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Carterville High School has recognized Neha Arun, Justin Cross, Dax Frey, Braden Gentry, Abby Null and Jabe Outland for academic excellence.

Arun, 18, is a ACS Chemistry Olympiad national competitor and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) national competitor, received the National Director’s Award for Band, IHSA All-State Academic Team Honorable Mention, first in FBLA area and state presentations, IHSSBCA Kickoff Tournament All-Conference Scholar Bowl Team, Most Effective Lobbyist YMCA Youth and Government, third in English at WYSE state competition, first in English at ACES sectionals and regionals, second in research and personal essay at JALC writing contest and is top JV and varsity scorer at Scholar Bowl River-to-River Conference and on the high honor roll. She is Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council Co-Chair, Illinois Governor's Cabinet Youth Commission Primary Representative for ISBE, FBLA state reporter and chapter president, Scholar Bowl captain, Southern Illinois Symphony and Civic Orchestras principal oboe, teaches hip hop at Willow Street Studios and studies hip hop, ballet, pointe, and Indian Dance and Piano. She is a member of National Honor Society, Student Leadership Council and Interact Club.

The daughter of Arun Subramanian and Prabha Manda of Carterville, she plans to study molecular and cellular biology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Cross, 18, is an Illinois State Scholar, on the high honor roll and a football All Conference Player, he is a member of varsity Football, Interact Club, Fall Play

The son of Bill and Jennifer Cross of Carterville, he plans to enter the U.S. Air Force.

Frey, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar, placed in chemistry and computer science at ACES regionals and earned high honors. He is a member of art club, National Honor Society and student leadership council.

The son of Casey Helton and Eddie Frey of Carterville, he plans to study computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Gentry, 17, is an Illinois State Scholar. He is a member of National Honor Society, FBLA, Interact Club, Youth and Government and the soccer team.

The son of Paul and Kristen Gentry of Carterville, he plans to major in mechanical engineering at Auburn University.

Null, 18, placed eighth in business communications at FBLA State Leadership Conference, first in business communications at Southern Area FBLA Conference, 1st place in marketing at Southern Area FBLA Conference, first in research essay at JALC Writing Contest, Outstanding Woodwind and PRIDE Award. She is a member of National Honor Society, volleyball and bowling teams, FBLA, Scholar Bowl, Spanish Foreign Language Club, Pride of the Lions Marching Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Lions Pep Band and Carterville Symphonic Winds.

The daughter of Dawn Null Carterville, she plans to major in oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Outland, 18, received Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award, Most Inspirational Player for Soccer and the Coach's Award for Soccer, and is on the high honor roll. He is a member of the soccer team, National Honor Society, Student Leadership Council, Youth and Government, ACES Academic Team, Interact Club, fall play, FBLA and track and field team.

The son of John and Jill Outland of Carterville, he plans to study engineering at University of Alabama Huntsville.

Graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 18 in the school auditorium. Baccalaureate will be May 15 in First Baptist Church, 406 S. Division.

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