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Presley Buswell, 11, wears many different hats on a weekly basis to serve community

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Presley Buswell is a fifth-grader at Naas Elementary School. The motivation for many of the numerous tasks Presley Buswell occupies her time with is to help people. She never expects praise or recognition for good deeds and hard work, and that's what makes her the perfect candidate for The Post's monthly student spotlight.

"Presley's a really conscientious student," said Principal Kimberly Brooks. "She's one who puts forth her best effort in everything she does. She's a student who's a quiet shining star. She's not looking for acknowledgement, yet she does a lot to help peers, adults and the community."

A fifth-grader at Naas Elementary, Buswell has several responsibilities in and out of school. At Naas she helps with garbage duty and in the Cubs Corner bookstore organizing books.

"I like to help and I try to be positive," Buswell said. "(My school jobs) teach you what you're going to have to do when you're older. Every day you have to sign in and sign out and work with a team. I love it. I like the opportunity to help our janitor out and it gives me time to be with my best friend and be helpful."

Outside of school, when she's not studying and doing homework, Buswell also dedicates time to raising and showing goats, sheep and rabbits and sewing for 4-H. She also plays basketball, cheers and plays soccer.

"I ride the bus and I'm the last one off, so I make it my mission to finish my homework on the bus," Buswell said. "I do like staying busy. I get bored easily. It's fun and I make a lot of good friends. It's important for us to have time to do what we need and what we want to do, too."

Besides playing on a soccer team, Buswell also plays with Top Soccer, a program to connect neuro-typical kids with those with differing levels of ability and help them learn the game.

"You get a bond with those kids who might not be treated well at school," she said. "My buddy brings me a vest to wear because they like vests and it makes me feel good that I get to help them."


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