Each month during the school year, the Everest Area Optimists club honors two outstanding local high school students. Each student receives a $25 Target gift card and a $200 scholarship that is awarded in the spring.
School: D.C. Everest Senior High School
Parents: John and Christi Thao
Siblings: Lily, Chloe, Brycen and Brea Thao
High school activities: Wrestling
Hobbies and interests: Mixed martial arts, skateboarding, snowboarding, drawing, painting, bug collecting and aquariums.
Future plans: "I plan to study at University of Wisconsin Marathon County for my first two years before transferring to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where I plan to major in education. I would like to teach high school sciences."