Two Lawrence High seniors have shown their peers the merits of taking their good deeds out of the classroom.
Helping others is a common goal of two Lawrence High School seniors who have been named outstanding citizens.
Staci Shorter and Galen Harkness are this year's LHS recipients of the Kansas State High School Activity Assn.'s Citizenship Award.
The award was presented Thursday during the Senior Recognition Ceremony, where more than 100 seniors were recognized.
LHS administrators selected the two for the citizenship award.
Mike Browning, dean of the senior class, has had several occasions to see Harkness in action.
"The word to describe Galen Harkness is 'steady,'" Browning said. "His personality, his approach to life -- he's positive all the way."
Browning said Harkness' demeanor on the basketball court shows his concern for others.
"He never tries to draw attention to what he's doing," Browning said. "He's always there supporting what others are doing."
Harkness has played on the LHS basketball team for three years and this year was a co-captain. He said his desire to help others isn't confined to the hardwoods.
"I try to treat everybody like everybody's equal, and if they need help, I'm there," he said. "If someone wants to talk, they can always come to me. I might not be able to help them, but at least I can listen."
Harkness has served as a home room representative for Student Council. He also served on the Senior Planning Committee, helping to organize prom and commencement.
This winter, he rang bells for the Salvation Army.
Harkness, the son of Jerry and Sue Harkness, has received a scholarship to attend Bethany College in Lindsborg.
LHS marketing teacher Helen Seeley has worked closely with Shorter.
"She is just a very mature young woman. I think she's going to definitely go far and be one of our leaders," Seeley said. "She always looks at the positive side of everything."
Shorter co-chaired a Valentine's Day fashion show that raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. The show was part of a civic consciousness project that took first place in a state marketing competition.
Shorter also is the president of her church youth group and president of the Black Student Union at LHS. She is one of five officers on the Senior Planning Committee, and she chairs the school's Minority Concerns Committee.
Shorter said her family's encouragement is a big reason she's so active.
"My mother's always telling me that I'm here for a purpose and that I have a goal in life," Shorter said. "It's really just showing people what Staci Shorter is all about."
Shorter, the daughter of Larry and Jo Ann Shorter, will be attending Grambling State University in Louisiana. She said she's interested in education and mass communications.
- For more on LHS graduates, see pages 1B, 8B, 9B and 12B.