Congratulations are in order for three Duncanville High School seniors who were recently named 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participants. Joshua Lockhart, Katherine McElroy, and Zacchaeus Stanton are among 3,100 students to earn this distinction through scores obtained on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). They scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration. Lockhart, McElroy, and Stanton will now be referred to over 1,500 universities for consideration in admission and financial assistance.
A member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, and Duncanville High School’s engineering chapter of SkillsUSA, Joshua Lockhart admits that he gets a lot of academic awards. Still he says he was surprised at being named a 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant. “My first reaction was, ‘I did better than I thought I did.’” Lockhart is applying to the University of Texas at Austin, Arkansas University, and Texas A&M University. He plans to study mechanical engineering, but is also looking at business or computer engineering. With Texas A&M as his top choice, Joshua was excited to meet President R. Bowen Loftin during his DHS visit. “I asked him a question about transportation, and I’ve decided that I’m going to take roller skates or a bike to college.” While finding financial assistance is on the top of his to-do list, Lockhart also hopes to enjoy his last year of high school. He says he wants to make straight A’s and break into the single digit class ranks. When asked what advice he would give to other Duncanville students Joshua replied, “Take all Pre-AP and AP classes, always get to know your teachers, explore your supposed limits then pass them, and never give up.”
The daughter of a Duncanville ISD Board Member, Katherine McElroy says academic excellence is expected. Still every award is a joy to receive. “I ran into Mr. Chrietzberg in the hall and he told me congratulations. When I asked him what for, he told me about being named a National Achievement Scholar. I was excited. I hope it helps me get into college and get some scholarship money.” McElroy plans to apply to Yale, SMU, and the University of Chicago. Looking forward to a future in government, she’s also applying for the United States Senate Youth Program. It’s an all-expense paid, week-long trip to Washington, DC awarded to two high school student leaders per state. Once there, program participants hear major policy addresses and meet with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. President of the Interact club at Duncanville High School and a member of Student Council as well as the creative design chapter of SkillsUSA, Katherine aspires to one day be the Vice President or an Ambassador to the United Nations. Taking her last year at DHS day-by-day, she says she’s hoping for good grades and a cute prom dress. When asked about advice for younger Duncanville ISD students McElroy replied, “Study hard, play hard, and never wear high heels to the high school.”
Caught completely off-guard by the National Achievement Scholar announcement, Zacchaeus Stanton admits he didn’t know what the title meant. Still it was nice to have his classmates clap in his honor. Now knowing he scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who took the 2010 PSAT test, Stanton hopes the prestigious distinction will help him on his journey to law school. “I decided that’s what I want to do about two weeks ago. I’ve always been a logical person, and I like to argue why something is the way that it is.” Zacchaeus hopes to attend Howard University in Washington, DC for his undergraduate study. He will also apply to Stanford University, Rice University, and SMU. Stanton plans to major in philosophy and take the LSAT after college. For now, he says he just wants to survive his senior year. “I’m trying to avoid senioritis and maintain my GPA.” Zacchaeus is the manager of the DHS basketball team and works at Champs Sports after school. When asked what advice he would give to other Duncanville students Joshua replied, “take care of business and don’t get sidetracked. Do what makes you happy, and don’t worry too much about what others think.”