By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo High School senior Nathan Oakes has accomplished much during his school career, including recent recognition as a National Merit Finalist.
That past success did not make the honor less meaningful Monday when Oakes joined seven classmates as Six-Year Rotary Scholars.
“I’ve thought about it during the past year,” Oakes said. “It is really cool to follow the Six-Year Scholars from past years who were all very smart.”
As it has done each year since the early 1980s, Tupelo’s Rotary Club recognized 182 of the city school district’s top students in grades seven to 12 in a meeting on Monday at the Summit Center.
Honored during the banquet were the top 30 students, plus ties, from each of the six grades. The eight seniors who had earned the honor every year were given special distinction as Six-Year Scholars.
Joining Oakes in that club were Madeline Alvis, Isabel Gray, Taylor Hilbun, Emily Johnson, Mellie McGehee, Danna Nobile and Taylor Walden.
Walden said time management is among the most important skills for success in high school. Asked about his advice for younger students who want to one day become Six-Year Scholars, Walden said they should be most concerned about giving maximum effort.
“If you do your best, don’t worry as much about the grades,” he said. “Doing your best should be the only thing you expect.”
The Rotary Scholars are selected based upon the grade-point average for the first three nine weeks of the 2010-11 school year. Extra weight was given for advanced placement, pre-advanced placement and accelerated classes.
Two extra points were given for each AP and pre-AP class, and one point was added for every accelerated course.
The students were given certificates and medals for their achievements, while the Six-Year Scholars received plaques.
“It is a tremendous honor for all of the students and their families,” said Tupelo High School Principal Lee Stratton. “They put in such hard work, and they are great representatives for our schools.
“We appreciate the Rotary Club for doing this. It is one of the highlights of the year.”
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