All student participants are in high school in St. Louis County, and have been nominated by their school administration.
The list of student honorees is as follows:
2017 OSL Student Bios
Kharynton Allen attends Kirkwood High School. She is the captain of the Varsity Cheer Leading Squad and is involved in The Black Achievement and Cultural Club, Social Justice Club, and Track and Field. She volunteers with the A+ program, The Humane Society, the library, and was the Pioneer School of Business Student of the Month. Over the summer she lead cheer leading practice and obtained her first job. She plans to study journalism and be an activist, hopefully at Xavier University in New Orleans.
Asha Amerson attends Jennings High School. She is the Student Council’s first Vice President and participates in Varsity Soccer, JV Volleyball, Beta Club, and Women of Success. Over the summer she completed internships at UMSL and Washington University. She plans to study medicine at Spelman College.
Matthew Anderson attends St. John Vianney High School. He is the President of the National Honors Society, a Student Council Officer, a School Ambassador and is active in the theater. He received the Marianist Award and volunteers with the Special Olympics and at Sr. Christine’s Food Pantry. This past summer, you may have seen him working his second summer at The Muny. He plans to study Advertising, Public Relations, and TV/Radio Broadcast.
Cameron Bania attends Principia Upper School. He has played Varsity Basketball and Softball for 4 years and has gone on service trips to the Dominican Republic and South Africa. He is the coach of the 5th grade girls basketball team, is a scholar athlete, and has been given league and district awards in basketball and softball. This past summer he camped with his family and attended basketball camp. He plans to study Sports Management and Leadership.
Brooke Berry attends Whitfield School. She is the Student Council Vice President, plays Varsity Tennis and Varsity Soccer, and is a part of Model United Nations and the Black Student Union. She has received the Philip B. Cady Scholar Award and the Principal’s Award, has achieved Academic Honors, and volunteers at the Special Olympics and with Kingdom Empowered Youth. She enjoys singing, dancing, and reading Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. She plans to study Political Science, Economics, and Urban Studies.
Jacob Blair attends Clayton High School. He is on the Executive Board and is Captain of the Speech and Debate Team, and is a part of Mock Trial, the Black Student Union, DECA, and TEAMS. He received the Harvard Book Award, the Gavin Huff Memorial Award, was Sophomore of the Year and was chosen for the Missouri Scholars Academy. He volunteers with Jack and Jill of America and tutors at Glenridge Elementary School. This past summer he attended the National Competition for Speech and Debate, the TEAMS national competition, and the National Bar Association Speech Competition. He plans to study Neurology and Psychology.
Leiana Boldon attends Parkway South High School. She was the Freshmen Class Co-President, the Sophomore Class Secretary, and a Link Crew Leader. She is involved in Choir, Track, the A+ Program, Youth in Government and the National Honors Society. She volunteers at the South Side Early Childhood Center and enjoys singing, songwriting, cooking, producing, performing and, in her words, “hearing and sharing lame jokes.” She plans to attend either Bradley University or Berklee College of Music.
Sophia Robbin Brandley attends Parkway North High School. She is the Senior Class President and participates in Mock Trial, Forensic Science Club, Key Club, and Captain Council. She started her own organization that donates/raises money for impoverished schools in need of school supplies, is certified to teach sexual health education, and has received the Administrator Award and the President’s Education Award. She loves to paint, be outside, and research current world issues and politics. She plans to double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement and attend American University or Jon Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Andy Buchholz attends Mehlville High School. He is part of the Key Club, Student Council, Marching Band, and the boy scouts. He was awarded the Optimist Award as student of the month, is a Junior Assistant Scout Master, and is an Eagle Scout. He enjoys nature, muscle cars, fishing, hunting, and any type of physical activity. He has narrowed his college choices down to Ranken, Missouri S&T, SIUE, or Webster in order to study Engineering, IT, or Business.
Ricki Chatman attends McCluer High School. She plays soccer and volley ball, managers the basketball team, and is a member of a social justice group and the McCluer Mentor Program. She has received the Comets of Character Award and the Suburban 12 Conference Sportsmanship Award. She enjoys sports, the law, and is actively engaged in social justice. She plans to attend Harvard, Rust College, or Florida State to study criminology and forensics, law and legal studies, or business management.
