Vol. 44, No. 33

Director, Public Information

April 20, 2010


15 Top Students to Receive State Citizenship Award

Fifteen public high school students will be honored tomorrow by the State Board of Education as recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award.  They will be formally recognized during a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City.

The award was established by the Missouri Legislature in 1989 and first given in 1990.  With assistance and financial support from The Missouri Bar, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education presents the award annually.  The 2010 award recipients are:


  • Nii Abrahams, Carl Junction High School

  • Max Banerjee, Webster Groves High School

  • Joseph Buse, St. Charles High School

  • Cameron Cronin, Pacific High School

  • Nathan Dent, Lee’s Summit North High School

  • Wayne Dierker, St. Clair High School

  • Margaret Goodman, Cape Girardeau High School

  • Kendra Holcer, Meadville High School

  • Shelby Jasper, Stockton High School

  • Jenna Marie Kertz, Ste. Genevieve High School

  • Kathryn Kotraba, Fort Zumwalt South High School

  • Melissa Leonard, Meadow Heights High School

  • Alison Levens, Parkway Central High School

  • Jacob Lyonfields, Parkway West High School

  • Daniel Stefanus, Oakville High School

Every public high school is eligible to nominate one senior for the award.  Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievement in civics and government courses, participation in civic and government-related extracurricular activities, and exemplary community service.  Candidates also must submit an essay on the importance of citizenship.

A committee of educators and members of The Missouri Bar’s Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education selected the winners.

The awards will be presented by H.A. “Skip” Walther, president of The Missouri Bar; Keith Birkes, executive director of The Missouri Bar; David Liechti, president of the State Board of Education; and Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.