Local student wins national scholarship

Local student wins national scholarship Laura Walton, a Vermillion High School senior and member of the Vermillion High School National Honor Society, has been named a recipient of a National Honor Society (NHS TM) scholarship sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Two hundred national NHS winners were chosen from among more than 8,000 applications. Each national winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

"It is so gratifying to have Laura recognized nationally for all the hard work that she did as president of NHS this year. Our group had a fantastic year, and I have no doubt it's because of her leadership. We are so proud of her," VHS teacher and NHS advisor Sharla Krell said.

Participating high school National Honor Society chapters from across the country nominated two senior high members to compete in this year's program. Winners were selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs; achievements in the arts and sciences; employment experience; and academic record. They also were required to write an essay.

"We are proud to recognize Walton, who has demonstrated not only academic excellence, but also excellence in service, leadership, character, and citizenship," said Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director, NASSP. "She is an excellent example of the high caliber students we have in our nation's secondary schools."

In recognizing leadership in cocurricular activities as well as academic performance, the NHS scholarship recognizes the importance of a well-rounded education. Cocurricular activities are an essential part of the school curriculum.

While at Vermillion High School, Walton has been the president of the school's NHS chapter, photography and yearbook editor for journalism, co-president of the Dream Team, a member of the SADD program, and involved in several service projects. This fall she plans to attend Augustana College.

Walton has also been a recipient of the Tom Steele Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), the First Bank and Trust Student of the Month Award ($100), the Augustana Leadership Award ($2,000), and an Augustana College grant ($31,200).

The National Honor Society (NHS TM) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS TM) are the nation's premier organizations recognizing outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS TM and NJHS TM are proudly sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

The NASSP � the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school leaders � also sponsors the National Association of Student Councils (NASC), which promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower student to serve their schools and communities.

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