Meet the top students for the Class of 2019 at Grove High School.
These students represent the Top Scholars and the Top 10 percent of the graduating class.
They were selected for their grade point average during their time at Grove High School. Beyond academics, these students excel in extracurricular, community and volunteer activities.
Here’s a look at the students, what they plan to major in, and who inspired them through their time as students in the Grove Public School system.
Meet the top three
Kenneth "Kenny" Wright IV, is this year's valedictorian and a top scholar. The son of Kenny and Christy Wright, he plans to attend Newman University where he will major in biochemistry with the goal of becoming a dentist.
While maintaining a 4.0-plus GPA, Wright was also accepted into Youth Leadership Oklahoma and the National Honor Society.
He placed third in the Rotary 4-Way Test Speech contest, was a Rotary student of the month, and was a 2017 state speech qualifier.
Wright is also an active member of the high school tennis team where he was the 2017 State Tennis 4A 2 Doubles Champion. In 2018 he was Runner-Up in 4A 1 Doubles, while the team was Academic State Champion and 4A Runner-Up.
This week he is competing in the 1 Singles at the state tennis competition.
Wright said Jeanne Smith has had a positive impact on his educational career.
"[It's] because of one reason: passion," Wright said. "Through her life she has shown me the importance of loving what you do."
Luke Hammock is co-salutatorian and a top scholar for this year's graduating class. The son of Samantha Lane, Hammock plans to major in business finance at the University of Oklahoma.
Hammock maintain a heavy AP course load throughout high school, while also being active in several school organizations.
Hammock is president of the Class of 2019 and vice-president of the student council. He is also the vice president of Rotary's Interact Club, and captain of the men's soccer team.
Hammock made the All-District soccer team in 2017 and 2018 and was selected as a Rotary Student of the Month.
During his time at Grove High School, Hammock helped establish the C.O.W. (Changing Our World) week.
"[Donetta] Kerr helped me bring my leadership skills to the next level by leading our Student Council with C.O.W. Week," Hammock said. "She helped me find my passion: investing in others."
Others investing and encouraging him include Terri Guthridge, Thomas and Pam Chaney.
"Mrs. Guthridge has not only believed in me academically, but as a person as well. I am forever grateful for her mentorship and teachings," Hammock said. "Mrs. Thomas opened my eyes to the world of math; one I never could've imagined possible! She made me excited to learn and always taught me to never stop learning.
"During my freshman year of high school, Pam Chaney told me, 'An A student is an A student everyday.' Her quote has stuck with me ever since, and inspires me to make the best of everyday."
Alyssa Perry is co-salutatorian for the graduating class. The daughter of Ray Perry and Shannon Ingle, Perry plans to study aerospace engineering at San Diego State University.
As a top student Perry maintained a 4.0 or over weighted GPA during her four years of high school. She serves as president of the National Honor Society and was a Rotary student of the month. She has also been named an All-American Cheerleader and received a Pin It Forward award. She placed first at the NEO Math Day in 2018 and 2nd in 2017.
She credits Jeanne Smith for having the biggest impact on her educational career.
"[She] has had the greatest impact on my education as she has taught me so much about STEM and motivates me to dream big," Perry said.
Other Top Scholars
Mason Allen is the son of Dr. Richard and Kristy Allen. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in music education.
As a top student Allen maintained a high GPA while taking numerous AP courses and being active in the high school band and tennis programs.
He won All-State Band honors in 2017 and 2019 for the baritone saxophone and received numerous superior ratings at state solo and ensemble contests in 2016 thru 2018.
He also received the State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence in 2018.
As a member of Grove's tennis team, he was the 2017 State Tennis 4A 2 Doubles Champion, Runner-up in 4A 1 Doubles in 2018 and placed fifth in 4A 1 Doubles in 2016. He was also a member of the high school team named as 4A Academic State Champion and 4A Runner-Up in 2018.
This week he is competing, along with Braden Wadley, in the state tennis competition in the 1 Doubles.
He credits Terri Guthridge, Joseph Wilhelm and Coach Todd Kerr for helping him during his educational career at Grove.
"[Terri] Guthridge has impacted my education by making school a fun place to learn, and by always helping me with whatever I needed," Allen said. "Mr. Wilhelm has always believed in me and that is what has given me the chance to excel in music.
