Western Kentucky University honored  students from various Owensboro area high schools for their academic achievements. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.42 and grade-point average of 3.87! The group also included 27 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and six National Merit Semifinalists.

The following students were honored at a luncheon Tuesday at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro:

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Apollo: WKU honored 11 students from Apollo High School during a luncheon at the RiverPark Center on Oct. 30. Front row (from left): Britney Gompers-Yamada, Lauren Tucker, Taylor Sevy, MorganNation, Fran Miller, Hannah Briner and counselor Kathleen Kreke; back row: principal Charles Broughton, Joshua Knight, Austin Hertzler, James Hardy, Austin Richards, Erin McNeil and WKU President Gary Ransdell. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

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Daviess County: WKU honored 10 students from Daviess County High School. From left: Taaron Pierce, Tristan Hagerman, Joshua Arend, Jesse Sook, Sarah Warren, Allison Ellis, Morgan Carrico, Claire Payne, Stephanie Driskill, Ella Shipp, counselor Cassie Campbell and WKU President Gary Ransdell. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

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Owensboro High: WKU honored 16 students from Owensboro High School. Front row (from left): Aqualyn Williams, Emily Davis, Ryan Morales, Chandler Thompson, Madison Stuart, Meera Patel, Lydia Kaminski, counselor Christie Fogle; back row: Zac Garrard, Philip Lanz, Maurice Hanley, Joseph Hamilton,Graham Gilliam, Dutch Dohrenwend, Joshua Hicks, Cody Layson, Jeff Keeley and WKU President Gary Ransdell. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

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Owensboro Catholic: WKU honored three students from Owensboro Catholic High School during a luncheon at the RiverPark Center on Oct. 30. From left: WKU President Gary Ransdell, principal Gates Settle,Kevin Thompson, Chase Carrico, Justin Magnuson, director Ken Rasp and counselor Scott Lowe. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

Other area schools' students were Hancock County: Benjamin Basham, Bradley Chapman, Audry Hawkins, Yasmani Ochoa, Kristen Ogle, Christopher Paczer, Sarah Wilborn, Henderson County: Melanie Ashworth, Breeanna Cox, Brittany Eldridge, Cameron Gibson, Benjamin Hamilton, Kaelin Hildreth,Anna Kelley, Drake Sadler, Tanelle Smith, Jake Walker, Joshua Whitby, Nikoli Williams, McLean County: Travis Harper, Axel Hollander,Ross Owen and Ohio County: Amber Bishop, George Casey, Haley Coppage, Nicholas Cox, Thomas Gledhill, Taylor Hillard, Kyle Schroader, Claire Wood.