Friday, May 20, 2011

Local Student Receives National Honors for Academic Achievement

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), based in Atlanta, GA, announced on May 12, 2011 the recognition of Greenville Senior High School Student Elizabeth Horner for her superior academic achievement.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that Elizabeth has demonstrated to achieve this level of academic excellence”, said NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. “Elizabeth is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future”.

As a member of NSHSS, Elizabeth will be a part of “our vision to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities,” stated by NSHSS President James Lewis. “We aim to help students like Elizabeth build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community”.

The Superintendent of Greenville City Schools, Susie Riegal, announced also in the April 19, 2011 Board of Education meeting that Elizabeth is vying for the National Merit Scholarship to be awarded in September 2011 after the selection index on the PSAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test placed her among the highest scoring 50,000 students of 1.5 million who entered the 2012 scholarship program. She was also recognized by the school board that night for “leading, instructing, and inspiring the ‘Power of the Pen’ Team to become better writers”, and for becoming a contributing writer of Inquirer.Net, Global Nation which is the e-line international news network of The Philippine News Inquirer, a national newspaper in the Philippines.

Elizabeth will be heading to Des Plaines, Illinois to be one of the guest speakers at the National Press Club Phil-USA event on May 28, 2011. She will be the flag bearer in the 2011 Graduation Ceremony at her school on June 4 for Class of 2011. This 11th grade student, who can’t wait to head for college, has agreed to take the leadership and be the editor of Teen Scribes until then, a local writing program. Elizabeth has also contributed articles to Darke Journal and Daily Advocate locally, Mega Scene and Asean Tribune in Illinois. Elizabeth sends this message to her peers, “We live in one of the greatest countries in the world, but it’s not perfect. It’s also for us, the youth of today, to inherit. A lot of the changes that will be made in the future, in this society, are going to be ours to make. Why not start in that path now? Why not make a positive impact in our community today! As the saying goes, ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’… you may just be the sharpest tool of all, always churning out new and young ideas. I invite you to join me. Write what you think and feel and let others read all about it”.

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