Three seniors have been honored by the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education as “207’s Best.” For the October honors, Lucy C., of Maine South; Davis P., of Maine West; and Richa S., of Maine East, were recognized for academic achievement.
At Maine South, Lucy has earned a 4.89 grade point average through a course load that has included many Advanced Placement courses. She is president of Maine South’s National Honor Society chapter, a member of Model UN and is on the math team. Outside of school, Lucy is a violinist in the Midwest Young Artists. In his introductory letter, South Principal Dr. Ben Collins noted that Lucy is a competitive rock climber and noted: “Whether she is climbing something intellectually or something formed over centuries of tectonic movement, she is always headed up and taking her challenges on.” Chemistry teacher Christina Sayer observes that “Lucy is the type of student that all teachers enjoy having in class because of her passion to want to learn. She never settles for memorizing but wants to fully understand any topic.” Lucy told Board members she has applied for early admission to Stanford and plans to study either international relations or economics.
At Maine West, Davis has earned a 4.9 grade point average through rigorous course offerings, which currently include multiple Advanced Placement courses. Davis’ choice of extracurricular activities demonstrate his wide variety of interests. He was named “Outstanding Attorney” during Mock Trial competition at the University of Illinois. He helped start a Rube Goldberg team at Maine West, in which students devise creative and meticulously engineered means of achieving what otherwise would be a simple task, such as watering a plant or pouring breakfast cereal. Davis last year served as news editor for the student newspaper, the Westerner. He is a fourth-year trumpet player and co-section leader of 20 trumpets in the marching band. His AP U.S. History teacher said: “Davis is a one-of-a-kind student that will spend six hours solving a math problem ‘just because’ as well as a student that will spend the hours perfecting a costume and researching a historical character to get into his mind so that he can teach his peers history.”
At East, Richa has earned a 4.83 GPA through a course load that currently includes five AP courses. She was recently named a National Merit Commended Scholar. Beyond the classroom, she is a three-year member of the Student Leader Board for R Code, a National Honor Society member, co-president of the Maine East Rhythm Project, a COACH tutor member of the Math Honor Society, Rotary Interact and Bake for a Change Club. Judy Tyler, coordinator of the Gifted Lyceum Program, said that Richa is a “truly passionate young lady who dives into tasks with determination and patience.” Dr. Pressler describes her as “an intelligent, self-disciplined, hard-working student who has made a positive impact on our school through the example she sets for others based on her tremendous work ethic and achievement.” Richa told the Board she plays to study pre-med – majoring in neuroscience and psychology – at the University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve or Washington University in St. Louis.
The “207’s Best’ program recognizes outstanding students monthly throughout the school year. Academic achievement awards are given in two months. Awards for community service, fine arts, improved performance, elective area of achievement, technology leader/innovator and extracurricular achievement are given one month each. Teachers nominate students, and an executive committee makes final decisions. Honorees are then recognized by the Board of Education, which instituted the program.