Petersburg resident recognized for academic achievement by National Society of High School Scholars

ATLANTA — The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced student, Tai T. Butcher, of Petersburg, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made July 10 by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Tai has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," said Nobel. "Tai is  now a member of a unique community of scholars - a community that represents our very best hope for the future." 

"We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development," added NSHSS President James W. Lewis. "We aim to help students like Tai build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers."

Tai Butcher is the daughter of Rosa and Dalian Johnson of Petersburg and Clinton Benjamin of Jarratt. She is the granddaughter of Mary and Calvin Butcher of Petersburg and the late Judy Benjamin and the late Henry Dymond from Jarratt.

NSHSS members automatically become lifetime members at the time of their initial membership. At each step along the way — from high school to college to career — NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.

The NSHSS was formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel. Currently there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. For more information about NSHSS, visit