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March 26, 2013

Stockton named Kiwanis Sophomore of the Year

DUNCAN — Ben Stockton enjoys helping others. But he was surprised to be recognized for his interactions in the community.

Stockton, a Duncan High School sophomore, was named Sophomore of the Year by the Duncan Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club.

“It was a really big achievement,” Stockton said. “I was shocked really. There was a lot of competition. There were a lot of people who deserved it.”

Earlier this school year, Stockton received, along with fellow sophomore Carly Kirkland, the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award. Among Stockton’s school involvement is Key Club, which is the student organization of Kiwanis Club.

Stockton, the son of Reggie and Julie Stockton, is the third of four children. He participates in SADD, Rotary Interact, Student Council and Multicultural Club. He is the president of the Sophomore Class.

He said Key Club drives him. He makes it a point to be at every meeting if possible.

“I really enjoy the people. We really tend to connect,” Stockton said about the club. “I really like the people in Duncan, not just in Key Club.”

It’s his appreciation for Duncan residents that helps give him purpose and direction in Key Club.

Some of the things he’s helped with since joining Key Club last school year include Kiddieland Park cleanup days, playing with the animals at the Stephens County Humane Society, Bark in the Park and helping to fold cupcake boxes for Valentine’s Day.

He said most of his involvement in the organization has been through the school, but has gotten him into the community. Stockton said he has also attended a few Kiwanis meetings, not just Key Club.

Stockton said Key Club provides a way for students to make a difference in their community. He said the award could have gone to any number of students, but he feels blessed to receive the recognition.

“I’m very, very proud,” Stockton said.

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