Katie Patrick takes January senior honors
The Perkins County Senior of the month honor has been awarded to Katie Patrick, daughter of Miguel and Alicia Patrick.
Throughout her high school career, Patrick has been involved in numerous activities including cheerleading, cross country, One Acts, musicals, speech, track, FFA and National Honor Society.
Through those activities, Patrick has earned the honor of being the cheerleading captain her senior year, qualifying for state speech where she medaled both her sophomore and junior years, and was also a State FFA qualifier her freshman year.
Patrick was also the Speech District Champion her junior year.
“I am most proud of my speech success I have had over my three years of high school. I have done persuasive speaking all three years. I am very passionate about speech and I think it is a great activity....I put a lot of time and effort into speech and it really does pay off...It doesn’t matter what it is in life, if you put the time in and you succeed it always feels so good,” Patrick said.
Outside of school, Patrick is an active member of the community, participating in 4-H, and serving as a Red Cross certified lifeguard in the summers. She is active in her church as well where she participates in youth group and helps with the vacation Bible schools.
“I am so blessed to be able to have grown up in this community. Growing up in a small town like this has impacted me in so many ways. You always know there is someone in this town who cares about you and will help you if you are in need. I love that everyone is friendly and nice to each other. Living in a small town is really like having a huge who will always look out for you. You really realize the value of friendship,” she said, adding “I really strive to give back to my community. I especially like to help out with the youth. I am a lifeguard so I spend all of my days in the summer with the kids.... I also help with the vacation Bible school because have fun and learn about God...If you ask me, I believe one of the best ways to help out our community, is to help with the youth. After all, they are our future...I really strive to be a good role model for them to look up to.”
Patrick has been employed with the Country Gardens Greenhouse since 2012 and with the Grant Swimming Pool since 2016.
“As of right now, I am thinking I would like to go into communications,” Patrick said of her future and college. She is interested in attending either UNK or Nebraska Wesleyan to pursue a degree in communications to work in public speaking and/or writing speeches.
For being selected Senior of the Month, Patrick’s picture will hang in the lobby of Pinnacle Bank in Grant. She will be eligible for a scholarship awarded at the end of the school year. The Student of the Month and scholarship program are sponsored by Pinnacle Bank of Grant and members of the community.