A Lawrence High School senior who was a Journal-World newspaper carrier for more than two years was named the 43rd recipient of the annual Journal-World scholarship at the Senior Recognition Ceremony on Friday at Lawrence High School.
Nathan Goodman, who ranked first in his class with a perfect-grade point average of 4.0, plans to attend Kansas University in the fall.
The J-W scholarship is given each year to a former carrier. The conditions stipulate that the recipient plans to attend KU.
"It taught me responsibility," Goodman said of his job as a J-W carrier. "It was something I had to do every day, something that had to be done whether I wanted to or not. It was probably a start to learning what responsibility is all about."
Goodman, the son of Ron and Barb Goodman, 3125 Saddlehorn, has been active in the high school's A Capella Choir and Chorale.
He also has participated in several sports, lettering in golf as a sophomore, in baseball as a junior and senior, and in football as a senior. He also was co-captain of the football and baseball teams this year.
Goodman said he quit delivering the Journal-World after 26 months when he made his school basketball team as a seventh-grader. However, Goodman said he still regularly picks up the newspaper, "especially to read the sports section."
He recommended a newspaper route as a good first job for most any youth.
"It's a good job," he said. "It doesn't take too much time, but there are a lot of things you can learn from it."
After he gave up his route, Goodman did maintenance work for one summer at Alvamar County Club, umpired for two summers for local baseball games and worked at Little Ceasar's Pizza.
Goodman's other scholastic honors include membership in the National Honor Society and being named both a Kansas Honor Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar.
In addition to the $660 J-W scholarship, Goodman has received a $1,500 engineering scholarship from KU. Although Goodman has not yet decided which field of engineering to enter, he said he is leaning toward electrical engineering.