With a goal to be an engineer in the future, Caleb Lockamy is making strides in his future through academics.
The Midway High School senior was recently named a Commended student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lockamy feels that it’s an important recognition.
“It shows that I worked hard and that I studied the whole time that I’ve been in high school,” Lockamy said. “I’ve done everything that I can to be the best that I can be, academically.”
According to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the United States are being recognized for their academic promise. Although, Lockamy will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, he placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Along with being in the top percentile, Lockamy’s the achievement will probably help with college enrollment and acceptance.
“I knew it was an important test,” he said regarding preparation. “It will help me engage where I would be on the ACT and those other tests.”
When Lockamy is not studying, he’s busy with the school’s Beta Club, an organization which promotes academic achievement, character, leadership and service; and Key Club International, a service leadership organization. In the upcoming month the student-athlete will participate in outdoor track.
Outside of school, Lockamy works with the Christian Food Bank of Salemburg and helps distributes food to needy people in the county. At Mary’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, he works with the puppet ministry for people in the community who are unable to attend church. The scholar has a lot on his plate, but he makes sure he’s focuses on priorities.
“I make sure all the time that I am doing something important,” Lockamy said.
After graduating from Midway, Lockamy would like like to attend North Carolina State University to study biomedical engineering.
“I always liked science a lot,” he said. “It interesting learning about how stuff works. With engineering you can always challenge yourself to think of something new or improve something. It’s always that challenge. You’re not being stagnant, you can always further what you’re doing.”
Principal Monty Strickland said Lockamy works very hard and is very conscientious about his school work.
“He always strives to do his very best,” Strickland said. “There’s a bright future ahead for him. We’re extremely proud of what he’s able to accomplish. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”
NMSC officials said the young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.
“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation,” a NMSC statement read. “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
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