Columbus North High School announces its top 10 students for Class of 2024

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Columbus North High School has announced its Top 10 students for the Class of 2024.



Alexandra Osburn

Rank: 1

Parents: Andy and Kathy Osburn

College Plans: Purdue University

College Major: Plant Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology

High School Activities & Awards: The Triangle Newsmagazine (Editor-in-Chief, Superior Rating at JEA Contest in News Editing/Headline/Current Events), FFA Member (2023 Area 1 Forestry CDE First Place Individual), Art Club (Vice President), Spanish Club (Co-President), Beta Club (Member; 12th Grade Spanish State Champion), National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

Community Activities: Polidor 5K Volunteer Photographer, Parkside Elementary Journalism Mentor.

Mackenzie Meyer

Name: Mackenzie Meyer

Rank: 2

Parents: Erin and Kris Meyer

College Plans: Indiana University

College Major: Biochemistry, Pre-PA

High School Activities & Awards: Columbus North Cross Country (four-year letter-winner), Track and Field (four years), Student Athletic Board, HOSA, National Honor Society, Youth Leadership Bartholomew County, Peer Tutor, Academic Letter and Chevron recipient, Cross Country Academic All-State First Team 2022 and 2023.

Community Activities: 5k on Turkey Day volunteer, A Kid Again IU volunteer, concession stand volunteer at St. Peter’s, summer swim instructor for Columbus Parks and Recreation.

Austin Clark

Name: Austin Clark

Rank: 3

Parents: Brian and Allison Clark

College Plans: Butler University

College Major: Accounting

High School Activities & Awards: Columbus North Men’s Tennis (four-year member, co-captain for two years, varsity letter for three years, Most Improved Player, Mental Attitude Award, Bulldog Award), Columbus North Vocal Pointe (Section Leader, Dance Captain, Most Improved Singer, three-year member), North Drama: Lead roles in various shows “Nice Work If You Can Get It”; “Elf”; “Tinker Bell”; “Clue”; and “The Wizard of Oz” (performed/involved in three of our student-directed Showcases, and Historian for Thespian Troupe 57), Columbus North Student Assembly: four-year member (Vice President freshman year, Treasurer junior year, and Sergeant-at-Arms senior year), Two-year member of National Honor Society-2x recipient of the Anna Newell Brown Award for Vocal Excellence (2nd place and 3rd place), Named as a Youth Leadership Bartholomew County Top 10 Resume recipient.

Community Activities: Participated in numerous can drives, volunteered for our Athletic Department to help sell concessions, performed in “Operation: Safe Prom” in front of all North juniors and seniors to highlight the negative effects of drunk driving.

Frankie Polyak

Name: Frankie Polyak

Rank: 4

Parents: Frank and Nicky Polyak

College Plans: University of Chicago

College Major: History

High School Activities & Awards: I performed in the Vocal Pointe Show Choir (Grand Champions, Grand Champion Soloist, and Outstanding Performer), I ran cross country and track and field (2x academic all-state), and I was the Student Body Vice President of Student Assembly.

Community Activities: I volunteered as a Junior Counselor at Camp Lakeview over the summer, I performed in American Pie, I participated in Youth Leadership Bartholomew County, and I attend First United Methodist Church.

Alexander Cognata

Name: Alexander Cognata

Rank: 5

Parents: Jimmy and Angela Cognata

College Plans: Undecided, Four-year college

College Major: Business Management

High School Activities & Awards: Student Assembly (2 years, Senior Class Secretary),

Club Volleyball (2 years), DECA (2 years), 4th place in Hospitality and Tourism, Professional Selling 2024, YLBC, Founded Welcome Crew at Columbus, North-mentorship program for foreign exchange students, Member of the National Honor Society, and an AP Scholar.

Community Activities: Attends St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and participates in Venture youth group at St. Peter’s.

Kenzie Pendleton

Name: Kenzie Pendleton

Rank: 6

Parents: Tyler and Elise Pendleton

College Plans: Brigham Young University

College Major: Integrated Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a Master’s in Athletic Training

High School Activities & Awards: Cross Country and Track & Field letter winner (2021 Most Improved Runner, 2023 Bulldog Award), North Stars Show Choir, 25th Street Singers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team, DAR Good Citizens Award, National Honors Society Member (2022-24), GE- Reagan Foundation Scholarship Semi-Finalist.

Community Activities: Mill Race Marathon Kids Fun Run Course Director, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ward & Stake Youth Council Representative, Church Choir Director, Youth Camp Leader.

Kingen Burbrink

Name: Kingen Burbrink

Rank: 7

Parents: Joel and Rebecca Burbrink

College Plans: Purdue University

College Major: Mechanical Engineering

High School Activities & Awards: Marching Band Alto Saxophone Section Leader, Show Choir Best Male Soloist, C4 Engineering Ambassador.

Community Activities: I volunteer weekly at church, helping with various tasks, such as watching kids of all ages, singing on stage, or helping with the tech crew. I have been involved in 4-H for going on my 10th year and have done a plethora of projects. I also participated in Youth Leadership Bartholomew County.

Keegan Harris

Name: Keegan Harris

Rank: 8

Parents: Todd and Kristen Harris

College Plans: Purdue University

College Major: Computer science

High School Activities & Awards: Robotics, Computer Science Club, Environmental Club, Key Club, NHS. FRC Indiana District Championship, FRC District Inspire Award, AP Scholar With Distinction.

Community Activities: Love Chapel.

Kaitlin White

Name: Kaitlin White

Rank: 9

Parents: Brett and Allison White

College Plans: University of Indianapolis or Ball State

College Major: Nursing

High School Activities & Awards: National Honor Society, Academic Letter & Chevron Recipient, Student Athletic Board, Volleyball (4 years), Women’s Basketball (4 years- Co-Captain 2024), Academic All-State Volleyball and Basketball, Volleyball All-Conference Honorable Mention, The Republic All-Area Volleyball Team Honorable Mention, Kathy Cox Heart of a Bulldog Award Recipient, Karen McCaa Resilience Award Recipient.

Community Activities: 10 Year 4-H Member, Youth Leadership Bartholomew County, Member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Volunteer Youth Camp Counselor for Basketball and Volleyball.

Ajay Singireddy

Name: Ajay Singireddy

Rank: 10

Parents: Ashok and Mallika Singireddy

College Plans: Yale University

College Major: Data Science/Sociology

High School Activities & Awards: CNHS Media The Triangle-Editor-in-Chief, Key Club President, Beta Club President, CNHS Debate, National Honor Society, Congressional Art Award, Two time Scholastic Gold Key recipient, Indiana State Finals Top Ten Lincoln Douglas Debate, 5th Place Ben Davis Debate Tournament, National BETA Club-3rd place in Drawing and 6th place in Painting, National Merit Finalist, U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate, AP scholar with distinction, Youth Leadership Bartholomew County Top Leader and Top Resume.

Community Activities: Indiana Legal Aid, Love Chapel, The Arc of Bartholomew County, Andrews String Studio, Student Assembly Can Drive, High School Heroes.