Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In ExcellenceAvory Stegman, a Hugoton High School graduate, has some advice for incoming freshman.
"Have fun and don't stress about assignments," he wrote in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram. "Teachers want you to succeed, not fail."
The high school senior, who graduated this spring with a 3.83 grade-point average, has attended Hugoton USD 210 schools all his life.
His list of activities and honors is long. He participated in football, basketball, track, choir and Leaders Making a Difference, a school club. Stegman also earned academic honors such as Eagle Honor Roll and Red and Blue Honor Rolls.
The Hugoton graduate said his favorite class during high school was college biology.
"We were a close-knit class that had a lot of fun in a 50-minute period," he wrote.
Earning six science credits as a graduate and being named a Kansas Scholar was also "pretty awesome" and is one of Stegman's fondest memories from high school.
In his free time, the graduating senior enjoys reading, working on his car, playing sports, hanging out with friends and spending time with his girlfriend, he said.
"I enjoy all these activities because they give me joy and keep me out of trouble," he wrote, jokingly.
Stegman said he wants to be remembered by fellow high school classmates as a "hard-working person that will go out of his way to help others."
"And brighten their days, if needed," he also wrote.
The graduate plans to attend Kansas State University with a career goal of becoming a physician's assistant, he said.
"I enjoy helping people, and I believe the best way I can is in he medical field," he wrote.
For his fellow graduates, Stegman also shared some words of wisdom as they embark on the next phase of their lives.
"Continue to work had and know that anything is attainable," he wrote. "Always stay positive in every situation, and know that there is always someone willing to help you."
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