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Maplewood Teen Receives National Academic Honor

Kalvary Hawkins of Maplewood was recognized by the National Society of High School Scholars.

Kalvary D. Hawkins. Credit: Shaunice Hawkins.
Kalvary D. Hawkins. Credit: Shaunice Hawkins.

Maplewood resident and Newark Academy student, Kalvary Hawkins, was recently recognized by The National Society of High School Scholars for his superior academic achievement.

“The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment,” the organization said in a written statement.

The announcement of was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established Nobel prizes.

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

Hawkins is a Junior at Newark Academy and hopes to attend Stanford University after he graduates. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Mandarin as well as an avid athlete. Hawkins has also been twice awarded the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and has been named to the John Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth multiple times.

"I'm speechless," he said. "To have this type of recognition is amazing...mind-blowing, really. I'm truly honored to be included in the Society."

"Kalvary works diligently and tenaciously so it's great to see his efforts acknowledged on this level," said his parents Kevin and Shaunice Hawkins. "We are more than proud of and for him."

His new membership in the NSHHS entitled him to scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, events, resources, publications, programs offered by partners personalized recognition items and publicity honors.

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

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