The first Arkansas Times first Academic All-Star Team was selected in 1995, time enough for them to complete an undergraduate college course or make other beginnings on careers.
We caught up with 13 of the first 20 winners. The updates follow, with the students' hometowns and alma maters in parentheses.
Rani L. Croager (Little Rock, Central High School) graduated from Duke University last year with a double major in mathematics and economics. She is currently working as an analyst in the corporate finance division at Stephens, Inc.
Amy C. Drake (Rogers, Rogers High School) is in medical school at Johns Hopkins University after completing undergraduate work at the University of Arkansas.
Rebecca M. Lofton Altman (Heth, Hughes High School) is a newlywed and will graduate in May from Charleston Southern University as the school's top psychology student. On graduation, she will be hired by Charleston Southern as an admissions counselor.
Crystal Morrison (Bismarck, Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences) is in graduate school at the University of Michigan after obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri.
Ruth Plymale (Fort Smith, Greenwood High School) is a botany major (with three related minors) at the University of Arkansas who will graduate this month. She will enter Penn State in the fall to pursue her Ph.D. and work toward her goal of becoming a research scientist.
Katherine L. Shaver (Batesville, Batesville High School) will enter Lyon College in the fall as a math major following two years at Baylor University.
Anandi Sheth (Little Rock, Hall High School) is in medical school at Johns Hopkins University.
Jonathan P. Brasher (Fort Smith, Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences) will graduate in June from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in mathematics and biology.
Eric Larson (Mountain Home, Mountain Home High School) graduated last year from the U.S. Air Force Academy and is currently an Air Force officer stationed in Georgia. His goal is to return to the Air Force Academy as a professor.
Samuel Merriweather (Sweet Home, Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School) will graduate in May with an engineering degree from Georgia Tech University and will enter graduate school to pursue a master's degree.
Brent A. Ragar (Cabot, Cabot High School) is in medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., after completing undergraduate work at the University of Arkansas.
Russell Roberson (North Little Rock, North Little Rock High School) was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and the President's Medal while at Hendrix College. He is currently doing DNA research in New Zealand with plans to apply to medical school.
Jody L. Simmons (Rector, Clay County High School) will receive his master's degree in accounting this month from the University of Arkansas. He is on track to graduate with a 4.0 GPA after obtaining a bachelor's degree in agriculture business. He will marry in August and return to his hometown to farm.
Other winners in 1995 were Brooke McKnight of Damascus, Kiisha Morrow of Pine Bluff, Jennifer Rowe of Malvern, Joe Lease of Hot Springs, Adrien Lewis of Little Rock, Cade Martin of Little Rock and Elbert Traister of North Little Rock.