A Coffman High School senior was one of 800 students from throughout the country to earn a scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program last week.
William Dalton Maynard earned a $2,500 Achievement Scholarship as an outstanding black high school student in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's annual program, a news release from the company said.
The award isn't something Maynard was counting on.
"I was actually pretty surprised," he said. "I didn't expect it to happen.
"I didn't expect to be a semifinalist and I didn't expect to make it (this far) either."
To qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program, students must perform well on the preliminary SAT.
Semifinalists are announced based on performance and students must complete other work to pro-gress.
"I had to submit an application with a resume (and) write a little bit of an essay like for most scholarships," Maynard said.
The work wasn't difficult considering Maynard had done similar work in an attempt to win other scholarships.
With the scholarships he earns, Maynard plans to attend Ohio State University and major in education.
"I want to go into secondary education and hopefully be a coach," he said.
Sports have been part of Maynard's high school years, playing basketball, baseball, football and helping out as a student athletic trainer for one year.
"I played baseball until my junior year and then I coached the junior varsity baseball team my senior year to see what it was like," Maynard said.
As a member of Coffman's football team for four years, Maynard led the team as a captain this year, snagging a few awards for his leadership.
Maynard also served on the Principal's Student Advisory Council, Student Athletic Advisory Council and is a member of National Honor Society.
"The experience over the four years has been great," he said.
"I can't really pick one thing out."
As a part of the school's broadcast program, Maynard also has spent sometime in front of the camera this year as an anchor.
In his fleeting spare time, Maynard likes to stay active and hang out with his friends.
"It's always great hanging out with my friends," he said.
"It's always nice to play some X-Box ... I like to be out doing things.
"I like to put myself out there and usually it works out well."