Larissa Liska named 2010 Caller Times-Citgo Distinguished Scholar for Service and Leadership
by Rita Arnst
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Larissa Liska (center) of George West High School received the 2010 Caller Times-Citgo South Texas Distinguished Scholars Award for Service and Leadership from Larry Elizondo, Citgo manager of government affairs/public affairs, and Darrell Coleman, Corpus Christi Caller-Times publisher, at a banquet held on Oct. 30 in Corpus Christi.
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George West senior Larissa Liska recently learned she was a Caller Times-Citgo Distinguished Scholar in the Service and Leadership category.

In that same week, Liska was accepted to the University of Texas at Austin School of Communication. She is on the varsity volleyball team and they won the first game of playoffs last Thursday.

However, keeping busy is not unusual for Liska. Her college résumé is seven pages long and it only outlines the activities, sports and volunteer projects in which she participates.

This past summer Liska was a lifeguard for the City of George West. Since 2007, she has been a volunteer nursery worker at Oakville Baptist Church. Not only does she help care and read to infants and toddlers, she also assists them with fine motor activities such as play dough, puzzles, coloring and cutting. Each summer she has helped the George West Primary as a summer school teacher assistant.

At school Liska has been in student council since 9th grade. She started off as secretary. In 10th grade she was vice president, in 11th grade she was a student representative, and this year she is president. She has been in the National Honor Society for two years and this year she is the public relations officer.

She has also been in Business Professionals of America for the last two years and this year serves as secretary.

Liska participates in several scholastic and athletic UIL events and this year she is the UIL Club president. She is in prose interpretation and in athletics she participates in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She is also a volunteer referee for Youth Soccer and Little Spikers Volleyball.

Liska has been in Future Farmers of America (FFA) throughout high school. She competes in Creed Contest at district and area level as well as FFA Chapter Conducting and Soil Stewardship.

Each year Liska participates in the Live Oak County Fair with baked goods, arts, crafts, sewing and exhibits goats, market steers, sheep and rabbits. She also exhibits at the Houston Livestock Show and the San Antonio Livestock Show.

Liska has been in 4-H for 10 years. She is currently president of the George West 4-H Club, president of Live Oak County 4-H Club and youth advisor of District 12 4-H. Over the years she has competed and won several county, district, tri-district and state awards. She also participates in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) contributing to several projects and fundraiser activities.

Throughout high school, Liska has led and organized several fundraising activities including “Pennies for Change,” in which she raised $500 to send to M.D. Anderson Cancer patients.

She is in several clubs, including the Physics Club and Spanish Club. With all that and more, Liska maintains all A’s and is the top 10 percent of her class.

Last year five George West High School students and two Three Rivers students were named Corpus Christi Caller-Times Distinguished Scholars. This year only Liska earned the honor for the entire county. “We went to the banquet on Saturday [Oct. 30], and learned Larissa was the only winner from Live Oak County. Larissa is a blessing and we are very proud of her,” said her mother, Rosemary.
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