Teen on advantages of smaller school: 'It's good to be known'

April 06, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT - In a school with more than 3,000 students, it was hard for John Roberts Jr. to stick out.

When he moved from San Antonio to Williamsport before this school year began, he said it was a shock. Williamsport High School, where he is a senior, enrolls fewer than 1,000 students.

"I stick out more here," Roberts, 18, said. "Just because I do so much and people know me. I like that. It's good to be known."

He plays football, is in the school's show choir and even played a few roles in the spring musical, "Annie."

While involved in several extracurricular activities, Roberts said he also maintains a 3.5 grade-point average. In March, it was his good grades that had him in the spotlight.


He was selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), which recognizes academic excellence. The organization's national headquarters is in Atlanta.

More than 150,000 members from 15,000 high schools in 20 countries had been inducted into NSHSS. Qualified students are eligible for scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, members-only resources and participation in programs offered by educational partners.

Roberts said he was nominated for membership in the society based on credits he received at Reagan High School in San Antonio.

"It was just this year that I started doing stuff in high school," he said. "It was just because I felt that for my college resume it would be good, and I'm trying to be more active than I was previously."

Roberts said he has always been a good student, and he has continued to be on the honor roll at Williamsport. He expects to be on the honor roll again this semester.

"(Roberts) has been a wonderful addition to our school and a very dedicated student," counselor Randy Longnecker said. "He'll be very successful in his future endeavors."

Roberts said he plans to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities that come with NSHSS membership. He plans to attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and major in clinical psychology.

"It will just allow me to interact with people, which is something I like to do," he said.

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