Beaufort Academy's Michael Bible named National Merit Scholar

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comMay 1, 2012 

He's on his school's swimming, soccer and basketball teams.

He's taken four Advanced Placement exams and in a few weeks plans to take other exams in French, calculus, English literature and European history. If he does as well as he did last year, he could start college as a sophomore in light of all the credits he's earned.

He enjoys acting, and in his spare time he hikes with his parents, watches movies or goes bowling with friends.

He may be an academic superman -- he does all of those things and maintains a 4.98 GPA. His teachers call him energetic and articulate and say he has a great work ethic.

Michael Bible, a senior at Beaufort Academy, is a Merit Scholar. He is the only Merit Scholar in Beaufort County, and one of 31 winners statewide. Only 2,500 students across the country were named Merit Scholars this year. Bible has won a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

He will use the scholarship at American University in Washington, D.C. next year. He plans to study chemistry and hopes to work in pharmaceutical research or medical chemistry.

He's always found science, particularly chemistry, "compelling," he said.

He excelled in his AP Biology course last year, teacher Karen Edmonds said. His participation in class discussion was always well thought out, he was precise in his lab work, and he was always willing to help others, she said.

But Bible's accomplishments aren't limited to the science lab or classroom.

Bill Dalton, who teaches Bible's AP Literature and AP European History courses and coaches him in soccer, said Bible's love of Shakespeare separates him from other students.

Both Bible and Dalton acted in a production of "Twelfth Night" with Lowcountry Shakespeare in 2010. Bible played Antonio, and Dalton played Count Orsino.

Bible said he loves Shakespeare's word play.

"He's not always straight forward in his use of metaphor," he said. "It takes a keen ear to pick up on (it) but if you listen it certainly makes for a great play."

The reason Bible actively pursues so many different interests is simple.

"I want to enjoy it all," he said. "I don't want to miss out on anything and regret it later on. You're only in high school once."

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