LARNED — Larned High School has selected its September Spotlight students — Erin Smith, Athletics; Chellie Wray, Academics; Dallas Humphrey, Fine Arts; and Aarika Bright, Leadership/Service.
Erin Smith, jr.
Erin has made significant strides in her own specific skills and developed into a team player who is constantly encouraging her volleyball teammates in practice and truly wants the younger players to be successful as well.
Being her own hardest critic, Erin continually asks how she can improve a particular skill and is always willing to listen to a coach’s direction.
Erin embraced her coach’s decision to move to the libero position on the Lady Indian volleyball team and performed her best to her team succeed.
As Coach Josefiak stated, “I have seen vast improvement in Erin, and she has gone from being one of the group to being someone who picks the team up.”
Erin leads the Central Kansas League with 234 digs. Erin is deserving of the September Spotlight in Athletics.
Chellie Wray, so.
Chellie is an extremely hard worker in class and in all that she does.
Chellie is diligent about doing what it takes to succeed in a rigorous academic schedule.
She is dedicated to academic excellence and willing to help people out in class who may not understand the concepts as well as she does.
Chellie is involved in many activities at LHS, but makes sure to get her work done as soon as possible.
As one teacher put it, “Chelli is just a great overall student whose grades definitely show it.”
Chellie does what it takes to achieve her academic goals and is a perfect choice for the September Spotlight in Academics.
Dallas Humphrey, sr.
Dallas has gone from a bit player on stage to someone who is trusted to carry out a variety of lead roles.
Starting out as “Tarzan,” in a small role in a spring play, Dallas understands that one must often pay his dues before a lead role comes his way and is willing to work hard to improve his own craft in order to step into that role when given the chance.
Dallas cares more about the success of the production than his own personal gain as an individual actor. He is also an amazing artist. Learning a new skill is not always easy, but he proved to be self-directed and dependable in an area of art that was totally out of his comfort zone.
Dallas continues to stay motivated and finds solutions in a new graphic art design class.
As Mrs. Sundahl stated, “This student became very proficient and really grew as a designer.”
In addition to creating several quality designs, which will soon be sold on Indian merchandise produced by Media Tech students, he also created a shirt design, which was used in a race for a local fundraiser.
Dallas also created the new Power L logo which is not only the new face of LHS football but is also the new logo on the Larned Indian helmets.
For these reasons and more, Dallas is definitely the right choice for the September Spotlight in Fine Arts.
Aarika Bright, sr.
Being a student leader is a challenge. Student leaders often log many hours on their personal time dealing with issues that must be addressed.
Aarika gladly accepted the presidency of the Larned chapter of National Honor Society, which requires constant availability to deal with students and the community.
Aarika sees that everything is completed in order for NHS to complete its goal. She communicates with business owners and heads of charity organizations and oversees a blood drive,
A good leader must also lead by example. By working hard in the classroom, whether it’s in an English class or the weight room, Aarika’s commitment to academic excellence also serves as a good role model for all students.
Her dedication to serve both her school and community makes Aarika an ideal choice for the September Spotlight in Leadership/Service.