Rotary Good Citizen: Douglas Banks Jr.

Doug Banks

Doug Banks

Douglas Banks Jr. of Naples has been selected as the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club’s “Citizen of the Month” for November.

Each month, the Rotary Club recognizes a Lake Region High School student who displays good citizenship and contributes to the school community. The recipient is honored at a Rotary breakfast meeting and is presented a monetary gift.

Parents: Doug Banks Sr. and Crystal Feeney

Student organizations: Teens Without Borders, Varsity Club

Sports teams: Football, basketball, baseball

Activities, hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, watching, reading and playing sports and listening to music

What do you like most about school, why? What I like about school is that it is a friendly environment to learn and become a better person.

What is your biggest challenge in school? Being distracted in class. There’s a lot going on during my senior year and it’s hard not to start thinking about other things while doing my current work.

What is your favorite subject, and why? Teens Without Borders because it brings out everybody’s inner good and allows us to speak our minds on how to make our community better.

If you could change one thing about school, what would it be (and why)? More student recognition when it comes to sports, band, etc.

What characteristics do you believe a good teacher should possess? The ability to listen and be able to compromise with a student because their subject is not the only subject we’re working and studying on.

What goals did you hope to achieve during your high school days? A goal of mine was to become the starting quarterback of the varsity football team.

What do you hope to do in the future in terms of career, and why are you headed in that direction? I hope to become either a sports journalist or a play-by-play announcer, because sports have always played a big part of my life and I know that I can’t play them forever, but being able to write or talk about sports would evolve me into a better person than what I am today.

What do you think it will take to be successful in the future? Three things: patience, determination, leadership. Patience to be able to wait for your shot, but work on who you are while you wait. Be determined to be the best in what you’re at. And when you achieve your goal, you need to take control of it and lead it to a success.

What lesson have you learned while at Lake Region High School that will help you in the future? “To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think — spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day,” — Coach Jim Valvano.

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