LARNED — Larned High School has recognized its December Spotlight Students — Nicole Dipman, Academics; Delainee Gordon, Athletics; Kaitlynn Schmidt, Leadership/Service; and Samantha Harter, Fine Arts.
Nicole Dipman, Jr.
Whether it’s giving positive input during cooperative learning activities or lending a hand to a student who needs help understanding a concept, Nicole works diligently to maintain personal excellence in the classroom.
Working hard, making up work in a timely manner, and giving positive feedback in classroom discussions, Nicole tries her best to manage her time wisely. This attention to academic detail and her thirst for knowledge in a variety of classes has led to her induction in National Honor Society and to her earning a 4.0 GPA. Nicole is deserving of the December Spotlight in Academics.
Delainee Gordon, So.
Delainee has a strong desire to compete and win. Because of this competitive spirit, Delainee takes advantage of every single practice, pushing herself to become better in order to compete at the next level.
Delainee welcomes competing against the best of the best, knowing that in the end, those competitions will only help her to become better. As a dual sports competitor, this runner competed at the state track meet in the 3,200-meter relay and the 1,600 meter relay, where she had to pull out because of an injury, and the 3,200 meter run, where she earned fifth place.
Delainee placed 26th as a freshman and 29th as a sophomore in the Class 4A state cross country meet. Her passion for her sport and her accomplishments as an LHS athlete make Delainee a perfect choice for the December Spotlight in Athletics.
Kaitlynn Schmidt, Sr.
Kaitlynn knows how to roll up her sleeves and get the work done. Never backing down from any task, Kaitlynn is willing to pick up a broom if needed and complete the job in a precise and efficient manner. Not caring if the task is in her “job description” or not, Kaitlynn knows that someone has to take the initiative to make her school a better place.
Whether it’s managing a concession stand, mowing the courtyard, or cleaning the gym after basketball games, Kaitlynn becomes an example of a young adult who is responsible, reliable, and relentless.
Katilynn provides a positive role model for each and every student at LHS and deserves to be named the December Spotlight in Leadership/Service.
Samantha Harter, So.
An important part of the show choir, Beginnings, and of our large group choir, Samantha plays an integral part in the vocal department at LHS. Sam is a positive member of both groups and has competed with Beginnings and as a soloist at the regional music contest.
A gifted actor, Samantha was both a member of the chorus and as a soloist in the fall musical. A versatile actor as well, Sam has the ability to create a variety of characters, from a crude, unsuccessful thief in a dinner theater mystery to a sweet, revered teacher in a tribute to the 1980s, and is quickly becoming a vital part of the LHS drama department.
Because of her versatility and respect for the arts, Samantha certainly deserves the December Spotlight in Fine Arts.