Congratulations to the 51 students who were honored as Charles O. Austin Jr. Scholars. at the September 12, 2023 Board of Education Meeting.
The students received certificates of recognition for completing six semesters of study at Rock Island High School and earning a 3.5 GPA or higher. Along with the certificates of recognition, the student's picture will be displayed in the front lobby at the high school.
Students presented with the designation: Maryam Alhamden, Fidelia Awoudi, Presley Behrens, Mpawenimana Bella, Isabella Belhause-Pickslay, Jackson Bennett, Addison Bomelyn, Kal Boswell, Jett Brandt, Kylen Brozovich, Delaney Carroll, Leah Conner, Ntiruvakure Dinye, Josephine Driskill, Eva Essman, Lucette Feigley, Avery Flactiff, Lauren Groene, Madjid Gunashev, Dah Gay Htoo, Austin Huff, Dezmund Jackson, Kaitlyn Jacoby, Andrew Kerno, Joy Kitterman, Alaina Kress, Carly LeMaster, Riley Levan, Asa Mahn, Alayna Mata, Ella Mlekush, Lah Set Kpru Mee, Ta Ear Paw Ler Moo, Brayden Moseley, Sandrine Nduwimana, Man Nuam, Lah Hser Paw, Ely Perez, Isaiah Samuelson, Gracie Scheper, Alivia Stanley, Asia Stern, Mary Stockdale, Aria Suloff, Chloe Turner, Egan Westmorland, John Wilde, Parker Williams, KayNiya Willoughby, Mayani Wilondja, Norah Wright and Christopher Brown Jr.
The designation was established back in 1998 by the RIMSD #41 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 role model for achievement, and directly impacted the lives of thousands of our communities' youth.
Christopher Brown Jr. was recognized at a later board meeting on September 26.