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Garden City-Blake Stucky

Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In Excellence

During high school, Blake Stucky's most challenging class also was his favorite.

The class was calculus with Mr. Heaton.

"Mr. Heaton was an excellent teacher, and I am thankful to have been taught by him," Stucky wrote in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram.

Stucky, who recently graduated from Garden City High School, plans to attend Friends University and go through the pre-med program with a degree in health science.

"I chose this degree because I want to go on to medical school to become a physician and spend my life helping others," he said.

During high school, Stucky's hobbies included dirt biking, snow skiing and hunting.

"With these activities, I love the thrill, adventure and outdoors. My favorite sport throughout my life has been tennis," Stucky said.

Stucky said he also enjoys music.

"I also enjoy playing drums because I like music and playing on the praise team for my church," he said.

Stucky's favorite memory, he said, was this past tennis season.

"I was able to go to state with all five of my teammates — something that has never been done," he said.

Stucky has advice for incoming freshmen.

"I would tell incoming freshman to get involved in as many activities, clubs and sports as possible. High school is a time to find out who you are, what you like and what you want to do with the rest of your life," he said.

He said he wants to be remembered as a person with strong faith in God, who was full of integrity and kindness, and a person who always put forth his best effort.

He also has a message for his 2012 classmates.

"I know that each and every person graduating in the class of 2012 has their own goals and aspirations. My advice is to come to the realization with these goals and work hard and don't give up until you have succeeded in surpassing these goals. The years after high school are a time for us to grow up, form our own opinions, take responsibility, and go out into the world to make a difference. Within this, always remember to keep God first in your life, and you will be amazed by what you can achieve," he said.

Stucky's academic honors include National Honor Society, Hutchinson News Honor Team, National Scholar Athlete, Presidents Education Awards Program, Governor's scholar and Friends University Presidential Scholar.

He participated in Modern Show Choir, band, jazz band, drumline, football, tennis and National Honor Society.

Stucky maintained a 4.0 grade-point average throughout high school.

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