It’s the 34th time that The Kansas City Star has honored the area’s top high school Scholar-Athletes, and this year’s winners are virtuosos in both the classroom and the gym.
Honored for their academic and sporting achievements by a team of judges that included Royals general manager Dayton Moore and Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, as well as a pair of Kansas City professional soccer players, are Summit Christian Academy’s Carlie Queen and Smithville’s Jacob Boyd.
Read about our two overall winners, plus our 102 other KC-area Scholar-Athletes for 2017.
THE STAR AND ROYALS SALUTE 104 WINNERS
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The Scholar-Athletes from each of 104 participating Kansas City-area high schools are being honored for their academic and athletic excellence, as well as their involvement in other activities and overall impact on their schools. This is the 34th year that Scholar-Athletes have been honored by The Kansas City Star.
Judges on behalf of The Star selected each school winner. A second group of judges narrowed the field to the top 10 boys and top 10 girls finalists. The resumes of the finalists were then given to a set of six final judges, shown below.
Selection of the overall boy and girl winners was based upon this formula: 45 percent for athletic achievements, 35 percent for academics, 10 percent for activities and 10 percent for overall and community impact.
In addition to their website (kansascity.com) and newspaper recognition, the Royals will award Scholar-Athlete school winners with ticket vouchers, and overall winners Carlie Queen of Summit Christian Academy and Jacob Boyd of Smithville will throw out the first pitch at a Royals game this summer.
Scholar-Athlete Final Judges, 2017
John Dorsey: Kansas City Chiefs general manager
Tom Ibarra: Former longtime high school sports editor for The Star
Dayton Moore: Kansas City Royals general manager
Ike Opara: Sporting Kansas City defender
Becky Sauerbrunn: FC Kansas City and U.S. national team captain
Carla Wilson: UMKC director of athletics