Emily Dickson attends Parkway West High School. She is captain of the cross country team, Editor of the school newspaper, LEO club treasurer and co-founder, and plays in the orchestra. She volunteers with the Special Olympics, tutors students in geometry and world history, was selected by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for the All-Metro 3rd Team Cross Country Team, and received a “1” in the state solo and ensemble competition. She enjoys traveling, playing viola, and spending time outside. She plans to attend Loyola University of Chicago to run cross county and to study Advanced Practice Nursing.
David Duncan attends Hazelwood East High School. He is the Student Council President, President of DECA, and is a member of the cross country team and National Honor Society. He volunteers at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and was awarded the College Bound Academic Excellence Award, was named Spartan of the Month, has been successful in numerous DECA competitions, and a Justice Martin Luther King Oratory Contest finalist.
Madison Franke attends Villa Duchesne High School. She is the Student Council Vice President, was a leader of her senior Kairos (Kie-ros) retreat and is active in tennis, campus ministry, Diversity Club, Yearbook, Ambassador Club, and the National Honor Society. She enjoys playing both guitar and tennis. She plans to study Psychology, Therapy, and Counseling.
Julissa Gaona attends Ritenour High School. She is a 1st Chair Cellist in orchestra, and is a member of Game Changers and the National Honor Society. She has been on the honor role for 3 years and volunteers at a food pantry and with Reader to Leader. This past summer she attended an Engineering Academy at St. Louis University and went on a Civil Rights Tour with Game Changers. She plans to attend either St. Louis University or SIUE to study Civil Engineer or Forensic Science.
Zander Haddad attends De Smet Jesuit High School. He is on the Leadership Awareness Advisory Board, is the Spanish Club Publicity Coordinator, runs cross country, and is a member of Student Council, the National Honor Society, and the Culture Fest Planning Committee. He is a boy scout and has been on the honor roll all 3 years. He enjoys playing piano and watching movies. He plans to attend Loyola University of Chicago or Truman State University to study Secondary Education.
Mackenzie Hamberg attends Hazelwood West High School. She is a member of the Future Educators of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government, Women’s Club, Ambassadors’ Club, and plays lacrosse. She has received academic awards for the past 3 years and the Teacher’s Choice Award for Science, Math, P.E., and Education. She has gone on mission trips to El Salvador and Mexico and has been a D.A.R.E. camp counselor for the past 5 summers. She enjoys horseback riding, swimming, Spanish, traveling, hiking, and teacher. She plays to Double Major in Education and Spanish at Truman State University.
Cameron Harrison attends South Technical High School. He runs track and cross country and is a member of Students on the Go. He participated in the National Spanish Exam and volunteers at the Affton Animal Shelter. He enjoys running and cooking. He would like to attend College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University.
Macy Highfill attends Eureka High School. She plays Varsity Volleyball and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Eureka Equity Committee, and the Prom Committee. She is the chair of the Cinderella Project and volunteers with the Special Olympics, Gateway to Change, the Special School District. She has been the math and science student of the month and received the character award. She enjoys volleyball, crossfit, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Sarah Hisler attends Trinity Catholic High School. She is a member of the Health Club, Drama Club, Renaissance Club, Student Council, Choir, and National Honor Society. She has been on the honor roll for the past 3 years and volunteers at DePaul Hospital and at Gateway 180 Shelter. She works for the St. Rose Aftercare Program and for Barronwood Kennels. She loves singing, acting, helping animals, and helping others. She would like to study nursing at St. Charles Community College and UMSL.
Karin Hounshell attends McCluer North High School. She plays Varsity Volleyball and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Gateway to Change, and the Pep Club. She has received multiple athletic and academic awards and volunteers with her church worship band, bible school, school clothing drive, and has gone on a mission trip to Mexico. She enjoys Playing Guitar , Camping, Reading, Extreme Outdoor Sports, and Painting/Chalk Art. She plans to attend Ozark Christian College and study Children’s Ministry, Non-Profit Business, Poverty Relief, Intercultural Studies, or Disaster Relief.
Amanda Ingersoll (Inger-Sawl) attends Brentwood High School. She is President of Student Council and a Leader in the National Honor Society, plays Varsity Basketball and Varsity Soccer, and is a member of the Diversity Club. She twice received All Conference Awards in Varsity Soccer. This past summer she worked at the St. Louis Frozen Custard Factory and her family welcomed a new foster brother.
Victoria Jenkins attends Hazelwood Central High School. She is the Captain of the Varsity Volleyball team and an officer in the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the International Club, and Math Club. She volunteers at Christ Our Redeemer Helping Hands Food Pantry and sings in the choir. She enjoys playing volleyball and the piano. She plans to attend Truman State University or Oklahoma University to study Accounting and Finance.
