Reader-submitted content: Portales teen earns scholarship

Erin Scanlan, a Portales resident and Texico High School senior, has been named one of the 53 state winners in the National Honor Society scholarship from NASSP. One hundred and fifty NHS state finalists were first chosen from among more than 6,000 applications. From the 150 finalists, 53 state winners were selected. Each state winner receives a $1,500 college scholarship.

Participating high school National Honor Society chapters from across the country nominated two senior high members to compete in this year’s program. Finalists were selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations, clubs and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record. As a regional winner, Scanlan is recognized as one of the top 53 NHS members in the nation this school year.

“We are proud to recognize Erin Scanlan, for her outstanding achievements and contributions to her school,” said David Cordts, associate director of NHS. “Students nominated for the NHS scholarship not only demonstrate academic excellence, but also extraordinary performance in service, leadership, and character — traits that are more important today than ever before. In recognizing leadership and involvement in student activities as well as strong academic performance, the NHS scholarship acknowledges the importance of a well-rounded education.”

While at Texico High School, Scanlan has held many offices, such as President, secretary, and rreasurer of her class. She was also a member of the golf team and state champion volleyball and basketball teams. She has been actively involved in FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and many community service projects. She has helped with the annual canned food drives for less fortunate families in our community around Thanksgiving and Christmas; she taught Sunday school at St. Helen Catholic Church; and she worked diligently to support breast cancer awareness. This fall Erin plans to attend Oklahoma State University to study business with an emphasis in management and leadership.