Youth Citizen of the Year awarded to Luke Bailey
As presented by Susan Swick, Groesbeck High School Assistant Principal at the Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce Banquet; Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Some might wonder how this young person is selected each year…our teachers vote for one senior through an anonymous online ballot that was sent out by me.
Today’s youth face many challenges and hardships that we did not even imagine when we were growing up. They no longer have to worry about competing at a local level, but due to the technologies that are leveling the playing fields throughout the world, they must compete globally in terms of both education and career opportunities. It is no longer enough that a young person is a good student and functions well in his or her local community, but he or she must now be adaptable in a world that changes daily.
I am very proud of the many students at GHS who are learning and demonstrating the skills to be successful in Groesbeck and beyond. Our Youth Citizen of the Year represents that group well and exemplifies a person who can make a difference in today’s world, and he is Luke Bailey. Luke has integrity and intelligence, achievement, and a good heart. He is a model student, son, and citizen. One teacher shared with me that she admires his constant drive to succeed and gain knowledge. One of his coaches describes him as the ultimate team player who puts others first. He is a high character athlete with a strong work ethic.
If I listed everything that Luke has been involved in or every award he has won, we would be here for a very long time; so instead, I’ll hit the highlights. Academically, Luke currently ranks second in his class with a 5.4 GPA. He has been on the Honor Roll and earned an Academic Blanket every year in high school.
Luke will also complete his Associate’s Degree through Navarro College and actually walk at their commencement ceremony three weeks before his high school graduation. He works as a tutor for Groesbeck University and our Fast Track program. He is a member of the UIL Spelling team that has advanced to the state competition every year he has been in high school, and we expect them to advance again this spring. He is also a member of the UIL Film team. Luke was nominated and selected to be a member of the high school’s Student-to-Student (S2S) group that is a mentoring program to welcome and provide a familiar face for new students to the district. He was elected by his peers to serve as a class officer for three years.
Sports have always been a part of Luke’s life since he was young. He has played football, track, powerlifting and his passion- the sport of baseball. So far during his high school baseball career,
he has been named Academic All-District each year; selected 1st team All-District outfielder and his team has advanced to regionals after earning the titles of District, Bi-District and Area champions.
School is not the only place he spends his time. Luke’s faith is ever-present in his life. He is active in the First Baptist Church Youth Group and participates in youth worship services on Wednesday nights through his musical talents. He has gone on several mission trips to help others and also volunteers his time each year at D-Now. He also serves as an officer of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) organization. The sponsor shared with me that Luke has a courageous heart; he spoke in front of over 100 of his peers about his faith. She said that he has demonstrated on numerous occasions his strong knowledge of the Bible and his actions reflect this.
Luke understands how to lead, but more importantly, he understands the virtues of servitude. Luke volunteers through school activities as well as those in the community; he has already earned over 40 community service hours through Blessings in October, Little Olympics, Food for Families, and singing and visiting at local nursing homes.
Luke currently plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall and major in the field of visualization through the Department of Architecture.
Luke is the son of Keri and Brandon Allen and Bill and Nicole Bailey.
Luke, it is my pleasure that we honor you tonight as Groesbeck High School Youth Citizen of the Year.