LARNED — Larned High School has recognized its January Student Spotlights of the Month.
Fine Arts — Christine Orr, senior
Highly involved and highly talented in the area of design, Christine consistently produces quality work year-after-year.
Her hard work and dedication to her craft has resulted in both personal displays and success at rigorous competitions throughout the year. Besides her love of art, Christine is an invaluable part of the LHS drama department, accepting any role, small or large, and agreeing to step out of her comfort zone for the betterment of the production.
She always comes to rehearsals with a positive attitude and takes creative criticism with both poise and grace. Because of her willingness to do whatever it takes to promote the fine arts, Christine is an excellent choice for the January spotlight in fine arts.
Athletics — Brenden Lewis, senior
Successful athletes always search for ways to improve their skills and seek the advice and guidance from their coaches. In order for that to happen, hard work and a good attitude must exist. A good team leader always puts the team first and encourages each and every teammate to work hard to improve their individual skills and to take pride in being a member of that team.
Brenden exemplifies the above statements and also pushes himself in the classroom by taking challenging classes and by being dedicated to his academic studies so that he is successful not only in the athletic arena but in the classroom as well.
This commitment to wrestling has resulted in his participation at the Class 3-1A state wrestling championships and a 29-2 record this season at LHS. He serves as an ideal choice as the January spotlight in athletics.
Leadership/Service — Jeret Johnson, Senior
Warren Bennis defines leadership as a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among peers, and taking effective action to get the job done.
Susan J. Ellis, president of Energize, Inc., defines service as the choice to act in recognition of a need, with an attitude of social responsibility and without concern for individual profit and going beyond one’s basic obligation.
Whether it’s serving as a class officer, offering praise and encouragement on the athletic field, or being a friend to the friendless, Jeret fits the definitions of leadership and service and exceeds those expectations by his everyday actions and by receiving the Second Mile Award the last two years. He truly deserves the January spotlight in leadership/service.
Academics — Alex Lessard, Junior
Alex strives for academic excellence. She works extremely hard and gives 100 percent to everything she does. A quiet leader, Alex serves as an outstanding role model by asking for help when needed, completing every assignment, and doing what it takes to succeed in the classroom.
She brings a positive attitude to every class and perseveres when the work becomes difficult Because of this dedication to her studies and her strong moral character, Alex is also a member of LHS’s chapter of the National Honor Society.
By asking relevant questions, seeking help when needed, and taking her academic life seriously, Alex has shown what diligence, hard work, and determination can achieve and is a perfect choice for the January spotlight in academics.