Travis Stilwell, principal of Stephenville High School, announced that SHS has a National Merit Commended Student - Charity King.

The 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program named one senior from Stephenville, and released a statement saying commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Although these students will not continue in the 2009 competition for National Merit Scholarships, commended students place among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“Recognition of academically talented students and the key role played by schools in their development is essential to the pursuit of educational excellence in our nation,” a spokesperson for NMSC said. “The young people named commended students have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance in this highly competitive program. We hope that this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and that they will continue to diligently pursue their professional goals.”

King, who is also a member of the Science Club and National Honor Society, has applied to Duke University and hopes to major in bio-medical engineering in the fall.

King is far from a one-sided student. Besides working hard on her studies, she is involved in cheerleading, track, and cross-country.