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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • New Honor Wall a tribute to LHS students

  • While Leavenworth High School's principal feels recognizing athletic achievement is important, he and other school officials were looking for a way to focus on academics and leadership.
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  • While Leavenworth High School's principal feels recognizing athletic achievement is important, he and other school officials were looking for a way to focus on academics and leadership.
    The result is the 21st Century Scholars and Leaders Honor Wall, which recently was unveiled in the main hallway of the high school.
    "We wanted to find a way to honor our top academic students and leaders," Principal Tom Barry said.
    He said the Honor Wall recognizes students' achievements from the year 2000 to the present in six categories.
    In the area of academics, the wall lists the names of Leavenworth High School students who were recognized as advanced placement scholars, National Merit scholars, and ACT scholars. There also is a category for perfect scores on the ACT college entrance exam.
    For leadership, the wall recognizes students who received appointments to U.S. military service academies as well as student council presidents.
    School officials plan to continue to add names each year, recognizing the achievements of students from the previous school year.
    Barry said the number of recognition categories also may expand over time.
    He said the Honor Wall project was initiated about two years ago by himself and a few teachers who wanted to do something to honor academics.
    The principal said there was a question about how to honor student achievements at a school that is 150 years old.
    "We don't have all the data going back (150 years)," he said.
    So, it was decided to focus on achievements from the 21st century.
    Money for the Honor Wall monument was raised through donations from staff and the community, including members of the Leavenworth High School class of 1973.
    Barry said $3,500 has been raised for the Honor Wall.
    It was unveiled during an Aug. 15 ceremony by two former Leavenworth High School students and the current student council president.
    In addition to honoring the achievements of past students, Barry hopes the Honor Wall will motivate current and future students.
    There are more than 200 names engraved on the Honor Wall, but Barry said some names are repeated in more than one category.
    One area of the Honor Wall that is currently blank is the category for perfect ACT scores.
    Barry said no Leavenworth High School student has had a perfect score on the exam during the 21st century.
    The last time it happened at the high school was in the 1990s.

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