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January 19, 2014

Positive attitude key for honored students

Woodward, Okla. —  Two young recipients of the Woodward Chamber’s Student Citizen of the Year Award seem to be the very embodiment of what it means to be a real citizen.

Ashton Baggs, 16, and Shane Standerfer, 17, each are brimming with energy and seem to own that thing called a positive attitude, which individually they say is the key to their success.

Ashton Baggs

Baggs was born in Woodward to homemaker, Heather Baggs and her husband, Pride Transportation owner, Lonnie Baggs.

Baggs is involved with just about every club Woodward High School has to offer.

She serves in many community events through the Woodward FFA such as Crystal Christmas and numerous banquets.

She also looks forward to the National Food Drive during National FFA Week.

But her favorite and most meaningful activity, she said, is when she helps with the Little Sahara Special Olympics.

“I personally think it is uplifting to be able to help those kids and make them feel happy about themselves,” she said. “It makes me feel good to know they are having a good time.”

Of her most enriching life moment of late, Baggs said she has to say her long and hard won goal of earning her black belt in Karate wins the prize.

“I have had that goal for a long time and it was like the most uplifting personal experience,” she said.

Of her darkest moment in life, Baggs recounts a constant battle with the fear of failing, although she said she has overcome that fear by failing “a lot of times” and then getting up and continuing to try.

“I feel like it is important to be positive,” she said. “I have a journal with uplifting quotes and things I keep to myself and I read those inspirational quotes. So I just keep reading and pushing through it and then there is my quiet time, when I pray.”

Baggs plans to attend Oklahoma State University and hopes to enter the agriculture field, be a school counselor or go into politics.

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