Connor Lane

Parents: David and Andrea Lane

Class Rank: 5th

Type Course: n/a

School: Washington High School

Sports: Cross Country, Track, Swimming, Wrestling

Part I – Athletics

(Must participate in at least two varsity sports)

Sport: Cross Country, No. Years 4, Varsity Letters 4

Sport: Track, No. Years 4, Varsity Letters 4

Sport: Swimming, No. Years 1, Varsity Letters 1

Sport: Wrestling, No. Years 2, Varsity Letters 1

What special awards did this candidate receive as an athlete?

n/a

Statistics:

Best 1600 time in track: 5:25; Best 3200 time in track: 11:43; Best 5k time in Cross Country: 18:36

Part II – Scholastic

What is the candidate’s cumulative average?

Grade point average: 3.98

Scholastic Awards: (National Honor Society, for example):

Academy of Scholars, 6 years; American Legion County Americanism and Government Award; Nationally Commended Merit Scholar (pSAT)

School-related projects (State Science Fair, library/office assistant, for example)

Participant in several community fundraisers through the Business Administration and Management Class. Fundraisers benefited local nursing homes and the Washington High School special education class.

Part III – Leadership

List membership in and/or leadership roles held in any club, church, community or school organization.

(Also not community projects)

Two year staff member for Vacation Bible School at Grace United Methodist Church; Taught science to elementary age students at Carnegie Public Library; 4 year member of Washington High School Marching Band and Concert/ Symphonic Band; 2 year member of Quick Recall (a trivia game) at Washington High School; 2 year member of DECA (a business competition) at Washington High School.

Coach’s comments concerning leadership abilities

I have had the privilege of coaching Connor in track this season. Connor has been a member of the varsity boys track team for four years. Connor participates in three of the hardest events every single track meet. The 4 x 800 relay, the 1600 and the 3200. I think what separates Connor from other student-athletes is his positive attitude and work ethic. Connor shows up every single day with the attitude of getting better. I believe that the the best form of leadership is leading by example and Connor displays that every single day. I know that every time Connor steps on the track, that he is going to give his very best effort. It has been an absolute pleasure to coach such a wonderful young man.

– Corey Dye

Connor is a joy to coach. He works hard. He asks questions. He doesn’t quit.

This was my first year coaching Connor, and he brought an positive attitude to every practice and meet. He was willing to swim any event, and consistently swam the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke events. He also volunteered to swim the 500 freestyle, and any relays he could help with. He was often the first swimmer on deck and the last to leave, after all the equipment was put away. Sometimes he’d still be working on his technique in a lap lane after practice was over. His extra efforts paid off this year, and he earned this season’s Most Improved Swimmer award.

No matter how difficult practices get, he always has a smile ready for anyone who interacts with him.

– Katie Kasberg

Connor began his freshman year of high school during my first year in my second stint as cross country head coach. It was clear to me that he was going to be someone I can lean on for leadership by example. He put his heart into each workout and became someone that I could rely on for feedback and advice. On meet days, Connor emerged, throughout his career, as an athlete whom I could trust to be the student “coach” while we coaches were out on the course for the other races.

As for his performance, Connor was a Top 5 runner on our boys’ team for each of his 4 years in high school which made him a 4 year letter winner. Additionally, he won the Most Improved Runner and Coach’s Attitude Award for our program.

Cross country is a very difficult sport in which few students are willing to participate, not to mention excel. However, Connor excelled and made our program better for having participated. He left his mark as a leader and performer, and we will miss his contribution to our program.

– Ryan Day

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