Klein ISD Senior Scholar Spotlight – #3
We are so proud of our Klein ISD Class of 2020! Students at each of our five high schools are accomplishing amazing things and chasing their dreams.
As we draw closer to the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our Klein Family to some of our high-achieving seniors that are not only graduating in the top 10 percent of their class but are also leaving behind a strong legacy!
Klein High Senior Scholar Spotlight – Jasmine Vonk
Klein High School Salutatorian Jasmine Vonk was a highly-involved student throughout her time in Klein.
During her time in Klein, Jasmine was involved in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Interact, DECA, HOSA, and Student Council. She held leadership roles in these organizations and participated in many community outreach events with them.
“The greatness of Klein is not simply accolades or success,” she said. “It’s the people, from the teachers working tirelessly to create memorable learning experiences to the friendships that will last a lifetime, all shaping students as both intellectuals and people of character.”
Perhaps most notably, Jasmine also earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Lone Star College simultaneously with her high school diploma. Wow!
We are rooting for you, Jasmine!
Klein Forest Senior Scholar Spotlight – Andrew Tran
Klein Forest High School senior Andrew Tran will graduate as the Salutatorian of the Golden Eagle Class of 2020.
This high-achieving senior participated in the National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, Japanese Culture Club, and Literature Club. He explored his passions for writing and art throughout his time in Klein and even won awards for his work!
“I’ve made many memories in my time here, and I’m proud to say that it has shaped me for the better,” he said.
In the fall, Andrew will attend the University of Texas at Austin to double major in Art and English.
Way to go, Andrew!
Klein Oak Senior Scholar Spotlight – Nicholas Mehlhop
Nicholas Mehlhop is graduating as the Salutatorian of the Panther Class of 2020. Leaving Klein Oak is bittersweet for this high-achieving senior.
“This means leaving behind many friends and inspiring teachers,” he said. “I am proud to be graduating from such a great school and I am grateful for all the ways my education has prepared me for my life ahead.”
Nicholas participated in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Marching Band, and Wind Ensemble. He held a leadership position in the band, became a National Merit Commended Scholar, and volunteered with many community organizations.
Nicholas will attend Texas A&M University in the fall to study Chemistry.
Your Panther Family is proud of you, Nicholas!
Klein Collins Senior Scholar Spotlight – Christian Palma
Klein Collins senior Christian Palma will graduate as the Salutatorian of the Tiger Class of 2020. He has enjoyed reminiscing on his time in Klein and is looking forward to life after Klein.
“I moved to Klein in fourth grade from a series of different schools and school districts,” he said. “Set into a new environment once again, I was a little hesitant and intimidated by the whole situation. However, very quickly, I was welcomed by classmates and teachers. That started an amazing journey in Klein ISD.”
Christian has come a long way from those hesitant days in fourth grade and became highly involved in high school, participating in Latin Club, Texas State Junior Classical League, Choir, Mu Alpha Theta, HOSA, History Club, Philosophy Club, Environmental Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and National Latin Honor Society. Wow! To top it off, he also volunteered with many community organizations and held leadership positions within his on-campus organizations.
“In Klein, I was able to expose myself to many subjects, participate in different events to challenge myself, and discover my passions in ways that I otherwise wouldn’t have. I was able to find my strengths, recognize my weaknesses, and eventually make a decision on the path that I want to follow in the future.”
Christian will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall to study Public Health. He plans to later apply for pharmacy school.
Klein Collins is proud to call you a Tiger, Christian!
Klein Cain Senior Scholar Spotlight – Francis King
Klein Cain senior Francis King will graduate as the Salutatorian of the inaugural Klein Cain Hurricane Class of 2020.
This history-making scholar participated in Academic Decathlon, Quiz Bowl, Orchestra, HOSA, and Tae-Kwon-Do. He became a National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction. Additionally, he served in different leadership roles and volunteered with community organizations.
“The memories I’ve made with my friends will stick with me for a lifetime,” he said.
In the fall, Francis will attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Your Klein Cain Family is proud of you, Francis!
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