The National Honor Society (NHS) has announced that Dripping Springs High School senior Makayla Banton has been selected as an NHS Scholarship semifinalist. Banton was chosen as one of just 575 students nationwide out of more than 10,000 applicants and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education.
Banton, who is the valedictorian for the Class of 2021, is the first DSHS student to receive this scholarship. In addition to being a member of National Honor Society, she is the vice president for the Student Council, a member of the Book Club and German Club, and works as an editor and designer for the Meraki Literary Magazine.
Banton has accumulated approximately 365 community service hours, working as a contributing writer and running the Teen Advisory Board for the BeLydia organization.
The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In the 100 years since NHS was founded in 1921, members have been making a difference in their schools and communities, and the NHS Scholarship is NASSP’s way of recognizing the most exceptional of these student leaders. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.