As students at high schools across the area walked the stage this weekend, they all received the same piece of paper commending them for their accomplishments.

However, 15 seniors at four area high schools distinguished themselves as some of the best in their classes. These students were chosen as The Mercury’s Flint Hills All-Academic Team for their accomplishments.

(Rock Creek High School chose not to participate this year.)

MANHATTAN HIGH SCHOOL

Akash Aryal

Parents: Ranjana Gautam and Santosh Aryal

GPA: 4.60 weighted

College/future plans: Cornell University majoring in computer science

Academic awards and extracurricular activities and scholarships: KSU Phi Zeta Research Day Presentation Competition, third place; KSU Programming Competition 2017, third and fourth place, 2018 fifth place; Science Olympiad 2018 Regionals, first place, state third place; Kansas Honor Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; Governor’s Scholar; Programming Club; Philosophy Club; Robotics Club; Science Olympiad; Math Club; Scholars Bowl; Spanish Club; debate; Science Explorer’s Club; Varsity Tennis- Washburn Rural varsity invitational 2017, top 5 singles, Topeka High invitational 2017, third place singles, Junction City varsity invitational 2019, first place singles. High Scholastic Achievement, 4.0 GPA; Cornell Grant; National Merit Commended; Kansas Governor’s Scholar.

Jered Zhang

Parents: Weiping Zhang, Ying Fang

GPA: 4.66 weighted

College/future plans: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Academic awards and extracurricular activities and scholarships: Academic All-American in speech and debate; National Merit Scholar finalist; National AP Scholar; Harvard-Radcliffe Book Award; Kansas Honor Scholar; Kansas Governor’s Scholar; K-State Summer Sphero Program, 2015; K-State laboratory assistant, 2016; Chess Club; Math Club; Scholar’s Bowl; National Honors Society; Philosophy Club; Speech and debate, third place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Shawnee Heights, second place in Lincoln-Douglas National Qualifiers, second place at Highland Park Policy Debate Tournament, third place in International Extemporaneous Speaking at Silver Lake.

Lauren Cassou

Parents: Rebeca Paz and Steve Cassou

GPA: 4.57 weighted

College/future plans: Pomona College

Academic awards and extracurricular activities and scholarships: AP Scholar with distinction; Kansas Honor Scholar; AP Platinum Seal of Bilteracy; Governor’s Scholar; Distinguished Service Program Completer; PEO STARR Scholarship; Manhattan Marlins Swim team member and volunteer assistant coach; Green Apple Bikes Volunteer; translator at back-to-school events for Spanish-speaking guests; Symphonic Orchestra, concert master in 12th grade, assistant concert master in 11th grade, state solo and ensemble 2017 and 2018; MHS Swim team, co-captain, state finalist, 2017 Centennial League Champion in 50 and 100, 2017 and 2018 All-League Team; MHS Student Council senior class president; Co-vice president of Hispanic Student Union; Vice president of National Honor Society; Senior representative of American Field Service.

Tejaswi Shrestha

Parents: Sunila Shrestha and Tej Bahadur

GPA: 4.6 weighted

College/future plans: Northwestern University

Academic awards and extracurricular activities and scholarships: Governor’s Scholar; Optimist Club Student of the Year; AP Scholar with Distinction; Harvard Radcliffe Book Award; First Robotics Dean’s List Semi-Finalist; Manhattan Public Library volunteer; Manhattan Special Olympics volunteer; First Methodist Church Community Meals volunteer; Nepalese Student Association at KSU Member; Kansas District Key Club secretary; Robotics Team Administration sub team head; National Honor Society; National Merit Scholarship.

Gergely (Greg) Chikan

Parents: Agnes and Viktor Chikan

GPA: 4.64 weighted

College/future plans: Cornell University majoring in computer science and mathematics

Academic awards and extracurricular activities and scholarships: NSLI-Y Scholarship Russian Abroad in Chisinau, Moldova; Presidential scholars Program candidate; Kansas All-State Academic Team; AP Scholar Award with Distinction; Kansas Honor Scholar; Governor’s Scholar; Mat Circle; MHS Pit Orchestra, clarinet; FLEX Orientation in Moldova; ACCESS English summer camp in Moldova; Math research mentorship at K-State; Scholar’s Bowl- varsity state team, team captain; Science Olympiad; MHS FIRST Robotics Team, electrical sub-team head; Piano; Programming Team; Wind Ensemble, clarinet; Math Club vice president; President of Chess Club; Philosophy Club; JV Tennis.

BLUE VALLEY

Elizabeth Wright

Parents: Dan and Shelia Wright

GPA: 4.0

College/future plans: Attend Kansas State University majoring in Agricultural Education

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: StuCo President’ 2019 Kansas Governor’s Scholar; 2018-19 Kansas Honors Scholar; State of Kansas Curriculum Completer; TVL All-Academic Team; Valedictorian; NHS Member; Gold Honor Cord for 4.0 GPA; Superintendent’s Honor Roll; Manhattan Kiwanis Club Award; Scholars Bowl member; 2019 Lady Rams Basketball letter-winner; Ram Award Points — Ram Head and 11 Chevrons; 2019 Winter Royalty Queen Candidate.