Alex Kaiser attends Parkway Central High School. He is the Student Body President and a Missouri Boys State delegate. He is involved in theater, tennis, Acapella, and the History Honors Society. He volunteers with the Special Olympics and enjoys music, politics, theater, cooking, and socks. He plans to attend the University of Maryland to study Political Science and International Affairs.
Sohon Kancherla attends St. Louis Priory School. He is the Student Council representative for his class, President of the math club, President of the Classical Honors Society, Captain of the Varsity Scholar Bowl Team, and President of the Chess Club. He plays Varsity Tennis, was a National History Been Qualifier, and volunteers at St. Augustine’s Soup Kitchen, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Balvihar Hindu Youth Group, and Founded Bridges of America. He enjoys tennis, guitar, poetry, and learning languages. He plans to study medicine.
Gracie Kreitler attends Valley Park High School. She is the class Vice President and plays Varsity Volleyball and Basketball and is a member of Student Council, the National Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America. She has been on the honor roll for the past 3 years, is a lifeguard and swim instructor, and volunteers at the Webster Childcare Center. She enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and being outdoors and going on adventures. She plans to attend Missouri State University to major in Business.
Margaret Kurop attends Westminster Christian Academy. She is the captain of the Varsity Tennis team, the Founder and President of the Medical Club, and a member of the Spanish Club, and the National Honor Society. She received the National President Achievement Award, has been on the honor roll for the past 3 years and volunteers at Ranken Jordon Pediatric Hospital where she is the Secretary of the Junior Board. She enjoys tennis, being outdoors, hiking, biking, running, running and traveling. She plans to be Pre-Med by studying biology or neuroscience.
Tierney Lanter attends Nerinx Hall High School. She is the school Vice President and plays Varsity Basketball and Varsity Soccer, and is a member of The National Honor Society, Women for Women, People for Progress, and Chess Mates. She has received multiple academic and sports awards and volunteers at the American Cancer Society. She enjoys soccer, basketball, volunteering, hiking, politics, and reading. She plans to be Pre-Med at Washington University.
Amelia Love attends Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. She is the Student Council Class Representative and plays Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Swimming, and Varsity Cross Country and is the Founder and Co-head of the She’s the First Club. She received the Glory of Missouri Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and has received high academic honors all 3 years. She enjoys reading, history, politics, art history, and spending time with friends and family.
Kourtnee Manahan attends Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis. She is the Captain of the Volleyball Team, Secretary of her class, and Treasurer of the National Honor Society. She is on the cheerleading team, in choir, and volunteers at the Urban League and is a Sunday School Teacher. She is a scholar athlete and received the Principal’s Eagle Award for Outstanding Leadership. She enjoys snap chat, watching YouTube videos, Netflix, volleyball, cheer, and hanging out with her friends and family. She plans to attend Maryville University and major in Social Work.
Stephanie Mathes attends Bayless Senior High School. She is the Student Council President, plays Varsity Softball, Varsity Soccer, and Varsity Basketball, and is a member of the National Honor Society and DECA. She volunteers at the Old Cathedral and enjoys hiking, softball, soccer, watching Netflix and Hulu, and listening to music. She plans to attend the University of Missouri to study Elementary and Secondary Education.
Jack McCoy attends Chaminade College Preparatory School. He is an Eagle Scout and member of Campus Ministry, the E Pluribus Unum Scholarship Committee, Mission Week, and Marianist Life Community. He is a crew leader at Philmont Scout Ranch and volunteers for Whole Kids Outreach, Father Dempsey’s Service Program, and Jerusalem Farm. He enjoys playing the mandolin and ukulele, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, back packing, camping, and wood carving. He plans to attend Missouri Science and Technology to study Environmental Engineering.
Jordan McNeal attends University City High School. She is the Senior Class President, the Color Guard Commander and Cadet Captain for Junior ROTC, the Stage Manager for her theater class, and a member of Poetry Club and the Wyman Teen Leadership Program. She is an underclassmen mentor and volunteers with Big Sisters. She enjoys helping others, designing t-shirts with original sayings, bowling, watching movies with friends, and shopping with her family. She plans to attend Alabama A&M, Florida A&M, Tuskegee University, Missouri State University or the University of Missouri.
