Academic All-Stars Archive

2009-10 Academic All-Stars

 Name

 

 Category of  Excellence

 

 Date

 Rebekah Herrman ('10)    Foreign Language    October 25, 2009
 Theo Sell ('10)    Drama & Speech    November 29, 2009
 Bryan Davidson ('10)    Music    December 27, 2009
 Jake Conroy ('10)    Mathematics    January 31, 2010
 Lori McCue ('10)    English & Literature    February 28, 2010

Rebekah Herrman ('10)

Winner in Foreign Language

Rebekah, a senior, is an outstanding scholar and top foreign language student. Ranked second in a class of 252 seniors, she holds a 4.62 weighted grade point average. She scored 32 on the ACT. Rebekah received the Award for Excellence in Spanish Honors I. She then earned the highest average award for Spanish Honors II and Spanish Honors III. She currently is taking AP Spanish. She was the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medalist candidate from St. Benedict and received a $60,000 scholarship. She is a member of the school's highly successful Knowledge Bowl Team, which won the competition last year and finished second this year. Rebekah also was on the Engineering Competition Team that took first place at the Ole Miss competition last year. She has placed in the National Spanish Exam and in math competitions. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She is a Principal's Honor Roll student. She was selected by her peers to serve on the Honor Council, indicating the high regard her classmates have for her character and honesty.  Rebekah also is a member of Teens for Life and the Ecology Club. She has participated in Cross Country and Track.  She is an active member of her church youth group, helping at Vacation Bible School and serving as Master of Ceremonies at early Sunday morning services. She also volunteers at the Ave Maria Nursing Home and tutors students struggling in math. Rebekah is a hard-working and responsible student. She asks insightful questions, has a willingness to go the extra mile to succeed, does not hesitate to state her opinions and is dedicated to academic excellence while being respectful and sharing her gifts with others.

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Theo Sell ('10)

Winner in Drama & Speech

Theo, a senior, is a gifted student and talented member of the school's drama program. He holds a 4.0 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. Theo began his love of speech and drama by active participation in Dramatic Forensics in middle school. He won multiple first place awards in Storytelling and Duo Improvisation. He carried this love of drama and theatrics to high school, performing in "Fame," "The Worst High School Play in the World," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Twelve Angry Men," "Grease," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," and "Singing in the Rain." Theo also is a member of the school's Celebration Show Choir. When given an assignment to produce a film for his digital film class, Theo showed a unique maturity in selecting topics that were not the most popular choices among his peers. He has been a great source of ideas and inspiration for his classmates and teachers. Theo is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. He was selected to attend the University of Mississippi's Summer College for High School Students, where he maintained a 4.0 average. He also recently participated in the Ole Miss Invitational High School Math Competition. He participates and has placed in the TMTA (Tennessee Math Teachers Association) competition. In addition, Theo is president of the Key Club, a member of the school's Knowledge Bowl Team, a member of Teens for Life and the German Club. He has volunteered for many service projects including working with the Cordova Rehabilitation Center and clean up day at the Wolf River Conservatory. Theo also is a Lector and Altar Server at St. James Catholic Church.

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Bryan Davidson ('10)

Winner in Music

Bryan, a senior, is a top student and talented songwriter and musician. He holds a 4.33 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT. He has been selected as a National Merit Commended Student. Bryan is taking a rigorous schedule of classes including AP Calculus, AP Economics, AP Government, Honors English and Honors Spanish IV. As a guitarist, he has been an integral part of the school's award-winning Jazz/Rock & Soul Band. This band has been recognized the last two years By "DownBeat" magazine as one of the top high school Jazz/Rock and Soul bands in the United States. According to the band director, Bryan has an innate gift for music and has achieved success through pure dedication and hard work. Bryan and the Jazz Band were invited to perform at the annual National Civil Rights Freedom Awards Ceremonies. Last year they played a tribute to B.B. King, one of the honorees. Bryan is also a songwriter, sharing his talent with his band and as lead guitarist in his church's youth band. Several of his songs have been introduced at the school's Crossroads Concert Series when the band opened for professional artists from around the country. Bryan is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. He was invited to attend the Congressional Student Leadership Conference. He received the Excellence Award in Songwriting in his Instrumental Music Class. He also received the Outstanding Student in Soul Band Award. He was a finalist in the CBU Engineering Competition and the Tennessee Region History Day competition. He is a member of Bridge Builders and serves as vice president on the Bridge Builder Teen Leadership Board. Bryan is a frequent volunteer at Ave Maria Nursing Home, St. Mary's Soup Kitchen and the Baddour Center, a community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Last summer, Bryan performed mission work with inner city children in St. Louis. He also volunteers for Vacation Bible School. Bryan enjoys using his extraordinary musical talent and untiring energy to better his community.

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Jake Conroy ('10)

Winner in Mathematics

Jake, a senior, is a top student who demonstrates impressive mathematical acumen. He has a remarkable depth of analytical ability especially in problem solving and abstract reasoning. He intuitively grasps each derivation and discussion of theory in physics and calculus and is able to apply a learned concept to find solutions. Jake holds a 4.4 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT. He was named a National Merit Commended Scholar, appears on the President's Honor Roll and is ranked in the top five percent of his senior class. Jake has taken a rigorous college preparatory course load including multiple Advanced Placement and Honors classes. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. In 2009, he won the first place award in the programming event at The University of Memphis Engineering Day Competition. He also placed in the Tennessee Math Teachers Association competition as a junior. Jake was selected to represent the school in a local math competition last year and won a second place in pre-calculus. Jake's work in both physics and calculus show the sophistication one would expect of a college student. Jake has been a member of the school's top-rated Knowledge Bowl Team since his sophomore year. He is a member of the French Club and Engineering Club. He also is an active member of the Frisbee Team. Jake exhibits a high degree of personal motivation and a very mature interaction with faculty members. His AP Calculus teacher says that Jake "is very gracious in offering help in group work sessions to struggling students." He strives to help others and tutors his peers in math and science. He also has a wide range of interests - engineering, applied math, physics, economics, psychology and writing. He plans to major in computer engineering in college.

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Lori McCue ('10)

Winner in English & Literature

Lori, a senior, is an outstanding student, writer and editor. She holds a 4.3 weighted grade point average and scored 30 on the ACT. She received a 35 on the English portion of the test and a 33 on the Reading section. She has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar. Lori has taken Honors English and AP English Language. She currently is taking AP English Literature. She received the class Excellence Award in English. She also earned the highest average awards in AP European History, French II and French III Honors. Lori is a valued member of the school's newspaper staff. Her journalism advisor said, "Within the first week, I realized Lori was special. On the first writing assignment, she turned in an almost perfect paper. I quickly thought she would be a very good copy editor. Her knowledge of grammar is incredible and she has a great style with words." During her high school career, Lori has assumed several leadership positions. She is president of the National Honor Society, secretary of the French Club and vice president of the National French Honor Society. In addition, she is a Student Ambassador, Senior Retreat Leader and member of the Honor Council. Lori also is a member of Model United Nations, Teens for Life, Mock Trial, Bridge Builders and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. Lori has a passion for service. She regularly supports Life Blood, the Memphis Humane Society and Life Chain. She traveled to Washington with the school's Teens for Life group for the Annual March for Life. Lori also is backstage technical director for the theatre program. She works directly under the theatre department chair who said, "We couldn't put on the many productions we have without Lori's help. She is a hard worker, smart and anticipates the needs of the directors and cast. She is an integral part of our success." Away from school, Lori has earned her Black Belt in Shotokan Karate after four years of training. The confidence and leadership skills she found through martial arts have influenced her academic and professional performance.

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