Two SSHS seniors recognized for intelligence, writing skill

From Staff Reports

Oct 1, 2007 - Two Sulphur Springs High School seniors will be putting down some prestigious honors when filling out their scholarship applications this year.

Staff Photo by Angela PItts

SSHS Principal John McCullough (right) recently presented awards to seniors Kaylon Page (left) and Allison Hefner. Page has qualified for the National Achievement Scholarship Program and Hefner has been honored as an outstanding writer in the 2007 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing by the Nation Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Kaylon Page has qualified for the National Achievement Scholarship Program, and Allison Hefner was honored as an outstanding writer in the 2007 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing by the Nation Council of Teachers of English.

Page is among 3,000 outstanding National Achievement Scholarship Program participants being referred to U.S. colleges and universities. He scored in the top 5 percent of 140,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2008 National Achievement Program when he took the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A roster of the students’ names, high schools and tentative college major choices will be sent to about 1,500 colleges universities.

�Participants being referred to higher education institutions have shown academic promise but will not continue in the competition for Achievement Scholarship awards,� Robert T. Carter, NASP director of operations, wrote in a letter to the high school principal.

NASP also sent a certificate honoring Page’s achievement. Page was presented the certificate by SSHS Principal John McCullough Friday.

NASP program was initiated in 1964 “to honor academically promising Black American high school students.”

Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT later this month can denote whether they want to be considered for evaluation for the 2009 program.

SSHS senior Allison Hefner was one of 30 students in Texas to be recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English. Across the country, only 595 high school seniors were named outstanding writers through the NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing program.

To be considered, students had to be nominated in their junior year of high school located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Canada or American schools abroad. Nominated were 1,937 students this year.

A team of English teachers from across Texas judged Hefner and other Texas students’ writing samples which was to include “their own best prose or verse or on impromptu themes that are written under supervision.” The teachers were instructed to look “for writing that demonstrates effective and imaginative use of language to inform and move an audience.”

Students and schools get certificates, and both names are noted on the NCTE website. Students also receive cards to include with their college applications. Congress and chief state school officers also receive letters with the students’ names and schools.

The program was established in 1957 to encourage high school students to write and to “recognize publicly some of the beset student writers in the nation,” according to information provided by NCTE.

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