcher

 

Caleb

Bovell

 

Douglas

Brito

 

Haden

Burstedt

 

Brady

Christian

 

Benjamin

Colbath

 

Keegan

Dang

 

Corinne

Finley

 

Samuel

Fothergill

 

John

Grant

 

Mylie

Hammonds

 

Peyton

Hanson

 

Macy

Hartzell

 

Jason

Janczak

 

Lilliani

Kaita

 

Duncan

Lancaster

 

Madison

Layton

 

Isidra

Mendez

 

Makenna

Morrow

 

Gabriel

Noguera

 

Ezekiel

Payne

 

Kole

Petersen

 

Kalyn

Rhoads

 

Razeen

Rouf

 

Michael

Savino

 

Christopher

Scott

 

Allison

Vekasy

 

         

Go to www.bisd.net/photos to see more photos from the event.

Joshua Wucher
joshua.wucher@bisd.net
February 14, 2019