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BHS student among Lawrence Journal-World's academic all-stars

The 2015 class of Academic All-Stars includes, front row from left, Joel Sweeney, Anna Sophia Westbrook, Katherine Webber, Chloe O'Dell and Spencer Morgan. Back row left are: Grace Mader, Grace Reilly, Jack Ziegler, Broderick Topil and Brian Chang. Enlarge photo

April 13, 2015

Since 1997, the Lawrence Journal-World has invited principals and counselors from public and private schools in the area to nominate their most industrious soon-to-be-graduating students for the annual Academic All-Star team.

This year, 26 students received such a nod and submitted an application, which was reviewed by a panel of three judges. The 10 members are chosen based on their academics, community service and essays and are meant to highlight some of the Lawrence area's best students. They are all honored at a special luncheon, and one is selected to receive a $500 scholarship.

Free State, Eudora and Ottawa high schools each produced a pair of All-Stars this year, while others come from De Soto, Lawrence, Baldwin and Tonganoxie high schools. Five women and five men were chosen.

Like many before it, this team features a range of aspiring careers: medical professionals, environmental policymakers, an architect, musician, diplomat and entrepreneur. Several of the nation's top universities are ready to welcome them on campus.

To see the complete list, visit http://www2.ljworld.com/news/academic-all-stars-2015/

Selected as a LJW Academic All-Star was:

Grace Mader

Grace Mader

GRACE MADER

Grace Mader said she's spent most of her free time in high school hanging out in the art room, painting and drawing. And as she begins a new chapter in her life, staying in front of the drawing board is what she plans to do.

Mader plans to attend Kansas State University next year to study architecture. She hopes to one day travel to underdeveloped nations to design and build affordable and environmentally sustainable homes and community buildings that "still look kind of neat."

She said she first became interested in architecture after attending an engineering expo at Kansas University in middle school. She got hooked on traveling after visiting Central America last year.

"Last year for Spanish we went to Panama over spring break, and I fell in love with it and traveling and all that stuff," she said.

Mader is an enthusiastic art student, organizing a trip to St. Louis, a duct tape fashion show and other activities for her art club, of which she is currently president. She is a three-year member of the National Honor Society. She also volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the Baldwin Community Food Pantry and the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, among other activities.

School: Baldwin High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Sharon and Alan Mader

College and career plans: Attend Kansas State University to study architecture. She wants to to design and build affordable and environmentally sustainable homes and community buildings in underdeveloped countries.

Nominated was:

Taylor Wallis

Taylor Wallis

Taylor Wallis

School: Baldwin High School

Grade-point average: 4.0

Class rank: 1

Parents: Stephanie Soden and Brent Wallis

College and career plans: Attend Wichita State University to study either psychology and then earn a doctorate in the field) or nursing science (and then earn a master's in anesthesia to become a nurse.

Originally published at: http://www.baldwincity.com/news/2015/apr/13/bhs-student-among-lawrence-journal-worlds-academic/