Katie Grieshop and Rachel Lowes aren't sure where they're going or what they'll do after they graduate from Jackson High School this spring.
They're not worried about securing the top spot in their senior class or getting into an Ivy League college.
But the effort the two 18-year-old seniors put forth over the last four years has landed them among the state's best academic types as part of the Missouri Scholars 100 program.
The program, sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes the top 100 scholars from high schools around the state. The honor is based on grade point averages, ACT scores, attendance and extracurricular involvement.
Also taken into account are higher-level courses students may have taken and community service.
Students are initially nominated for the award by their high schools, then selected by the principals association. Jackson is the only high school in Cape Girardeau County to have someone chosen for the honor this year.
Both Grieshop and Lowes are involved in a variety of school activities, from band/choir and Spanish Club to Future Business Leaders of America and athletics.
"It's a nice honor. A lot of us who do well academically never get statewide recognition if our athletic abilities aren't good," Grieshop said.
Lowes said the award is special because it doesn't just reflect grades.
"It includes ACT scores, so you don't have to be at the top of your class to get it," she said.
Both plan to attend a luncheon in honor of the top 100 scholars April 24 in Columbia, Mo.
Grieshop is the daughter of Theodore and Angela Grieshop. Lowes is the daughter of David and Susan Lowes.
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