Maya Parks, a Century High School senior, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release. Parks is ranked second in her class with a 4.52 GPA and has been recognized for straight As. She also has completed 11 Advanced Placement courses and received an AP Scholar Award, according to the release.
Parks has also served in a two-credit internship with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and is working toward completing her EMT certification for a future career as a trauma surgeon, according to the release. Parks is involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including Drama Club, Indoor Percussion and Marching Band, Fencing Club, choral performances, and Leo Club.
"Maya is a well-rounded young lady who has served as an excellent role model for all students at Century High School," school counselor George Wunder said in the release. "Her passion to learn, explore, and challenge herself will serve her well as she continues on to a four-year university."