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Hugoton-Laton Heger

Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In Excellence

Graduating senior Laton Heger hopes he is remembered by his fellow classmates as a good role model — one who kept his priorities in check.

"I want them to know that they can ask me for anything in the future because we will always be the Hugoton High School Class of 2012," he wrote in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram.

Heger, who graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average this spring, said he plans to attend Kansas State University next fall. His plan is to major in entrepreneurship and minoring in leadership studies.

The student-athlete, who has spent all his school years in USD 210, played basketball and golf and ran cross country and track, in addition to playing in the school band.

Winning runner-up as part of a team at a state cross country meet was one of Heger's most memorable moments of his senior year, he said.

Playing basketball is also one of his favorite pastimes, the graduating senior said. When he's not on the court, he enjoys running, too.

"It gives me time to think and relieve stress," Heger wrote. "I also love reading books that keep me on the edge of my seat and watching movies that make me laugh."

Heger made the Eagle Honor Roll list all eight semesters of high school, earned a Fly Like an Eagle award, and has been a recipient of the Kansas Honor's Student and Governor's Scholar Award.

"My favorite class was government because of what an awesome teacher Coach Rod is," he wrote. "My least favorite class was College Algebra, simply because of how difficult it was."

During his school years, the Hugoton graduate also participated in 4-H for 11 years and has been a member of the student council.

He also served as treasurer for the Future Business Leaders of America and vice president of the National Honor Society.

For incoming high school freshman, Heger said it's important for them to know to be involved with activities, clubs and sports.

"Work hard at your grades because you'll be thankful when filling out scholarships as a senior," he wrote.

As for his fellow graduates, Heger has some words of wisdom to share with them, as well.

"Have a strong work ethic," he wrote. "Keep your values and standards high."

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