Lakota East, West Honor the "Top 25"

Lakota East, West Honor the "Top 25"
Posted on 05/08/2017
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All across the district, year-end ceremonies are taking place to honor the academic achievements of our students. At the high schools, the “Top 25” students, representing approximately the upper 4% of their graduating class, were recently recognized during some special celebrations.

Lakota East held an “Academic Signing Day” where the Top 25 students declared their college choice, as well as a reception prior to the Senior Academic Awards Night.

Lakota West continued a longstanding tradition for its top 25 students – a dinner for the students, their parents and a teacher or staff member who has made a big impact on the student. “This event is about honoring the students, but is also a great way for them to publicly honor their teachers and parents,” Card said. "This group of students has worked extremely hard, taking challenging classes and making sacrifices to be at the top of their class.”

Lakota East Principal Suzanna Davis agreed. “The students recognized in the Top 25 consistently epitomize academic excellence and this year is no exception,” said East Principal Suzanna Davis. “The well-rounded experiences each of these students have pursued have provided them with the opportunity to gain acceptance to the best colleges and universities in the nation. Their commitment to bettering a global society is what truly sets them apart.”

Card is equally as proud of his top graduates and all they have accomplished at school and in the community. “We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these young people – and know that they will make Lakota proud!”

Lakota East top 25 students photo

Lakota East


Alexandra Adams: Miami University

Erinn Aulfinger: The Ohio State University

Chelsea Bass: University of Kentucky

Alexey Belkin: University of Cincinnati 

Paige Bentley: Princeton University

Alyssa Butterfield: University of Cincinnati

Michelle Chu: The Ohio State University 

Allie Church: Ball State University 

Blake Dodson: The Ohio State University

Danielle Eilerman: Xavier University

John Ferguson: Harvard University 

Cameron Greer: University of Cincinnati 

Kathryn Henry: University of Cincinnati 

Andrew Hoke: Indiana University

Hayden Hoogerhyde: Miami University

Allison Kates: The Ohio State University 

Isa Malik: Case Western Reserve University

Natasha Rugg: University of Cincinnati 

Emma Stiefel: Minerva Schools at KGI 

Alexander Suer: University of Cincinnati 

Jordan Swift: The Ohio State University

Marika Thompson: Harvard University

Jessica Townsend: Purdue University

Aaron Wade: Yale University 

Nigel Wade: Yale University 

Zachary Wade: Yale University

Lakota West top 25 students

Lakota West

Tricia Aho: Case Western Reserve
Vikram Anand
: University of Cincinnati
Reille Arter: University of Findlay
Marcos Aull: University of Cincinnati
Amy Ballman: University of South Carolina
Jeffrey Barckert: The Ohio State University
Allison Bischoff: The Ohio State University
Ian Blake: The Ohio State University
Alice Brew: University of Cincinnati
Eric Bruggen: Miami University
Natalie Bush: Ohio Northern University
Myles Cagle: Miami University
Ishak Gunacar: University of Cincinnati
Lauren Haynes: University of Dayton
Jordyn Hunter: Purdue University
Erik Isele: University of Michigan
Maya Krause: Xavier University
Christine Laritz: The Ohio State University
Katie Linville: Cedarville University
Nicholas Moore: University of Cincinnati
Mary Nguyen: University of Cincinnati

William Nguyen: Georgetown College
Mrugesh Patel: University of Cincinnati
Hoa Pham: University of Cincinnati
Madison Saunders: Central Michigan University
Erin Smith: The Ohio State University
Aditya Tewari: University of Michigan
Claire Willenbrink: Maryville College
Dakesian Woods: Kenyon College

Note: In any given year, the number of seniors receiving this exclusive honor may include up to 30 students. With final grades still being tabulated up through the last day of the school year, some allowance has to be made for students who might move up or down in the rankings once the final report cards are issued. The differences often come down to hundredths – or even thousandths -- of a percentage point.