LHS grad tapped for state PRIDE award
Chris Maxwell didn't win the 2005 Robert L. Ames Scholarship last spring from the Lansing Lions Club, but his resume impressed Kansas PRIDE officials enough that they awarded him one of their annual Youth Service Awards.
Maxwell, a 2005 LHS graduate, received the award Tuesday night during the regular monthly meeting of the Lions Club. George Smith, of Basehor, made the presentation on behalf of the state PRIDE association.
Maxwell earned the award through outstanding community service not only in Lansing, but among Indian communities in Montana, Colorado and other states, said John Bennett, a member of Lansing PRIDE Committee and the Lions Club. Maxwell had competed for the Lansing Lions Ames Scholarship earlier this year. Although not winning the scholarship, the service he performed in his community and country were thought by the Lansing PRIDE Committee as deserving of nomination for a Kansas State PRIDE award for Community Service, Bennett said.
Maxwell is one of only about five other youths from across the state of Kansas to be a winner of the award.
Maxwell's list of service to his community is extensive, Bennett said. It includes participating in an LHS Leadership fundraiser for the Leukemia Society, Late Night with Leukemia, Platte County Clean-up, Trinity Lutheran Church's mission trip to the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana, a fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center, Lansing Middle School Site Council, and he organized National Honor Society's tutoring of fellow students, in which Maxwell paired students who need help with their studies with high school tutors, ensured their class paperwork was completed, and validated that the students and tutors were indeed meeting.
Maxwell's experience includes having worked on a farm where he developed mechanical and computer technology skills, as an office aide and teacher's aide.
Maxwell is a freshman at the University of Kansas, where he is studying psychology.