"Coach Kerr has been a big role model in my high school education. Although I only have him for tennis, he has been able to shape my high school career."
Damon Blackfox is the son of Trevor Easky and Elizabeth Easky. He plans to attend Northeastern State University and major in computer science.
Along with maintaining a high GPS while taking AP classes, as a top student Blackfox was named to the superintendent's honor roll. He also participated as a team member in several Cherokee Language Bowls.
He credits Michael Sadler and Cher Guinn for helping him become a successful student.
"Mr. Sadler taught me the true meaning of hard work in my studies, and I have grown academically because of it," Blackfox said. "Mrs. Guinn believed in my abilities and encouraged me to try my best at every project."
Jonas Chaney is the son of Pam and Jarrod Chaney. He plans to attend Pittsburg State University and major in biology/pre-dental.
As a top student, Chaney maintained a 4.0 or over weighted GPA while a high school student at GHS, taking numerous AP classes.
Chaney said two teachers specifically impacted his educational career in Grove.
"[Carol] Hunsperger is the main reason I have a passion for reading today," Chaney said. "If it were not for her, I never would have taken reading to the next level and turned it into a passion.
"[Jeanne] Smith was always there to help me, but she also was there to push me to succeed in her class and do the best I could."
Miriam Doughty is the daughter of Shawn and Suzanne Doughty. She plans to major in business at the University of Arkansas.
As a top student Doughty maintained a 4.0 or over weighted GPA and will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and NSHSS for three years.
Doughty said she feels lucky, because all of her teachers have encouraged her throughout her education in Grove.
"[Terri] Guthridge has had the biggest impact on me because of her kindness and her willingness to help me reach my goals in education," Doughty said.
Hayley Dozier is the daughter of Renae and Steve Dozier. She will attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of Los Angeles after graduation, pursuing a degree in fine arts.
As a top scholar, Dozier took numerous AP classes. She has been a three-time state finalist in speech, an All-State drama member, a Rotary speech competition winner, Interact Club president for two years and the winner of the Ron Young Legacy Award.
She credits Vera Yirsa and the late Linda Fracek for having a positive impact on her life.
"[Yirsa] helped me make goals for myself and encouraged me to forever fight to achieve them," Dozier said. "She never stopped believing in me. I spent many days planning my future with her.
"Linda Fracek once told me that I would only be hurting myself if I didn't try. That has forever stuck with me."
Eraya Elder is daughter of Brian and Tessa Elder. She has a twin sister, Erica, who is also a graduating senior. She is still determining where she plans to go to college, and what she will pursue after college.
She an all-stater and won the two mile relay in 2018 with her team, and last fall she played softball and ran cross country - the only girl who competed in both sports.
As a top student she took both AP classes and concurrent classes at NEO. She is in the top 10 percent of students in her class.
She credits her dad for helping her during her high school career.
"He is always been there for me, he's always motivating me. He helped me set goals and make them happen."
Logan Evans is the son of David and Cheryl Evans. He plans to attend Northeastern State University and major in pre-optometry.
As a top student Evans took a heavy course load of AP classes and will graduate in the top 10 percent of his class. He has served on the Grand Savings Bank Student Board and the INTEGRIS Student Governing Board. He was named to the Superintendent's Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society.
He credits Linda Clouse and Patsy Wilhelm for helping him set the tone early for his educational pursuits.
"Mrs. Clouse has had the biggest impact on my education because she started to challenge me intellectually as a student from an early age," Evans said. "Mrs. Wilhelm always told me she thought I would go on to do great things. She made me believe that and it encouraged me to work hard."
Bayliegh Fields is the daughter of Shannon Fields and James and Carrie Fields. She plans to study studio art at Rogers State University.
While maintaining a 4.0 or over weighted GPA as a top student during her four years of high school, Fields participated in band and choir, winning awards in both. She has also won awards as a member of the high school color guard. She received the OCAST Physical Science Award and was a member of the National Honor Society.
She gives credit to two teachers, Alicia Smith and Melissa Sadler, for making an impact in her educational career in Grove.
"Alicia Smith because she has taught me levels of math I never thought I'd be able to comprehend," Fields said. "Melissa Sadler has always shown off my artwork, and encourages me to keep creating. She's shown she truly believes in my future."
