Senior Matthew Herber had to work harder for good grades and success than his classmates.
A reading disability hasn’t stopped Herber, though. He is a hard-working student and devoted manager of the men’s basketball team for four years.
Herber, who is nominated for the Eagle Award, also won a Top Hat award this year as principal Jon Clark’s nominee.
Knowing the men’s basketball team was bound for success, Herber wanted to follow in his brother’s footsteps, becoming a manager for the Statesmen. Now, at the end of four years, he has a ring to show for it.
“Being team manager was so much fun. I really appreciate them (the men’s basketball team). They were so nice to me,” Herber said. By the end of his managing career, he said, he felt like a part of the team.
With a tactic involving colored pens and 1,500 flashcards per semester, Herber was also able fend off his difficulties in school. He will study elementary and special education at Missouri State in the fall.
Herber advised students to “get involved; it goes much faster. Take it slow, [and] have fun.”
Jenn Aguado, who nominated Herber for the Eagle Award, said, “He has spent the last four years putting forth a tremendous amount of effort to make sure he graduates with good grades, and he was able to keep focus even though he had a lot of academic struggles.”
Not only is Herber a resoundingly successful graduate; he’s a State champion.
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