Scholarships: Kansas State University Leadership Scholarship; Kansas State University College of Agriculture Scholarship; 2019 Recipient of the Harold Johnson Scholarship; Harvey and Janet Kiser 4-H Leadership Scholarship; Fort Hays State University — University Scholar Award; University of Nebraska Ruth Leverton Scholarship; Benedictine College St. Scholastica Scholarship; Blue Valley PTO Scholarship; Blue BVEA Scholarship; Randolph Lion’s Club Scholarship; Riley County Farm Bureau Ambassador; FFA Alumni Scholarship.

Danielle Lingenfelser

Parents: Jane and Jason Lingenfelser

GPA: 3.85

College/future plans: Attend Kansas City Kansas Community College majoring in Pre-Veterinary Science.

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: Salutatorian; 2019 Lady Rams Basketball letter-winner; Manhattan Kiwanis Club Award; NHS; Superintendent’s Honor Roll; Blue Honor Cord for 3.70-3.99 GPA; 2018 Lady Rams Volleyball letter-winner.

Scholarships: Randolph Lions Club Scholarship.

Hanna Wetter

Parents: Bill and Gale Wetter

GPA: 3.83

College/future plans: Attend Fort Hays State University majoring in nursing.

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: Manhattan Kiwanis Club Award; Blue Honor Cord for 3.70-3.99 GPA; Principal’s Honor Roll; President’s Education Award — Silver 3.70-3.99; Ram Award Points — Ram Head; 2019 Winter Royalty Queen; 2018 Homecoming Queen candidate.

Scholarships: Blue Valley PTO Scholarship; Jon Nelson Memorial Scholarship; Trevor Redding Memorial Scholarship.

RILEY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

Keaton Koenig

Parents: Emily and Kris Koenig

GPA: 4.0

College/future plans: Attend the United States Air Force Acadmey majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: Valedictorian; honor roll; 33 composite ACT; Top 10%; President’s Education of Excellence Award; track; football; basketball; National Honor Society; Key Club; culture club; science club; Art Club; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; forensics; drama; choir.

Scholarships: n/a

Chloe Shanahan

Parents: Amy and Travis Shanahan

GPA: 4.0

College/future plans: Attend the Colorado School of Mines majoring in Computer Science.

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: Salutatorian; Top 10%; President’s Education of Excellence Award; softball; volleyball; science club; National Honor Society; culture club; Students Against Destructive Decisions; art club; FBLA; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Key Club; forensics; drama.

Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship

Luke Richard

Parents: Tom and Diane Richard

GPA: 4.0

College/future plans: Attend Kansas State University majoring in engineering

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: President’s Education of Excellence Award; Top 10%; wrestling; football; Key club; science club; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; FFA; pep club; trap shooting.

Scholarships: Leadership scholarship; Gregory A. Greater Scholarship.

WAMEGO HIGH SCHOOL

Eli Wolfe

Parents: Curtis and Annie Wolfe

GPA: 4.24 weighted

College/future plans: Attend Kansas State University majoring in medical biochemistry, with the goal of attending medical school.

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: Governor’s Scholar; Distinguished State Scholar; AP Scholar with Honor; Work Keys Platinum; ACT scholar; Class President, 4 years; National Honor Society, 3 years; Peer Chamber, 2 years; basketball, 4 years; Cross Country, 4 years; band, 4 years; soccer, soccer referee, lifeguard.

Scholarships: Kansas State University Distinguished Scholar Award; Wamego Basketball Association Scholarship; Law Valley State Bank Scholarship; Pickering Scholarship; The John Lawless Memorial Scholarship.

Lauren Shaffer

Parents: Phil and Monica Shaffer

GPA: 4.2 weighted

College/future plans: Attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in chemistry/Pre-Medicine.

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award; Kansas Honor Scholar; Kansas State Scholar; Departmental awards in english, science, social studies, math and speech/drama.

Scholarships: University of Missouri-Kansas City Academic Excellence Award Scholarship; Chapter EY PEO Scholarship; Friends of the Wamego Public Library Scholarship; Wamego Health Center Scholarship.

Ashlyn Zachgo

Parents: Kelly and Laura Zachgo

GPA: 4.25 weighted

College/future plans: Attend Kansas State University majoring in athletic training and gerontology, with hopes to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.

Academic awards and extracurricular activities: Cross country; track and field; cheerleading; National Honor Society; Students Against Destructive Decisions; Peer Chamber; Link Crew; Commended National Merit Scholar; Kansas Honor Scholar; Kansas State Scholar.

Scholarships: Kansas State University Scholar Scholarship; Bryan Lindstrom Scholarship; Wamego Community Foundation Scholarship; Chat Patton Scholarship; WABC Outstanding Academics in Athletics Scholarship; Mary Louise Brazier Memorial PEO Scholarship.