Kallie Asher is the valedictorian and Daris Glass is the salutatorian for the Class of 2019 at Kansas High School.

The pair will be the featured speakers as the school's graduation ceremony takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, May 10, at the Kansas High School event center, on the high school campus.

Photos of this year's graduating class may be found elsewhere in today's issue of The Delaware County Journal.


At 18, Kallie Asher is ready to spread her wings and move into her future.

The daughter of Ruth and Bradley Asher, and the granddaughter of Linda Beal and Clifford Beal, and Pamela and Benny Asher, plans to attend Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, pursuing a degree in bio chemistry.

Eventually, Asher would like to pursue a Ph.D., in the same field at the University of Oklahoma. She eventually hopes to have a career in pharmaceutical research.

"I always knew I wanted to do something in science," Asher said. "Since the time I was l ittle, I always wanted to see how the world worked."

After attending several STEM based camps, Asher knew science was the field she wanted to focus on.

"I like that there are always new things that can be discovered, if you are working on a problem," Asher said. "Or that you can work with others to figure out the problem and solve it."

Eventually, Asher dreams about helping to prevent or cure something through her research.

"Being part of a research team will allow me to reach further and achieve larger goals while working with a group of like-minded individuals who will challenge me to do my best and who allow me to feel as if I am part of something bigger than myself," she said.

Initially, Asher planned to attend OU directly out of high school. A tour of the NSU campus, and the scholarship opportunities offered, let her see NSU as the perfect fit for the next step in her educational career.

During the graduation ceremony, Asher said she plans to focus on the last four years of high school, reflecting upon everything that has happened to herself and members of the graduating class.

In addition to being part of multiple organizations within Kansas High School and the community, Asher serves as the editor for the high school yearbook and student newspaper, the Kansas Chronicles.


The son of D'Aunn and Fabian Glass, Daris Glass is this year's salutatorian.

At 19, Glass plans to attend Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where he plans to see "where life takes me."

The grandson of Elmer and Bernice Glass; Bobby Steen and Nina Sue Faddis, Glass has been involved in numerous groups on campus including student council, Beta Club, indian club, FCA, honor society, class president.

He eventually hopes to pursue a degree in secondary education with the dream of becoming an algebra teacher and coach for either baseball, football or powerlifting.

One thing with Asher

One person who inspires you

I am inspired by Marie Curie because she was one of the trailblazers for women in science. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win two Nobel Prizes in two different fields.

Not to mention the fact that she made groundbreaking discoveries that impact our lives still today. She set the bar for women in science and I hope I can one day live up to her legacy.

One book that has stuck with you

John Green has been one of my favorite authors for some time now and his latest book is no exception to my favorites list.

His book Turtles All the Way Down is one of my current favorites because it is both very relatable and fictional at the same time. It has a great balance of seriousness and humor and touches on topics not usually seen in traditional writing.

One thing you can't live without

Honestly, I can’t live without the flash drive on my keychain. It comes in so handy in an increasingly technology-driven world.

Especially during the school year, there isn’t a day I go without using it.

One thing people might not know about you

I am a podcast fanatic. I love listening to people talk about everything under the sun.

Listening to podcasts allows me to listen to new topics and ideas while forming my own opinions and thoughts regarding what the hosts are discussing. I usually learn something new every time I listen to a podcast, which is one of my favorite things about them.

One piece of advice someone's given you

One phrase that has stuck with me that I consider advice to myself is “Stay Humble Hustle Hard."

This phrase has helped me remember that there are always ways to improve and I can do anything I set my mind to as long as I work hard to achieve it.

One thing you'd want people to know

I hope that I am known as someone who is kind and caring to others. As well as that I am known as someone who can always be counted on when I am needed.

I want to be known as a positive role model and as someone who always keeps going even when the going gets tough.

One thing with Glass

One person who inspires you

My mom is the main person who inspires me, because of her ability to take care of me, and always find time to help me whenever I need it.

One book that has stuck with you

My favorite book currently is a series by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s my favorite series because it keeps your attention with mystery and suspense.

One thing you can't live without

I can’t live without my vehicle because I do ton of driving around.

One thing people might not know about you

People might not know that I have seven siblings because they’re all graduated and living on their own now.

One piece of advice someone's given you

“You’re only going to be two things in life, a husband and a father” this stuck with me because it reminds me of what my priorities should be and what I want my legacy to be.

One thing you'd want people to know

I want people to know that I’m a good God loving person that will do anything for a friend and will stick to his word.