Du Quoin High School has selected Emily Born, Alexandria Gossman, Quinn Kirkpatrick, Haley Kuhnert, Jennifer Lambert and Tarynn Mays for academic excellence.

Born, 18, is a Sons of the American Revolution nominee, Illinois State Scholar and valedictorian of her class. She is a member of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish Club and Mathletes.

The daughter of Wayne and Marianne Born of Du Quoin, she plans to major in radiology and imaging at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Gossman, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar and received Volunteer Service Foundation Award, Childer's Orthodontics Smile for a Lifetime Award and third in securities and investments at FBLA Southern Area competition. She is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, student council, French club, Mathletes and pep club.

The daughter of Jenny Gossman and Greg Wilson of Du Quoin, she plans to study international business at Butler University.

Kirkpatrick, 18, is valedictorian, Illinois State Scholar and received DAR Youth Citizenship Award, IHSA Team Academic Award, Wendy's High School Heisman school winner, ICCA Senior Scholar Athlete, All Conference in track and cross country, All South in track, MVP in track and cross country and Cheer Leadership Award. She is a member of National Honor Society, cross country and track teams, cheerleading, swim team, Future Business Leaders of America, student council, class vice-president, engineering club, pep club, French club and art club.

The daughter of Jill and Eric Kirkpatrick of Du Quoin, she plans to major in English education at University of Kentucky.

Kuhnert, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, ICCA Senior Scholar Athlete, Cheerleading Hustle Award (hardest worker), Swimming - Best Veteran Award, Hardest Working and Most Outstanding. She is a member of cheerleading, swim team, student council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Spanish club and pep club.

The daughter of Monte and Kristie Kuhnert of Du Quoin, she plans to study biology and neuroscience at University of Mississippi.

Lambert, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar and received first in accounting in the Southern Area, eighth in accounting at state, salutatorian. She is a member of River to River Honor Band, Spanish club (president), Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, track and band, attended Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) and was in “Wizard of Oz” production.

The daughter of Brian and Judy Lambert of Du Quoin, she plans major in accounting and Spanish at John A. Logan College.

Mays, 17, was named All-Conference in track and field, All-South and All-State in track, Track and Field MVP, Best Defense Player in basketball and All-Conference in basketball. She is National Honor Society vice president, class secretary and a member of, Future Business Leaders of America, engineering club and track, cross country and basketball teams.

The daughter of Nicole Worthington and Terrance Mays of Du Quoin, she plans to study engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois-Urbana or University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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