Recent Sulphur High School valedictorian David Spicer was recognized Monday by the Sulphur City Council for his stellar academic achievement, which has netted him nearly $275,000 in scholarships.
At their Monday night meeting, the council and Mayor Mike Danahay proclaimed Monday, June 10, 2019 "David Spicer Day" in the city of Sulphur.
Spicer received scholarships from MIT, Coca-Cola, Pedestal Bank, Louisiana Elks Association, National Beta Club, Robbie Scott Memorial and Alexander L. Johnson Memorial. He graduated first in a class of 431, with a 4.60 weighted GPA, and has been accepted into Interphase EDGE, two-year program at MIT for academic and professional development. He has also been accepted into MIT, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Duke (from which he received a Likely Letter, which reflects a college's strong interest in the applicant), Washington, Lee (to which he received a full-ride scholarship), Rice and Tulane universities.
Spicer was one of 150 scholars chosen from 97,000 applicants from around the country to be named a Coca-Cola Scholar.
During his academic career, Spicer has received the President's Volunteer Service Award, an Associate Degree from McNeese State University, and has placed first and fourth in the State Social Studies Fair and first in District Literary Rally French II, District Literary Rally U.S. History, and the Regional Science Fair. He has also been named a National AP Scholar, a National AP Scholar with Distinction for two years, and a member of the All-State Choir for three years.
He was the Regional and State Finalist for the Student of the Year and held membership in the Beta Club, Sulphur Community Impact Program, Youth Advisory Council, Choir, Spanish Honor Society, Leo Club, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, Student Council, Mayor's Youth Advisory Commission, Key Club, National Honor Society, and Louisiana Boys State.
Spicer's future goals include majoring in Economics at MIT with concentrations in either Finance of Political Science. He then hopes to enter a joint MBA and JD degree program at Harvard of the University of Chicago. He hopes to work in education policy and sees himself as a State Superintendent of Education of a Vice President of the Advanced Placement Program at the college level. He also hopes to provide equal opportunities for students within each state across the nation.