RESTON, Va. – The National Honor Society announced that Lydia Smith, a senior at Murrieta Valley High School from Murrieta, was selected as a finalist and winner of a $5,625 NHS scholarship. Smith was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants. The NHS Scholarship program is supported by NHS’s parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Smith formed a new local chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions, which gives students a platform to discuss issues like depression, substance abuse and reckless behavior. Smith is passionate about service, participating in awareness walks, collecting donations to send cookies to active duty military and building houses with Amor Housebuilding in Mexico.