Daniel Deas, 10, was nominated by his teacher at Silverdale Baptist Academy to attend the National Young Scholars Program this summer.
The nomination was made based on Deas’ character, maturity, leadership and academic excellence. This program only accepts exceptional students that have been nominated by a teacher.
His academic achievements include first place in the spelling bee at Silverdale Baptist Academy, first place at Silverdale for 4-H public speaking and then second place at the semi-county event, along with holding the vice president position for 4H during the school year.
Deas has also won multiple awards for baseball, basketball, soccer, piano and Awanas.
Held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NYSP inspires outstanding third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students to explore, invent, learn and think creatively.
“The National Young Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on interactive learning, while challenging them in an intellectually stimulating environment outside of the regular classroom,” said Dr. Marguerite C. Regan, dean of academic affairs for the program.
NYSP gives students the chance to unleash their full learning potential as they further their interest in specific areas of study such as architecture, forensic science and medicine. Throughout the program, young scholars engage in challenging coursework, gain a greater sense of independence and experience a renaissance of learning.
The program culminates with student-created projects tying in leadership skills learned with the discoveries made in their specific area of study.