Lawrence High School students shine during the annual awards ceremony.
Among a class full of outstanding students, Lawrence High School seniors Riley Scott and Somer Easterwood stood out.
The two were chosen for the Kansas State High School Activities Association Citizenship Awards because of their dedication and commitment, assistant principal Willie Amison said during ceremonies Tuesday at the LHS auditorium.
"They're two of my favorite people," Amison said before announcing the award.
"I did not have any clue they were going to call my name," Easterwood said. "Now I'm all nervous and stuff."
Easterwood, who plans to attend Johnson County Community College next year on a basketball scholarship, said she understood the importance of the award.
"It tells me I mean a lot more than I thought I did to this school," she said. "It gives me a lot of pride."
In addition to athletics, Easterwood has been an active participant in distributive education (DECA).
She plans to study computer technology.
Scott said he knew something was up when a photographer asked him to step out into the hallway before the start of the awards ceremony.
"I knew I was winning something but I didn't think it would be this," he said. "It's incredible.
Scott was active in football, baseball, student council, National Honor Society and choir.
"It's a lot to live up to," he said of the award. "I know of some people who have won it in the past. I hope I can live up to their expectations.
Scott plans to attend Kansas State University to study education. He will walk-on to the football team there.
Scott and Easterwood were among more than 100 LHS seniors who received awards Tuesday.
Among the recipients were 21 art students who complied an impressive list of scholarships to universities and art schools from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City to the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco.
Kathleen Williams, superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools, encouraged the students to take their achievements to the next level.
"Continue developing yourselves in to the best human beings you can become," she said. "You hold all of our futures in your hands."
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