Grace Community School senior Monica Lim is this school year's first recipient of the American State Bank-Academic Excellence Award.
A 4.0 student, Ms. Lim scored a 2390 out of 2400 on the SAT. Beyond academics, she contributes to her school community and East Texas at large.
Her volunteer work includes service for the Tyler Public Library, The Salvation Army, Youth with a Mission, Praise Alive Student Choir, and No Hungry Children Festival. She is cofounder and coordinator of Tyler's Got Talent and Student Government vice president.
A decorated student, athlete and leader, her recognitions include: National Merit Scholar Semifinalist, Rotary Club Youth Leadership Award, TAPPS State Academic awards, All Region Orchestra and Texas Student Achievement Award.
She also has received the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-State in the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, and varsity track's Fighting Heart Award and Most Improved Athlete.
Grace counselor Joshua Webb said Ms. Lim has a tremendous impact through her school and community involvement and always meets her responsibilities.
"She's also incredibly humble and quick to credit her success to her Lord, her family and her teammates," he said, according to the news release. "Monica's got high aspirations for her future, but I can't imagine anything stopping her from achieving them."
Ms. Lim plans to earn an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and attend medical school so she can become an oncologist and pursue research in medical devices, genetics and cancer detection.
Tim Haugh, American State Bank's general manager of consumer finance, said Ms. Lim is an outstanding young lady with a heart for helping others.
"She is truly deserving of everything she has accomplished and will accomplish in the future," he said, according to the news release. "I know everybody at Grace is proud of Monica, and rightfully so."
One winner is selected each six weeks of the academic school year from the nominations received during that period.
The program will culminate with an Academic Excellence Award banquet in June 2014 when one of the six finalists will be named the overall winner and receive a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.