Although he only lived in Sheridan during his junior and senior years, this week’s Summit Award winner Grant Baxter enjoyed a wealth of opportunities. From school activities, university studies, internships and national recognitions, Baxter has excelled.
While carrying a 3.98 GPA, Baxter has a full load of Advanced Placement courses this year: AP English, AP World History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science, Government and Politics compared AP, AP AB calculus and AP psychology. When describing SHS and Sheridan, Baxter describes it as a community unlike anything he has known.
“There’s an underlying theme of common good and mutual understanding that brings us together,” Baxter said.
Baxter actively seeks opportunities in which to grow and learn. This can be seen in the myriad of activities and clubs in which he brings his expertise. These include Speech and Debate, Student Council, We the People, Rotary’s Interact Club, Model United Nations, Sources of Strength, and Future Business Leaders of America. Baxter won first place in all four of its FBLA events in state competition and qualified for the Nationals in Chicago later this year.
Additionally, an internship at Morgan Stanley virtually connects Baxter with 100 students twice a week.
Baxter English teacher, debate coach and mentor for We the People at SHS, Kim Ferguson, praised the elder’s accomplishments.
“Grant Baxter is an exceptional young man and clearly on the path to success,” Ferguson said.
She cited the following to support her assessment: “Specifically, as the current chair of my Speech and Debate team, Grant connects team members with his focused and inclusive leadership style. He brings organizational skills, enthusiasm and a positive attitude to the team while encouraging members to reach their full potential by trying new events while perfecting those they are comfortable with. Grant’s undying optimism has been essential for the team, especially during this pandemic – whether we competed in person or virtually – Grant encouraged everyone to stay involved and work hard to achieve their individual goals and to team.
When asked to name his outstanding educator, Baxter named Ferguson as his pick.
“When you meet Ms. Ferguson, you can instantly tell she loves her job,” Baxter said. “As an educator, she goes out of her way to help students academically while fostering a welcoming environment. Ms. Ferguson continues her contribution to our school as a senior debate sponsor and assistant for We the People. I can say without a doubt that Ms. Ferguson plays a vital role in the prosperity of her students.
Most recently, Baxter completed a two-week internship in Cheyenne with the Wyoming Legislative Assembly. As an intern for Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, Baxter expressed how impressed he was with the dedication and work ethic demonstrated during the legislative process by everyone he met.
“As one of only eight high school students mingled with the group of junior and senior students, Grant matched their ability in research and writing skills,” Zwonitzer said. “Beyond his academic abilities and accomplishments, Grant also possesses a strong moral compass. He is sincere, compassionate, hardworking and highly intelligent.
Baxter would like to thank Sherry and Jason Reilly, Heather and Dave Berry, and Amy and Steve Leonard for the support and guidance he received while living in Sheridan.
Baxter’s future goals include attending Columbia University majoring in political science and economics.
This spring, he received a scholarship from the highly competitive Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation as the only recipient from Wyoming.
Academics for All salutes this remarkable student and wishes him well for the future.