Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Prize-winning grad to get ready for next stage

May 18, 2006

For most students, high school lasts four years.

To senior Guy Kirby Montgomery, it was all a blur.

"It's almost as if all the years of high school meshed into one high school year," Montgomery said.

Understandable.

From being crowned homecoming king to his aspirations as a documentary director and balancing part-time jobs, Montgomery has kept his high school career full to the bursting point.

The path he took through Eudora High School has brought him through the ranks of the the school's student council to become its president, helped him experience the highs and lows of two different sports and left him right behind a video camera.

"He's mastered a lot of programs ---- a Jedi of film," his friend senior Kyle Reynolds said.

When Montgomery was a sophomore, his cinematic work helped earn an award from KAN Film Festival for a documentary he made of his friends' attempts at building a shack.

Montgomery said he liked documentaries because they seemed more real and the events really happened to the people involved.

"Plus it's easier because I don't have to write a script," Montgomery said.

He also helped create and refine the school's video yearbook.

"It's really his ball game," Eudora High School English teacher Matt Bova said. Bova said he let Montgomery have control of the project. "I really just make sure the final product is school appropriate."

But despite Montgomery's packed schedule ---- including jamming with his rock band The Undeclared ---- he didn't let the academic side of the high school experience slip.

"No matter how busy you get, you just have to do the best you can," Montgomery said.

He recently won both an academic and valedictorian scholarship from Baker University. The valedictorian award is only given to those who rank first in the class after the seventh semester.

But to Montgomery ---- who is literally undeclared with plans to attend From page 1A

Rockhurst University ---- high school was a chance to relate.

"I'm just glad I've been able to work on the relationships with classmates and other classes," Montgomery said.

Although not for school, he helped pioneer a new way of relating his view of Eudora.

He created a podcast with Reynolds, or downloadable radio show, as a way to feature local bands and talk about his view of the city.

"We just talk about happenings in Eudora or local music," Montgomery said.

Montgomery attempted to work with various music programs to create his own hip-hop on the show.

Burgeoning rap stardom aside, Montgomery's constant involvement throughout his school groups helped make the video yearbook possible and in turn helped him refine his skills as a film maker.

"I want to keep going in film, but there's other things I want to do as well," Montgomery said. "I'm a busy guy."

His constant involvement helped him create a formula for success, Bova said.

"I think Kirby knows how to take a straight line toward his goals," Bova said. "He seems to be able to identify the most efficient path and doesn't let himself get derailed. He also cultivates a core group of reliable people who work with him, and I'm sure that helps."

Montgomery plans to take the summer off to backpack before heading to Rockhurst in the fall.

Montgomery, along with 73 other seniors, will graduate at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Eudora High School gymnasium.

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