HCPS Honors 67 Top Scholars in Class of 2021

graphic with Top Scholars and HCPS logo and "2021"

After an unfortunate hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, the annual Top Scholars celebration is returning to Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS), albeit in a new form. Sixty-seven of the district’s highest-achieving graduating seniors will be honored this evening at 6 p.m. during 2020-2021 Top Scholars recognitions held throughout the county.

An annual celebration in our district for 17 years, the Top Scholars ceremony has historically taken place under one roof with all 60+  students and their families gathered for a banquet. Planning for such a collective gathering wasn’t feasible under capacity restrictions only recently lifted by Gov. Cooper, but the spirit and excitement of the evening will take place at each high school’s individual event, as families, principals, senior counselors, HCPS administrators, and School Board members recognize the successes and community leadership of these seniors.

“We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate some of our district’s highest achieving seniors for their successful endeavors in the classroom and beyond,” said HCPS Superintendent Dr. John Bryant.

“If 2020 taught us anything, it is that flexibility and resilience will define our future success,” Bryant said. “Not only are these seniors at the top of their graduating classes, they’ve displayed extraordinary resilience, excellence in the arts and athletics, served as leaders in their respective schools, and exhibited selfless commitment to their greater school communities during one of the most challenging times in the history of public education.”

This year, the top three students from Henderson County Career Academy and Henderson County Early College, the top 15 students from Hendersonville High, North Henderson High, and East Henderson High, and top 16 students from West Henderson High will be honored.

As a group, this year’s cohort of Top Scholars received a total of $2,046,300 in college grants and scholarships, had an average 4.42 GPA and 28 ACT score, and volunteered at more than 95 organizations and nonprofits in Western North Carolina, the Upstate, and beyond. Forty-eight of the 676 Top Scholars are originally from North Carolina, and 55 plan to continue their education in the state.

East Henderson High
Cameron Bailey
Gabriel Black
Austin Bressler
Celia Gibbs
Emma Gilliam
Haley Hargus
Kalen King
Sara McCall
Journee McMinn
Annalee Metzger
Brandon Morgan
Stella Osteen
Aubrie Pressley
Joseph Sherer
Summer Vesper
H.C. Career Academy
Haley Elis
Zachree Hawver
Harold Truempy 

Hendersonville High
Daniela Ayala
Caitlyn Barnwell
Kimber Belk
Aubrey Bish
Cael Conroy
Zoe Durall
Clara Hockenberry
Patrick Jones
Nicholas Lester
Gracie Milner
Jake Patterson
Anna Salvaggio
Miriam Smith
Sophie Tanker
Lillian Ward

H.C. Early College
Alyssa Godwin
Carlyn Shaw
Jose Vences 

North Henderson High
Abby Edwards
Keri Funderud
Jeremy Galsim
Avery Gould
Kimberly Holden
Emma Hubbard
Jacob Jenson
Jondash Karamavruc
Hannah Langford
John Marsh
Henry Odom
Adrian Ortiz
Jordan Reaves
Colin Suttles
Caleb Walker

West Henderson High
Csenge Balazs
Miles Bryant
Anna Dorn
Haley Dunnigan
Jackson Futch
Madison Hall
Helene Johnston
Hannah King
Margaret-Ann Littauer
Davis Little
Caroline Maxon
Sarah Monoson
Claire Parker
Noah Trexler
Ada Weaver
Zoya Zalevskiy


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