Leander High School senior Kaley Jones, recognizing Gregory Shaw:
"Mr. Greg has been one of the most influential people in my life, even if I have only known him for two years. I first met him my junior year when we realized he has known my family since I was young. From that point on, I can confidently say I have talked to him almost every school day possible. Mr. Shaw is one of those people that can talk for ages about any subject imaginable and he inspires me everyday to learn about the world, no matter what the topic may be. His passion to teach is unwavering and I could not ask for anything more in a mentor. He has always been there for me and other students, making me believe his job description does not do justice to the time and effort he puts forth. I would not be the person I am today without Mr. Shaw’s guidance."
Leander High School senior Katie Doil, recognizing Shelby Kenyon:
"Mrs. Kenyon has greatly influenced my life by starting me off on my Interior Design career. She always gives me feedback on how to improve my work and become more professional. She has taught me to go from a casual high school student to a formal, young business woman. She has been there for me and given me excellent advice in academic, personal, and business situations. She has taken me under her wing."
Leander High School senior Lauren Presley, recognizing Robert Selaiden:
"The power of our influence often gets taken for granted. A simple hug, smile or joke for someone else can lead to one selfless act, to another and another. In one day, one could spark so many of these reactions so that the world we wake up in the next day, is one more joyous and positive than the last. Mr. Selaiden is a person who realizes this influence, and chooses to make sure his students feel love, encouragement, happiness and support day after day. The result of which, is an environment where students don’t feel afraid to be wrong, aren’t afraid to fail and can give their best each day, knowing they have a such a strong leader in their corner guiding them. In this environment, I have learned to look at failure as a way to grow, how to be my best in my darkest moments, how to look at differing perspectives as a betterment to my own, how to disagree to find a better solution and most of all, learn to be someone others can rely on. My world, like many others, is forever bettered because no matter the circumstance, I can always turn to Mr. Selaiden for a hug and he will always tell me he believes in me."