Lucas Patton, a 2005 Morenci Area High School graduate, was among 46 students recognized as Presidential Scholars at Western Michigan University last month.
Each year faculty members select the most outstanding senior in their academic schools, departments and programs to represent their units as a Presidential Scholar, which is the highest academic award that can be earned by an undergraduate.
Patton is majoring in criminal justice and sociology and will graduate April 25. He was accepted at several law schools and has decided to attend Cooley Law School in Lansing. After he earns a law degree, Patton plans to work as a prosecuting attorney and eventually serve in the Michigan Legislature. He is an intern in the office of Judge Alexander Lipsey, in Kalamazoo County's 9th Circuit Court.
Patton was named to the dean’s list each semester during his college career and received the Kercher Award for academic excellence in his fields of study.
He is the son of Carl and Elaine Patton.