Washburn Rural Student Recognized For Outstanding Leadership

By: Sarah Plake
By: Sarah Plake

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- One local high schooler strives to be a good leader for youth, and he has a medal to prove it.

Luke Garrsion was awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award at his 4H meeting April 11.

He created a project for 4H events, the "Minute to Lead It" course, that taught youth important leadership skills through one-minute activities.

Luke, a senior at Washburn Rural, said he started out with a presentation, but decided that wasn't the best way to teach kids the value of leadership.

"Not only is it great to get the award, but more importantly, that the kids would have the experience to learn the different leadership skills because that's just so vital in today's world," Luke said, "4h and the program I kind of ran taught the leadership that kids are missing out on in schools."

Luke was one of two kids in the state to receive the medal.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

The honorees are selected based on criteria like personal initiative, effort, impacct and personal growth.

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