Hunter Brown, a senior at Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, is the fourth six-weeks winner of American State Bank's Academic Excellence Award.

Brown, who has a 4.0 GPA, is a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar and the 2014 Gorman valedictorian, according to a bank news release.

Apart from his academic accomplishments, he is heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America where he serves in leadership positions with the Order of the Arrow (Scouting's National Honor Society) and is an Eagle Scout.

He also participates in the International Space Olympics, varsity football and track (pole vault), the Bishop Gorman Fishing Club (founder and president), TAPPS Academic team, NASA High School Aerospace Scholar, Texas Private School Music Educators Association Regional Choir Member and National Honor Society (vice president of service).

His volunteer work includes the East Texas Food Bank, a weeklong mission trip to the Dominican Republic and his Eagle Scout project, which involved creating a monument for the veterans and founders of Smith County, according to the news release.

He is the recipient of the Ralph Spence YMCA Leadership Award and is a George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation Volunteer Leader and the Bishop Gorman Volunteer Ambassador.

He also started a program to plant and produce vegetables and fruit for local restaurants, according to the news release.

Some of his teachers described him as one of the most academically gifted students in his class, well rounded, persistent and curious.

"Hunter Brown is a bright, thoughtful, committed and balanced young man," Gorman Principal Jim Franz said, according to the news release. "Not only does he lead his class academically, the Eagle Scout is strongly involved in athletics, the arts and community service."

Tim Haugh, American State Bank's general manager of consumer finance, said Brown exemplifies the characteristics of many students in the East Texas communities.

"Bishop Gorman High School is very fortunate to have Hunter as part of their school system," Haugh said, according to the news release.

The bank presents the Academic Excellence Award to one student each six weeks period from all of the nominations received.

The program will culminate with a banquet in June. The bank will name one overall winner from the six finalists and award that student a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.



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