Teen receives Academic Excellence Award

Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:49 - Written by Staff Reports

American State Bank named Robert E. Lee High School senior Lucas Stephens the latest recipient of the bank’s Academic Excellence Award.

Stephens, who is the fifth six weeks award recipient, has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked 12th in his class of more than 600 students.

A winner is chosen each six weeks of the academic school year from the nominations received during that time period, according to a bank news release.

Stephens plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been accepted into the McCombs School of Business.

Active at school and in the community, Stephens has participated in a variety of leadership programs including Texas Tech Camp LEAD, Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp, UT Tyler Emerging Leaders Conference and Leadership East Texas.

He also is part of the National Honor Society, Robert E. Lee Livestrong club, a Lee 7-on-7 summer football player and a Lee football team member, according to the news release.

His community service endeavors include volunteering at the Bullard Community Library, the Lee Livestrong Race for Cancer Awareness, the Lee CHISPA Global Car Washes to raise money for Latin American doctors and the Tyler historic homes tour.

Other leadership activities included serving as Spanish Club president and student project coordinator for a historical marker renovation.

His high school counselor, George Ann Reed, described him as exceptional, thoughtful, dependable, focused and committed.

As a student in Lee’s International Baccalaureate Program, he has established a strong academic background, she said.

He serves as a college ambassador at Lee and is available to help prepare for and assist with college representatives visiting the campus.

“He is not afraid of hard work and strives to put 200 percent of himself into each endeavor,” she said. “He has a true servant’s heart and gives unselfishly of himself, his time and his talents. Lucas continually challenges himself to go above and beyond expectations. With his ambition, maturity, and high moral standards, I am looking forward to celebrating his future successes.”

Stephens will be among the bank award recipients honored at a June banquet. The bank will name one overall winner from the six finalists and provide that student with a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.