The board recognized 65 students who have maintained a 3.5 GPA or above for 6 semesters.

At the Board of Education meeting on August 10, 65 Rock Island High School seniors were honored as Charles O. Austin Jr. Scholars. The students were presented with certificates of recognition for completing six semesters of study and earning a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Rocky Students Named as Charles O. Austin ScholarsThe designation was established by the Board of Education in honor of Charles O. Austin, Jr., who served District #41 for 14 years as Rock Island High School Principal and for 7 years as Superintendent of Schools. Austin demanded excellence, was a roll model for achievement, and directly impacted the lives of thousands of our communities’ youth.

Julie Hansen, daughter of the late Chuck Austin III and granddaughter of Charles O. Austin Jr., attended to present the certificates.

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The students included:

Joseph Brune

Ian Empen

Grace Gustafson

Ashlie Heggen

Eh Htoo,

Drew Jarding

Ywa Paw

Chloe Shomo

Anna Vermeire

Kamara Sakho

Phoebe Fuller

Hunter Melody

Emily Allison

Nyambanguka Benise

Elian Blanco

Anahi Castaneda

Layla Eygabroad

Tyana Jackson

Peh Lay

Alaina Muller

Kai Rios

Olivia Sholl

Makayla Quinones

Ava Coussens

Connor Green

Jerzee Kernan

Favour Noya

Nywe Nywe Win

Avery Brandt

Zachary DeMarlie

Georgi Feigley

Tongil Kalomba

Ryan Holtan

Carli Gordon

Hamidullah Barikzay

Trichelle Gay

Jayla Upton

Colin Benisch

Charlotte Boyer

Isabella Allison

Marco Arredondo Lopez

Alejandro Torres

Montgomery Murdock

Mackenzie Brokaw

Laci Hickenbottom

Jacob Rohwer

Diego Ruiz

Tazia Stoner-Harris

Kyi Man

Hlaing Oo

Taylor Pannell

Ma’Kayla Steele

Kasen Ross

Olivia Bowman

Lisa Dominguez

Uda Kimba

Madison Walker

Addison VandeWalle

Delia Schwartz

Kairi Ehlers

Talayiah Horice

Alexa Avalos

Abraham Blanco

Briana Moreno

Soe Paw

Rocky Students Named as Charles O. Austin Scholars
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Rocky Students Named as Charles O. Austin Scholars

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