Newspaper recognizes Nelson for academic success at banquet
Lansing High senior Chris Nelson is accustomed to being recognized for his achievements on the soccer field and golf course, but on Sunday he was honored for his work in the classroom.
Nelson, a two-time state qualifier in golf and 2004 state medalist, was recognized as the LHS representative for the annual Scholar-Athlete of the Year competition by The Kansas City Star. Blue Springs (Mo.) High senior Louis Caputo was the overall male winner. Bishop Miege senior Katie Martincich was the girls' winner.
"It was really kind of surprising, but it was pretty cool," Nelson said of being selected to represent LHS. "I got to see some of the other kids who were not only athletes, but studied a little bit too. I don't claim to be Einstein or anything, but I certainly try to do good in school, so it was nice to see that those other kids are kind of like me."
Nelson said he had about a 3.8 grade-point average that, although impressive, was humbling compared to those of some of the other nominees who bolstered their GPAs by loading their class schedules with courses from their schools' honors programs.
"Compared to some of those kids there, I wasn't anywhere near them," he said. "They all had 4.4's, but just being there and seeing what kind of crowd you were involved with was neat."
Nelson said he still was undecided about where he would attend college in the fall, but he said he likely would choose between the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.