Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In ExcellenceShane Davidson wants to make a difference.
A lifelong student of USD 215, the Lakin High School graduating senior is leaving behind a strong legacy of academics. He was on the principal's honor roll and maintained a 4.0 grade-point average for all four years with a Regent's Diploma. He was recognized as a student in the top 1 percent of Kansas as a Kansas Governor's Scholar, along with being a Kansas Honors Scholar and a member of the Gifted/IEP Program.
However, keeping a perfect GPA wasn't the only thing that occupied Davidson during high school. He was a three-sport athlete all four years, playing basketball, baseball and football. He also participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters during his senior year.
In a questionnaire provided to The Telegram, Davidson said his favorite class was chemistry. He said he liked chemistry because it allowed him to do "multiple cool experiments." On the opposite side of the coin, he said his least favorite subject was English because he did not like to write often, despite being able to write well.
Some of Davidson's hobbies include playing games because he said they allow him to show off his skills, though most of the time he finds himself playing sports.
"Sports, mainly basketball and occasionally baseball, are right at the center of my life," Davidson said. "I wouldn't know what to do without them."
Davidson said that his favorite memory was the relationship between him and his teammates, saying that there was nothing quite like being part of a team.
His advice to incoming freshmen was to get involved in as many clubs and activities as you can because they provide experiences that you can miss out on if you don't take part in them. He added that he realized in his senior year that he should have been in more activities, and that it is never too early to prepare for scholarships and college preparation.
For his fellow graduating peers, he said it was important to stay focused because there is a great deal of work to be done before they can become successful adults. He hopes to be remembered as a person who worked hard but knew how to "chill" and be a good friend.
Davidson plans on attending the University of Kansas to obtain a degree in civil, mechanical or petroleum engineering. He said he wants to pursue one of those careers so he can have a positive impact.
"I hope to make a difference in the world," Davidson said.
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