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Dighton-Hannah Speer

Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In Excellence

Hannah Speer's favorite memory of high school was creating history with her volleyball team by making the school's first ever trip to state.

"Everyone is going to remember us for that," Speer wrote in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram. "And it was so cool to make a name for ourselves in little ole Dighton."

The Dighton High School graduate spent all 13 years of her schooling in USD 482, graduating with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. Her other academic merits included four years on the All-League Academic Team and Honor Roll, as well as being a Governor's Scholar and KU Honor Scholar. She plans on attending Fort Hays State University to major in agriculture with an emphasis on animal science, and to someday work with either genetics or preventing disease.

When she wasn't hitting the books, Speer was a three-sport athlete all four years, playing volleyball, basketball and running track. She also participated in the student council, Scholar's Bowl, band, Future Farmers of America and 4-H.

Speer enjoyed college algebra because she enjoyed the challenge and sense of accomplishment from solving a problem correctly. However, her favorite class in high school was band because she loves music and playing music.

"It was a class that let me cut loose a little and let me express myself," Speer said.

That love of music transcends the classroom as Speer said she also likes to play piano in her free time. She said that no matter what, playing piano makes her happy and is a peaceful and relaxing activity.

Incoming freshmen would do well to always complete their homework, Speer said. She said to work hard to get good grades because they will get students far once they finish high school. She added that freshmen should make the most out of each day and not lament their graduation dates. By doing so, Speer said, students can miss out on making many memories and friends.

She said that she wanted her graduating class to persevere and to know that failures in life often can lead to success.

As Speer leaves high school behind, she wishes to be remembered as a person who earned the accolades she achieved.

"Nothing came to me very easily, and hard work made my success that much sweeter," Speer said.

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