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Scholastic Student Spotlight: West senior aims for Marines, law school
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Nathaniel Smith

About this series

Scholastic Student Spotlight is a bi-monthly series brought to you by Lennar Atlanta where the Forsyth County News spotlights local students and their scholastic achievements and future goals.

Name: Nathaniel Smith

School: West Forsyth High School

Grade: Senior

GPA: 3.61, weighted

Classes: After graduation, will have completed seven honors classes, nine AP classes and the Marketing and Entrepreneurship pathways

Next steps: Applying to the U.S. Naval Academy, the NROTC scholarship at The Citadel, George Washington University, Auburn University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Interested in studying international affairs, political science or economics as an undergraduate major and would like to attend law school

In school: DECA competitor; Georgia DECA state officer 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 (currently Georgia DECA state presidents); student government for three years, including senior class president; Forsyth County Student Advisory Board member; worked at West Express (school store) and West Ink (school printing company); played two seasons of football; ran track for three seasons; in first season of cross country

Out of school: Earned Eagle Scout rank in December 2015 with the Abba House Ministries as project beneficiary; earned all four BSA religious emblems; completed National Youth Leadership Tour Training; and is a Youth Leadership Forsyth graduate and VET (counselor)

Future goals: “I’m so thankful for the freedoms and opportunities I’ve been given while being raised in the United States. This is my main reason in working to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps after college. While serving in the USMC I have an interest in becoming a judge advocate general, but I haven’t completely decided on a MOS. After serving in the USMC I’d like to attend law school and enter politics. I’ve always had an interest in how our government works and being a part of the democratic process as an elected representative would be an amazing responsibility.”