Local student Jerkalynn Lawrence receives national honor

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Jerkalynn Lawrence

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced Dutchtown High School student Jerkalynn Lawrence from Prairieville, LA, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment that Jerkalynn has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," said Mr. Nobel. "Jerkalynn is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a community that represents our very best hope for the future."

"Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources, and opportunities," stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. "We aim to help students like Jerkalynn build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community."

Membership in NSHSS entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.

Jerkalynn Lawrence, a junior at Dutchtown High School is a native of Belle Rose, LA residing in Prairieville, LA with her mother, Torrolanda J. Lawrence. Jerkalynn, who maintains a 4.5 GPA or higher is currently the Junior Class Secretary of Dutchtown's Student Council, along with historian for the National Beta Club. She is also an active member of the Willing Workers committee at Virginia Baptist Church of Belle Rose, LA. She has a vast enjoyment for volunteering at local nursing homes, Volunteer Ascension and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. She also participates in a variety of summer leadership programs including Alpha Kappa Alpha Leadership Fellows Institute. Jerkalynn loves to read, write poetry, watch football and cook with her grandmother. After graduation, Jerkalynn plans to attend Columbia University in New York to major in Accounting and Business Administration; however she says she can be persuaded to attend Louisiana State University, her mother's alma mater. Jerkalynn's personal motto is: "I had supporters when I thought no one could relate to me and they gave me a voice. Now, I want to use my voice to give that support back."