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Brownback honors local student with Governor’s Scholar Program

By The Herald Staff | 5/28/2014

After graduating as valedictorian from Central Heights High School, Jordan Horstick has caught the attention of the Kansas governor.

Jordan Horstick was named one of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Governor Scholars last week, Tom Horstick, Jordan’s father and principal of Central Heights High School, said.

After graduating as valedictorian from Central Heights High School, Jordan Horstick has caught the attention of the Kansas governor.

Jordan Horstick was named one of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Governor Scholars last week, Tom Horstick, Jordan’s father and principal of Central Heights High School, said.

Horstick attended the 31st annual Governor’s Scholars Award Program May 4 in Topeka, according to a news release. The program recognizes the academic achievements of Kansas high school seniors who finished in the top 1 percent.

“These high school seniors have shown the dedication in their studies and a commitment to learning,” Brownback said. “They’ve earned this honor and I want to congratulate them on this achievement. We also should recognize their families, teachers and mentors for helping these outstanding students achieve their academic goals.”

Horstick, of Richmond, graduated from Central Heights as valedictorian May 17. He graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.

Horstick also was involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Students Against Destructive Decisions, National Honor Society, student council, band, football, baseball and basketball.

Horstick plans to continue playing basketball when he attends Tabor College next fall, but he said previously his academic direction is as-yet undecided.

The Governor’s Scholars Awards Program is coordinated for the governor by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force, which is funded by donations from private business in Kansas. The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force was formed 31 years ago to strengthen public confidence in education, according to the release.

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