Craig Lamb has worked and succeeded throughout high school at being a well-rounded and complete student.
The Calloway County High School senior stays busy with multiple athletics, a tough academic course load with Advanced Placement and college-credit courses, clubs and part-time employment.
"I've worked hard to put together a well-rounded resume because colleges don't want someone with just a bunch of AP classes who is a robot," he said. "I tried to get involved in a lot of different things."
Lamb, son of Darren and Charmaine Lamb, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Each Monday, the Sun features a different MCU Teen of the Week selected from nominees guidance counselors throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois submitted to the Sun. Mid-Continent University will provide each Teen of the Week with a $2,500 annual scholarship to its university, which is renewable for four years.
In the spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners. The Teen of the Year is eligible for a full four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent or a cash award of $2,500, paid through the Paducah Sun, if the student selects another college to attend.
Lamb has played four years of varsity football, at cornerback and running back, and was the team captain. He also has run sprints on the track team for two years. He received the National Athletic Achievement Award for his success at juggling time commitments for the football team and club participation while maintaining a high grade-point average.
He said one of his favorite moments occurred on the football field, when Calloway County High beat Caldwell High in the season opener during his junior year. Lamb said the game was an up-tick in the program and served as notice to other regional schools about Calloway's new, improved team.
The 3.56 GPA student is the recipient of the most outstanding/top grade honor in several classes, including Introduction to Chemistry, Introduction to Physics, Spanish II, Algebra II and U.S. World History. He was inducted into the National Honor Roll Society this year. Lamb will graduate with 24 hours of college credit and has taken two introduction classes at Murray State during his senior year.
He was selected for the Leadership Tomorrow program, which teaches high school students about operations and services in their local community, during his junior year. Through the group, Lamb served as an interviewee about the choices and behaviors of high school students in Murray after the city was named Friendliest Small Town.
He has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) all four years and qualified in both clubs for state tournaments. Lamb said each club imparted on him valuable lessons and skills that will help facilitate his future development and success.
"FBLA helped me be a well-rounded person and gain knowledge for my future business life and FFA allowed me to have fun, meet new people and gain leadership skills," he said.
Lamb has stayed busy outside of school with part-time jobs landscaping and working at a car wash as well as volunteering through the youth group at his church Westside Baptist Church in Murray, sorting donations for the Angels Attic Thrift Store and giving his time during the summer months for the Rotary Club of Murray feeding program.
He also participated in the three-week Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State last summer and took introduction to law and other university courses. His love for the law class along with his current part-time job as a clerk and researcher at the WCA law firm in Murray helped Lamb carve out his niche and interest in the legal profession.
Lamb, who lists agriculture as his favorite class, plans to attend Murray State University to pursue an agribusiness degree and then attend the University of Kentucky in Lexington to obtain a law degree. He hopes to eventually return to the western Kentucky area and open his own law practice.
"I'm working to set myself on the right track for success in my future life," he said. "I'm excited for the next step of college and ready to get done and get out there and starting practicing law."
Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.
Teen of the Week
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