Bellefontaine High School has presented SOAR Awards to the following Class of 2020 graduates: Benjamin Sailors, Davis Norris, Lacy Smith, Hannah Rader, Payton Houck and Alison McAleer.
To qualify as a 2020 SOAR award recipient, students were required to have taken at least five Advanced Placement classes, 15 total college level courses and have a 3.95 GPA or higher at the end of their seventh semester of high school.
The award winners received a certificate and a $100 monetary award from the BHS Academic Booster Club. The winners’ names were also added to the SOAR plaque displayed in the academic trophy case at the school.
“Honors classes, college credit plus classes, post-secondary options, and Advanced Placement classes are all available at BHS,” school officials said. “Though all of these paths are difficult, the AP classes require the students to be willing to work above and beyond the usual expectations for a high school class. These AP classes also require students to take a culminating standardized exam to show mastery of the material.
“The SOAR award was established by the BHS Academic Booster Club to recognize high school seniors who have strived to challenge themselves by choosing to take the toughest courses available. It recognizes those students who didn’t shy away from the difficult rigor of Advanced Placement courses and were still able to maintain a high GPA.”
Benjamin Sailors plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Material Science Engineering. Davis Norris plans to attend Arizona State University, majoring in Aerospace Engineering.
Lacy Smith plans to double major in French and Pre-Medical Studies at Miami University. Hannah Rader plans to attend The Ohio State University to study Nursing.
Payton Houck plans to study Adolescent and Young Adult Integrated Language Arts at Bowling Green State University. Alison McAleer plans to attend Michigan State University to study Pre-Veterinarian Animal Science.