Aaron Meuser attends Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. He plays Varsity Soccer and Varsity Track and is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Concert Choir, Thespian Troupe, and the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Team. He placed 1st with his team in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering state competition and is part of the Gethsemane Youth Group. He enjoys camping, hiking, biking, running, baking, playing the ukulele, photography, and soccer. He plans to attend Vanderbilt to study International Relations.
Antonio Nelson attends McCleur South Berkely High School. He is Captain of the Football team, Captain of the Basketball Team, and Captain of the Track and Field Team. He is on the honor roll and made All State Track and Field. He enjoys teaching younger children to play sports, going out to eat, biology, and talking. This past summer he went to camp, played AAU Basketball and AAU Track and Field, and did many football workouts.
Drake Nickolaison attends Christian Brothers College High School. He is the Student Body President, the Captain of the Varsity Hockey Team, the Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse Team, and a member of the Senior Leadership Program and Ambassador Program. He volunteers for the Focus Marines Foundation and works at the Country Club Car Wash. He enjoys hockey, lacrosse, golf, church, and Student Leadership Council. He plans to attend the University of Wisconsin to study Engineering Mechanics.
Riya Patel ttends Lindbergh High School. She is the President of Interact Club, the Treasurer of CHADS mental health awareness club, and a member of the Social Justice Club, the Lindbergh Liberals, Premedica, and the Lindbergh Gay-Straight Alliance. She volunteered with Mayan families in Guatemala and was the student of the month at the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Rotary Club. She enjoys advocating for human rights, volunteering, and reading about current issues. She plans to pursue studies in the medical field.
Justin Peper attends Lutheran South High School. He runs Cross Country and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and a mentor to underclassmen. He teaches at Vacation Bible School, has received various academic awards, and volunteers with foreign refugees. He enjoys basketball, health and fitness, STEM activities, and designing, fixing, constructing and creating new things. This summer he interned for his dad’s engineering company and plans to attend either Missouri S&T to study engineering or Washington University to study medicine.
Ashley Perone attends Rockwood Summit High School. She is the Student Council President, Captain of the Varsity Softball team, and a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is ranked in the top 10 in her class and is the Co-Chair for the Cinderella Project for the Rockwood School District. She enjoys baking, traveling, swimming, and reading. She plans to study marketing, advertising, or public relations.
Elizabeth Pittenger attends Visitation Academy. She is the Student Council President, the Caption of the Varsity Basketball team, the Captain of the Junior Varsity Lacrosse team, and a member of the National Honor Society, and the Peace and Justice Club. She volunteers at Food Outreach and the Animal Protection Agency and was on the basketball leadership council. She enjoys club and AAU basketball, long distance running, general fitness, and criminal justice. She plans to study pre-law or psychology, sociology, and criminal justice.
Ray Pollvogt attends Lutheran North High School. He the Varsity Soccer Team Captain, the Editor of the Yearbook, the Founder of Garden Club, and a member of the Cross Country Team, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is on the honor roll and volunteers at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital. He enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and sports and went to Europe this past summer. He plans to possibly attend Texas Christian University to study Environmental Science.
Allison Reichart attends Incarnate Word Academy. She is the Student Council President, plays Varsity Volleyball, and is a member of the Philanthropy Club, the Diversity Club, the National Honor Society, and is a Student Ambassador. She volunteers at the St. Louis Food Bank and is a volleyball camp counselor. She enjoys volleyball, traveling, reading, DJ-ing, school events, and listening to music. She plans to attend Clemson University, Johns Hopkins University, Rollins University, Brown University, or the University of Illinois.
Constance Rhodes attends Webster Groves High School. She is the Student Body President and a member of the National Honor Society and Band. She is on the honor roll, has received the Renaissance Award 4 years in a row, and makes food for the homeless. She enjoys the study of the human body and mind, math, Spanish, creatively working with her hands, and plays the clarinet and alto saxophone. She plans to attend Washington University to study Sickle Cell or Pediatric Medicine.
Diamond Russell attends Hancock Senior High School. She plays volleyball, is a cheerleader, and is a member of Student Council, Hi-Step, and College Ambassadors. She received the Tiger Choice Award and was voted Prom Queen during her Junior Year. She enjoys being active and plans to attend Missouri State University to study Business and Law.
Claire Shackleford attends St. Joseph’s Academy. She is a Diversity Club Officer, runs track, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Active Citizenship, Youth and Government, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has volunteered for New Orleans Habitat for Humanity and for the Parkway South Summer School and was elected Secretary of State for the 2017 Missouri Youth and Government Lewis State Convention. She has canvased for local politicians and her photograph was displayed at a local community organization. She enjoys sports, politics, hiking, running, photography, and social justice issues.
