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January 19, 2014

Positive attitude key for honored students


Woodward, Okla. — Shane Standerfer

If you’re looking for Shane Standerfer, you will be able to find him, even in a crowded room. Just look for his unique hair style.

But there is much more to Shane Standerfer.

Born in San Diego, Calif., to Marine, Chad Standerfer and Natasha Pickard, Shane learned early the benefits of being open to new people and experiences.

When his father returned to Woodward, he brought a well rounded and wiser than his years Shane with him

“My dad wanted to get back to his family and he wanted to raise me in a nice town,” Standerfer said.  "He just wanted to be with family and raise his family.”

Shane Standerfer brought with him a world or experience, including a musical ability that he almost immediately began to share with his community.

“I was raised to travel and see the world and interpret it as I see it and get my own understanding of it,” he said.  

He now lends that wide interpretation of it through his French horn and trumpet playing for the Woodward Community Band.

Of his most enriching moment, he recalls a time with his grandfather when the two shared a day at Balboa Park in California.

“I just remember going there that day and seeing a man who had no arms but had taught himself to play the guitar with his feet,” he said. “That has just stuck with me, that day in the park and seeing that street performer.”

Of his darkest moment, Standerfer mentions the night of the Woodward tornado. He said, while he was not personally affected, he still felt like this was the biggest catastrophe he had witnessed.

“I just remember going to bed that night, laying there and not knowing how much damage and just laid in bed thinking about it and how it was just a compete catastrophe,” he said.

Standerfer said those events can shake your faith, give you fear if you don’t remain focused in your faith and act in ways that help you get through it onto the other side. In his case, he said drawing close with his father, Chad and stepmom Amber Standerfer.

“To get over it, I spent a lot of time with the family and came closer together had fellowship with the family, friends and the church,” he said.  

Standerfer believes a positive mental attitude is important in life and in finding success.

“It’s like what Gary England said in his speech about envisioning himself getting what he wanted, keeping his eye on the goal,” Standerfer said.

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