Hanna Glasgow is the daughter of Ed and Deana Glasgow. She plans to attend Southwest Baptist University and major in music education.
Along with taking numerous high school AP classes, as a top scholar Glasgow was named to All-District and All-State choirs, the National Honor Society, the Superintendent's Honor Roll and was a Rotary Student of the Month.
She was Dorothy in the first high school production of The Wizard of Oz. This year she stared as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
She credits Terri Guthridge, Jeffrey Haynes and Alisha Smith for helping her academic career in Grove.
"Mrs. Guthridge's class was challenging and it pushed me to work hard and become a better writer," Glasgow said. "She has taught me so many things that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
"Mr. Haynes has always encouraged me to believe in myself. He has helped me believe that I can follow my dreams.
"Mrs. Smith is one of the best math teachers I have ever had. I took AP Statistics my junior year, which was a very stressful and busy year. The class challenged me a lot, but she was always there to keep me going and help me understand what we were learning. She never let me give up and always encouraged me to do my best."
Lani Goldner is the daughter of Caleb and Tonya Goldner. She plans to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and major in nursing.
As a top student, Goldner maintained a 4.0 grade point or higher average while in high school and was a member of the National and Indian Honor Societies. She placed at the State Science Fair three times and received the Outstanding Geoscientist Award. She was also named as an All-American cheerleader.
While Goldner gives credit to all of her teachers, saying they pushed her to the best of her abilities, she said Pam Chaney always provided encouragement.
"[She] always pushed me to be my best self," Goldner said. "There were definitely hard times, but she taught me to never give up."
Kalley Hacker is the daughter of Jill and Santry Hacker. She plans to major in biology at the University of Arkansas.
Hacker will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class and is a top scholar who has carried a heavy AP class load.
She credits several teachers for having an impact on her life, and her educational career in Grove.
"[Terri] Guthridge because she made it so obvious that she cared if I succeeded. I felt so much support from her that I hadn't felt before her class," Hacker said. "[She] would always tell the whole class if someone did good on one of our projects. One day she showed both of her AP classes a poster I had made as a project and the whole day at school people kept coming up to me and telling me how good it looked.
"It made me feel so special and she does it to so many people so everyone gets that same feeling. It made me want to try harder and harder on every project we did after that."
Other teachers she credits for having a positive influence in her life include Donetta Kerr, Jeanne Smith and Misty Henegar.
"I have never had someone believe in me more than [Donetta] Kerr. She's an incredible lady that cares for her students like they are her own and truly loves us," Hacker said. "I've had [Jeanne Smith] for a few years now and her classes are always challenging but she's such a great teacher and is always willing to help.
"Even though I haven't had [Henegar] as a teacher, she is there everyday in student council helping us with whatever we need. She's so supportive and really makes me believe in myself. I appreciate everything she has done for our class this year!"
Ashton Hart is the daughter of Eldon and Jodi Hart. She plans to major in creative writing at Northeastern State University.
As a top student, Hart maintained a 4.0 or over weighted GPA during her four years of high school. She has received various awards through the high school band program and was an Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music European Tour nominee in 2017 and 2018.
She had works selected by the American Library of Poetry in Winter 2016 and Spring 2017. She placed first in the local women's division of the Masonic Senior Essay Contest and 10th in the statewide women's division of the Masonic Senior Essay Contest.
She credits Michael Sadler and Angie Duff for encouraging her academic efforts.
"[He] has always made himself available for questions - that he always has answers for - I'll always be able to talk about Roe v. Wade," Hart said. "Angie Duff is one of the kindest people I've ever met, and is incredibly supportive of every endeavor any student sets their mind to."
Sabrina Lennemann is the daughter of Leo and Sandra Lennemann. She plans to major in studio art at the University of Arkansas.
As a top scholar, Lennemann maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA while taking numerous AP classes. She was inducted into the Delaware County 4-H Hall of Fame and served as secretary for the National Honor Society. She has also won state choir and science performance awards.
She credits a list of teachers, including Gerri Chandler, Alisha Smith and Jason Greer for encouraging her during her time at Grove.
"Gerri Chandler is one of the most hardworking teachers at GHS. Her influence has lasted over the years, causing me to stay motivated," Lennemann said. "Alisha Smith has shown me that I really can succeed. Her love and encouragement has given me that final push before my years at university.
