Ivan Torres Is National High School Scholar

Aug 23, 2016 | District News Release

NSHSS Recognizes Academic Excellence 



Ivan Torres

Just a few days before starting his senior year at Emporia High School, Ivan Torres was in Washington, D.C., to be inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars. Ivan, the son of Rosa and Sylvester Torres, attended the NSHSS ceremony with his brother on August 13.

Torres said he was notified in June that he had been selected for the Society based on his overall grade-point average and scores on the ACT and PSAT.

He attended elementary school in Emporia and returned to Mexico for his middle school education. One of his goals for returning to Mexico was to “further my Spanish language skills.” He returned to Emporia as a freshman at EHS, and during high school he has been on the soccer, wrestling and track teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society at EHS and this year he is president of the Recycling Club.

He said he is proud of his accomplishments and is pleased to be fluent in both English and Spanish, skills that he believes will benefit him in his adult life. His plans after high school graduation are still undecided. He is considering teacher education at Emporia State University or business administration studies at the University of Chicago.

NSHSS has inducted more than 1 million members from over 160 countries, with more than 100,000 new scholars joining annually. NSHSS recognizes academic excellence among high-achieving scholars, offering a wide array of resources supporting transitions from high school to college, and college to career. The organization was founded in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes,

“We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” Lewis, President of NSHSS, said. “Ivan is now a member of a unique community of scholars — a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

Scholars are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and embody the values of the Nobel family tradition of peace and excellence. NSHSS supports scholars’ growth and development in ethical action, service leadership and expressions of altruism as they encourage them to take to heart the NSHSS member pledge: “As a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, I pledge to strive for excellence in my academic endeavors. I will use my knowledge and wisdom to the best of my ability for the betterment of our global community.”

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