By CALVIN PYNN
The National Society of High Scholars (NSHSS) announced Pulaski County High School (PCHS) student Ashton Gray has been selected to become a member of the organization.
According to a news release from the NSHSS, the society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.
“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that Ashton has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Nobel. “Ashton is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”
According to NSHSS President James W. Lewis, their vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities.
“We aim to help students like Ashton build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community,” said Lewis.
According to her stepfather, Dewane Bratton, Gray has been accepted to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and intends to eventually attend medical school.
“She is dead set on becoming a doctor,” said Bratton. “She set her mind to doing this stuff, and when she entered high school, she became a straight-A student. It’s just been unbelievable, to put it that way.”
Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items and publicity honors.