"Jason Geer never fails to reassure me of my abilities. His care and support have been an inspiration on my academic achievements during high school."
Tony Maldonado is the son of Gloria Rodriguez and Antonio Maldonado. He plans to attend the University of Tulsa and major in mechanical engineering.
As a top student, Maldonado has maintained a 4.0 or over weighted GPA during his four years of high school and considers physics as his favorite class, while AP calculus was his most challenging course.
He credits several teachers, including Teri Guthridge for encouraging him during his time in Grove.
"[She] was always there to push me further and was always trying to get me to be proactive in my work.
Cheyenne "Dusty" Mitchell is the daughter of Craig and Ginger Mitchell. She plans to study pre-med at Missouri Southern State University.
As a top student, Mitchell has maintained a 4.0 or over weighted GPA during her four years of high school and has been a four-year member of the National Honor Society and the Indian National Honor Society.
She has received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Plane Geometry, English 1 and Algebra 1 and received an Artistic Achievement award.
She credits Michelle Sadler and Donetta Kerr for making an impact in her life during her time at Grove.
"I have been in Mrs. Kerr's class for the last three years and in student council with her for four," Mitchell said. "I have tremendously grown throughout these years from her believing that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
"Mrs. Sadler was truly encouraging each day I was in her class. She never left a student behind and always made time to work with them until they understood the content."
Jaden Blaise Redus is the daughter of Amy and Brady Redus. She plans to study pre-law at Butler Community College.
As a top student, Redus will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class and has maintained a 4.0 or over weighted GPA during her four years of high school.
She was named to the National and Indian Honor Societies her freshman through junior years and was on the junior bank board. She was the district second baseman both her junior and senior year in softball and made the all-region softball team her senior year.
Redus said Michael Sadler has had the biggest impact on her educational career.
"He was the teacher that showed me that I had a passion for history and that I could pursue it in many different ways," Redus said. "I really liked going to his class because we always learned something different and I loved listening to his lectures.
Frank Riley is the son of Frank J. Riley II and Jenny Riley. He plans to attend the University of Technology at Delft, in Delft, Netherlands and major in aerospace engineering.
During his time at Grove as a top student, Riley has taken numerous AP classes. He has also been the head programer for FROG robotics and a member of the National Honor Society.
Riley said Jeanne Smith has helped guide him during his academic career at Grove.
"She has made all my classes with her enjoyable and fun as well as I've always been able to rely on her for guidance," he said.
Michael Tims is the son of Michael and Cher Tims. He plans to attend Northeast Tech to compete the marine power technology program.
As a top student and Grove athlete, Tims will be graduating in the top 10 percent of his class.
Tims as been a part of the Grove High School student council for three years and has been a part of Grove’s track, football, and wrestling programs since the eighth grade. Tims was also named to the Superintendent’s Honor Roll.
Tims said Danae Hardy and Donetta Kerr have made a significant impact on his education.
“Mrs. Hardy was always helpful and encouraging, but taught me at a young age that I can do things on my own and to believe in myself.” Tims said. “Mrs. Kerr is one of the most encouraging people I have ever met. She never says no to our crazy ideas and is always right behind us saying we can do whatever we set our minds to.”
Katy Yauch is the daughter of Sandi Yauch. She plans to attend the University of Arkansas and major in chemistry.
As a top student, she has taken numerous AP classes and has maintained a 4.0 or higher weighted GPA during her last seven semesters.
She said Lesia Praytor has been one of the teachers who has impacted her life.
"[She] has always been a light in my life," Yauch said. "She has always been a teacher that I can turn to no matter what I need."
Braden Wadley is the son of Justin Wadley and the late Stephanie Wadley. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in business finance. He has also been accepted as a member of OU's President's Leadership Council.
As a top student Wadley took a load of AP courses and will graduate in the 10 percent of his class. He was the president of student council, along with serving on the INTEGRIS student governing board. He was also vice president of his class involved in many other organizations within the school.
This week he is competing, along with Mason Allen, in the state tennis competition in the 1 Doubles.
For the last three years he has been a member, and leader during C.O.W. Week (Changing Our World).
He credits Donetta Kerr for helping him during his high school endeavors.
"If she hadn’t pushed me from the moment I walked in the door I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today," Wadley said. "She pushed me so hard to develop my leadership skills and has made me the leader I am today."