HAMLET — Richmond Early College High School student Makaleb Noah Bright was recently selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.
“We couldn’t be more proud and excited for Kaleb in all of his achievements,” parents Manuel and Elaine Bright said in a statement to the Daily Journal. “He has worked really hard thus far. As parents, we began raising Kaleb as well as his brother, Kye, on a foundation in God, having morals, values, respect, as well as giving them encouragement.
“Our children are a blessing to us. They have enriched and inspired our lives as parents and for that, we give God all of the accolades. We love our children with all our hearts.”
According to a press release from the Society, it “recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.”
Makaleb Bright said he learned of the Society upon receiving a letter. He had to reply in order to be inducted.
“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Makaleb has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Society founder and Chairman Claes Nobel in a press release. “Makaleb is now a member of a unique community of scholars — a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”
The rising 12th-grader said he has never been terribly interested in extracurricular activities and that most years earns As and Bs for his coursework.
“By the grace of God I got all As this past semester,” he said. “This comes with a lifetime membership, and it’s got scholarships and events and all kinds of wonderful things. I have yet to see what it offers. I haven’t completely looked into it yet.
“To me, it’s kind of more looking at colleges and seeing what opportunities are out there to help better my future,” he added. “I don’t really do sports and things like that. The only really extracurricular things I do is go to church and work.”
Makaleb Bright works at Bojangles of Rockingham and attends church at New Beginnings Christian Ministries in Hamlet. After graduating early college high school, he will have an associate in science degree. He plans to pursue a career in neonatal medicine, and said the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is his first choice of colleges to transfer to.
NSHSS President James W. Lewis explained the role of the Society in the lives of its scholars in a statement.
“We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” he said. “We aim to help students like Makaleb build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.”
According to its website, NSHSS was founded in 2002 and “has inducted over 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.”