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The Gazette's Best & Brightest Class of 2017

By: The Gazette
April 16, 2017 Updated: May 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm
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The Gazette's Best and Brightest is in its 26th year. The Class of 2017 includes 20 high school seniors recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and contributions to their communities and schools. They were also judged on their answers to three essay questions.

Aliza Anderson

William J. Palmer High School

Boettcher Scholarship Finalist

National Honor Society

Science Olympiad Medalist

 

Anna Borden

Pine Creek High School

National Honor Society

National Art Honor Society

Principal's Honor Roll (four years)

 

Anna Chavez

William J. Palmer High School

National Honor Society

National Hispanic Scholar

Softball Academic All-State

 

Justin Dieter

Pine Creek High School

National AP Scholar

National Merit Finalist

Boettcher Scholarship Finalist

 

Bee Franklin

Colorado Springs School

Ursa Major NHS Scholarship

Varsity Band Letter

Cross Country Academic All-State

 

Julia Gaubatz

Air Academy High School

Principal's Scholar (four years)

National Honor Society

National AP Scholar

 

Kalia Hunter

William J. Palmer High School

Honor Roll (four years)

CHSAA Honor Roll

Best Mock Trial Attorney

 

Sarah Khammash

Pine Creek High School

Principal's Honor Roll (three years)

National Honor Society

Spanish Honors Society

 

Shepherd Kruse

Home-schooled

Colorado Springs Science Center, First Place

Regional Jr. Science/Humanities, First Place

Lockheed Martin Aerospace Award

 

Grace Meluso

William J. Palmer High School

Academic Letter (three years)

Tennis Academic All-State

Choir Letter

 

Jessica Mills

Air Academy High School

Academic Letter (four years)

National Honor Society

Robotics Letter

 

Isabella Nunez

Fountain Valley School of Colorado

National Merit Finalist

AP Scholar with Distinction

Dean's List (three years)

 

Grace Quereau

Sand Creek High School

National Honor Society

Academic Letter (four years)

National Society of High School Scholars

 

Mary Reynolds

William J. Palmer High School

National Honor Society

Gold Presidential Service Award

Orchestra Academic Letter and Bar

 

Holly Rieping

Air Academy High School

Disney Dreamers Academy

National Miss Teen Colorado Top 10 Finalist

Educating Children of Color Scholarship

 

Varsha Selvam

Pine Creek High School

National AP Scholar

Boettcher Scholarship Semifinalist

Principal's Honor Roll (three years)

 

Jessica Shand

Discovery Canyon High School

National Honor Society

Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair First National Youth Orchestra Flutist

 

Amy Wang

Pine Creek High School

Knowledge Bowl League, First Place

National Merit Finalist

Boettcher Scholarship Semifinalist

 

Sarah Weidman

The Colorado Springs School

Science Award

Rensselaer Medal

National Merit Finalist

 

Colin Welge

Pine Creek High School

Principal's Honor Roll (four years)

French Honor Society

Academic All-State First Team

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