The Paris Rotary Club will host the students and their families at the Top Five Recognition Banquet on March 23 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Paris Elementary School.

The 2018 edition of the Paris High School Top 5 honorees has a couple of new twists this year.

First, there are actually six students being honored because of a dead-heat tie for fifth position in the rankings of grade-point average, and it is the first time since the inception of the program that all the honorees are girls.

The Paris Rotary Club will host the students and their families at the Top Five Recognition Banquet on March 23 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Paris Elementary School.

“These are a great group of girls. Each one is a leader in some or many areas of our school district,” said Paris High School Principal Chris Willingham. “These girls excel in the classroom, their extra-activities, clubs and organizations, and our community.”

Willingham that the achievements of the six students extend well beyond the classroom.

“These girls have been All-Conference athletes, class and organization officers, state and national qualifiers in FFA and FBLA,” he said. “Each of the students has a long list of accolades and accomplishments. It is not hard to understand why they are the top of their class. Success and accomplishment in life is never guaranteed, but each of these ladies have the tools and skills to do whatever they want. We are very proud of them and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors”

The girls being honored are:

Reagan Ragsdale, 18

Parents: Jeff and Debbie Ragsdale

GPA: 4.09

College plans: University of Missouri College of Agriculture.

Maariko Williams, 17

Parents: Andrew and Miyuki Williams

GPA: 4.08

College plans: Brigham Young University, studying to become a psychiatrist

Drew Lockhart, 18

Parents: Dawn and Scott Ragsdale; Todd and Deena Lockhart.

GPA: 3.97

College plans: University of Missouri to major in elementary education

Grace Peak, 17

Parents: Eddie and Tootsie Peak

GPA: 3.97

College plans: University of Central Missouri to major in wildlife biology

Makayla Fox, 17

Parents: Pam and Cory Fox

GPA: 4.001

College plans: Missouri State University to major in civil engineering

Madison Wheelan, 18

Parents: The late Doug Wheelan and Kelly Williams

GPA: 4.03

College plans: University of Missouri Business School

Dr. Aaron Vitt, president of Paris Rotary and superintendent of Paris RII Schools, said that the Top Five event is an important outreach of the Rotary Club.

“Rotary is involved because we want to recognize some of the best and brightest young members of our community,” he said.

Speaker for the banquet will be former Top Five honoree Samantha (Wilkerson) Davis, associate director of public policy for the Missouri Corn Growers Association in Jefferson City. Davis is a 2007 graduate of Paris High School.