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Starkville High School senior Davis Richardson is recognized as a commended student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Richardson has earned this recognition by placing in the top 34,000 of over 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the PSAT.
â€śIt feels really good,â€ť Richardson said of his accomplishment. â€śI didnâ€™t really know what I was getting myself into when I took the PSAT.â€ť
Richardson, the son of Woody and Lynne Richardson, is not unfamiliar with doing well in school. He is consistently on the all-A honor roll and scored a 33 on the ACT. He is very involved in extra curricular activities such as thespian club, choir, Operation smile, National Honor Society and Interact Club. He is hoping his National Merit Commended status will make a great addition to his college applications.
â€śA lot of college applications have a place for National Merit status, and now I can check that and hopefully it will make it more desirable to colleges,â€ť Richardson explained. â€śIâ€™m applying to six different school, but plan to take a year off to participate in the Rotary Club exchange student program to travel to Italy.â€ť
Ranked at the top of Richardsonâ€™s top college choices are Emory, Wake Forest and Washington University in St. Louis, but is looking forward to traveling aboard to study history, art and language.
Richardson credits his parents with influencing him to take school seriously.
â€śThey didnâ€™t push me to where it was obnoxious, but they let me know what was expected of me academically,â€ť Richardson admits.
In school, Richardson names English teacher Sally Warren with being a mentor to him.
â€śSheâ€™s awesome, and I could also talk with her about anything on my mind,â€ť he said.
As for graduating and traveling to Italy, Richardson said he is most looking forward to â€śbeing in a completely different setting.â€ť
West Oktibbeha County High School senior Jeremy Brown is being recognized for scoring the highest score in his schoolâ€™s history on the U.S. history test.
Brown scored a 488 out of a possible 500, missing only two questions, on the history exam.
â€śHeâ€™s a great student and a great person,â€ť said Barbara Bracey, WOCHS history teacher. â€śHeâ€™s a model student and helpful in and out of the classroom. Heâ€™s very smart, and heâ€™s just a great kid.â€ť
The OCSD Supt. James Covington recognized Brown with a $125 check for his accomplishment.
Brown is a member of his school football team, a member of 4-H and is dually enrolled at East Mississippi Community College. He plans to attend Mississippi State University next fall.
Brown explained that his high school on the history test was due to him studying hard, paying attention in class and â€śpraying before the test,â€ť he laughed. He added that history is his favorite subject.
Brown also credits his mother for being a supportive parent.
â€śSheâ€™s a hard worker,â€ť Brown said of his mother. â€śEven as a parent, she is going back to college, and that has taught me to set goals and have standards for myself.â€ť
Jeremy is the son of Debora and James Brown.