Solomon Singleton attends Normandy High School. He is the Class President, Captain of the Robotics Team, and a College Ambassador. He is on the honor roll, is ranked in the top 10 of his class, and volunteer’s in the school library. He enjoys computers, basketball, video games, math, and reading. He plans to attend Washington University, Stanford University, or The Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study computer science.
Sydney Stern attends Oakville Senior High School. She is the Student Body Vice President, Editor of the school newspaper, and a member of the National Honor Society and Track Team. She volunteered in Guatemala for 2 weeks, attended Boston University for the High School Honors Program, and received her school’s leadership HOBY award. She enjoys traveling, space, and astronomy.
Nicole Tang attends Lafayette High School. She is the Junior Dragon Dance Team Leader, the Vice President of Asian Pop Culture Club, an Executive Board Member of Key Club, and plays Varsity Tennis. She received 1st Place in Group Presentations at the Washington University Pre-Med Institute and the Lafayette Character Education Award for Citizenship and Perseverance. This past summer she This summer she took part in a research project under a Washington University professor for UMSL, researching issues related to visual word recognition, semantic memory, priming on implicit memory tests, and attention systems. She plans to attend the University of Chicago to study Psychology.
Heather Taylor attends North Technical High School. She plays volleyball, basketball, track, and is a member of TREND and the Robotics Team. She volunteers with the Special Olympics and has received numerous awards for attendance and academics. She enjoys reading, writing books and poetry, music, singing, and drawing. She plans to attend Meramec Community College and the University of Missouri St. Louis to get her masters in nursing and pediatric care.
Kayla Tiemann attends Cor Jesu Academy. She is the President and found of Diversity Club, Chess Club, and Strategy Board Game Club. She is a member of the Women’s Advocacy Club, the National Honor Society, Arbor Club, Drama Club, and is head of the sound crew for the fall musical. She volunteers at Delmar Gardens and the Affton Christian Food Pantry. She enjoys theater crew, ultimate Frisbee, running, and reading. She plans to attend Washington University, Reed College, Vanderbilt University, or Boston University to study neuroscience and psychology.
Mary Ellen Todt attends Ursuline Academy. She is the Student Council President, was a Junior Ambassador and part of Project U.S.S. She received academic honors all 3 years and volunteers at St. Vincent DePaul Parish and Academy of the Sacred Heart Day Care. She enjoys reading and hanging out with her family and friends and spent this past summer working on her family farm. She plans to attend Rockhurst University to study psychology.
Jalon Travis attends Riverview Gardens High School. He is a member of the Marching Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Point Of View Jazz Ensemble. He was ranked #1 in his class last year and has marched in many parades. He enjoys coaching football, creating, playing and listening to music, and watching sports and other shows with his family. He plans to attend Full Sail University to study Music Production and Sound Engineering.
Madison Walker attends Affton High School. She is the Varsity Volleyball Captain, the Varsity Swim Team Captain, the Varsity Track Captain, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government, and Mathletes. She volunteers at a nursing home and a hospital and is an Honors Athlete and Scholar. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, decorating for homecoming, and watching Sci-Fi shows. She plans to attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City to study medicine.
Chunyang Wang attends Thomas Jefferson School. She is the co-editor of the school newspaper, the executive editor of the school literary and arts magazine, the co-president of the equality club, and head of the boarding council. She received the Scholastic Art and Writing Award and was a Painting and Art National Silver Medalist and conducted genetics research at the University of Iowa. She enjoys painting, walking, and playing volleyball. She plans to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University to study biology and painting.
Lydia Young attends Pattonville High School. She is the Editor of the Key Club, plays tennis, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Rho Kappa. She has received departmental awards in Science and French and has been awarded her Academic Letter. She enjoys playing tennis, science, reading, being outside, watching movies, and hanging with her friends. She plans to attend the University of California – Los Angeles to study Biology and Psychology.
Jerry Zhang attends Marquette High School. He is the Founder and Creator of the STEM Club and the Rockwood Math Tournament, sits on the Superintendent Advisory Committee, and is a member of the National Honor Society, and the Speech and Debate Team. He is on the St. Louis Academy of Sciences Youth Leadership Team was a National USA Physics Team Member and Gold Medalist. He enjoys tutoring and teaching his peers, preparing for math, physics, and chemistry competitions, and competing in programming competitions. He plans to attend Washington University to study Engineering and Computer Science.