CHS Senior William Gregory Ford was recognized at the October Celina ISD School Board meeting for being named as a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. William’s high Selection Index score places him among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 National Merit Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). All of us associated with the program join officials at Celina High School in congratulating you for your excellent performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

William is one of 34,000 Commended students nationwide who have shown exceptional academic promise. Only the 16,000 highest scoring program participants who qualified as semifinalists will continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards. However, your performance on the qualifying test was outstanding and recognition as a Commended Student is a credit to you, your parents, and your high school.

The degree of success you achieve in the future will depend on you—your use of abilities and your perseverance toward the goals you set for yourself. It is our hope that being named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program will broaden your horizons and encourage you to develop your potential to the fullest.

William is a member of the National Honor Society and the Celina High School Math Honor Society. He is a member of the Drone and Archery Clubs. He also serves as a CHS Ambassador and represents our district in fostering partnerships between our schools and community members. For many years, he has served global teams operating in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo as Operations Support which included providing housing, clothing, education, life skills and vocational training to impoverished and handicapped children.

Pictured: CHS Senior William G. Ford & CHS Principal Dave Wilson