Huge congratulations go out to several high school students from Owensboro and the surrounding area. They've been recognized for their academic prowess by Western Kentucky University.

My alma mater singled out 80 students from Apollo, Daviess County, Hancock County, Henderson County, McLean County, Ohio County, Owensboro Catholic, and Owensboro High Schools and invited them to a luncheon at the Owensboro Convention Center where they were recognized for having an average ACT composite score of 28.43.

Just so you'll know, that is VERY good.

These bright kids also have an average GPA of 3.89.

Just so you'll know, that is VERY good.

Among the 80 students were 39 Governor’s Scholars/Governor’s School for the Arts/Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.

There were also five National Merit Semifinalists.

The future is indeed bright for the young people listed here:

Apollo High School

Madison Bowlds, Kate Bowley, Rachel Hunter, Chelsea Sams, Rachel Thomas, Olivia Wright

Daviess County High School

James Barlow, Kaylee Basham, Jarrod Blackham, Faith Boles, Rebecca Caldbeck, Mason Clark, Sydney Edge, Lauren Elliott, Ava Embrey, Rachel Farmer, Jasiel Fernandez, Macey Higdon, Shelby Hite, Jacob Howard, Courtney Kamuf, Katherine Lamb, Neil Madadi, Collin Merkel, Jacob O’Bryan, Chelsey Page, Hayley Payne, Seth Phillips, Jasmyne Post, Karli Sanders, William Smith, Alexis Sutherland, Rachel Taylor, Rachel Terry, Franklin Tucker, Siddhi Vora, Stephen Ward

Hancock County High School

Lauren Brown, Leah Marsch, Olivia Potts, Ian Rice, Brendan Roberts

Henderson County High School

Maria Edwin, Regina Parker, DeJuan Simpson

McLean County High School

Cooper Bishop, Corissa Floyd, Keile Jackson, Tyler Oakley

Ohio County High School

Sara Allen, Kenlee Autry, Daniel Bongiovani, William Davis, River Embry, Katie Sam Gaither, Rolando Juan, Johnathan Smith, Allen Zamora

Owensboro Catholic High School

Sarah Brown, Ashleigh Deno, Danielle Durbin, Allison Ford, Hannah Garvin, Adaira Hatchett, Hope Johnson, Katelin Maggard, Megan McCarthy, David Weafer

Owensboro High School

Zoe Alsup, Michelle Atkinson, Anantay Bowling, Megan Cannon, Alexis Dube, Halle Gibson, Abigail North, Bryan Sapp, Jacob Quiggins, Madelynn Walker, Trinity Washington, Lindsey Williams