Lance Butler, a Paducah Tilghman High School senior, said he's always looking for a way to help others and be someone who makes a difference.
Aside from academic, athletic and extracurricular activities, Butler makes community service a priority. He regularly tutors his classmates in his college preparatory courses and his teammates in more traditional level courses.
During Butler's sophomore and junior years, he had the opportunity to work with a student who moved to Paducah from Guatemala.
"My Spanish teacher asked me to work with him directly as his English skills were very poor and my conversational Spanish skills were strong," Butler said.
"I helped him both in and out of class and often gave him rides home.
"I believe that I made a big difference during his time at Paducah Tilghman."
Butler said he credits the experience with not only improving his conversational Spanish, but also for the new friend he made in the process.
Butler, the son of Danny and Lori Butler, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.
Each Monday in the online edition and Tuesday in the print edition, The Sun features a teen selected from nominees submitted by guidance counselors throughout the region.
Near the end of the school year, one of the students profiled will be named Teen of the Year and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. An additional student will be chosen for an Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
Taking the most rigorous classes available at Paducah Tilghman and remaining ranked as one of the top students in his class, Butler has challenged himself academically throughout high school and it shows.
With a 4.350 GPA and a perfect score of 36 overall and in all subsections on his ACT, Butler has been named one of 203 National Merit Semifinalists in Kentucky.
"I have made academic achievement a priority in budgeting my time," he said. "I plan to study actuarial science and get a degree which combines finance and mathematics, the subject which I have a natural inclination toward and proven success in through multiple competitions and testing. I am currently narrowing down my choice of schools."
Butler is a member of the Academic Team, Student Council, Mock Trial Team, Beta Club and the competition Math and Science Teams. He also serves as president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, vice president of National Honor Society and treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America.
"I am also an intern for the Paducah Human Rights Commission," he said. "My time there has taught me to recognize differences many people overlook and to look for resolution when needed."
Butler is also a four-year member of the Tilghman football team. He was selected for both the All-Purchase Team as placekicker and for the AP All-State second team as punter last year. He earned the Top Prospect Award from Ray Guy/Prokicker camps last summer.
"I've developed a passion for kicking footballs and I have focused on that sport -- following in the steps of my two older brothers -- and I hope to be a part of my university's football team," Butler said.
As a Kentucky Governor's Scholar alumnus, AP scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, Butler values the opportunities he has to serve as a leader at his school.
"I have been provided the platform to lead not only as an officer, in many cases, but always through example," he said.
Despite his academic and athletic success, Butler still views his big, diverse circle of friends as his greatest accomplishment and credits much of his success to parents and older brothers.
"I am approaching an upcoming major crossroad as I decide which 'turn' to make in my life when choosing my college," Butler said.
"No matter my final destination, if I strive to continue to always help others, I am confident I will remain on the road to success."