Top of the Class: Laura Felter

Friday, June 19, 2009
Kelly's Laura Felter. (Kit Doyle)

Laura Felter

School: Thomas W. Kelly High School

Hometown: Benton, Mo.

Parents: Zeno "Sam" and Jolene Felter

Post-graduation plans: I am going to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in agribusiness management.

High school: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA): vice president of national programs, president, Region 6 reporter; The National FFA Organization (FFA): reporter; National Beta Club; Physics Club; Chemistry Club; Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); Spanish Club; American Legion Auxiliary; 4-H: vice president; Catholic Youth Council (CYC).

Honors: Academic Achievement Award, George Washington Carver Award, Glory of Missouri Education Award, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen, Sikeston Elks September Student of the Month, Who's Who Among All American Scholars GPA: 4.0909

Favorite high school memory: I have too many memories to pick just one! I guess what first comes to mind are all of the crazy things that we would do on FCCLA and FFA trips, like drinking way too much Mountain Dew, playing Catch Phrase non-stop and chalking the windows on the van!

Summer plans: I am going to work with my dad on our farm, visit my brother and his family in Iowa and get ready for college.

What will you miss about high school? I'm going to miss seeing my friends every day, making Mr. Scherer's forehead vein pop out, missing school all the time for FCCLA and FFA activities, and just being able to be a kid.

Explain your prop: I brought an FCCLA emblem and gavel because I was our Chapter President for two years and my favorite part of serving as President was getting to bang on the gavel at meetings.

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I brought my FFA jacket because even though it's not very fashionable, I feel a sense of pride when I wear it.

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I brought my school jacket that I have had for the last four years because I have lots of pins and medals on it and I like how it clinks when I walk.

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