Payte Treadaway, a Glen Rose High School senior, has received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

The commendation goes to about 34,000 students across the nation in recognition for their exceptional academic promise.

Commended students were among the top 50,000 scorers from more than 1.6 million who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT-National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The 16,000 highest-scoring program participants who qualified as semifinalists continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards, according to the NMSC.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” a NMSC spokesman stated. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Shayla Hoffman, one of Treadaway’s teachers, said he is a well-rounded student in all subjects. She said that he is also a “great artist.”

Treadaway is on the varsity football team and is a member of the GRHS track team as well.

“He’s a very well-rounded kid,” Hoffman said, noting that Treadaway’s grade-point average ranks in the top 10 of his class. “He is probably one of the most quiet kids in the whole school — just a man of few words. He is a problem-solver, and naturally bright. He’s a down-to-earth kid — very humble.”

Hoffman said the last time a GRHS student received such a Letter of Commendation from the NMSC was in 2015, when Jadon Morris was selected during his senior year.

Despite his quiet nature, Treadaway showed he had a way with words last spring in University Interscholastic League academic competition when he was fourth in the spelling bee. He advanced to the Class 4A regional level in spelling and headline writing. He also competed in computer science and current events, and ended up with the most UIL points of any individual GRHS student last spring.