BRIDGE CITY HIGH SCHOOL JANUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH KEAGAN SMITH
Last updated 1/14/2020 at Noon
The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that the January Student of the Month for Bridge City High School is Keagan Smith. Keagan was presented his certificate and gift bag by Ambassador, Rani Dillow, Loan Originator for Westin Mortgage Group, at the January Networking Coffee hosted by Orangefield ISD. He received gift certificates and gifts from: COS Printing, Wellspring Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Neches Federal Credit Union, Bridge City Walmart, Bridge City Bank, 5Point Credit Union and Candace Mulhollan RE/MAX ONE.
Keagan is the son of Brad and Johnna Smith. He is ranked #9 of 165 with a GPA of 4.48. Keagan’s Awards and Honors include:
- National Honor Society
- UIL Regional Qualifier Academic Team - Social Studies and Current Events
- 3X All-Region Saxophonist
- State Solo and Ensemble Superior Performance
- TMEA Area Qualifier
- Youth Leadership of SETX Alumni
Keagan’s Clubs and Organizations include:
- Jazz Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Marching Band – Section Leader
- UIL Current Event and Social Studies Academic Team - President
- Student Council – City Council Representative
- YLSET – Stable Spirit Hurricane Harvey Recovery
- BC City Council – “Trees for Bridge City” Project
Tami Goss, Director of Bands, said, “Keagan has been an irreplaceable member of the Bridge City Band for seven years. He is a wonderful student, an outstanding student leader, and a gifted musician. He will leave a legacy for his younger peers to maintain, and his character is second to none. He has been a pleasure to know and work with over the years.”
Shannon King, Social Studies Chair, UT OnRamps/APUSH, UIL Academic Coordinator, said, “Keagan’s impressive record of community service impresses me the most out of all of his accolades.
Keagan participated as a member of the 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Team for Southeast Texas (Y-LSET); this program encourages students to develop leadership skills with a call to civic action.
Each high school group is tasked with developing and presenting an idea for a community service project.
Keagan’s team initiated a project designed to aid Stable Spirit, equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP), with their recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.
The team volunteered in numerous ways during the 2019 spring semester and learned valuable skills while working as a unit to help a physically challenged child overcome challenging tasks and grow in confidence.
Additionally, Keagan’s team raised several thousand dollars, later given to Stable Spirit so that they could purchase items and supplies, and they coordinated a community workday to help rebuild damaged fences and clean the facilities.
I am inspired by Keagan’s compassion and service to others; this servant attitude will carry Keagan far in life, and enable him to make new connections and learn new skills to help him face and conquer the unique challenges he is sure to face as he begins college.”
Hannah Landry, Math Teacher, said, “I had the honor of teaching Keagan his junior year in PreAP PreCalculus. He was a joy to teach and watch him grow as a math student over the school year. His family has instilled strong morals in him which is evident in his character. He has a positive attitude, a kind heart, and shows great respect for those around him. He is a pleasure to work with, and I miss having him as a student! He will succeed in whatever he sets his mind to because of his strong work ethic and intelligence!”
After graduation, Keagan plans to attend the University of Texas Austin and pursue a degree in sports management.