Senior Shannon Oakley was awarded for being the Kaw Valley State Bank Distinguished Student Outstanding Teen Volunteer on Oct. 5 at the football game at halftime.
This award is for being a student leader and serving in the community. Oakley earned the award by having leadership positions in Student Council, National
Honor Society and Renaissance Club. She also earned it by serving in her community, working at her church and serving meals to 150 community members.
Stuco sponsor Dick Dugan nominated Oakley because he thinks she deserved it.
“If you look at the criteria for it, she far exceeds it,” Dugan said.
Oakley said that this award came with benefits.
“It gives me a lot of self-confidence, and the ability to effectively lead and motivate a group can be used outside of school and in the future,” Oakley said. “It is important to show your community that you care”
Dugan used a quote from Oakley’s application.
“First to serve and last to be served,” Dugan said. “She does a lot of community service and doesn’t expect things from others and is always thinking of others.”
The skills someone would need to be a leader is many different things. According to asst. principal Scott Harshbarger, “Consistency, to do the right thing consistently,” while Principal Eric Koppes said simply, “Dedication.”
It is important to be a leader in high school because, “There are a lot of negative influences in high school,” Harshbarger said.
Article by Colin Cook, Staff Member
Photo courtesy of Shanon Oakley